´There is something happening here.´- by Cleem

DATE:07-05  GMT:20.55  POS:50.27  N,002.07 W COG:80  SOG:5






SEA STATE:slight





The short cut from Fowey to Falmouth is only twenty nautical miles. Because the wind came from the good direction to sail out and would change and increase later on, we left on Thursday afternoon already and made a few miles more, including some tagging and jibing. Friday the first of May we were due to arrive in Falmouth at about three in the afternoon, and so we did. Escorted by a few sailing vessels, among which the Grayhound and the Alva and a ferry with hombre Arjen on board and our hosts of the New Dawn Traders, there were also some other friends of us who came over from Holland. We sailed in the windy bay and moored at a buoy. Again a tricky manoeuvre, but again we managed. Later on we heard that a bagpipe band had welcomed us musically, but due to the hard wind and the concentration on the sail handling we unfortunately missed that. Shortly after the mooring a sailing sloop came by that took the cargo in, which contained 3 barrels of rum and 16 boxes of coffee for the New Dawn Traders, and 8 bales of cacao for a local chocolate maker. It appeared to be that the sloop had its mast on just a day before, so sailing cargo on the first trip is a nice way for a start. Someone told me later on that it was probably the first time in approximal a 100 years there was cargo landed this way in the port of Falmouth: future has began. At night we were brought ashore by a water taxi to a place called the Peapod, where the New Dawn Traders offered us dinner and had organized an inspiring evening with presentations of small organizations, busy with environmental related activities. Alexandra Geldenhuys of the New Dawn Traders, and cook on the Tres Hombres on its previous Caribbean voyage, opened the evening and the current captain Lammert Osinga spoke on behalf of the Fairtransport organization.
On Saturday we were invited to come to the local Poly cinema. A comedian talked in a funny but profound way about the advantages and growing consciousness of fair transport and about life on the Tres Hombres. Images were shown of the journey Alexandra made last year with the ship. The main program was a film about the Grenada Chocolate Company, featuring the late Mott Green initiator and founder of this enterprise that operates in a way not common in the chocolate industry. Representatives of a big company and the price making stock exchangers did not show any consideration with the cacao farmers and the slave labor that is a part of it. The Grenada Chocolate Company sees to it that the small organic farmers get a far more better price for their product. In one of the shots Mott stated to an admirable and religious female cacao farmer that he did not believe in God, but in chocolate. Her slightly puzzled reaction was:`Now, that is interesting.´
For the Tres Hombres crew it was nice to see this documentary. The beautiful images of the factory and the plantation we had just visited a few months before. When we left the two hombres Jorne and Andreas were waiting for us outside the cinema. It was very good seeing them and Freya again after all these months.
On Sunday there was a rum tasting on board the Tres Hombres, also organized by the New Dawn Traders. Several editions of our own rum were available and last year´s -their first- of the New Dawn Traders rum. The topic was their second edition, which we shipped in just two days ago and was bottled the day before. On Sunday evening there was a very nice party at the Peapod, with music, again food for the Tres Hombres crew and all kinds of people who sympathize the ideas and activities that brought us together in Falmouth. When we went back to the ship with our dinghy it was a beautiful sight to see, by the light of the full moon, the Grayhound and the Tres Hombres attached to each other on the mooring buoy. Earlier in the day the Grayhound had come alongside and Marcus and Freya offered sleeping places to Jorne, Andreas and Freya. The next days there were several meetings with the hombres about the future of cargo sailing and about working together. Although small scaled initiatives may seem like little islands on their own, but by joining forces they can form an effective archipelago. All the things we witnessed and took place during our stay in Falmouth made me think of the first line of the sixties Buffalo Springfield song with the appropriate title ´For what it´s worth´: ´There is something happening here.´
On behalf of the crew of the Tres Hombres I´d like to thank the New Dawn Traders and all the other interested and interesting people of Falmouth very much for making our stay there a most pleasant, rewarding and promising one.

Cleem Doedens

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