Tres Hombres

 Engineless Sailing Cargo Ship 


The 32 meter schooner Tres Hombres has been sailing since December of 2009. She will maintain a shipping route for transport of cargo between Europe, the Islands in the Atlantic, the Caribbean and America. In addition to her capacity for 35 tons of cargo she has accommodation for a crew of five professional sailors and 10 trainees.

This brigantine is the prototype vessel for breaking open the market for sailing cargo and the best is…YOU can sail along with her!

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Meet the crew: Conor McGowan, 2nd mate

Name: Conor McGowan Age: 28 Nationality: USA How did you hear of Fairtransport? Two years ago I became curious in sail- freight and did some searching on the internet. At this time I was working in the tall ship industry and my goal was to somehow eventually join the...

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 Be the change you want to see! – By captain Lammert

Fairtransport is like a spark. It started a fire, which is getting bigger and starts spreading around. The old way and the natural way of transporting is part of a bigger movement in the modern time. More and more the agriculture is taking a step backwards and a lot...

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Tres Hombres blog: Southwesterlies in the North Sea

Picture by Remi: Cap Gris Nez As it is to be expected at this season, we are currently facing some quite strong South/West winds while we try to make our way to the dover strait. If it was only for the wind we would sail long tacks from the coast of England to the...

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The good ship Tres Hombres is back at sea again

After weeks and weeks of refit and preparation and thanks to our wonderful tugboat captains, the good ship Tres Hombres is back at sea again. This time it is for her 10th voyage around the Atlantic Ocean ! For now we are bound to France and the north sea is being good...

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Current position of Tres Hombres

AIS Marine Traffic – note signal is lost 30nm offshore

Specifications & History

The Tres Hombres carries a full complement of 12 sails, however she has set up to 19 in the calm caribbean crossings.

We’ve three studding sails, a ‘Jimmy Green’, Bonnet, Raffi, Watercatcher… Plans for a ‘Ringtail’ are underway.

A Minesweeper Rebuilt

The Tres Hombres began as a Minesweeper – a cutter built in 1943. Rediscovered in Delft in 2007 by the “Tres Hombres”.

Power in the Sails

Her composite hull construction was one of the first to be ‘tank tested’, making her incredibly smooth through the water.

Schedules Summer & Winter

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 onFromToDirect distance NM & Days at sea /portFee (Euro) & Booking nr.
May 21 2017Amsterdam, NetherlandsBlankenberge, Belgium132 NM / 7 days595,- & nr P0917 Sign on
May 28 2017Blankenberge, BelgiumEyemouth, Scotland393 NM / 11 days935,- & nr P1017 Sign on
June 8 2017Eyemouth, ScotlandDen Helder, Netherlands280 NM / 9 days765,-& nr P1117 Sign on
Entire SummervoyageDen Helder, NetherlandsDen Helder, Netherlands805 NM / 27 days1.995,- & nr Tot. Sign 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 onFromToDistance NMFeeAverage days sea / portBooking Nr.
Feb 24 th 2018Den Helder, NetherlandsDouarnenez, France531€935,-11P0218 Sign on
March 8 th 2018Douarnenez, France *1Santa Cruz de La Palma1330€2.125,-25P0318 Sign on
April 4 th 2018Santa Cruz de La PalmaBridegetown, Barbados2640€2.720,-32P0418 Sign on
Feb 24 th 2018Entire first leg€5.440,-68E1Sign on
May 6 2018Bridegetown, BarbadosSt. Georges, Grenada155€595,-7P0518 Sign on
May 13 th 2018St. Georges, Grenada *2Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.608€1.530,-18P0618 Sign on
May 31 2018Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.Santa Marta, Colombia504€935,-11P0718 Sign on
May 6 2018Entire second leg€2.880,-E2Sign on
June 11 th 2018Santa Marta, ColombiaHorta, Azores2939€3.825,-45P0818 Sign on
July 27 th 2018Horta, Azores *3Amsterdam, Netherlands1664€2.125,-25P0918 Sign on
June 11 th 2018Entire third leg€5.600,-E3Sign on
Entire AtlanticRound Voyage2018€9.995,-174E1-3Sign on
If time, weather and cargo allow it, we cansail to more destinationsthan scheduled.*1 maybe Madeira *2 maybe Dominica, Montserrat, Bonaire or Marie Galante *3 maybe Brixham or Douarnenez

More info about sailing along

More information about the schedule

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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