Tres Hombres round the table

On the occasion of the visit of the “Tres Hombres” in Douarnenez, a round table about cargo shipping by sail has been organised by the Port­Musée de Douarnenez.

The museum curator Kelig­Yann Cotto  introduced the round table.

He spoke about the heritage of traditional cargo sailing vessels and announced that several initiatives are going on in Douarnenez so as to keep both cargo and passenger ship operations possible and well alive in today’s Port­Rhu. The current Fairtransport and TOWT operation is included in a more general layout of the Port­Rhu, which is the historical trade port of Douarnenez, for the forthcoming years.

Then Guillaume Le Grand of TOWT (TransOceanic Wind Transport ­ Transport à la voile) presented a step­by­step  approach, based on mutual interests, for the transition from oil­shipping to wind­sailing and the position of TOWT in this development.

Last but not least, “Tres Hombres” captain Arjen van der Veen explained how an idea of three sailing friends led to the building of the only engine­less transatlantic cargo sailing  vessel, the foundation of Fairtransport B.V. Shipping and Trading and the a revolution in cargo­sailing.

The fascinated audience of app. 100 people (local sailors, organic shop­owners, wooden shipbuilders, shipping company owners and media representatives) asked a lot of questions about the history of the projects, and above all about the financial aspects of ship­building, and crew wages, and the legal framework of a ship that is considered unsafe in many
countries because of the absence of an engine.

After the meeting, Capbio, a douarneniste organisation that fosters, encourages, and promotes organic products, offered a buffet composed of local products and a “Shipped by sail Avocet Ale” tasting.

The night was a good example of how cooperation can be channeled in order to spread the mutual message on developing emission­free transport by wind power.

Cleem Doedens (Fairtransport Communications)
Guillaume Le Grand (TOWT)
Diana Mesa  (TOWT)

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Table ronde à Douarnenez

Loading of wine barrels:

Tres Hombres in DZ:

Tres Hombres in the news -France

Tres Hombres arrived in Douarnenez, France. Enjoy the video!


Ile d´Quassant by Captain Arjen van der Veen

Last night we weathered Ile d´ Quassant on the West. This island is the most western part of France and we needed to go around it in order to reach Douarnenez. We had some squally weather during the whole day yesterday and into the night with wind everytime backing going from west to southwest.  In these squalls there was rain and gust of wind. So we needed to do some reefing at time taking down some sails and setting them again after the squall past. We decided to go make a tack at the watch change 14:00 and made some West heading and tacked again towards the south at 20:00.

Now we are entering the baie de Douarnenez with 8 knots arriving into the inner harbor Port Rhu at High tide. After 4 days out from Brixham we are looking forward to some French Organic wine and Mossels and we have some stockfisk from Norway to taste tonight at the arrival party. This stockfisk is an old dish the people on this coast used to eat. Who knows, we might reintroduce to trade between Bergen Norway and Douarnenez again.

For the people that do not know about the Stockfisk. This is Cod Fish dried in the upper Norway Lavoten on racks in the wind and sun. The Stockfisk we have on board is dried in this traditional way and is a donation of Slow Fish slow Food Norway.

Best Regards,

Captain Arjen van der Veen


DATE:04112014 GMT:1000 POS:48 08 N, 004 30 W COG:81 SOG:7










Tres Hombres crew at Brixham lunchroom

Sail with cargo

When Tres Hombres leaves Stavanger , the ship and her crew will set sail to follow one of the historic trading routes between Norway and France. A part of the cargo exists out of a (symbolic) cargo of ‘cod roe’ (sponsored by Kavli ) , baccala (Klippfisk) and books about this  old tradingroute (dondated by  the Norwegian Museum of Fisheries in Bergen). Besides these Norwegian products, the hold of Tres Hombres is filled with some beautiful organic Tres Hombres pumkins, chocolate and rum ( for sale on board) and Paint a Futures attributes (read our older blogs for Sail&Paint a future).

First stop after Stavanger will be Brixham to pick up beer bound for France. In France  TOWT  (trans oceanic wind transport) is taking care of our next cargo;  organic wine from Olivier Cousin bound for Brazil. From France the next stop will be Setúbal, Portugal than Brava to drop cargo off and get fresh stores on board for the Atlantic crossing… (click here for more destinations)


For now Tres Hombres will stay one more day in Stavanger she will set sail again on Saturday 17th-2014(when the weather permits it).