2 November 2014 - Fairtransport
Friday the 31st of October, Brixham Harbour. As soon as the cargo of organic Avocet Ale arrives, we start loading it in the cargo hold. We have to be quick, water is flowing out of the harbour as we come closer to low tide time. A human chain transfers all the 5400 bottles in a 2 hours time, and a smaller team makes sure the cargo is sea tight. Just before Tres Hombres and the tugboat get stuck in the harbour, we are toed out and ready to set all sails. A south-easterly wind pushes us to the coast of Normandy.
The night falls and the moon is showing up. As captain Arjen steers the ship, a spooky night begins. Emily, crewmember on Tres Hombres tells us a Halloween tale for the pleasure of port watch. Everyone is invited to add to the scenario.. This is how, all of a sudden, that all of the pumpkins aboard Tres Hombres come alive, a giant whirlpool opens next to the ship and drowns all the bottles of Rhum, beer and chocolate, and the ghost of Mickael Jackson appears at the bow of the ship.
But the worst case scenario does not belong to the story but to reality. By 1am, all the ships suddenly disappear from the AIS monitor and leave us alone in the dark sea! Malfunction or Halloween joke? The ships reappear on the chart eventually, relieving the frightened crew.
Morning comes, sweeping all horror stories with a bright sun. Now the crew has to make the most of this beautiful Saturday morning, as we pass next to Alderney Island, and prepare for the gale – force 7 – that is coming tonight…
GENERAL SYNOPSIS: ON BOARD THE TRES HOMBRES
WIND DIR: WSW
WIND SPD: 15 knts
CURRENT DIR: ENE
CLOUDS: 2/8, sunny
SEA STATE: 1 to 1,5 m Westerly swell
SEA TEMP: 16.5 C
AIR TEMP: 16 C
AIR PRES: 1017 hPa
Life on Tres Hombres has been an experience and a half! After a few years where we all had a life constraining effect from corona and a chance meeting with an old friend who had sailed on Tres Hombres previously my heart was set on an adventure. A sailing trip from Amsterdam to Les Sables […]
LOCATION NOTES: Den Helder: for those who have been around Tres Hombres since her early days, this name will ring more than one bell and recall many memories. It is a town in Noord Holland which faces the island of Texel and looks over the Wadden Zee, with its place in the maritime history of […]
MEET OUR TRAINEE ARCO Age: 60 Nationality: DUTCH Position onboard: TRAINEE Former occupation on land (aka how do you keep yourself busy when you are not sailing)? I am a father of two. I work as occupational health physician, insurance physician, and an instituutsopleider at the Radboud University in Nijmegen (e.g. training new medical specialists). I also volunteer for the local GroenLinks political party, […]