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Fairtransport’s mission is to acquaint people with the sea to teach them to be intelligent and responsible global citizens. The Tres Hombres and Nordlys are engineless cargo ships, providing an ideal situation for the training of young seafarers. Due to the rigors and challenges incurred by sailing cargo, sailors learn a wide range of skills and disciplines no longer practiced in the modern Maritime Industry.
More than traditional sailing knowledge is gained in crossing an ocean… our sailors call it a life changing event. With only 10 trainees and 5 professional crew, teamwork, communication and trust are a huge part of life on board.
At Sea one learns to co-operate, be self-reliant and develop a respect for the elements.
As a trainee you step onboard on the lowest rung of the ladder. You’ll not feel like a passenger; indeed, you will be part of our crew. You’ll learn safety precautions, ship maintenance, taking the helm, lookout & sail handling. You may aspire to become Able Seaman; learning Marlinespike Seamanship, basic navigation, and manoeuvreing under sail. Eventually, you’ll be experienced enough to become boatswain, which entails leadership, rigging, sail sewing, ship carpentry and square rigging. Due to having no fuel costs, and through the fact that the ship profits from her cargo ventures, you’ll find that our trainee fees are comparatively low for the industry standard.
Sign on From To Distance NM Fee Average days sea / port Booking Nr Oct 31 st 2016 Den Helder, Netherlands Douarnenez, France 531 € 935,00 11 P1016 Sign on Nov 14 th 2016 Douarnenez, France Santa Cruz de La Palma 1330 € 2.125,00 25 P1116Sign on Oct 31 st 2016 Den Helder, Netherlands Santa Cruz de La Palma € 2.880,00 37 E1Sign on Sign on Dec 15 th 2016 Santa Cruz de La Palma Bridgetown, Barbados 2.640 € 2.210,00 26 P1216Sign on Jan 10 th 2017 Bridgetown, Barbados Santa Marta, Colombia 885 € 1.020,00 12 P0117Sign on Jan 22 2017 Santa Marta, Colombia Boca Chica, Dom. Rep. 504 € 1.275 15 P0117aSign on Dec 15 th 2016 Santa Cruz de La Palma Boca Chica, Dom. Rep. € 4.250,00 53 E2Sign on Sign on Feb 5th 2017 Boca Chica, Dom. Rep. Horta, Azores 2.504 € 3.060,00 38 P0217Sign on Mar 16 th 2017 Horta, Azores Amsterdam, Netherlands 1.638 € 2.040,00 26 P0317Sign on Feb 5th 2017 Boca Chica, Dom. Rep. Amsterdam, NL. 4142 € 4650,- E3Sign on Entire Atlantic Round Voyage 2016/2017 €9.100,00 E1-3Sign on April 17 2017 Amsterdam, NL Enkhuizen, NL 25 € 50 1 P0417Sign on April 19 2017 Enkhuizen, NL Den Helder, NL 25 € 50 1 P0517Sign on
Sign on From To Distance NM Fee Euro Average days sea / port Booking nr. May 20 2016 Den Helder, Netherlands Ostend,
Belgium 98 € 300,- 4 p0316No
Sign on May 29 2016 Ostend,
Portugal 854 € 1.200,- 16 p0416No
Sign on June 15 2016 Leixoes,
England 727 € 1.425,- 19 p0516No
Sign on July 4 2016 Bristol,
France 279 € 975,- 13 p0616No
Sign on July 18
France 50 € 100,- 1 p0716No
Sign on July 21
England 279 € 600,- 8 p0816No
Sign on July 29
Portugal 631 € 1.200,- 16 p0916No
Sign on August 14 2016 Leixoes,
England 727 € 1.125,- 15 p1016No
Sign on August 29 2016 Bristol,
France 279 € 825,- 11 p1116No
Sign on September 9 2016 Douarnenez,
France Copenhagen, Denmark 1028 € 1.350,- 18 p1216No
Sign on September 28 2016 Copenhagen, Denmark Bornholm,
Denmark 103 € 300,- 4 p1316No
Sign on October 3 2016 Bornholm,
Sweden 162 € 375,- 5 p1416No
Sign on October 10 2016 Halmstad,
Sweden Den Helder, NL 482 € 900,- 12 p1516No
Sign on March 27 2016 Den Helder,
Netherlands Den Helder,
Netherlands 5699 € 10.650, 142 S2016
|Signing on||From||To||Nautical miles||Fee (€)||Average days||nr.|
|Sailing South||Mediterranean Odyssey|
|Oct. 31 2016||Den Helder, Netherlands||Brixham, UK - Douarnenez, Fr - Sines, Port - Alicante, Esp - Barcelona, Esp - Messina, It - Greek Islands, Greece - Kalamater, Greece||3.062||€ 4,950,-||71||Leg 1 No Sign on|
|Sailing West||Adriatic Odyssey|
|January 10 2017||Kalamater, Greece||Split, Croa - Venice, It - Bari, It - Cagliari, It - Alicante, Esp - Sines, Port - Falmouth, UK - Den Helder, NL||4.347||€ 4,950,-||71||Leg 2 No Sign on|
|European Grand Tour|
|Oct. 31 2016||Den Helder, Netherlands||Brixham, UK - Douarnenez, Fr - Sines, Port - Alicante, Esp - Barcelona, Esp - Messina, It - Greek Islands, Greece - Kalamater, Greece - Split, Croa - Venice, It - Bari, It - Cagliari, It - Alicante, Esp - Sines, Port - Falmouth, UK - Den Helder, NL||7.409||€ 7.950||142||EGT No Sign on|
|Sign on||From||To||Info||Average days sea / port||Booking nr / Fee|
|27th & 28th March 10.00 - 16.00||Charlestown Harbour||-||Open Ship|
|29th March 2016||Charlestown Harbour||Douarnenez, Brittany||Move cargo to Brittany on the Johnny Route. Cross the English Channel delivering Devon and Cornish ales and picking up organic French wine on the other side||7||GR290316 / £ 525 BOOK NOW|
|5th of April 2016||Douarnenez Brittany||Falmouth Harbour||Move cargo from the historic port of Douarnenez in Brittany picking up organic French wine. Sail the ship like they used to with man power||7||GR050416 / £ 525 BOOK NOW|
|30st of May 2016||Brixham||Douarnenez Brittany||Meet the Bretons and take pride in delivery under sail. This voyage includes, loading and offloading cargo, night sailing, sailing in a watch system. Also includes a ale and wine tasting and entry to Douarnenez maritime museum.||7||GR300516 / £ 525 BOOK NOW|
|6th of June 2016||Douarnenez Brittany||Falmouth Harbour||his voyage includes, loading and offloading cargo, night sailing, sailing in a watch system. Also includes a ale and wine tasting and entry to Douarnenez maritime museum.||7||GR060616 / £ 525 BOOK NOW|
|17th of June 2016||Falmouth Harbour||Nantes||This voyage includes, loading cargo, night sailing, sailing in a watch system. Also includes a wine tasting so you can try the organic wines that we will be loading. Sail the ship like they used to with man power and as little engine as possible.||10||GR170616 / £ 750 BOOK NOW|
|27th of June 2016||Nantes||Douarnenez Brittany||This cargo voyage will end in Douarnenez where you will offload the cargo into the warehouse. The sail between Nantes and Douarnenez travels through a fantastic cruising area||7||GR270616 / £ 700 BOOK NOW|
|24th of July 2016||Douarnenez Brittany||Falmouth Harbour||Move cargo from the historic port of Douarnenez in Brittany picking up organic wine. Join the ship at the end of the Douarnenez maritime festival.||7||GR240716 / £ 525 BOOK NOW|
|8th of Sept. 2016||Penzance||Douarnenez Brittany||Move cargo to Brittany on the Johnny Route. Cross the Channel delivering Devon and Cornish ale and picking up organic wine on the other side||7||GR080916 / £ 525 BOOK NOW|
|15th of Sept. 2016||Douarnenez Brittany||Falmouth Harbour||Move cargo from the historic port of Douarnenez in Brittany picking up organic wine. Sail the ship like they used to with man power and as little engine as possible||7||GR080916 / £ 525 BOOK NOW|
|BOOK NOW||BOOK NOW||BOOK NOW||All prices include food eaten onboard, wet weather jackets and salopettes, life jackets, safety gear, bedding and bed linen. Prices do not include alcohol, meals taken ashore or travel insurance.||BOOK NOW||BOOK NOW|
More information about the schedules
If your intentions are to become a real experienced seaman and to get the thorough taste of life at sea, this is your trip! During the journey you will acquire adequate seatime to file for a certificate of competency as an able-bodied seaman. (If you officially want to obtain this certification you also have to pass the “Basic Safety Training” at a registered nautical college.)
Date of signing on
On this day we welcome you on board from 8 pm onwards. A crew member will introduce you to the captain, the first mate (who will receive your passport and possibly your sample book) and the other members of the crew. We shall assign you a bunk and chest (usually in the fo’c’sle). Linen and sleeping bag are best brought from home. Before departure you will be assigned to the port watch (under the supervision of the first mate) or the starboard watch Incidentally the ship has not arrived in the port of departure; we shall let you know as early as possible if this is the case.
As a rule the ship departs on the day after signing on. With “all hands” the sail is set and the ship is made ready for the sea. You will be informed which watch stays on deck, leaving the other watch free to take a nap. The captain chooses the fastest and safest route to its destination. The captain and the first mate will instruct the crew. You will be involved in every aspect of seamanship from the moment you arrive; safety training, steering the ship, keeping watch, maintenance, setting sail and lots more. Depended on the weather, the distance and the kind of trip, the ship will arrive at its destination after a couple of days or weeks. This doesn’t mean the trip is at its end; the days after arrival are filled with instructive and interesting activities. The ship is prepared for port, cargo is taken in and out, there is some maintenance that can only be done in a harbour and the opportunity presents itself to go on shore leave. The route may be altered, depending on freight and weather.
NM / Direct distance
This is the shortest possible distance between two harbors. The Nordlys being a true sailing ship without an engine, this distance is rarely the actual sailed distance. In other words, the ship usually sails many miles more than the direct distance. At the end of a leg of journey, the captain will inform you how many miles have been covered in reality.
This is the price in euros for said journey per person. In exchange you sail along and acquire a practical education in seamanship. In addition to the journey fee, we expect you to take part in watches and chores such as maintenance, sailing, cleaning, steering and being on the lookout. In the fee are included the ship’s meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner and coffee and tea. Not included are transfers to and from the ship.
Average journey/port stay
This is the estimated time at sea or in a harbor. The ship being dependent for the duration of her trips on weather and wind, this period may vary. If the ship arrives ahead of schedule at its destination, the days in port ahead of schedule are part of the journey.
This number is a purely administrative number used for keeping score of persons on board.