The story of Nordlys 2015/2016

The story of Nordlys 2015/2016

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.

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The crew was able to caulk some planks while falling dry in port and a few days after they set sail again.

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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.

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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.

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The cargo of Tres Hombres Rum was delivered safely in port.

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After three months of working in Douarnenez Nordlys was ready to set sail back to the Netherlands again.

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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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Cargo on board –  by Wiebe

Cargo on board – by Wiebe

Pictures of loading the cargo of 2015 / 2016 taken by First officer of Tres Hombres Wiebe Radstake.

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Nordlys entering Brixham Dec 2015 – By Peter Hunt

Nordlys entering Brixham Dec 2015 – By Peter Hunt

(C) Peter Hunt

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Ocean crossing

Ocean crossing

Tres Hombres - Sailing Along!

crossing the ocean to the carib and back

Entire Atlantic Circumnavigation

Sign on for half a year!

Entire Atlantic Circumnavigation map

From Den Helder, Netherlands to Amsterdam, Netherlands passing by approx 11 ports / islands on your way to the Caribean and back.

approx:
9936 Nautical Miles
150 average days at sea /in port

Crossing the ocean with Tres Hombres is something special. Whales, Dolphins, sharks and the famous trade winds which will push you towards the Carribean. Tres Hombres already crossed the ocean several times and you can join her for her next trip!

Change your life

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Leg 1: Sailing South

Entire First Leg Map

Entire First Leg

Den Helder, Netherlands sailing South

Approx:
1861 Nautical Miles
42 average days at sea /in port

Sail the English Channel, past the White Cliffs of Dover into the western coast of France! Fill the cargo hold with wine and sail along to the island of la Palma.. What you’ll find there are hand rolled sigars, organic rum and fantastic views!

Join the crew

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Leg 2 : Westward ocean crossing

westward ocean crossing

Crossing the ocean

only using windpower

aprox:
3067 Nautical Miles
46 average days at sea /in port

Crossing the ocean westward is an amazing experience. Together with your fellow crew members you’ll spend hours, days and maybe even weeks on the beautiful great wide ocean. You’ll steer, navigate, set and take down sails learn about maintenance and help the cook.

Sailing cargo

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Leg 3: Eastward Ocean crossing

winter leg 3 tres hombres

Eastward ocean crossing

approx:
5008 Nautical Miles
60 average days at sea /in port

Crossing the ocean with Tres Hombres is something special. Whales, Dolphins and sharks. With the cargo gold entirely filled up Tres Hombres races back to Amsterdam. Stopping over at the Acores and maybe the UK.

Squarerig seamanship

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Sailing schedule ocean crossings 15/16

Signing onFromToNautical milesFee (€)Average daysnr.
Sailing SouthMediterranean Odyssey
Oct. 31 2016Den Helder, NetherlandsBrixham, UK  - Douarnenez, Fr - Sines, Port - Alicante, Esp - Barcelona, Esp - Messina, It - Greek Islands, Greece - Kalamater, Greece 3.062€ 4,950,-71Leg 1 No Sign on
Sailing WestAdriatic Odyssey
January 10 2017Kalamater, GreeceSplit, Croa - Venice, It - Bari, It - Cagliari, It - Alicante, Esp - Sines, Port - Falmouth, UK - Den Helder, NL4.347€ 4,950,-71Leg 2 No Sign on
European Grand Tour
Oct. 31 2016Den Helder, NetherlandsBrixham, 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, NL7.409€ 7.950142EGT No Sign on

Sailing schedule ocean crossings 16/17

Sign onFromToDistance NMFeeAverage days sea / portBooking Nr
Oct. 8th 2017Den Helder, NetherlandsDouarnenez, France531€ 935,-11P1917 Sign on
Oct. 18th 2017Douarnenez, FranceSanta Cruz de La Palma1114€ 1.870,-22P2017Sign on
Oct. 8th 2017Den Helder, NLSa. Cruz de La PalmaEntire first leg€ 2.640,-33E1Sign on
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Nov. 13th 2017Santa Cruz de La PalmaSint Maarten2750€ 2.805,-33P2117Sign on
Dec. 8th 2017Sint MaartenBrigdetown, Barbados360€ 765,-9P2217Sign on
Nov. 13th 2017Sa. Cruz de La PalmaBridgetown, Barb.Entire second leg€ 3.360,-42E2Sign on
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Dec. 17th 2017Bridgetown, BarbadosSanta Marta, Colombia885€ 1.275,-15P2317Sign on
Jan. 1st 2018Santa Marta, ColombiaKingston, Jamaica438€ 1.190,-14P0118Sign on
Jan. 14th 2018Kingston, JamaicaBoca Chica, Dom. Rep.428€ 1.785,-21P0218Sign on
Dec. 17th 2017Bridgetown, Barb.Boca Chica, Do. Rep.Entire third leg€ 4.000,-50E3Sign on
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Feb. 4th 2018Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.Charleston, South. Caro.1190€ 1.700,-20P0318Sign on
Feb. 25th 2018Charleston, South. Caro.Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.1190€ 1.700,-20P0418Sign on
Feb. 4th 2018Boca Chica, Do. Rep.Boca Chica, Do. Rep.Entire fourth leg € 3.200,-40E4Sign on
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March 18th 2018Boca Chica, Do. Rep.Horta, Azores2.504€ 3.060,-36P0518Sign on
April 18th 2018Horta, AzoresDouarnenez, France2.504€ 1.870,-22P0618Sign on
May 10th 2018Douarnenez, FranceAmsterdam, Netherlands505€ 935,-11P0718Sign on
March 18th 2018Boca Chica, Do. Rep.Amsterdam, NLEntire fifth leg€ 5.520,-69E5Sign on
Entire Atlantic Round Voyage2017/2018€14.040,-234E1-5Sign on

More info
Date of signing on
On this day we welcome you on board from 8 pm onwards. A crew member will introduce you to the captain, the first mate (who will receive your passport and possibly your sample book) and the other members of the crew. We shall assign you a bunk and chest (usually in the fo’c’sle). Linen and sleeping bag are best brought from home. Before departure you will be assigned to the port watch (under the supervision of the first mate) or the starboard watch Incidentally the ship has not arrived in the port of departure; we shall let you know as early as possible if this is the case.
 
Route
As a rule the ship departs on the day after signing on. With “all hands” the sail is set and the ship is made ready for the sea. You will be informed which watch stays on deck, leaving the other watch free to take a nap. The captain chooses the fastest and safest route to its destination. The first and second mate will instruct the crew. You will be involved in every aspect of seamanship from the moment you arrive; safety training, steering the ship, keeping watch, maintenance, setting sail and lots more. Depended on the weather, the distance and the kind of trip, the ship will arrive at its destination after a couple of days or weeks. This doesn’t mean the trip is at its end; the days after arrival are filled with instructive and interesting activities. The ship is prepared for port, cargo is taken in and out, there is some maintenance that can only be done in a harbour and the opportunity presents itself to go on shore leave.
 

The route may be altered, depended on freight and weather.

 
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.
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.

Nordlys back into the water

Nordlys back into the water

Nordlys news

As you know Nordlys has been on the slipway in France for a few weeks now.

Wednesday hte 11th of Nov 2015 she has been put back into the water again. However still staying on the trailer to be sure she is not leaking any more.
There is still lots of work to be done while she will be moored in Douarnenez. But people are working hard to get Nordlys sailing north again within a month or so..
We’ll keep you posted about her progress.

Damage on Nordlys

The whole stern of Nordlys was badly damaged due a collition with a fishing trawler while Nordlys was at anchor in Douarnenez Read more here

The pictures shown under are detailed pictures of damage done  to the hul. The pictures of the real damage to be found here

Cauling needed
Caulking needed
damage nordlys
even the door got broken

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!

Crew Nordlys

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.

Last refit up-date of Nordlys

Last refit up-date of Nordlys

Last up-date Nordlys Refit

crew

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Pics: Tres Hombres arriving in Den Helder Aug. 2015

Pics: Tres Hombres arriving in Den Helder Aug. 2015

Tres Hombres arrived in Den Helder the end of August 2015. With a big storm coming up she was quickly tugged to Shipyard Teerenstra in Den Helder, Netherlands for her maintenance period.

 

A beautiful picture of the upcoming storm by ILSE KOOTKAR

Ilse Kootkar

And another one by ILSE KOOTKAR .

Ilse kootkar

Tres Hombres tugged into port picture by Tom van Oossanen

Tres Hombres arriving at Den Helder 2015

Nordlys finishing touch

Nordlys finishing touch

Last week the crew had their first dinner on board. The Galley is done so is the cargo hold. Beds need only blankets and pillows, captains cabin is still a bit messy due the electronic devises and their wires.. Toilet is in place and paintlocker is filled…

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One, Two, Three

One, Two, Three

The rum arrived on Board in Boca Chica

(together with the cocoa beans)

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And then the rum (and cocoa beans) arrived in Amsterdam

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And now it’s almost time..

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