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. 8th 2017Den Helder, NetherlandsDouarnenez, France531€ 935,-11P1917 Sign on
Oct. 18th 2017Douarnenez, FranceSanta Cruz de La Palma1114€ 1.870,-22P2017Sign on
Oct. 8th 2017Den Helder, NLSa. Cruz de La PalmaEntire first leg€ 2.640,-33E1Sign on
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Nov. 13th 2017Santa Cruz de La PalmaSint Maarten2750€ 2.805,-33P2117Sign on
Dec. 8th 2017Sint MaartenBrigdetown, Barbados360€ 765,-9P2217Sign on
Nov. 13th 2017Sa. Cruz de La PalmaBridgetown, Barb.Entire second leg€ 3.360,-42E2Sign on
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Dec. 17th 2017Bridgetown, BarbadosSanta Marta, Colombia885€ 1.275,-15P2317Sign on
Jan. 1st 2018Santa Marta, ColombiaKingston, Jamaica438€ 1.190,-14P0118Sign on
Jan. 14th 2018Kingston, JamaicaBoca Chica, Dom. Rep.428€ 1.785,-21P0218Sign on
Dec. 17th 2017Bridgetown, Barb.Boca Chica, Do. Rep.Entire third leg€ 4.000,-50E3Sign on
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Feb. 4th 2018Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.Charleston, South. Caro.1190€ 1.700,-20P0318Sign on
Feb. 25th 2018Charleston, South. Caro.Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.1190€ 1.700,-20P0418Sign on
Feb. 4th 2018Boca Chica, Do. Rep.Boca Chica, Do. Rep.Entire fourth leg € 3.200,-40E4Sign on
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March 18th 2018Boca Chica, Do. Rep.Horta, Azores2.504€ 3.060,-36P0518Sign on
April 18th 2018Horta, AzoresDouarnenez, France2.504€ 1.870,-22P0618Sign on
May 10th 2018Douarnenez, FranceAmsterdam, Netherlands505€ 935,-11P0718Sign on
March 18th 2018Boca Chica, Do. Rep.Amsterdam, NLEntire fifth leg€ 5.520,-69E5Sign on
Entire Atlantic Round Voyage2017/2018€14.040,-234E1-5Sign on


Sign onFrom ToDistance NMFee EuroAverage days sea / portBooking nr.
March 11 2018Den Helder, NetherlandsPorto, Portugal988€ 1.425,-19P0118No Sign on
March 30 2018Porto, PortugalNoirmoutier, France580€ 825,-11P0218No Sign on
Leg 1 Den Helder, NetherlandsNoirmoutier, France€ 2.100,-30Leg1Sign on
April 10 2018Noirmoutier, FranceBrixham, UK334€ 600,-8P0318No Sign on
April 18 2018Brixham, UKBrighton, UK136€ 300,-4P0418No Sign on
April 23 2018Brighton, UKDouarnenez, France291€ 675,-9P0518No Sign on
Leg 2 Noirmoutier, FranceDouarnenez, France€ 1.470,-21Leg2Sign on
May 2 2018Douarnenez, FranceBlankenberge, Belgium411€ 825,-11P0618No Sign on
May 13 2018Blankenberge, BelgiumBornholm, Denmark746€1,125,-15P0718No Sign on
Leg 3Douarnenez, FranceBornholm, Denmark€ 1.820,-26Leg3Sign on
May 28 2018Bornholm, DenmarkRostock, via different harbors in the Baltic SeaTo add€ 2.025,-27P0818No Sign on
Leg 4Bornholm, DenmarkRostock, Germany€ 2.025,-27Leg 4Sign on
June 24 2018Rostock, GermanyDouarnenez, France1.137€ 1.650,-22P0918No Sign on
July 16 2018Douarnenez, FranceCopenhagen, Denmark1.028€ 1.350,-18P1018No Sign on
August 3 2018Copenhagen, DenmarkRostock, Germany108€ 300,-4P1118No Sign on
Leg 5Rostock, GermanyRostock, Germany€ 3.080,-44Leg 5Sign on
August 12 2018Rostock, GermanyDen Helder, Netherlands640€ 1.050,-14P1218No Sign on
August 26 2018Den Helder, NetherlandsPorto, Portugal988€ 1.425,-19P1318No Sign on
Leg 6Rostock, GermanyPorto, Portugal€ 2.310,-33Leg 6Sign on
September 16 2018Porto, PortugalBrighton, UK748€ 1.125,-15P1418No Sign on
October 1 2018Brighton, UKDen Helder, Netherlands244€ 525,-7P1518No Sign on
October 8 2018Den Helder, NetherlandsBremerhaven, Germany184€ 375,-5P1618No Sign on
October 17 2018Bremerhaven, GermanyDen Helder, Netherlands184€ 375,-5P1718No Sign on
Leg 7Porto, PortugalDen Helder, Netherlands€ 2.240,-32Leg 7Sign on
Entire voyage 2018€ 12.780,-213Entire voyage 2018Sign on

Sign onFromToDirect distance NM & Days at sea /portFee (Euro) & Booking nr.
June 10 2018Amsterdam, NetherlandsRoyan, France771 NM / 18 days1350,- P0818 Sign on
July 2 2018Royan, FranceAmsterdam, Netherlands via San Sebastian, Spain; Douarnenez, France1.087 NM / 26 days1950,- P0918 Sign on
Entire summer voyageAmsterdam, NetherlandsAmsterdam, Netherlands via San Sebastian, Spain; Douarnenez, France1.858 NM/47 days2.995,- ESV Sign on
Day trip July 29 2018Amsterdam, NetherlandsDen Helder, Netherlands (via North Sea 10-12 hours)50 NM75,- DT2018 Sign on

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.


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.

Booking number

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

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