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 Alex: Madeira- La Palma

Madeira – La Palma So we left Madeira on the Monday the last week and for me this was also the beginning of my trip on Tres Hombres. I came on board the Sunday before and I was showed around, I moved on my bunk in the forepiek and put all my stuff in my seaman’s... read more

Tres Hombres is heading to La Palma Canarias

DATE:17-05 GMT:00.45 POS:32.16 N,16.45 W COG: 170 SOG:9 Ahoy, Tres Hombres is underway again. Right now we make good progress south; direction La Palma. It was not very easy to get away from the island of Madeira> Because the island is so high, there was now wind just... read more

Tres Hombres is tacking her way to Madeira

DATE:08-05 GMT:19.07 POS:32.01 N,16.24 W COG:215 SOG:8 Ahoy, Tacking our way to Funchal, Progress towards our goal isn’t going very fast, Because of the ocean waves and swell. The sun gives us warmth and positive energy. Lot’s of dolphins and a whale or... read more

Current position of Tres Hombres

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

Tres Hombres

Sign onFromToDirect distance NM & Days at sea /portFee (Euro) & Booking nr.
April 3rd 2016Den Helder, NLDouarnenez, FR531 NM / 13 days 1105,- & nr P0 16 Sign on
April 18th 2016Douarnenez, FRMadeira, Portugal1114 NM / 25 days2125,- & nr P0516 Sign on
April 3rd 2016Den Helder, NL.Madeira, Portugal3040,- & nr E1 Sign on
May 15th 2016Madeira, PortugalGrenada2766 NM / 44 days3740,- & nr P0516 Sign on
June 12th 2016GrenadaSanta Marta, Colombia759 NM / 8 days680,- & nr P0616 Sign on
June 23rd 2016Santa Marta, ColombiaBoca Chica, Dom. Rep.504 NM / 16 days1360,- & nr P0616a Sign on
May 15th 2016Madeira, PortugalBoca Chica, Dom. Rep.4800,- & nr E2a Sign on
July 13th 2016Boca Chica, Dom rep.Horta, Azoren2404 NM / 38 days3230,- & nr P0716 Sign on
Aug 21st 2016Horta, AzorenAmsterdam, Netherlands1638 NM / 25 days2125,- & nr P0816 Sign on
July 13th 2016Boca Chica, Dom rep.Amsterdam, Netherlands4950,- & nr E3a Sign on
Entire Atlantic Round trip 2016Den Helder, NetherlandsAmsterdam, Netherlands161 days9100,- & nr E1-3 Sign on

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Sign onFromToDistance NMFeeAverage days sea / portBooking Nr
Oct 31 st 2016Den Helder, NetherlandsDouarnenez, France531€ 935,0011P1016 Sign on
Nov 14 th 2016Douarnenez, FranceSanta Cruz de La Palma1330€ 2.125,0025P1116Sign on
Oct 31 st 2016Den Helder, NetherlandsSanta Cruz de La Palma€ 2.880,0037E1Sign on
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Dec 15 th 2016Santa Cruz de La PalmaBridgetown, Barbados2.640€ 2.210,0026P1216Sign on
Jan 10 th 2017Bridgetown, BarbadosSanta Marta, Colombia885€ 1.020,0012P0117Sign on
Jan 22 2017Santa Marta, ColombiaBoca Chica, Dom. Rep.504€ 1.27515P0117aSign on
Dec 15 th 2016 Santa Cruz de La Palma Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.€ 4.250,0053E2Sign on
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Feb 5th 2017Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.Horta, Azores2.504€ 3.060,0038P0217Sign on
Mar 16 th 2017Horta, AzoresAmsterdam, Netherlands1.638€ 2.040,0026P0317Sign on
Feb 5th 2017Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.Amsterdam, NL.4142€ 4650,-E3Sign on
Entire Atlantic Round Voyage 2016/2017€9.100,00E1-3Sign on
April 17 2017Amsterdam, NLEnkhuizen, NL25€ 501P0417Sign on
April 19 2017Enkhuizen, NLDen Helder, NL25€ 501P0517Sign 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 onFrom ToDistance NMFee EuroAverage days sea / portBooking nr.
May 20 2016Den Helder, NetherlandsOstend, Belgium98€ 300,-4p0316No Sign on
May 29 2016Ostend, BelgiumLeixoes, Portugal854€ 1.200,-16p0416No Sign on
June 15 2016Leixoes, PortugalBristol, England 727€ 1.425,-19p0516No Sign on
July 4 2016Bristol, EnglandBrest, France279€ 975,-13p0616No Sign on
July 18 2016Brest, FranceDouarnenez, France50€ 75,-1p0716No Sign on
July 21 2016Douarnenez, FranceBrixham, England279€ 600,-8p0816No Sign on
July 29 2016Brixham, EnglandLeixoes, Portugal631€ 1.200,-16p0916No Sign on
August 14 2016Leixoes, PortugalBristol, England 727€ 1.125,-15p1016No Sign on
August 29 2016Bristol, England Douarnenez, France279€ 825,-11p1116No Sign on
September 9 2016Douarnenez, FranceCopenhagen, Denmark1028€ 1.350,-18p1216No Sign on
September 28 2016Copenhagen, DenmarkBornholm, Denmark103€ 300,-4p1316No Sign on
October 3 2016Bornholm, DenmarkHalmstad, Sweden162€ 375,-5p1416No Sign on
October 10 2016Halmstad, SwedenDen Helder, NL482€ 900,-12p1516No Sign on
March 27 2016Den Helder, NetherlandsDen Helder, Netherlands5699€ 10.650,142S2016 Sign on


Sign onFromToInfoAverage days sea / portBooking nr / Fee
27th & 28th March 10.00 - 16.00Charlestown Harbour-Open Ship
29th March 2016Charlestown HarbourDouarnenez, Brittany Move cargo to Brittany on the Johnny Route. Cross the English Channel delivering Devon and Cornish ales and picking up organic French wine on the other side7GR290316 / £ 525 BOOK NOW
5th of April 2016Douarnenez BrittanyFalmouth HarbourMove cargo from the historic port of Douarnenez in Brittany picking up organic French wine. Sail the ship like they used to with man power7GR050416 / £ 525 BOOK NOW
30st of May 2016Brixham Douarnenez BrittanyMeet the Bretons and take pride in delivery under sail. This voyage includes, loading and offloading cargo, night sailing, sailing in a watch system. Also includes a ale and wine tasting and entry to Douarnenez maritime museum.7GR300516 / £ 525 BOOK NOW
6th of June 2016Douarnenez BrittanyFalmouth Harbourhis voyage includes, loading and offloading cargo, night sailing, sailing in a watch system. Also includes a ale and wine tasting and entry to Douarnenez maritime museum. 7GR060616 / £ 525 BOOK NOW
17th of June 2016Falmouth HarbourNantesThis voyage includes, loading cargo, night sailing, sailing in a watch system. Also includes a wine tasting so you can try the organic wines that we will be loading. Sail the ship like they used to with man power and as little engine as possible. 10GR170616 / £ 750 BOOK NOW
27th of June 2016NantesDouarnenez BrittanyThis cargo voyage will end in Douarnenez where you will offload the cargo into the warehouse. The sail between Nantes and Douarnenez travels through a fantastic cruising area7GR270616 / £ 700 BOOK NOW
24th of July 2016Douarnenez BrittanyFalmouth HarbourMove cargo from the historic port of Douarnenez in Brittany picking up organic wine. Join the ship at the end of the Douarnenez maritime festival.7GR240716 / £ 525 BOOK NOW
8th of Sept. 2016PenzanceDouarnenez BrittanyMove cargo to Brittany on the Johnny Route. Cross the Channel delivering Devon and Cornish ale and picking up organic wine on the other side7GR080916 / £ 525 BOOK NOW
15th of Sept. 2016Douarnenez BrittanyFalmouth HarbourMove cargo from the historic port of Douarnenez in Brittany picking up organic wine. Sail the ship like they used to with man power and as little engine as possible7GR080916 / £ 525 BOOK NOW
BOOK NOWBOOK NOWBOOK NOWAll prices include food eaten onboard, wet weather jackets and salopettes, life jackets, safety gear, bedding and bed linen. Prices do not include alcohol, meals taken ashore or travel insurance. BOOK NOWBOOK NOW

Sign onFrom ToDistance NMFee EuroAverage days sea / portBooking nr.
April 30 2017Den Helder, NLDouarnenez, FR531825,-11p0117No Sign on
May 13 2017Douarnenez, FrLeixoes, PT511825,-11p0217No Sign on
May 25 2017Leixoes, PTBristol, UK7271.425,-18p0317No Sign on
June 11 2017Bristol, UKDen Helder, NL631975,-13p0417No Sign on
June 25 2017Den Helder, NLRiver Thames, UK205450,-6p0517No Sign on
July 2 2017River Thames, UKDouarnenez, FR415600,-8p0617No Sign on
July 12 2017Douarnenez, FrGothenburg, SWE9211.275,-17p0717No Sign on
July 28 2017Gothenburg, SweCopenhagen, DK137300,-4p0817No Sign on
August 2 2017Copenhagen, Dk Bornholm, DK103300,-4p0917No Sign on
August 6 2017 Bornholm, DKRostock, DE1141.350,-4p1017No Sign on
August 14 2017Rostock, DEDen Helder, NL6401.050,-14p1117No Sign on
August 29 2017Den Helder, NLLeixoes, PT9841.425,-19p1217No Sign on
September 16 2017Leixoes, PTBristol727975,-13p1317No Sign on
April 30 20176.64610.650,-142Tot. 2017 Sign on

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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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