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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.
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|Sign on||From||To||Distance NM||Fee||Average days sea / port||Booking Nr|
|Oct. 8th 2017||Den Helder, Netherlands||Douarnenez, France||531||€ 935,-||11||P1917 Sign on|
|Oct. 18th 2017||Douarnenez, France||Santa Cruz de La Palma||1114||€ 1.870,-||22||P2017Sign on|
|Oct. 8th 2017||Den Helder, NL||Sa. Cruz de La Palma||Entire first leg||€ 2.640,-||33||E1Sign on|
|Nov. 13th 2017||Santa Cruz de La Palma||Sint Maarten||2750||€ 2.805,-||33||P2117Sign on|
|Dec. 8th 2017||Sint Maarten||Brigdetown, Barbados||360||€ 765,-||9||P2217Sign on|
|Nov. 13th 2017||Sa. Cruz de La Palma||Bridgetown, Barb.||Entire second leg||€ 3.360,-||42||E2Sign on|
|Dec. 17th 2017||Bridgetown, Barbados||Santa Marta, Colombia||885||€ 1.275,-||15||P2317Sign on|
|Jan. 1st 2018||Santa Marta, Colombia||Kingston, Jamaica||438||€ 1.190,-||14||P0118Sign on|
|Jan. 14th 2018||Kingston, Jamaica||Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.||428||€ 1.785,-||21||P0218Sign on|
|Dec. 17th 2017||Bridgetown, Barb.||Boca Chica, Do. Rep.||Entire third leg||€ 4.000,-||50||E3Sign on|
|Feb. 4th 2018||Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.||Charleston, South. Caro.||1190||€ 1.700,-||20||P0318Sign on|
|Feb. 25th 2018||Charleston, South. Caro.||Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.||1190||€ 1.700,-||20||P0418Sign on|
|Feb. 4th 2018||Boca Chica, Do. Rep.||Boca Chica, Do. Rep.||Entire fourth leg||€ 3.200,-||40||E4Sign on|
|March 18th 2018||Boca Chica, Do. Rep.||Horta, Azores||2.504||€ 3.060,-||36||P0518Sign on|
|April 18th 2018||Horta, Azores||Douarnenez, France||2.504||€ 1.870,-||22||P0618Sign on|
|May 10th 2018||Douarnenez, France||Amsterdam, Netherlands||505||€ 935,-||11||P0718Sign on|
|March 18th 2018||Boca Chica, Do. Rep.||Amsterdam, NL||Entire fifth leg||€ 5.520,-||69||E5Sign on|
|Entire Atlantic||Round Voyage||2017/2018||€14.040,-||234||E1-5Sign on|
|Sign on||From||To||Distance NM||Fee Euro||Average days sea / port||Booking nr.|
|March 11 2018||Den Helder, Netherlands||Porto, Portugal||988||€ 1.425,-||19||P0118No Sign on|
|March 30 2018||Porto, Portugal||Noirmoutier, France||580||€ 825,-||11||P0218No Sign on|
|Leg 1||Den Helder, Netherlands||Noirmoutier, France||€ 2.100,-||30||Leg1Sign on|
|April 10 2018||Noirmoutier, France||Brixham, UK||334||€ 600,-||8||P0318No Sign on|
|April 18 2018||Brixham, UK||Brighton, UK||136||€ 300,-||4||P0418No Sign on|
|April 23 2018||Brighton, UK||Douarnenez, France||291||€ 675,-||9||P0518No Sign on|
|Leg 2||Noirmoutier, France||Douarnenez, France||€ 1.470,-||21||Leg2Sign on|
|May 2 2018||Douarnenez, France||Blankenberge, Belgium||411||€ 825,-||11||P0618No Sign on|
|May 13 2018||Blankenberge, Belgium||Bornholm, Denmark||746||€1,125,-||15||P0718No Sign on|
|Leg 3||Douarnenez, France||Bornholm, Denmark||€ 1.820,-||26||Leg3Sign on|
|May 28 2018||Bornholm, Denmark||Rostock, via different harbors in the Baltic Sea||To add||€ 2.025,-||27||P0818No Sign on|
|Leg 4||Bornholm, Denmark||Rostock, Germany||€ 2.025,-||27||Leg 4Sign on|
|June 24 2018||Rostock, Germany||Douarnenez, France||1.137||€ 1.650,-||22||P0918No Sign on|
|July 16 2018||Douarnenez, France||Copenhagen, Denmark||1.028||€ 1.350,-||18||P1018No Sign on|
|August 3 2018||Copenhagen, Denmark||Rostock, Germany||108||€ 300,-||4||P1118No Sign on|
|Leg 5||Rostock, Germany||Rostock, Germany||€ 3.080,-||44||Leg 5Sign on|
|August 12 2018||Rostock, Germany||Den Helder, Netherlands||640||€ 1.050,-||14||P1218No Sign on|
|August 26 2018||Den Helder, Netherlands||Porto, Portugal||988||€ 1.425,-||19||P1318No Sign on|
|Leg 6||Rostock, Germany||Porto, Portugal||€ 2.310,-||33||Leg 6Sign on|
|September 16 2018||Porto, Portugal||Brighton, UK||748||€ 1.125,-||15||P1418No Sign on|
|October 1 2018||Brighton, UK||Den Helder, Netherlands||244||€ 525,-||7||P1518No Sign on|
|October 8 2018||Den Helder, Netherlands||Bremerhaven, Germany||184||€ 375,-||5||P1618No Sign on|
|October 17 2018||Bremerhaven, Germany||Den Helder, Netherlands||184||€ 375,-||5||P1718No Sign on|
|Leg 7||Porto, Portugal||Den Helder, Netherlands||€ 2.240,-||32||Leg 7Sign on|
|Entire voyage 2018||€ 12.780,-||213||Entire voyage 2018Sign on|
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.