Fair winds and following seas..

And off she goes.. After months of hard work Nordlys is ready to set sail. Captain Lammert will decide when the wind and tide are right. We’ll post the estimated time of departure (ETD) at our website ( 24 hours before departure.



The picture above shows the first crew of Nordlys on her maiden voyage. It shows a j​ust​  a tiny part of the amazing group of people who made this project happen. We are grateful that all of you; volunteers, friends, supporters and investors are helping out getting Nordlys sailing cargo again.

For a few of the crew it will be their first time on sea with a sailing vessel. Others are true shellbacks and are  longing for the salty air wind in their hair and a view on the horizon.

During the refit period of two years many volunteers helped us getting Nordlys ready. Several of them got their turn sailing on Tres Hombres already, others are waiting for their sailing adventure on trading ketch Nordlys.

Soon Nordlys and her new crew will set sail and we want to introduce you to  the 9 man an women who are going to be the first crew to sail the ship south.

Lammert – Captain & Electrician

Nordlys came to life again thanks to a lot of effort from a lot of people. Together with an enthusiastic crew Nordlys now starts a sailing cargo line service in and around Europe. 

Transporting cargo by sail is the future of sailing​ ​vessels

Ger​h​ard (DE) – Officer & Engineer

Three months ago I arrived to help finish the refit of Nordlys, mainly electricity and steelwork like I did with TH during the total refit period 7 years ago.

​During the maiden voyage of Nordlys we’ll test her seaworthiness. ​See how she will perform, how close she can sail to the wind and what speed can she make?
Nordlys probably performs at her best with a full cargo hold, like we experienced with Tres Hombres.

Jeroen (BE) – Cook & Able Bodied Seaman​

I learned about Tres Hombres and Fairtransport during the Bosun course at the Nautical C​ollege in Enkhuizen, Netherlands. After finishing the course I helped out with the big refit of Tres Hombres in 2013. A few months later I received a phonecall about the new sailing cargo project Nordlys and I decided to join.

This first trip with Nordlys, I will be the cook. I’m looking forward to experience and learn to sail a ship this size without engine. I really love the fact that the cargo decides what our destination will be.

Tristan (FR) – Ordinary Sailor & Carpenter

​I want to feel useful, and that’s what I’ve felt, refitting Nordlys here the past year.​
I came here to learn how to really sail, ​​my only experience is sailing small boats and this is my chance to really learn it.
We build many parts of Nordlys ourselves and on this trip we’ll experience if it all works the way it should.

Jedna (UK) – Ordinary Sailor & Rigger

I applied for a job at sailing vessel Phoenix​ and​ they told me about Nordlys​. I decided to join the refit in Den Helder and learn more about boatbuilding. I used to sail daytrips in and around the Bristol ​C​hannel. ​During those trips, a​s soon as we started to smell the salt air​, we had to turn ship and sail back. During those moments I wanted to sail towards the salty air and sea​!​

I’m really looking forward to set sail with Nordlys and I really hope we are able to sail to Bristol. That would be amazing.

Harold (AT) – Ordinary sailor & Carpenter

​ For me this project was a​ chance to leave Austria and ​to​ learn more about boats.  The project and all it’s surrounding passion ​are inspiring. I came to Den Helder to stay only ​for three months ​but​ soon after ​my arrival ​​I​ decided to go to the Enkhuizer Nautical College. Now I’m going to put my knowledge into action while sailing on Nordlys.

During the refit period I’ve learned all I know about working with wood and boatbuilding. I’m really looking forward to feel how she sails.

Ivo (CH) – Ordinary Sailor & Carpenter

While hitchhiking​,​ my comrade Fabian met a friend of Captain Andreas and he told about the Nordlys Project in the Netherlands. We decided to go there and help finishing the ship.

I’m really looking forward to go sailing with such a vessel, it must be a really nice experience. It’s a good way of trave​​ling too! It suits my way of life. As traveling carpenters (​W​andergesellen) we have to walk or hitchhike to our next project

Fabian (CH) – Ordinary Sailor & Carpenter

I got here to learn some new skills, after 2.5 years of traveling, I never worked on a boat. One thing I really learned these few months… there are no 90 degrees corners on this ship!

Hopefully we will be sailing to Portugal  because our next carpenter-project is in Spain and Ivo and I would like to cycle from Portugal to Barcelona.

Lucy (FR) – Ordinary Sailor & Steelworker

I heard about the project while  I was taking a course at the Enkhuizer Nautical college one year ago.

I decided to check it out and I stayed, I even postponed my course to work on Nordlys. During the last year I learned how to work with steel and I’ve made many of the steel parts on board.

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