As the sky state can warn us

Nordlys report, Date : Monday the 26 of October 2016

As the sky state can warn us
A low pressure is heading to our position
Tomorrow night will be sailing trough the Skagerrak
The strait in between Denmark and Norway
The ship is ready, the crew is ready
The last days we did wear all canvas we have on board
Getting the best speed of the good ketch Nordlys
We’ll pass in front of the cold front

Francois

Position : 55*27.2’N 5*23.8’E
Speed & course : 4 knots to North
Wind speed & direction : South West 10 kts
Sea state : calm with a long swell growing from west south west
Sky state : some cumulonimbus with more and more cirrostratus

Sailing downwind in the English Channel

Date : Thursday 22 september 2016
Position : 50*19’N 2*41’W , 15 nM south west of Portland
Speed & course : 3 knots to south east
Wind speed & direction : west 2 Beauforts
Current : Tidal, 2 knots to west
Sea state : calm
Sky state : Altocumulus 6/8

Sailing down wind in the Channel
The Altocumulus are growing, a front is coming on us
A cold front, with his rain followed by showers
With his quick wind shift
“Hey steerer, watch the flag, keep the sails full
Later we’ll jibe, with control on the sheet and the preventer
But not now, our old Lady don’t like we slam her boom”

Francois

Ahoy from Douarnenez

The good sailing ship Nordlys is in Douarnenez since two weeks now.
Last monday we start to load the yearly cargo of French wine to Denmark.
The past years Tres Hombres was doing the trip, and now Nordlys took over.
For the first time our old lady have is belly full of goods. From the bilge to the ceiling.
That how we load ships at FairTransport.
The water stay is almost in water, she look like real sailing cargo.
It took us four days to load in 10 000 bottles of wine.
Fitting square boxes into a rond ship was tricky.
Henk our first Mate did great work, then it’s now more than 25 tons of goods that we gonna deliver in Copenhagen.
Saving tons of CO2 and suffer release in our atmosphere.
Thanks all of you to believe in FairTransport.
Thanks to help us making our dreams come truth.

Francois

Rum Runner – by Capt. François

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DATE:19nov15  GMT: 1600 POS:Santa Cruz de La Palma

GENERAL SYNOPSIS: ON BOARD THE TRES HOMBRES

WIND DIR:east

WIND SPD:5kts

CLOUDS:none

SEA STATE:calm

SEA TEMP:24ºC

AIR TEMP:28ºC

AIR PRES:1020

Rum Runner

Yesterday we visited a tobaccofarm and the Aldea distillery,
which grows only for us, our organic rum
The day before we loaded 10 barrels of delicious rum
Everything has to be see tight

We are waiting for the food delivery
Lots of organic and local vegetables and fruits
organized by the Agriculture’s Minister of the Island himself
We had a warm welcome in La Palma

!!!Make the Ship ready to sail Mate!!!
!!!Hayay sir!!!
!!!We have an Ocean to cross!!!
!!!Hooray sir!!!

François

 

pictures: © François Mangin – Fairtransport

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We pass the port Rhu Lock – by Captain François

DATE: 16-10-15 GMT:1200  pos Douarnenez peer

GENERAL SYNOPSIS: ON BOARD THE TRES HOMBRES

WIND DIR:North

WIND SPD:5knots

CURRENT DIR:Revere flow

CLOUDS:Total overcast

SEA TEMP:12ºC

AIR TEMP: 14ºC

AIR PRES: 1020 hPa

We pass the port Rhu Lock

Two days waiting for good tide and good wind to enter the harbor
At 8 this morning with the Tug ville d’Ys and the sailing school dingys
Tres Hombres moored at “Place de l’enfer”
All the Nordelys’ crew was on the lock with fenders
Exiting moment for us

As soon we squared the deck, the unloading start
Rust blasting, painting etc as well

we’ll have some rest later
This is how things goes on fair transport ships

Monday, we’ll load wine for Barbados

Francois