Nordlys blog: The cargo-hold will be completely filled

Nordlys had finished the Baltic voyage earlier this year. The ship was loaded with natural wine from France for Copenhagen, Bornholm and Rostock. From there we made a stop in Den Helder and prepared for a southern cargo trip. On our way to Porto we made a stop in Devon, a region on the southern coast of England.

Brixham is a little historic harbor in the Torbay. This is a good bay to shelter for the westerly storms.
Over here we waited till the first autumn storms passed by. Sorlandet,(a Norwegian Tallship) also bounded south,
was at anchor outside in the bay. She was taking shelter, just like us.
While being here, we could do little maintenance on the ship. Caulking, pitching, rigging work and so forth.
Brixham is the home port for several Sailing Trawlers like Nordlys. They do charter-sailing their goal is to bring the people out of the cities and take them into nature.
It was a beautiful view to see Nordlys moored together with these similar traditional sailing ships. With their crews we were able to exchange knowledge about Sailing Trawlers and spending a good time together. Our good friend Tony Knights, skipper of the Leader, was also around and of great help. We had a useful stop and a good time with the sailors from Brixham.

Last Thursday morning we set sail again, since the forecasts showed a good weather window to cross the Bay of Biskay.
Jeroen is the cook on board and providing us every day with delicious food. He supplied our stock with beautiful seasonal products from local farmers and producers. It takes a bit more time, but it is so much better than the supermarketfood. Good food which stays longer fresh, are stored in the galley now. The taste of this vegetables and fruits are just fantastic.

At the moment we are sailing southwards in the Biskay and making a good progress. Next port of call is Porto. This old town is situated on the mouth of the river Douro. Porto and the Douro were of great value in the era of sail concerning in- and export of goods for the country. We will be moored in the Douro estuary and going to charge a well amount of precious goods from Portugal.
We have Olive-oil, Almond-oil, Salt, Natural Wine and Port Wine, to fill our cargo-hold with. These wares are bound for the more northern parts of the European continent, like France, England, Germany and the Netherlands.
We will be able to tell everybody the story of the producers and their way of working.
Fairtransport completes the tale, by the way these products are being transported. The cargo-hold of Nordlys will be completely filled; Almost thirty tons of beautiful products from Portugal we have to move by wind and sail. More and more cargo-owners like to see their goods being transported overseas by sail. They are also willing to pay a little more, for a better cause

Captain Lammert Osinga

Nordlys blog: “we incarnate! shipwrights to sailors, riggers to bosuns

“we incarnate! shipwrights to sailors, riggers to bosuns, masters to mariners, craftsmen to crewmates,
swallows to seafarers and back again, a host of hunched helmsmen huddled at the helm at the change of
the watch, tin cups and steam, Polaris pointing, dream whispering, passing over, passing on, heading? to the chart´s
edge, to the celestial horizon…we ascend to the sun on wings of tanned canvas stretched, we ascend to the sun
and sink again, woken singing from bunks, woollens, oilskins, foredeck worship, galley gathered around saucepans
and stove, gas flame and kettle with the wind sou´west now…rain off sou´wester, rain on his spectacles as
knuckles knot money for old rope at the gates of the Baltic…his hands too shall grow old and coiled and his spectacle
eyes shall knot the threads of this yarn at the gates of death…we incarnate! don´t miss us, we shall never return,
don´t lament us, we were never here, we are dancing with sails, we are dancing with winds, let us go, cast off all
lines, we incarnate and you shall find us anew, after the passage of the ship´s clock, after these circles round the
sun, after all, we incarnate!”


Invest in our sailing cargo vessel Nordlys (1873)

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The Nordlys, at 48 tons and 25m loa, was recently refitted by Fairtransport. Manoeuvered entirely by the power of the wind she is possibly the worlds oldest cargo ship (1873) still working.
She is at the moment operating in the European coastal trade.  Originally a fishing trawler, nowadays she is able to carry a maximum of 30 tons of wine, olive oil, cider or other goods. Besides that Nordlys will raise awareness about the huge amounts of pollution, created by the modern shipping industry and affect positive change in the way goods are shipped around the world.

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The Baltic

Nordlys report

Date : Saturday the 8 of October 2016
Position : 55*22.8’N 14*01.5’E
Speed & course : 2.5 kts south east
Wind speed & direction : North 4 Beaufort

The Baltic

Heading South East into the Baltic direction Bornholm.
After a great week in Kopenhagen, full of good people, new friends, beautiful garden
and fire places, and some more good wine. Some new lines and improvements  better ware placed to make sail handling better while we were in port, and some peoples steeped off.
New ones joined to keep our crew awesome.
We moozi our way, full and by, enjoying a blanket of stars and dry feet.
Since I can tell the future, and enough has been written about wine, this is it for now.
A big hug to all our friend on sea and on land.
We are almost home,
just few more Skaggaritos…


Cargo Party in Copenhagen by Rosa

Nordlys report – Cargo Party in Copenhagen

After some stormy days in the Skagerrak and Kattegat, we perfectly slalommed through the Helsingor, where the captain asked us to flip a coin at a buye. Does that mean good luck or something? “It means that you can flip a coin at a buye.” Well the wetter the weather, the drier the french humor it seems. We went on anchor just outside of Copenhagen. The next morning was finally sunny and we were joined by wine trader Sune and his friends and family for a short sailing towards our tug boat. A sudden heavy rainfall drowned our hopes of staying dry for a day…welcome to the North! From the tug boat, Nordlys carpenter Tristan was already waving at us. As we made our way through the city centre, we approached a fancy newly built bridge. Traffic stopped on both sides, but it did not open. As we came closer and closer, we were ready to drop the stern anchor to save our mast, but the tug boat driver managed to spin us around in the last moment and we made two little circles before the bridge finally opened, sliding open horizontally. We passed one more bridge, under which Sunes wine shop Rosforth & Rosforth is located, and after dancing a fender boogie on the bow, we moored our good lady at the quay. Magically, wine bottles and glasses appeared in an instant. Shortly after, we were invited to walk over to the wine shop, where the chef had prepared us a feast for lunch. “And make sure to take your glasses with you.” “Sir yes sir!”.

In the afternoon, the crew went for a collective shower in Christianias hippi bath house. Warm, dry and happy we went to bed, thinking about the upcoming working day, unloading our cargo and labelling every of the 10.000 bottles with our Faritransport Class A label. We didn’t yet know how many hands would come to our help. It was a sunny saturday when we unloaded, labelled and loaded all cargo in one day. Around 30 people, mostly friends of Sune but also some curious souls who happened to pass by joined us in the action. Fuelled by Tres Hombres chocolate from our ship shop, which was also up and running, the occasionally opened bottle of wine, a barbecue lunch and good vibes, the work went easy. Also, our bosun Tramp had yet again already connected with some local musicians, and great tunes were filling the air in the afternoon. The special feature of the evening was the re-appearance of the Belgium beer barrels loaded in Oostende earlier this season, which had been hiding below all the wine boxes. And so we added freshly tapped beer to the fun. Before the euphory of managing all that cargo in a single day went down and we had a chance to realize how tired we are, Sune let us know that we were invited for a Tapas dinner at his wine bar in town. We were able to sample some more of the bottles we had transported all the way from Douarnenez and can definitely say “Transported by sail, approved by sailors!” We finished the night with a Georgian tradition brought to us by Tramp, toasting round in a cricle until our glasses, which were for a change filled with Tres Hombres Marie Gallant rum, went dry.

My toast was something like this: Thanks to my fellow crew for the hard work, the learning experience and good energy through the last weeks. Thanks to our Copenhagen friends for the warm welcome.

Skol, Rosa

Date : 3-10-2016
Position : N 55° 40.45′ ; E 012° 35.21′
Speed & course : N/A
Wind speed & direction : NE 4-5
Sea state : N/A
Sky state : 2/8

We’ll drop the anchor north of Copenhagen tomorrow (29th September)

Nordlys report, Date : Wednesday the 28 of September 2016
Position :57*15.3’N 11*30.4’E
Speed & course : 5.5 kt to south east
Wind speed & direction : south west 20 to 30 bellow showers
Sea state : moderate
Sky state : 8/8

exhausted, all is good on board
we’ll drop the anchor north of Copenhagen tomorrow around noon


Nordlys: So far the North Sea has been kind to us

Nordlys report, Date : Tuesday the 27 of September 2016

Hoping for the better and preparing for the worst.
So far the North Sea has been kind to us, with good winds and user-friendly sea state.
We’re heading as fast as we can to the Skagerak safety, 30 miles around the corner.
Hoping to outrun the big mean low pressure coming behind us, but still preparing ginger storm cake and safety lines.
My last experience of wind force 8 on the north sea was not of the pleasant kind, but at least I know what
to expect.
As we say, spirit are high, bilges are pumped and we will have some thing to tell in the bar.
Port side watch rigged the gaff top sail into a brand new mizzen stay sail, which is awesome.
My watch went on a ninja action into the abyss of our wine cellar, formally know as the cargo hold for some flour refill and baked another amazing cake honey!
The waves are picking up, hope to give a sunny update tomorrow.

Sierra Hotel India Mike Romeo Alfa, Panda

OK, what to say more than Shimra,
all is good on board
we will pass the strait with strong south wind, better than some west
will be long night but we are prepare for, my first Skagerrak passage, rotfredoma
luckily there will be no moon to see that 🙂
anyway, we pump only 50 an hour, I don’t feel the boat twisting moving or anything else
3 reef in the main , mizzen down fore stay sail and outer jib up
good balance at the helm
the main and outer jib will go down soon, then after the Skagerrak we’ll have only fore stay sail and mizzen stay sail
which work nice full and by with this wind

All the best


Position : 56*53.4’N 7*43.8’E
Speed & course : 9.1 kts to north east
Wind speed & direction : SSW 30 kts
Sea state : 2m
Sky state : overcast cirrocumulus

Sunday is holiday

Nordlys report

Date : Sunday 25 September 2016
Position : 53*50’N 3*41,4’E , 65 nM North north west of Den Helder
Speed & course : 7 kts to north north east
Wind speed & direction : West 15 to 20 kts
Sea state : calm to moderate with short 1 m swell
Sky state : mostly cirrocumulus

Sunday on Nordlys is holly day, nobody work
All crew can practice his hobby: sailing
Last night with 25 kts back wind
Flying and Outer jibs fitted with one reef in the Main
The port side watch did put the top speed at 10.14 Kts
Today half wind, to get more speed and better balance at the helm
we did built a mizzen fore stay sail
no more canvas in the hold
We sailing to reach the Skagerrak as soon as possible


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


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”