Tres Hombres Going Well — By Fluffy

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DATE: 7dec15 GMT: 2000 POS: 14º07.2′ N, 40º00.1’W COG: 260º SOG:6kts

GENERAL SYNOPSIS: ON BOARD THE TRES HOMBRES

WIND DIR:east

WIND SPD:15kts

CURRENT DIR:west

CLOUDS:cumulus

SEA STATE:calm

SEA TEMP:24º

AIR TEMP:30º

AIR PRES:1015hpa

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Setting sails in order to set sail, as no engine does she have
Her fuel , the calloused hands , the kiss of the wind and the knowledge of the ropes
This knowledge is new to me but unfolds in a nautical language of old
It unfolds as do the sails through calls by the captain or mate
‘Brace the yards , Douse the Royal, let go the starboard sheet,
No that’s the huelyard of the upper Bob’ The Bosun heard to shout
As the flurry of frenetic human movement subsides and all sails spectaculy rise
The flying gliding forward causes all crew to heave a sigh
A sigh of pure contentment and bliss , that only true sailing can bring

Setting sail across the mighty seas
Setting sail upon the majestic ocean
Setting sails on the masts of the Tres Hombres

We lurch and rock n roll onwards upon the Atlantic sea
With a crew of punk rock pirates , the flag ship of the fleet
This growing fleet of fair transport ships ,
with there mission and life style to teach.
To teach the fuel crazed fast paced folk ,
to regain control of there lives,
Through choosing fair fine food and  goods from source
and sailing them emission free
Emission free from A to B , the Tres Hombres message is clear .
With her belly already part full of rum ,
with many more delights to come.

Setting sail across the mighty seas
Setting sail upon the majestic ocean
Setting sails on the masts of the Tres Hombres

And now we sail into the clear blue world ,
clearing the mind and cleaning the soul.
The wind in her sails does sing.
The song she sings , sedately for now , can change at any time.
From a laluby or whisper , that hardly does she move
To a screaming squall that brings with rain and sails to be doused.
But for the now she sings a constant song for her square sails to be full
Full enough to move us forward , knocking off miles through the swell.
This swell of the gulf stream and trade winds of old , mother nature’s motorway.

Setting sail across the mighty seas
Setting sail upon the majestic ocean
Setting sails on the masts off the Tres Hombres

So here i am . one of thirteen crew aboard this engineless Brigintine
The star board watch is the watch i am in , under the first mate’s charge
He schools us in sea man ship , the weather and the wind
He’s also a deep lover of music old and new,He rocks out at the helm
Often given our ears a treat .
From gypsy punk to classic folk and all genres in between.
Though for the night watches the music’s off, so the port side watch can sleep.
but then all our senses are given a treat.
by the show of the stars and moon.
And as lady moon goes from full to small,
the stars take center stage .
Nebuli and galaxies , consterlations and milky ways ,
outstanding to behold
Only to be abstractly mirrored
by bio luminessence plankton of the figure headed bow.

Setting sail across the mighty seas
Setting sail upon the  majestic ocean
Setting sails on the masts of the Tres Hombres

Three times a day our most groovy chef , from our ever dwinerling provisions
Always a fine feast does he make.
The bosun teaches us knots and ship care , as flying fish dance by
and up the rigging once again i climb to the yard of the royal sail
Often just creating excuses, just for the thrill of the climb.
As going aloft as the boat does rock , is a joy in every sense .
And on a ship mate’s birthday , a cake on the night watch i bake,
And our Captain baberques a fresh caught fish,as dolphins and whales swim by.
and once a week we drink a toast to each other and to life
so as another day passes and nearer land we get
i really wanted to share  with you ,
quite how great the Tres Hombres truly is………

Setting sail across the mighty seas
setting sail upon the majestic ocean
setting sails on the masts of the Tres Hombres

Huge love to all my people especialy M and D, B.P. and E.P

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Sailing Cargo Vessel Nordlys on her way home

We are happy to tell you Nordlys her ETD (estimated time of departure) is today at +-  14.00

 

Nordlys and her crew will set sail to the Netherlands with a short stop in England. She will have a small cargo of cider on board bound for Van der Lem, our local liquor store in Den Helder. Place your order for sail shipped cider (Netherlands only) by sending an e-mail to trading@fairtransport.nl (we’ll forward it to van der Lem) . You want sail shipped cider in your country too? Get you local store / importer involved in shipping by sail and Contact Us!
We expect Nordlys back at Willemsoord, Den Helder the end of this month. As soon as we know more about her arrival we will post an up-date again!
You might be able to see Nordlys leaving Douarnenez at this link Douarnenez webcam
Ahoy!

NEWS! Nordlys is about to set sail from Douarnenez. – by capt. Lammert

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There is this old saying; “Ship and Men, Rot in Port”.…. For us it is time to go to back to sea.
Although Douarnenez is a beautiful place to be and the people are truly nice over here, now it is going to be time to cast of the lines and set sail. We have to transport precious products with the wind.

The reason of our long stay in Douarnenez, is one I do not wish to overcome to other sailors. For me, being a skipper for some years, this is the first “crazy” accident that happened to me and to the ship. Something I hope will never happen again. Not to me and not to any other sailor as well.

Hard working and tired fishermen at sea, can become a nightmare.  The struggle with the insurance companies is another one, which follows. Because of insurance companies, we were hardly allowed to work on the damage ourselves. We, with Fair Transport, already try to make the world of transport a bit more in the natural way.  Perhaps it is time to slightly convert the insurance system as well. Into one, which is “really” helping people in need.

On the ship, we have been working on caulking the planks and also on the rigging we had things to do. We have been for about one month on the slipway. This is a place with a beautiful view and we could enjoy the sunrise and sunset every day from the ship. Bretagne is just another example of how beautiful the world really is.

Jean-Rene, one of the workers on the slipway, became a good friend.  We were invited to his house, where he lives with his wife and their two children. They are growing their own food and making their own cider. On his land he has been planting more than three thousand trees. A small forest planted by just one man.

Just imagine ….If we all just would treat the world with big respect, like this man does. There would be plenty if everything for all the people in the world. Living within the creation of plenty, instead of creating plenty of plenty we don’t really need.

There was enough time for cultural exploration in Bretagne. We have been visiting the countryside and the coastline. We were invited on small farms and harvesting our food our selves. One day we helped Paulette, a beautiful Breton lady with a small farm. We helped picking apples for making a delicious apple juice. We’ve got twenty bottles for the ship out of the total production of four hundred twenty bottles. The money for the apple juice is for a cinema project, which travels by sailing boat with the name  “Sobre las Olas”.  They perform interesting documentaries about the beautiful and crazy world we are living in.

Jeroen, our cook, was cooking two times in a local restaurant and we were all invited. Chez Mathurin is just the best restaurant in town; delicious food and only natural wine. We made a lot of contacts and friends.  People come by to bring fresh fish, apples, vegetables and so on. Life is not too bad here in Dournenez,

We have been sailing on a small boat to “Ile de Sein”. This is a small island west of Finisterre. The roughness of this place, where the ocean meets the land, is just amazing. Rocks, waves, current and swell… We were sailing all the way into the harbor, without using the stinking machine, and the next day we sailed out only by the wind. Anne-Flore , thank you so much for this awesome weekend.

We’ve been visiting the boat building school and sail maker school in town. There is a big community on building of and sailing with traditional boats in Douarnenez. We met Christoph from “ Plein Mer”. They are doing a very nice job on building and restoring old wooden boats. Of course a lot of people came a board to visit the Nordlys. Every time people who come on Nordlys are amazed of the fact, the ship is having no engine at all.

We adjusted a mast and sail on our dinghy, so we can go sailing in the harbor. It’s a beautiful wooden dinghy, perfect for sailing and rowing. Most of the crew had some time of. Time to visit family and friends. After two years hard working on Nordlys to make her sail again, it was a good moment for some rest as well. Live is not only about working.

One Saturday we organized a party on the boat. The cargo hold was still empty, so we transformed it into a dancing place. There was only organic beer and natural wine….. and of course some Tres Hombres rum. A big success it was.

Right now the ship and her crew are ready to go back at sea. We have some time to do sail training and little adjustment on the rigging. We managed to organize a cargo of Breton Cider for England and the Netherlands, which we can deliver to the cargo owners before the winter feasts. On board, everybody is delighted to have this cargo on board right now. We show the world, transport can be done in a different way.

“In die Ruhe liegt die Kraft”, as they say in Germany. Right now I am working on the adjustments of the sea charts. The North Sea starts to look like an industrial zone. A lot of oil and gas riggings, highways for the big ships, new wind farms for the so called “green energy”.  In between they create some marine reserve areas.  I hope there will be still some place to sail.

These are the waters we are going to sail. It is winter right now, so it will be cold. Most of the storms will hit the north of Ireland and Scotland. We will take the right window according to the forecasts. Whole the crew is excited to do this trip. We have enough warm clothes and sail back to Den Helder and prepare the ship for next year’s program.

We have cargo to sail and inspire the people with what we do……

Let’s combine our forces and make it happen!

Captain Lammert

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Fitness-Studio “Tres Hombres”- by Rolf Draether

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DATE: 4nov15 GMT:1100 POS: 42º30.8′ N,17º23.6′ W COG: 120º SOG:7kts

GENERAL SYNOPSIS: ON BOARD THE TRES HOMBRES

WIND DIR:south-west

WIND SPD:4bfts

CLOUDS:total overcast of nimbus cumulus

SEA STATE:calm

SEA TEMP:16ºC

AIR TEMP:14ºC

AIR PRES:1009hPa

Fitness-Studio “Tres Hombres” – Rolf Draether

Seit ueber einer Woche sind wir schon wieder auf See und arbeiten uns nach Sueden vor. Richtung Kanaren, nach La Palma.
Dazu waere Wind aus Nord natuerlich ideal. Aber die vielbeschworenen Trade-Winds sind bisher ausgeblieben. Wer weiss, welchem Gott der Winde wir ueber die Fuesse gesegelt sind, ohne uns angemessen zu entschuldigen? Und so muessen wir es nehmen wie es kommt. Meisstens am Wind entlang, Full&By.

Und waehrenddessen arbeiten wir an unserer Fitness. Unser Fitness-Studio heisst “Tres Hombres” und ist ein Open Air Komplex, denn wir sind immer an der frischen Luft.
Das Trainingsprogramm schreiben uns der Wind und die Wellen. Und das Schiff, denn das steht keinen Augenblick still. Und jede seiner Bewegungen will ausgeglichen werden:
1) Unsere gesamte Rumpfmuskulatur trainieren wir, indem wir mit stetigen kleinen Bewegungen das Becken und den Rumpf ueber den Knie- und Fussgelenken ausbalancieren. Aufrecht stehen bleiben heisst diese Uebung.

2) Rund um die Uhr erhalten Bizeps und Trizeps in Kombination mit Ruecken- und Brustmuskulatur ihre Trauiningseinheiten, wenn das Schiff um die Laengsachse rollt und wir uns bei der Wache am Kartenhaus abstuetzen oder an der Safetyline einen Klimmzug machen.

3) Die Nackenmuskulatur wird durch das staendige Kopfkreisen gestaerkt, mit dem wir in alle Richtungen nach Schiffen und Lichtern Ausschau halten.

4) Das Ganze wird ergaenzt und abgerundet durch kurze intensive Workouts, wenn wir ins Rigg klimmen, Segel setzen oder bergen oder trimmen und wie die Hoelle an den Seilen ziehen.

5) Und dann, wenn man auf dem Haeuschen sitzt und Wasser und Tee in den ewigen Kreislauf zurueckfuehrt, kommen auch noch Yoga- oder Qigong-Praktiken zum Einsatz, denn (so meine ganz persoenliche Erfahrung) es ist eine kleine Herausforderung, genau diesen einen Muskel zu entspannen, waehrend alle anderen weiter unter Spannung bleiben, so dass der Koerper in dem engen Raum nicht hin- und herpoltert. ;o)

Tja, und dann ist ein Tag Flaute (also gar kein Wind) und man koennte meinen, dann ist mal Trainingspause. Aber weit gefehlt. Denn dann sorgen Seegang und das Schiff fuer ganz besonders unberechenbare Bewegungen. Und so manches Mal fuehle ich mich auf dem Weg vom Bug zum Heck wie ein Kandidat auf dem Laufsteg des “Ministry of Silly Walks”.

Fuer abwechslungs- und energiereiche Ernaehrung sorgt nach wie vor unsere Galley. Und wenn sich ein Fisch in unseren Koeder verliebt, dann gibt es die Extraportion Eiweiss, die die Muskeln fuer’s Wachsen brauchen. Gestern war es ein wundervoller, sieben Kilo schwerer Thunfisch, der uns ein aeusserst schmackhaftes Dinner bescherte.

Die Reise und das Training gehen weiter und so werden wir mindestens so fit und gesund in La Palma ankommen, wie wir Douarnenez verlassen haben.

Und vielleicht finden wir in den naechsten Tagen ja auch noch die Trade-Winds

Rolf Draether

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Gooooooood Mooooooorning Tres Hombres by captain Francois

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DATE: 28 oct 15 GMT:0730  POS:48º01,5’N,6º58,9’W COG: 250º SOG:8kts

GENERAL SYNOPSIS: ON BOARD THE TRES HOMBRES
WIND DIR: South west
WIND SPD:5 bft
CURRENT DIR:east
CLOUDS:Big black nimbus cumulus all around
SEA STATE:moderate
SEA TEMP:14ºC
AIR TEMP:12ºC
AIR PRES:1005hP

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Gooooooood Mooooooorning Tres Hombres

Yeah, the brave crew onboard Tres Hombres is back at sea.
A good breeze in Biscay make our nice Lady sailing west
Next day, we’ll met Mr “North Atlantic” ,with his long swell and silly low pressure,
We had a nice time in Douarnenez, having a  BBQ with Nordelys crew and local fisherman
In the cargo hold, 5 barrels of wine and like everybody on board, one is still growing…
That means the fermentation is going on, then we have to check the lead every 4 hours to evacuate the CO2, reduce the pressure in the barrel.. A new experience for us, sailors.

Don’t worry farmers, we take care of very well.

Wow a black squall coming on us, I go on deck , pull some ropes and yell some orders,

Have a nice day on land
Francois

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Klaar voor vertrek in Douarnenez – by first officer Wiebe

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Na twee weken in Douarnenez geweest te zijn is het tijd verder te trekken. De vaten wijn zijn geladen, de stagen geteerd, de kaarten bijgewerkt, de kisten vastgesjord, de pizza en stokbroden gegeten, de cider gedronken, de stormzeilen uitgeprobeerd, het vrachtruim en zelfs het schijthuis geverft, vriendschappen gemaakt, de muziek gespeeld, het land is geroken. Tijd om de zilte lucht weer in te ademen, zo diep als je kan.

Het is tijd om terug te keren naar die oneindige oceaan. De Oceaan die vele gezichten heeft. De oceaan waar al zo veel over geschreven is, de oceaan die je moet beleven om erover te kunnen praten. De sterrenhemels zijn zo adembenemend dat zelfs de grootste stadslandrot even z’n mond houdt en alleen maar kan staren in de grootsheid.

Er komt wind aan. Je kunt het voelen in de avondlucht. Je kunt het horen aan het geritsel van de herfstbomen rond de baai, ook al versta je de franse taal niet, je kunt het horen aan de toon van het gemompel in de bar aan de haven. Nog maar een dubbele ronde door het vrachtruim en de rest. Alles goed vastgesjord maatje, tijd voor een laatste stokbrood. Kijken over de haven naar de bladeren, we zullen pas weer terug komen als de bomen een lichte groene waas hebben in het voorjaar.

Dag Frankrijk, en hallo oceaan, daar zijn we weer. Rollende over jouw golven, wacht in en wacht uit. Laat de winden ons in La Palma brengen waar de rum al ligt te wachten om door ons meegenomen te worden. Ahoy we komen er aan.

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The beginning of a new Atlantic round – by Captain François Mangin Deville

DATE: 9-10-15 GMT:1919  POS: 52º08′ N,3º25′ W COG:230º  SOG:6.6kts

GENERAL SYNOPSIS: ON BOARD THE TRES HOMBRES

WIND DIR:North east

WIND SPD:2 bft

CURRENT DIR:south west

CLOUDS: cloudless

SEA STATE:calm

SEA TEMP:16ºC

AIR TEMP:14ºC

AIR PRES:1022 hPa

The beginning of a new Atlantic round by Captain FRA

The good ship Tres Hombres is back at sea after 6 weeks of refit at Den Helder shipyard.
A new gallant yard is now up in the fore mast.
A new gaff is set on the main mast.
12 hull planks were changed and not less than 10 on deck.
2 davids for the dinghy launching which can be execute with just 3 braves sailors now.
New drain and …(it’s not a joke) STONE anti-slippery floor in the galley.
A new Flag, Vanuatu, is on the mast, Fairtransport is not only a big bench of salty sailors.
Some of us working hard on a desk to deal with silly international laws.
Lot of “cosmetics” was done also, the flaming mermaid is beautiful now.
We was up to 40 peoples at Turtuga’s crew house at some point.
All working hard 12 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Thank you so much for this energy and good spirit.
Nothing is impossible when we work together.
My eyes get wet when I think about you guys.

We are now bounding for Douarnenez in France.
The cargo filled up with chocolate and rum.
Sailing down wind on a Brigantine is amazing.

François Mangin Deville

 

 

picture © JdR / Fairtransport

 

Video: Nordlys Maiden Voyage

Yesterday , 26th of September 2015, Trading Ketch Nordlys has set sail for the first time after her major refit. She is 142 years old and – again-  a sailing cargo vessel carrying valuable cargos across the seas.

https://youtu.be/aMV1F3jNmKc

Nordlys showing off

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Today it’s a big day for Nordlys . Her shareholders will pay her a visit to see the progress and (almost) end result of 1,5 year labour.

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