DATE:20-6 GMT: 15:12 POS:52 27,5 N, 003 58,5 E COG: 23 SOG:7
GENERAL SYNOPSIS: ON BOARD THE TRES HOMBRES

WIND DIR: nw
WIND SPD:4bft
CLOUDS:7-8
SEA STATE:1,5
SEA TEMP:16,3
AIR TEMP:16
AIR PRES:1020

Weblog Captain Arjen van der Veen

Sailing on the North Sea,

We departed from Vlissingen wednesday morning at around 0830 with the help of the Hermes our privat tugboat whom pulled us a little down the Westerschelde. Prior to departure we spend 10 days in Middelburg for the celibration of the abolishing of the slave trade. The Tres Hombres was towed by two workhorses from Vlissingen to Middelburg that where walking a patch specialy made in the old days to do the same job. We had a long line of 70 meter connected to the horse and the ship. Incredible how easy the horses had to work pulling the Tres Hombres. That week we showed 550 schoolchildren from all schooldistricts around Middelburg our wonderful ship. Cleem our shore captain and crew told them all about the way of the wind and why we have a sailing vessel without engine. But also that we are still slave of oil. We asked the children of group 7 and 8 what alternatives there are for oil. Yes, solar, windpower, but also use less energy. I think it made them think about the future where there is no fossil fuel left anymore. I think Cleem will write more about Middelburg in a speparate weblog.

Thursday was a day drifting with the current 6 hours North and 6 hours south cause of no wind. Around 1600 the wind came back from the North. We decided to head back to the Dutch coast. At night we passed the shipping lanes in front of Hoek van Holland. This Friday morning we tacked of the coast of Scheveningen and headed out to sea again. After lunch we tacked with all hands after a very tasty dinner made by Cooky & Docy! or also called T & T (Tim & Til) The wind is North West and we heading for Den Helder.

This morning I had a moment of myself remembering that my sailor friend Stelth had his funeral. God bless my friend in the heavens.

Captain Arjen van der Veen

P.S.: Some showers with shifting of the wind, not very sunny but temperature okay. Trainees start getting their sealegs.

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