all is ok

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DATE:12nov15  GMT: 1830 POS:  33º56.3’N, 13º47.9’W COG: 205º SOG:5.5kts


WIND DIR:north-north-east

WIND SPD:10kts

CURRENT DIR:south-east

CLOUDS:5/8 cumulus and altostratus

SEA STATE:calm with long north-west swell





Tonight we have Pasta al Pesto at dinner

It’s cooling down

Have a good night


Ps all is Ok onboard
Good mood
Rust blasting and Painting day


The Oldest New Marine Industry – By Timbercoast Ben Decosse


We just want to share this nice post written by our friends of

I wasn’t the most attentive student in grade school but whenever the topic switched over to explorers and merchant traders, I’d be fully engaged.  Wow, I’d think, here are a bunch of guys seeking out the unknown on sails.  So why did they do it?

Seeking riches, forced labour, escape, curiosity, adventure, for the thrill…  As a youngster, those were the feelings I wore as I pictured myself alongside Magellan.


´There is something happening here.´- by Cleem

DATE:07-05  GMT:20.55  POS:50.27  N,002.07 W COG:80  SOG:5






SEA STATE:slight





The short cut from Fowey to Falmouth is only twenty nautical miles. Because the wind came from the good direction to sail out and would change and increase later on, we left on Thursday afternoon already and made a few miles more, including some tagging and jibing. Friday the first of May we were due to arrive in Falmouth at about three in the afternoon, and so we did. Escorted by a few sailing vessels, among which the Grayhound and the Alva and a ferry with hombre Arjen on board and our hosts of the New Dawn Traders, there were also some other friends of us who came over from Holland. We sailed in the windy bay and moored at a buoy. Again a tricky manoeuvre, but again we managed. Later on we heard that a bagpipe band had welcomed us musically, but due to the hard wind and the concentration on the sail handling we unfortunately missed that. Shortly after the mooring a sailing sloop came by that took the cargo in, which contained 3 barrels of rum and 16 boxes of coffee for the New Dawn Traders, and 8 bales of cacao for a local chocolate maker. It appeared to be that the sloop had its mast on just a day before, so sailing cargo on the first trip is a nice way for a start. Someone told me later on that it was probably the first time in approximal a 100 years there was cargo landed this way in the port of Falmouth: future has began. At night we were brought ashore by a water taxi to a place called the Peapod, where the New Dawn Traders offered us dinner and had organized an inspiring evening with presentations of small organizations, busy with environmental related activities. Alexandra Geldenhuys of the New Dawn Traders, and cook on the Tres Hombres on its previous Caribbean voyage, opened the evening and the current captain Lammert Osinga spoke on behalf of the Fairtransport organization.
On Saturday we were invited to come to the local Poly cinema. A comedian talked in a funny but profound way about the advantages and growing consciousness of fair transport and about life on the Tres Hombres. Images were shown of the journey Alexandra made last year with the ship. The main program was a film about the Grenada Chocolate Company, featuring the late Mott Green initiator and founder of this enterprise that operates in a way not common in the chocolate industry. Representatives of a big company and the price making stock exchangers did not show any consideration with the cacao farmers and the slave labor that is a part of it. The Grenada Chocolate Company sees to it that the small organic farmers get a far more better price for their product. In one of the shots Mott stated to an admirable and religious female cacao farmer that he did not believe in God, but in chocolate. Her slightly puzzled reaction was:`Now, that is interesting.´
For the Tres Hombres crew it was nice to see this documentary. The beautiful images of the factory and the plantation we had just visited a few months before. When we left the two hombres Jorne and Andreas were waiting for us outside the cinema. It was very good seeing them and Freya again after all these months.
On Sunday there was a rum tasting on board the Tres Hombres, also organized by the New Dawn Traders. Several editions of our own rum were available and last year´s -their first- of the New Dawn Traders rum. The topic was their second edition, which we shipped in just two days ago and was bottled the day before. On Sunday evening there was a very nice party at the Peapod, with music, again food for the Tres Hombres crew and all kinds of people who sympathize the ideas and activities that brought us together in Falmouth. When we went back to the ship with our dinghy it was a beautiful sight to see, by the light of the full moon, the Grayhound and the Tres Hombres attached to each other on the mooring buoy. Earlier in the day the Grayhound had come alongside and Marcus and Freya offered sleeping places to Jorne, Andreas and Freya. The next days there were several meetings with the hombres about the future of cargo sailing and about working together. Although small scaled initiatives may seem like little islands on their own, but by joining forces they can form an effective archipelago. All the things we witnessed and took place during our stay in Falmouth made me think of the first line of the sixties Buffalo Springfield song with the appropriate title ´For what it´s worth´: ´There is something happening here.´
On behalf of the crew of the Tres Hombres I´d like to thank the New Dawn Traders and all the other interested and interesting people of Falmouth very much for making our stay there a most pleasant, rewarding and promising one.

Cleem Doedens

More pictures of Tres Hombres arriving at Falmouth



Arrival of Tres Hombres in Falmouth 2015. Tres Hombres was welcomed by Grayhound lugger sailing. They sailed together for a little while. A beautiful sight! Thank you Peter, Jane, Barrie Clark and Arjen-Captain Boogie -van der Veen for the pictures!


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Grayhound lugger sailing and Tres Hombres by Flushing Ferries

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Tony and Dave, musician and sailors from Cornwall are sailing with us.

DATE:30-04  GMT:20.00  POS:50.02  N,004.40 W COG:150  SOG:6 kn






SEA STATE:slight





After a short stay in Fowey we are back at sea.
Tomorrow we have to arrive in Falmouth.
In Fowey we were at a mooring in the river.
Cornwall is again a beautiful part of the world.
Actually the world as a whole is just beautiful.
Only open your eyes and look around.
First we celebrated our arrival back in Europe.
We could do some maintenance, which is enjoyable work.
Also we prepared the cargo for unloading in Falmouth.
For now we are sailing in the night.
Tony and Dave, musician and sailors from Cornwall are sailing with us.
Listen to their stories makes everybody happy,
and we get to know a bit more about the area we are sailing.
All good on board and Happy Sailing!!!!!


Prepare for landing! – by Paulien

DATE:25-04  GMT:21.25  POS:50.09  N,004.44 W COG:55  SOG:3.5






SEA STATE:slight



Prepare for landing!

‘Prepare for landing !’ Richard, is coming out of his bunk, landing on my wooden sea chest. It is in the middle of the night. Woken up by Gerrit with little details of the old sea hero Michiel the Ruyter. ‘Time for your watch guys’. I like this little jokes in the night. There is moist, it is freezing and calm. I leave the two woollen blankets alone and get up for another night in paradise. For all the ladies, there is not much charming about it. I put on two woollen long underwear, woollen socks, two layers of long sleeves, two sweaters and my sailing trouser, already for 7 days now. Everybody wears the same, every day, at least that is how it looks. My heart is keeping me warm while the wind picks up and I enjoy the energy of this power. It is surfing at the helm. Back in Europe! Where the dark is super dark because the clouds are covering the moon. Where English moist is making everything small, silent and wet and the sea is turned into grey and green. It stays fresh but a little bit warmer while the sun is coming and gives us a relaxed morning and chance to get moist closes dry. The wind is between 10 and 25 knots, we douse and set some sails. I look up to the watch leaders who are climbing to the royal to furl the sail while the wind is picking up. There will become one day that I’m brave enough for that. While Europe is warming up during spring, everybody is handling the change of weather between 30 and 12 degrees his way, and humour is a warm clue. The cold makes me hungry. I’m eating like a tiger and I hope I don’t become as round as a rum barrel. Sometimes the cold makes me more hungry for a warm hug from a friend, more than I had in the tropics. All our homes are coming closer. Some become hungry for the future. ‘But!’ Lammert is saying out loud: ‘we are not home yet!’ His enthusiasm and joy in sailing gives luck as well. With a lot of energy he ‘pulls some ropes’ to use the wind optimal. Beautiful to see this profession.
During daytime I’m quite happy while I’m stitching in the middle of my ‘dress’ named ‘outer jib’. Ingo is pumping the bilges to stay warm and to keep us floating, Ranje Louise is trying to find warm spots between the galley and her bunk. Rianne is making hot chocolate. Lenneke just finished her year in the sailing school Enkhuizen so she walks around with pen and papers. In the middle of the night, Remi explains about navigation and an interesting book about the working of the earth is available. Signe is learning from Ewan how to make a cleat out of wood. Cleem is most of the time outside, sun or rain. If there is somebody that I see enjoying it, I would say it’s this seaman.
After a beautiful English morning fog we are preparing for landing. Fishing boats are around us, we gibe, it is around 66 meters deep at our spot in the English channel. The anchor chain is out, the dinghy gets fresh air. Our first steps in England will be in the small harbour of Fowey. I’m almost ready to say goodbye to Wolfgang, Richard, Lenneke and Jessica, and for sure ready to welcome the new trainees on the 1th of may in Falmouth. Prepare for a warm meeting in a warm pub with a cold beer! I heard Falmouth is preparing for a nice arrival, great. Let’s come together!


A welcome by the birds

DATE:23-04 GMT:22.00 POS:49.04 N,10.56 W COG:80 SOG:6.5






SEA STATE:moderate




A welcome by the birds

Today the distance to the ocean floor rapidly decreased.
We arrived at the continental plate of europe,
This ridge of the earth´s crust is about 250 miles west of Land´s End, Cornwall.
This morning we still had two kilometers of water underneath our keel.
Now it´s only 150 meters till the bottom of the sea.
In average the Atlantic Ocean is around four till five kilometers deep,
The deepest places have about seven kilometer of salty water above the ocean floor.
Over this ridge we meet some fishing ships, sailing in a slowly pace, while filling their nets.
Their is a lot of life out here. We saw a lot of dolphins, seagull´s, gannets and even swallows.
This is not the end of our trip yet, but we left the Atlantic behind us.
For the cargo sailing vessels in the old days, after a fast ocean crossing,
it could take weeks to sail the last miles in the English channel and the north sea.
Our first stop will be Falmouth, where we have to arrive the first of may.
Here we unload some rum and coffee for the New Dawn Traders.
With some more stops in between, we will continue our way to Amsterdam.