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!


Tres Hombres blog from trainee Liz: A ship runs on goodwill

DATE: 01-12-2016  GMT:1807  POS: 45 10 N, 8 00 W   COG: 210  SOG: 8.7 A ship runs on goodwill. Without the sails and the ropes and the hull, of course, we would all be swimming in the chilly Bay of Biscay at the moment, but what really makes this ship go is goodwill.... read more

Tres Hombres blog from Shimra: And so, the legend is true

And so, the legend is true : from Den Helder to Douarnenez in 3 days. Just puke 3 times, wish, and you’re there. After tacking like crazy to leave the Wadden Sea, to the sounds of horns and fire works from our loved ones on the dijk , NE winds carried us at 12... read more

Tres Hombres left Den Helder for the 9th time

Tres Hombres left Den Helder for the 9th time to sail the Atlantic route. We wish captain Andreas Lackner and crew Fair Winds and Following Seas. Click on the link below to see Tres Hombres leaving Den Helder... read more

Current position of Tres Hombres

Spot Finder Satelitte

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.
April 25 2017Den Helder, NLDouarnenez, Fr531 NM / 11 days935,- & nr P0917 Sign on
May 8 2017Douarnenez, FrAmsterdam, NL505 NM / 11 days935,- & nr P1017 Sign on
Entire first leg1036 NM1.450,- & nr E1 Sign on
May 20 2017Amsterdam, NLBlankenberge, Be120 NM / 4 days340,- & nr P1117 Sign on
May 27 2017Blankenberge, BeEyemouth, Sco391 NM / 9 days765,- & nr P1217 Sign on
June 6 2017Eyemouth, ScoStavanger, No347 NM / 6 days510,- & nr P1317 Sign on
June 14 2017Stavanger, NoDen Helder, NL390 NM / 9 days765,- & nr P1417 Sign on
Entire second leg1248 NM1.995,- & nr E2 Sign on
June 25 2017Den Helder, NLLondon, UK226 NM / 7 days595,- & nr p1517 Sign on
July 5 2017London, UKDen Helder, NL226 NM / 7 days595,- & nr p1617 Sign on
Entire third leg452 NM995,- & nr E3 Sign on
Aug. 21 2017Den Helder, NLVlissingen, NL134 NM / 4 days340,- & nr p1717 Sign on
Sept. 4 2017Vlissingen, NLDen Helder, NL134 NM / 4 days340,- & nr P1817 Sign on
Entire fourth leg268 NM580,- & nr E4 Sign on
Entire Summervoyage3.278 NM4.995,- & 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 10 th 2018Douarnenez, FranceSanta Cruz de La Palma1330€ 2.250,-25P0318 Sign on
Feb 24 th 2018Den Helder, NetherlandsSanta Cruz de La Palma€ 2.880,-36E1Sign on
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Apr 2nd 2018Santa Cruz de La PalmaSt. Georges, Grenada2791€ 2.970,-33P0418 Sign on
May 5 th 2018St. Georges, GrenadaSanta Marta, Colombia789€ 1.440,-16P0518 Sign on
May 20 th 2018Santa Marta, ColombiaHalifax, Canada2106€ 3.600,-40P0618 Sign on
Apr 2nd 2018Santa Cruz de La PalmaHalifax, Canada€ 6.990,-E2Sign on
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June 28 th 2018Halifax, CanadaHorta, Azores1609€ 1.890,-21P0718 Sign on
July 18 th 2018Horta, AzoresAmsterdam, Netherlands1638€ 2.070,-23P0818 Sign on
June 28 th 2018Halifax, CanadaAmsterdam, Netherlands€ 3.490,-44E3Sign on
Entire Atlantic Round Voyage2018€ 9.995,-169E1-3Sign on
Schedule coming soon
Nordlys is being refitted Winter 2016/2017


Signing onFromToNautical milesFee (€)Average daysnr.
Sailing SouthMediterranean Odyssey
Oct. 31 2016Den Helder, NetherlandsBrixham, UK  - Douarnenez, Fr - Sines, Port - Alicante, Esp - Barcelona, Esp - Messina, It - Greek Islands, Greece - Kalamater, Greece 3.062€ 4,950,-71Leg 1 No Sign on
Sailing WestAdriatic Odyssey
January 10 2017Kalamater, GreeceSplit, Croa - Venice, It - Bari, It - Cagliari, It - Alicante, Esp - Sines, Port - Falmouth, UK - Den Helder, NL4.347€ 4,950,-71Leg 2 No Sign on
European Grand Tour
Oct. 31 2016Den Helder, NetherlandsBrixham, UK - Douarnenez, Fr - Sines, Port - Alicante, Esp - Barcelona, Esp - Messina, It - Greek Islands, Greece - Kalamater, Greece - Split, Croa - Venice, It - Bari, It - Cagliari, It - Alicante, Esp - Sines, Port - Falmouth, UK - Den Helder, NL7.409€ 7.950142EGT No Sign on

Sign onFrom ToDistance NMFee EuroAverage days sea / portBooking nr.
April 14 2017Den Helder, NetherlandsPorto, Portugal988€ 1.950,-26p0117No Sign on
May 10 2017Porto, PortugalPenzance, UK591€ 1.125,-15p0217No Sign on
May 25 2017Penzance, UKDouarnenez, France134€ 525,-7p0317No Sign on
June 1 2017Douarnenez, FranceAmsterdam, Netherlands505€ 1.275,-17p0417No Sign on
April 14-June 18 2017Den Helder, NetherlandsAmsterdam, Netherlands2218€ 3.900,-65Leg 1 Sign on
June 18 2017Amsterdam, NetherlandsTerneuzen, Netherlands141€ 525,-7p0517No Sign on
June 25 2017Terneuzen, NetherlandsDouarnenez, France444€ 1.125,-15p0617No Sign on
July 9 2017Douarnenez, FranceCopenhagen, Denmark1028€ 1.575,-21p0717No 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
June 18-August 25 2017Amsterdam, NetherlandsDen Helder, Netherlands2.481€ 4.440,-74Leg2 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 14-October 11 2017Den Helder, NetherlandsDen Helder, Netherlands2.045€ 2.520,-42Leg 3 Sign on
April 30 2017Den Helder, NetherlandsDen Helder, Netherlands6744€ 9.500,-176WV2017 Sign on

2017 Schedule coming soon
2017 Schedule coming soon

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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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