NORDLYS

Nordlys (no engine) Possibly the worlds oldest cargo ship (1873)

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As part of the Fairtransport Revolution, she is powered only by the wind through her sails.

Nordlys sails without an engine and is possibly the worlds oldest cargo ship (1873) still working. Nordlys operates in the European coastal trade. Originally built as a fishing trawler, she has been refitted and is able to carry a maximum of 30 tons of wine, olive oil, cider or other goods.

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WANTED: Trainees, cook and (refit) crew!

The core crew to work a sailing vessel are her deckhands. Traditionally they sleep in the focsle, they are the hands "before the mast". They form the working class to: hand, reef and steer, climb, paint, tar or man the pumps. With that, all generalization has been...

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Nordlys blog: As a team in the rhythm of the sea

We are navigating our way from Den Helder to the southern peninsula of Europe. When you are sailing the North Atlantic waters in the early months of the year, the weather conditions might be sometimes a bit rough. Fortunately there are nowadays good weather forecasts...

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Cargo Under Sail: Love (y)our nature, the story of Passeite

Photo Sergio Ferreira People always ask how a girl from the Hague ended up on a Portuguese olive grove... It all started with my first love, my husband, Guilherme, and a little land where his (Passos) family originates from. Not knowing what to do with the land the...

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Cargo Under Sail: Xisto Wines

Xisto Wines, run by Anton Mann and Lela McTernan are proud to be the only UK wine importers dedicated solely to importing Portuguese artisan wines. They work with the new wave of young winemakers , who work sustainably, producing small quantities of the finest quality...

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Sailing cargo schedules

Position of Nordlys

Sailing Schedules

European Route

Nordlys' Route will take her around Europe. She will travel from Norway to Portugal, from France to England, Scotland and Germany. Take regular cargoes of local organic Wine, Stockfish, Olve Oil, Ale, Whiskey and other goods.A regular, dependable service is the number one goal with this ship.

 

Sign onFrom ToDistance NMFee EuroAverage days sea / portBooking nr.
May 1 2018Noirmoutier, FranceBlankenberge, Belgium527€ 900,-12P0318No Sign on
May 13 2018Blankenberge, BelgiumTorquay, UK255€ 675,-9P0418No Sign on
May 22 2018Torquay, UKDouarnenez, France178€ 225,-3P0518No Sign on
Leg 2 Noirmoutier, FranceDouarnenez, France€1.695,-24Leg 2Sign on
May 30 2018Douarnenez, FranceScheveningen, Netherlands490€ 825,-11P0618No Sign on
June 10 2018Scheveningen, NetherlandsRostock, Germany666€ 1.050,-14P0718No Sign on
June 24 2018Rostock, GermanyBornholm, Denmark114€ 150,-2P0818No Sign on
Leg 3 Douarnenez, FranceBornholm, Denmark€1.895,-27Leg 3Sign on
June 29 2018Bornholm, DenmarkCopenhagen, Denmark103€ 150,-2P0918No Sign on
July 2 2018Copenhagen, DenmarkDouarnenez, France1028€ 1.575,-21P1018No Sign on
July 23 2018Douarnenez, FranceRostock, Germany1137€ 1.500,-20P1118No Sign on
Leg 4Bornholm, DenmarkRostock, Germany€2.995,-43Leg 4Sign on
August 12 2018Rostock, GermanyCopenhagen, Denmark108€ 150,-2P1218No Sign on
August 21 2018Copenhagen, DenmarkDen Helder, Netherlands531€ 900,-12P1318No Sign on
September 2 2018Den Helder, NetherlandsPorto, Portugal988€ 1.575,-21P1418No Sign on
Leg 5Rostock, GermanyPorto, Portugal€2.450,-35Leg 5Sign on
September 23 2018Porto, PortugalTorquay, UK635€1.050,-14P1518No Sign on
October 7 2018Torquay, UKDen Helder, Netherlands383€ 675,-9P1618No Sign on
October 17 2018Den Helder, NetherlandsBremerhaven, Germany184€ 225,-3P1718No Sign on
October 22 2018Bremerhaven, GermanyDen Helder, Netherlands184€ 225,-3P1818No Sign on
Leg 6Porto, PortugalDen Helder, Netherlands€2.030,-29Leg 6Sign on
Entire voyage 2018Noirmoutier, FranceDen Helder, Netherlands€9.995,-158Entire voyage 2018Sign on
More info about the schedule

Discount:

To learn the true skills of seamanship it is recommended to stay for longer periods on board. To encourage you to make this decision the ship offers a discount on trainee fees of 10 % if you stay for two voyages and of 25 % if you stay for four voyages or more. (this discount does not apply to voyages in combination with daytrips or the full season)

Full season:

If your intentions are to become an 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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