I must go down to the seas again,

to the lonely sea and the sky,

And all I ask is a tall ship

and a star to steer her by…

-By John Masefield-

Sign on for a few days…. or Half a Year.

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.

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Sign OnFromToDistance NMFeeAverage days sea / portBooking Nr.
Oct. 31st 2016Den Helder, NetherlandsDouarnenez, France531 NM€ 935,-11P1016 Sign on
Nov. 14 th 2016Douarnenez, FranceSanta Cruz de La Palma1330 NM€2125,-25P1116 Sign on
Oct. 31 st 2016Den Helder, NetherlandsSanta Cruz de La Palma€2880,-36E1Sign on
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Dec. 15 th 2016Santa Cruz de La PalmaBridgetown, Barbados2640 NM€2210,-26P1216 Sign on
Jan. 10 th 2017Bridgetown, BarbadosSanta Marta, Colombia885 NM€1020,-12P0117 Sign on
Jan. 22 nd 2017Santa Marta, ColombiaBoca Chica, Dom. Rep.504 NM€1275,-15P0117a Sign on
Dec. 15 th 2016Santa Cruz de La PalmaBoca Chica, Dom. Rep.€4250,-53E2Sign on
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Feb. 5 th 2017Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.Horta, Azoren2504 NM€3060,-38P0217 Sign on
March 16 th 2017Horta, AzorenAmsterdam, Netherlands1638 NM€2040,-26P0317 Sign on
Feb. 5 th 2017Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.Amsterdam, Netherlands€4650,-64E3Sign on
Entire Atlantic Round Voyage2016/17€9.100-153E1-3Sign on

Sign onFromToDistance NMFeeAverage days sea / portBooking Nr
Sept 10 th 2017Den Helder, NetherlandsDouarnenez, France531€ 935,-11P1917 Sign on
Sept 23 rd 2017Douarnenez, FranceSanta Cruz de La Palma1330€ 2.125,-25P2017Sign on
Sep 10 th 2017Den Helder, NetherlandsSanta Cruz de La Palma€ 2.880,-36E1Sign on
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Oct 16 th 2017Santa Cruz de La PalmaPuerto Plata, Dom. Rep.3164€ 2.635,-31P2117Sign on
Nov 15 th 2017Puerto Plata, Dom. Rep.Charleston, USA909€ 1.190,-14P2217Sign on
Oct 16 th 2017Santa Cruz de La PalmaCharleston, USA€ 3.600,-45E2Sign on
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Nov 29 th 2017Charleston, USAPuerto Plata, Dom. Rep.909€ 1.190,-14P2317Sign on
Dec 15 th 2017Puerto Plata, Dom. Rep.Horta, Azores2533€ 2.635,-31P2417Sign on
Jan 15 th 2018Horta, AzoresDen Helder, Netherlands1664€ 2.185,-25P2517Sign on
Nov 29 th 2017Charleston, USADen Helder, Netherlands€ 5.600,-E3Sign on
Entire Atlantic Round Voyage2017/2018€9.100,-151E1-3Sign on

Sign onFrom ToDistance NMFee EuroAverage days sea / portBooking nr.
May 28 2017Den Helder, NetherlandsPorto, Portugal988€ 1.575,-21p0217No Sign on
June 18 2017Porto, PortugalBrixham, UK635€ 1.050,-14p0317No Sign on
July 2 2017Brixham, UKDouarnenez, France178€ 600,-8p0417No Sign on
May 28-July 10 2017Den Helder, NetherlandsDouarnenez, France1.663€ 2.795,-43Leg 1 Sign on
July 10 2017Douarnenez, FranceCopenhagen, Denmark1028€ 1.500,-20p0717No Sign on
July 30 2017Copenhagen, DenmarkBornholm, Denmark103€ 525,-7p0817No Sign on
August 6 2017Bornholm, DenmarkRostock, Germany125€ 600,-8p0917No Sign on
August 14 2017Rostock, GermanyDen Helder, Netherlands640€ 1.200,-16p1017No Sign on
July 10-August 30 2017Amsterdam, NetherlandsDen Helder, Netherlands1.896€ 3.315,-51Leg2 Sign on
August 30 2017Den Helder, NetherlandsPorto, Portugal988€ 1.575,-21p1117No Sign on
September 20 2017Porto, PortugalPenzance, UK591€ 975,-13p1217No Sign on
October 3 2017Penzance, UKDen Helder, Netherlands466€ 600,-8p1317No Sign on
August 30-October 12 2017Den Helder, NetherlandsDen Helder, Netherlands2.045€ 2.730,-42Leg 3 Sign on
May 28-October 12 2017Den Helder, NetherlandsDen Helder, Netherlands5.604€ 7.995,-166WV2017 Sign on

Nordlys

Sign onFrom ToDistance NMFee EuroAverage days sea / portBooking nr.
May 28 2017Den Helder, NetherlandsPorto, Portugal988€ 1.575,-21p0217No Sign on
June 18 2017Porto, PortugalBrixham, UK635€ 1.050,-14p0317No Sign on
July 2 2017Brixham, UKDouarnenez, France178€ 600,-8p0417No Sign on
May 28-July 10 2017Den Helder, NetherlandsDouarnenez, France1.663€ 2.795,-43Leg 1 Sign on
July 10 2017Douarnenez, FranceCopenhagen, Denmark1028€ 1.500,-20p0717No Sign on
July 30 2017Copenhagen, DenmarkBornholm, Denmark103€ 525,-7p0817No Sign on
August 6 2017Bornholm, DenmarkRostock, Germany125€ 600,-8p0917No Sign on
August 14 2017Rostock, GermanyDen Helder, Netherlands640€ 1.200,-16p1017No Sign on
July 10-August 30 2017Amsterdam, NetherlandsDen Helder, Netherlands1.896€ 3.315,-51Leg2 Sign on
August 30 2017Den Helder, NetherlandsPorto, Portugal988€ 1.575,-21p1117No Sign on
September 20 2017Porto, PortugalPenzance, UK591€ 975,-13p1217No Sign on
October 3 2017Penzance, UKDen Helder, Netherlands466€ 600,-8p1317No Sign on
August 30-October 12 2017Den Helder, NetherlandsDen Helder, Netherlands2.045€ 2.730,-42Leg 3 Sign on
May 28-October 12 2017Den Helder, NetherlandsDen Helder, Netherlands5.604€ 7.995,-166WV2017 Sign on

Schedules for 2017 coming soon

More information about the schedules

Full season:

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.

Route

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.

Fee

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.

Booking number

This number is a purely administrative number used for keeping score of persons on board.

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