A STORY OF NORDLYS
After her refit sailing cargo vessel Nordlys left in September 2015 for her maiden voyage. She soon showed us to be a very fast sailing ship. After a few days Nordlys was moored in Brixham.
The crew was able to caulk some planks while falling dry in port and a few days after they set sail again.
They sailed to Douarnenez to drop her first cargo off existing of Tres Hombres Rum. Brought from the Caribean to the Netherlands by sailing cargo vessel Tres Hombres and shipped from there to Douarnenez by Nordlys and her crew.
After being on anchor for a few days in Douarnenez Nordlys got hid by a fishing vessel. The aft of the ship was badly damaged and the ship was put on the slipway in Douarnez for repairs.
The cargo of Tres Hombres Rum was delivered safely in port.
After three months of working in Douarnenez Nordlys was ready to set sail back to the Netherlands again.
This time with a cargo of organic Cider on board to bring back to Den Helder, Netherlands.
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Now (feb 2016) Nordlys is in drydock again to repair the last things of the recent collision and some other planned maintenance. In a few months she will set sail again to deliver cargo under sail between Canary Island, Portugal, England, France, Netherlands, Scotland, Scandinavia….
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Nordlys is in Den Helder ., Netherlands again.
After a break of a few weeks Captain Lammert and his crew started the last part of the repairs and other maintenance of Nordlys again. 3 weeks ago Nordlys was pulled out of the water bij our friends of Teerenstra Shipwarf . The crew has been working hard ever since. Planks being replaced and the whole hull recaulked…. more picture will follow so stay tuned >> pictures by M. Gutsch
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Van Der Lemshipping cider from Douarnenez to Den Helder
Cider Bound for liqour store “Van der Lem”
Nordlys has shipped her first cargo to Den Helder. The cargo existing out of organic Cider from France arrived safely after a really swift passage from Douarnenez, France to Den Helder, Netherlands.
This Cornouaille cider has a brilliant golden yellow colour, with fruity aromas of apples, peaches and honey.
The taste is balanced between a soft attack, a nice amplitude and a subtly bitter finish.
It is a cider of connoisseurs and goes wonderfully well with Breton food.
General Agricultural Competition – Paris:
Gold medal in 2004 and 2005
Bronze medal in 2006 and 2010.
Festival de Cornouaille – Quimper:
Gold medal in 2006
Silver medal in 2008 and 2009
Bronze medal in 2010
Concours de Fouesnant:
Gold medal in 2006
Silver medal in 2005 and 2009
Brut farm-produced cider
Brut and lighter than the PDO Cornouaille cider, this one is ideal for grills, pancakes (in France we prefer the term ‘crêpes’) or just for a refreshing break.
Concours de Fouesnant:
Bronze medal in 2005 & 2006
Gold medal in 2009
Received the gold trophy for the Breton Gastronomy in 2005
Ethical project of the Cidrerie Melenig
The Melenig cider factory’s goal is to support a sustainable business. We believe that the human being only blossoms by developing quality relationships with nature, with the older generations and with people around him today. Therefore, special care on these three areas is taken. Some of the actions needed to fulfill our goal are realized, and the remainder will be done in the medium-to-long term.
Connection to nature
Our cider factory is located in a region characterized by different natural and man-made landscapes: plateaux, hills, valley bottoms, orchards, wet meadows. To enhance and make durake this natural wealth, we are working on several aspects:
– Producing enough quality apples to ensure an independent supply for the cider factory,
– Limiting pollution: excluding chemical inputs (organic certification), processing the cider factory’s sewages and limiting the energy consumption (manual fruit collection, limitation of treatment with copper, bottle recycling),
– Increasing biodiversit: by protecting woodland areas and embankments and maintaining the orchards’ ground cover,
– Protecting the natural beauty of the landscape,
– Developing the human-nature relationship.
Yesterday evening Nordlys came home. After arriving early in the morning at Marsdiep, so close to home, Nordlys spend the day resting. And waiting. For a tugboat, waiting for the bridge to open, almost there.. and then finally, back at home port!
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Nordlys - Sailing Along!Sailing all along Europe
passing by approx 14 ports from Scandivia all the way to Portugal.
7809 Nautical Miles
207 average days at sea /in port
Joining Nordlys on her sailing voyages around Europe is a great way to learn how to sail, navigate and create valuable friendships. An expiernce never to forget.
Change your life
Check this years sailing schedules for the dates, fees and booking nr.
Please be aware that places and dates can change due to weather circumstances or cargo requests!
Nordlys sailing schedule
|Sign on||From||To||Distance NM||Fee Euro||Average days sea / port||Booking nr.|
|May 1 2018||Noirmoutier, France||Blankenberge, Belgium||527||€ 900,-||12||P0318No Sign on|
|May 13 2018||Blankenberge, Belgium||Torquay, UK||255||€ 675,-||9||P0418No Sign on|
|May 22 2018||Torquay, UK||Douarnenez, France||178||€ 225,-||3||P0518No Sign on|
|Leg 2||Noirmoutier, France||Douarnenez, France||€1.695,-||24||Leg 2Sign on|
|May 30 2018||Douarnenez, France||Scheveningen, Netherlands||490||€ 825,-||11||P0618No Sign on|
|June 10 2018||Scheveningen, Netherlands||Rostock, Germany||666||€ 1.050,-||14||P0718No Sign on|
|June 24 2018||Rostock, Germany||Bornholm, Denmark||114||€ 150,-||2||P0818No Sign on|
|Leg 3||Douarnenez, France||Bornholm, Denmark||€1.895,-||27||Leg 3Sign on|
|June 29 2018||Bornholm, Denmark||Copenhagen, Denmark||103||€ 150,-||2||P0918No Sign on|
|July 2 2018||Copenhagen, Denmark||Douarnenez, France||1028||€ 1.575,-||21||P1018No Sign on|
|July 23 2018||Douarnenez, France||Rostock, Germany||1137||€ 1.500,-||20||P1118No Sign on|
|Leg 4||Bornholm, Denmark||Rostock, Germany||€2.995,-||43||Leg 4Sign on|
|August 12 2018||Rostock, Germany||Copenhagen, Denmark||108||€ 150,-||2||P1218No Sign on|
|August 21 2018||Copenhagen, Denmark||Den Helder, Netherlands||531||€ 900,-||12||P1318No Sign on|
|September 2 2018||Den Helder, Netherlands||Porto, Portugal||988||€ 1.575,-||21||P1418No Sign on|
|Leg 5||Rostock, Germany||Porto, Portugal||€2.450,-||35||Leg 5Sign on|
|September 23 2018||Porto, Portugal||Torquay, UK||635||€1.050,-||14||P1518No Sign on|
|October 7 2018||Torquay, UK||Den Helder, Netherlands||383||€ 675,-||9||P1618No Sign on|
|October 17 2018||Den Helder, Netherlands||Bremerhaven, Germany||184||€ 225,-||3||P1718No Sign on|
|October 22 2018||Bremerhaven, Germany||Den Helder, Netherlands||184||€ 225,-||3||P1818No Sign on|
|Leg 6||Porto, Portugal||Den Helder, Netherlands||€2.030,-||29||Leg 6Sign on|
|Entire voyage 2018||Noirmoutier, France||Den Helder, Netherlands||€9.995,-||158||Entire voyage 2018Sign on|
Grayhound saling schedule
|Signing on||From||To||Nautical miles||Fee (€)||Average days||nr.|
|Sailing South||Mediterranean Odyssey|
|Oct. 31 2016||Den Helder, Netherlands||Brixham, UK - Douarnenez, Fr - Sines, Port - Alicante, Esp - Barcelona, Esp - Messina, It - Greek Islands, Greece - Kalamater, Greece||3.062||€ 4,950,-||71||Leg 1 No Sign on|
|Sailing West||Adriatic Odyssey|
|January 10 2017||Kalamater, Greece||Split, Croa - Venice, It - Bari, It - Cagliari, It - Alicante, Esp - Sines, Port - Falmouth, UK - Den Helder, NL||4.347||€ 4,950,-||71||Leg 2 No Sign on|
|European Grand Tour|
|Oct. 31 2016||Den Helder, Netherlands||Brixham, UK - Douarnenez, Fr - Sines, Port - Alicante, Esp - Barcelona, Esp - Messina, It - Greek Islands, Greece - Kalamater, Greece - Split, Croa - Venice, It - Bari, It - Cagliari, It - Alicante, Esp - Sines, Port - Falmouth, UK - Den Helder, NL||7.409||€ 7.950||142||EGT No Sign on|
Direct distance This is the shortest possible distance between two harbors. The Tres Hombres being a true sailing ship without an engine, this distance is rarely the actual sailed distance. In other words, the ship usually sails many miles more than the direct distance. At the end of a leg of journey, the captain will inform you how many miles have been covered in reality. Fee This is the price in euros for said journey per person. In exchange you sail along and acquire a practical education in seamanship. In addition to the journey fee, we expect you to take part in watches and chores such as maintenance, sailing, cleaning, steering and being on the lookout. In the fee are included the ship’s meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner and coffee and tea. Not included are transfers to and from the ship. Average journey/port stay This is the estimated time at sea or in a harbor. The ship being dependent for the duration of her trips on weather and wind, this period may vary. If the ship arrives ahead of schedule at its destination, the days in port ahead of schedule are part of the journey. Booking number This number is a purely administrative number used for keeping score of persons on board.
The route may be altered, depended on freight and weather.
Full Atlantic Roundtrip. If you are intent on becoming a true seaman and a taste of life as a seaman, this is your trip! During this 8 month journey you will acquire adequate time and experience as an able-bodied seaman.
As you know Nordlys has been on the slipway in France for a few weeks now.
Repairs on Nordlys
During the last weeks Nordlys has been repaired. Her stern was badly damaged and the poophouse (little building for the toilet at the aft of the ship) had to get major renovation. As you can see at the pictures below a lot has been repaired and refitted and Nordlys is starting to get back in shape again. Thanks to local carpenters , steelworkers, electricians and off course her own loyal crew. The same crew who has been working on her last refit in Den Helder are working hard to make her sea worthy again. A big thank you to them!
Nordlys back into the water
An exiting moment. Nordlys goes back into the water again. She will stay a little while on the trailer to be sure she is afloat and not leaking. After that she will be moved to a quay to get some more repairs done above the waterline.
The tug assisting Nordlys while in the water
After a short stay on the trailer of the slipway Nordlys has been “sailing” a little bit together with a tug. The tug helped Nordlys to her current spot in the harbour of Douarnenez, France.
More pictures of Nordlys
Coming Soon......Sail A Future bags, filled with all sorts of fair goods..
Coming soon… Sail the future bags filled with amazing fair goods! Hetty van de Linden, from Paint a Future, and her friends are working hard to get those beautiful bags done soon.
The bags are made from the sails painted by the children in the harbours Den Helder, Setubal, Brava and Boca Chica during the last trip of Tres Hombres.
More info will follow soon!
Sail A Future: Setbul,Portugal 2014 by Paulo Gloria
4 young talentfull dancers came to dance on a sail, sailed from Holland by the Tres Hombres
They danced the paint all over the sail, inspired by the dance of the hands of Tanner from South Africa.
The couloured surface was transformed into a wonderfull painting by two Dominican artists.
Last up-date Nordlys Refit
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