MEET THE CREW

MEET OUR TRAINEE DARIO

Name: DARIO
Age: 22
Nationality: AUSTRIAN
Position onboard: TRAINEE
Former occupation on land (or how do you keep yourself busy when you are not
sailing)? 
Acting, clowning, basketball.
Which book, film, song and/or event inspired and sparked in you first the
dream of a life at sea? 
Titanic and Castaway.
Once I spent 1hour on a ferry. I really liked the calmness of the sea, this was touching. I felt free.
What to pack for your sea chest, absolutely?
Snacks! Nail clipper!
What to leave ashore, doubtless?
Razor
Which is your favourite peace corner onboard aka where do you hide when you need to be alone.
The poop house.
What do you like the most onboard: a detail of the ship, a routine, a person, an activity…?
The poop house.
Three Magic Words to hold fast to onboard?
Good morning, foc’s’le! [ Traditional wake-up call in the crew accommodations ]
If Tres Hombres was a wild creature, which one she would be?
A camel! You can store a lot of water in a camel.
Biggest fear before joining and greatest satisfaction on the way?
To fall overboard & not to fall overboard.
Why Tres Hombres?
Well, the rum seemed to be pretty good.

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MEET OUR FIRST MATE ARTHUR

Age: 29
Nationality: ENGLISH
Position on board: FIRST MATE
Former occupation on land (or how do you keep yourself busy when you are not sailing)?
I am a jack of all trades which centers around old wooden ships. Carpenter most commonly.
Which book, film, song and/or event inspired and sparked in you first the dream of a life at sea?
For me, sailing has always been an escape, so I guess the true answer is: getting fed up with land-life is what inspires me!
What to pack for your sea chest, absolutely?
Socks (and more socks).
What to leave ashore, doubtless?
A dead fish with gas.
Which is your favourite peace corner onboard aka where do you hide when you need to be alone?
The dinghy. If people talk, you just turn the throttle.
What do you like the most onboard: a detail of the ship, a routine, a person, an activity…?
Ali’s [deckhand] secret stash. NOM.
Three Magic Words to hold fast to onboard?
Gaff Topsail Adventure.
If Tres Hombres was a wild creature, which one would she be?
Estee…
Biggest fear before joining and greatest satisfaction on the way?
Becoming obsolete & becoming obsolete.
Why Tres Hombres?
Stockholm syndrome.

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MEET OUR BOSUN CAMILLE

Age: 28
Nationality: FRENCH
Position on board: BOSUN
Former occupation on land (or how do you keep yourself busy when you are not sailing)?
I’ve been a physiotherapist, but now for 4 years, I have been working on tall ships.
Which book, film, song and/or event inspired and sparked in you first the dream of a life at sea?
It was directly a ship, Hermione. I met l’Hermione at a maritime festival and I saw people working and sailing on it, who were absolutely not professional sailors. Just ‘normal’ people. So I applied and that’s how it started for me.
A book I recommend is ‘Carnet du cap horn’ and ‘ Deux années sur la gaillard d’avant ‘ [Two Years Before the Mast].
What to pack for your sea chest, absolutely?
You really need to take a knife, spike, and a lot of tar and linseed oil. And personally, I brought Mout-Mout and Moska (a big sheep and a little monkey).
What to leave ashore, doubtless?
Connections (in a general meaning), so you can focus on the little community around you.
Which is your favourite peace corner onboard aka where do you hide when you need to be alone.
Somewhere in the rigging, it doesn’t matter where just up there.
What do you like the most onboard: a detail of the ship, a routine, a person, an activity…?
Plenty of things! But I especially love the fact that there are no engines: not for the ship, not for the anchor winch nor the bilge. Also, the food, which is mostly vegetarian, and so the cook, who is preparing it.
Three Magic Words to hold fast to onboard?
Bosuns Are Magical (to be read on the first mate’s t-shirt).
If Tres Hombres was a wild creature, which one would she be?
A small and fast whale.
Biggest fear before joining and greatest satisfaction on the way?
Fear: responsibilities of my role.
Satisfaction: what a nice crew we have! Really motivated people, I am so happy about that!
Why Tres Hombres?
…because I got lucky !

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MEET OUR DECKHAND ALINA

Age: 32
Nationality: GERMAN
Position on board: DECKHAND
Former occupation on land (aka how do you keep yourself busy when you are not sailing)?
Before joining the world of tall ship sailing, I was employed as a social worker providing psycho-social support, care, and protection for children. I also used to work as an outdoor pedagogue and got myself quite involved in a farm project based on animal-assisted therapy. Mountains can keep you busy as well!
Which book, film, song and/or event inspired and sparked in you first the dream of a life at sea?
When I was a kid, I used to live in Italy with my family on the island Elba, where my aunt was running a sailing school. This place was kind of a Kindergarten for me. I guess that it was the very first spark! I also went sailing with my father when I was younger. But mostly it has always been a…feeling. I don’t know why, but I felt like longing to connect myself to the sea and the wind, to leave the Alps and my mountain life behind. A song I was listening to a lot in the past while dreaming of a life at sea was ‘Le vent nous portera’ by Noir Desir, covered by Sophie Hunger. Now, after all this time and especially after the crossing of the Atlantic, the meaning of it [being carried by the wind] has deeply changed.
What to pack for your sea chest, absolutely?
Boots, awareness, music (instrument and headphones), sense of humour, a proper piece of old dutch gouda or parmesan, gratitude, chocolate for the crew (and especially for my officers, so that they can forget more easily when I do something stupid), a generous portion of Zen, quickdrawl, waterproof bag, self-mockery, patience, a really (really) waterproof gear (jacket and trousers), a knife, harness and joy.
What to leave ashore, doubtless?
Doubts. And everything connected to it. It’s challenging to leave them ashore, they are sneaky and can find their way into your luggage easily. They are also pretty resistant, but absolutely useless out there. So double-check your bag before embarking and replace them with the things mentioned in the question above.
Which is your favourite peace corner onboard (aka where do you hide when you need to be alone?)
Definitely the bowsprit! I already felt that during the refit and it got even more proofed at sea. Especially below the bowsprit, possibly in a hammock. Somehow I also really like the cargo hold. Not always, but still. Occasionally it was and is one of my favourite places. Also, I enjoy being at the royal yard. During the crossing, when the ship was rolling through this big blue, the movement was even more intense up there. That’s very unique, very exhausting, very beautiful. Nobody else around, quite a special feeling…
What do you like the most onboard: a detail of the ship, a routine, a person, an activity…?
Night watches, starry skies, Ed’s [the Ship Cook] extra effort to take care of my special diet needs, falling asleep when we are rolling, Arthur’s wake up calls (even when waking up itself is difficult), glowing plankton, Guven’s [Second Mate] lessons, having the opportunity to learn so much, a big bunch of wonderful humans and characters I am very happy to have and/or have had onboard, anchor-chain-action with Camille (the Bosun), leaving shore with the sound of the wind in the sails, putting my feet on a new piece of Earth for the first time and thinking that I got there thanks to the wind.
Three Magic Words to hold fast to onboard?
Depending on my mood I would say either “Try, Trust, Love” (I know: it sounds pathetic, it is pathetic!) or “Tar is Tarmendous”, which can work pretty well too…
If Tres Hombres was a wild creature, which one she would be? I see a dragon. Not a dangerous one, maybe a combination of a Chinese dragon and a friendly kids-books-dragon with a big belly. One which is slow while walking, but when it gets up in the sky becomes elegant and flexible.
Biggest fear before joining and greatest satisfaction on the way?
Fear:
To be the most useless deckhand the world has ever seen or will see.
Satisfaction: to experience the patience and warmth of mates and the whole crew. And to see a moonbow (a rainbow at night) during the crossing.
Why Tres Hombres?
Serendipity: the effect by which one accidentally stumbles upon something truly wonderful especially when looking for something entirely unrelated.
This could be a good answer, to begin with: the opportunity to be the deckhand for this season came to me quite unexpectedly, even if I was dreaming of sailing and getting more involved in the sailing cargo movement. What happened though was far beyond what I could imagine…
The part of me which is still a pedagogue was eager to commit to a project, able to inspire the new generations, to bring them more awareness regarding the environmental issues and the lifestyle challenges we face.
I truly believe in what Fairtransport does and achieves, it is a project which is authentic and true. Now that I experienced it first hand both in the shipyard and on board, I can definitely See and Feel the positive and educational impact, its potential for the future and the possibility to deliver a greater change.

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MEET OUR SECOND MATE – GUVEN

Name: GUVEN

Age: 28

Nationality: FRENCH

Position on board: SECOND MATE

Former occupation on land (or how do you keep yourself busy when you are not sailing)?

I am sailing! And when I am not sailing, I am usually volunteering for sailing projects or helping on a refit. I also like surfing, reading, making music, but I am mainly sailing.

Which book, film, song and/or event inspired and sparked in you first the dream of a life at sea?

A song I was listening to when I was young, “Des que le vent soufflera” [as soon as the wind blows] from a french singer, Renaud. Also, when I was 8 years old I moved to live on a ship with my parents, I guess that sparked and inspired me as well.

What to pack for your sea chest, absolutely?

My knife and spike. Absolutely!

I wish I would have packed more crisps and more pesto, of course.

What to leave ashore, doubtless?

The boom-breaker…

Which is your favourite peace corner onboard aka where do you hide when you need to be alone?

I really enjoy being up in the rigging. For hiding the best spot is at the inner or outer bob lanyard. And I also like my private cabin.

What do you like the most onboard: a detail of the ship, a routine, a person, an activity…?

Rigging, steering, hoisting the stud’s’sails. I like a lot the wooden carved piece above the steering wheel. And for sure the lines and the hull of the Tres. They are really beautiful.

Three Magic Words to hold fast to onboard?

Community, sharing and learning.

If Tres Hombres was a wild creature, which one she would be?

A wild black horse.

Biggest fear before joining and greatest satisfaction on the way?

I was concerned I wouldn’t have time to have vacations after the refit before joining the trip. One of my biggest satisfactions happened during the refit but the outcome is sailing with us.

During the shipyard time back then, I had the chance to make a plank on my own, from measuring to hammer it in her place, on a Whiskey plank day, which is a very nice memory! And during the trip, it was definitely sailing with stud’s’sails. Ah, yes! Another very satisfying moment is to see the crew failing to catch a fish.

Why Tres Hombres? 

Because they are the first ones doing it. Because they are engineless. Because it’s Tres! Talking about sailing cargo is strictly related to the Tres Hombres: it is so inspiring and makes people think differently. Everything is possible! One more dream become true.

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MEET OUR SHIP’S COOK

Name: EDDIE

Age: 32

Nationality: ENGLISH

Position on board: COOK

Former occupation on land (or how do you keep yourself busy when you are not sailing)?

I am working for New Dawn Traders. I am an acupuncturist, carer and set builder.

Which book, film, song and/or event inspired and sparked in you first the dream of a life at sea?

The wish to do it was just always there. To go to the unknown, to the extreme.

A movie that inspired me is  The life aquatic of Steve Zissou.

What to pack for your sea chest, absolutely?

Superglue, woolen socks, woolen jumpers, boots, burn cream.

What to leave ashore, doubtless?

Obligations, ‘loose-ends’ and D.I.D (aka Dramatic Interpersonal Dynamics).

Which is your favorite peace corner onboard aka where do you hide when you need to be alone.

My cabin, because I have the privilege of being alone in there.

What do you like the most onboard: a detail of the ship, a routine, a person, an activity…?

Mealtimes! Inviting friends to my little Bistrot for food, 3 times a day, every day.

Three Magic Words to hold fast to onboard?

Not’ a f***ing word! This will make sense only to a few people, but it is a homage. It is related to a personal story, a fellow sailor, a friend, someone who was very dear to me and who is not with us anymore.

If Tres Hombres was a wild creature, which one she would be?

A black horse; sometimes it feels like we are galloping through the sea.

Biggest fear before joining and greatest satisfaction on the way?

Falling overboard and dying in a storm were my biggest fears.

Making flatbreads in Biscay (in tough weather conditions) my greatest satisfaction.

Why Tres Hombres?

‘cause she is a badass engineless ship!

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From trainee to captain of the Tres Hombres

I have been sailing since before I can remember. When I was a little boy I grew up with my brother and my parents on a small wooden sloop sailing off the coasts of Africa, South America and the Caribbean sea. I did many other things in my life since then but I continued sailing on small leisure sailboats, mostly in the French Brittany and the English Channel.

Six years ago, the 10th of November 2012, I stepped on board Tres Hombres for the first time. It was in Cascais, near Lisbon in Portugal. I was signing on as a Trainee for a three month voyage that would bring me to the Island of Barbados, from where I was going to hitchhike boats to South America and start backpacking towards the pacific. I was looking for something to do with my life that would be more exciting and useful than sitting behind that keyboard for the rest of my career.

By the time we arrived in Barbados, I was feeling more useful on the ship than I had ever felt anywhere on land and my plan to go backpacking suddenly turned into sailing Tres Hombres back across the Ocean and bring her home with her belly full of rum and cacao.

Six years later, after more than 45 000 nautical miles at sea, 10 Ocean crossings and so many encounters, It is time for us to set sails one more time for another long voyage over the Ocean to the Caribbean and back. This time I will be the  Captain of the proud ship and a wonderful crew of salty and hungry sailors.

Remi Lavergne,
Captain of the Tres Hombres.

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Early history of Tres Hombres Part II

While we are sailing close hauled in the English Channel, making a nice course in East North Easterly direction, my thoughts wander off again to the early history of our fine vessel, “Tres Hombres”. In an earlier weblog, I wrote already something about her former life as a navy ship (of the KFK type), for the German Kriegs Marine. And afterwards her transition to a fishing vessel operating from Kiel. Now a bit more about how the story continues:

She used to fish for years, under the name of “Seeadler” in the Baltic, until somewhere in the seventies, she must have became to small or run down, to be profitable. Or maybe there was some European program in place to transfer her fishing quota, and she was, together with many other ships, laid up, in Kiel. This was when an Irish shipowner or businessman, was looking for a new vessel to continue and establish a passenger and cargo line off the West coast of Ireland, between the mainland and the Aran islands. For a few years she brought farmers, townfolk, and tourists, livestock, peat, building materials and drystores to and from the Aran Islands. Then she followed the same fate as she had met previously, and was replaced by a larger vessel to be laid up somewhere in the corner of a rural fishing port. This is where she was found, in 1984, by two Dutch students. They fell in love with her lines, and first dreamed about restoring her to a sailing vessel.

So it comes, somewhere halfway the eighties, the “Tres hombres”, back then still under her Irish name “Baidin”, which means: small blue boat, was towed by a Dutch fisherman to the Netherlands. Towed, because her original engine had been damaged past repair, due to the vessel being partly sunk in harbor, because the pumps must not have been looked after properly. Years later when, we where busy refitting, this fisherman even came by, to tell us the stories about this towing trip. And even then, he explained how beautifully and effortlessly the “Baidin”, while being towed, was going through waves and water. After the ship had arrived in the Netherlands, first a period of rigorous breaking began. The wheelhouse, the accommodation, the spray hood and foredeck, where demolished. From there on refitting started: several steel bulkheads and steel hatches where placed, deck planks and some hull planks, where renewed and a new modern system of caulking was introduced. The old broken engine had to go, and was replaced by an even older, but perfectly sound “Hundested” two cylinder air started engine. The two new owners, invested a huge amount of work, money and love in the ship. First they docked her for years in the museum harbor in Rotterdam, then they moved her to a small harbor in Delft. Here I first saw her, when growing up, and would secretly, together with my father, peak under her tent and dream about sailing a ship like that…

Truly yours,

Capt. Jorne Langelaan

Early history of Tres Hombres Part I

In her 75 years of life, Tres Hombres, has had many different occupations. Starting as a navy vessel for the German Kriegsmarine, being used a a fishing vessel, a package and passenger ferry in Ireland, being laid up at several occasions, and finally becoming an ambassador for the revival of the sailing cargo industry.

Seeadler, was her name when still under German registry. I can not recall if she was built under this name, but what I do know is that her keel was laid in 1943, somewhere in a Northern German shipyard. She was part of a program of the creation of a fleet of KFK”s, about 800 or 900 ships of this type where built. In two or three different diversities of design. The original KFK prototype was designed by an Austrian firm in the thirties. They took a series of hull types of Baltic fishing vessels, assumable sailing vessel hulls, and did one of the first tank tests with them. Through combining these tests, they where able to design a hull with a very small resistance through the water. Great seakeeping capabilities. And the advantage of being able to be effectively maneuvered and propelled, with the smallest amount of propulsion power.

The abbreviation of KFK stands for Kriegs Fischerei Kutter, meaning a vessel designed to be used as a patrol or small army vessel. With the added advantage of the possibility of being utilized as a fishing vessel, after her war duties would be fulfilled. For what exact missions our Tres Hombres served, will probably never be revealed. The story does go, that, after the second world war, she helped to clear the Baltic of mines. And, that during this operation, she even sunk in the Oslo fjord. What we know for sure, is that she picked up her peaceful intentions a few years after the war, and started a fishing career from the port of Kiel.

Truly yours,
Capt. Jorne Langelaan

Update Tres Hombres Refit

Till now we took down the main mast, we cut a big hole in the deck to remove the tanks in the officers/ library compartment. We dismantled the chartroom, the lazarette storage, the bosuns locker, the captains cabin, the library and the officers cabins, the dry store, the forepeak and some of the f’ocsle. There is also a nicely organised workshop container!
We also treated the whole hull from the insideand needle scaled all frames from the library aft.
Tomorrow we will start painting them. The tanks in the library are being rebuild and the black water tank modified.
The main mast chainplates are removed and some of the frames underneath replaced.
Outside we are changing around 20 planks and a third of the ship is already recaulked.
This is only possible because of our amazing volunteers from all over the world. I think the one travelled furthest is our Mexican dentist! Anyways, no differences made – literally everybody is doing all they can do and they invest all their energy in this lovely barge. Thank you!!

If you want to learn something new, if you want to improve your skills, if you have been a caulking mallet yourself for years, if you are any type of crafts(wo)man, if you are eager to help and knock a heavy mallet on your already sore knuckles, posh things up or play the flute to keep the spirits up or if you “just” want to help in Den Helder, Netherlands – please contact crew@fairtransport.nl Learn more: http://fairtransport.eu/tres-hombres-refit-2018-come-and-join/