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Sailing cargo vessel Grayhound wrote a nice weblog about their experiences while sailing cargo in July. The trip was organised by our friends of TOWT. (www.towt.eu)
” The team loaded the organic ale in Brixham inner harbour with Alan Collyer Exeter brewery owner lending a hand. Took 45 mins to load 3 tonnes of ale. Brixham harbour super helpful. Crew of 6 onboard small but strong, James Stewart freelance journalist also aboard…”
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Den Helder July 6th 2015, for immediate release:
Source: Fairtransport, Willemsoord 73, 1781AS, Den Helder, Netherlands, +31(0)223 683 516, www.fairtransport.nl, firstname.lastname@example.org and partners: www.grayhoundluggersailing.co.uk and www.timbercoast.com
RETURN OF SAIL
“Fleet of cargo sailing ships unites under Fairtransport flag.”
Brigantine Tres Hombres made her maiden voyage in 2009 to the climate conference in Copenhagen. Since then, year after year she has been sailing down to the West indies and up to Europe, hauling precious cargoes of cacao, coffee, tea, rum, spices and more. Leaving in her wake: no emissions, and just the wind, for the next ship to use… Now, those next ships are here, and being united. Since last year the beautifull newly built lugger Grayhound is trading with cargo, the famous cargo schooner Avontuur is being refitted in Germany as we speak and the ancient (built in 1873) wooden trawler Nordlys is making ready to set sail with cargo again, this summer. The owners of all these ships have now officially agreed to unite under and be promoted by the flag of Fairtransport.
This agreement is one of the final outcomes of meetings in Falmouth with several shipowners, cargo owners, agents and brokers, where both Grayhound and Tres Hombres where docked together earlier this year. Concretely it will mean that Fairtransport shipping will coordinate the cargo jobs she is offered, between the different ships. This will finally make it possible for cargo owners to be served in a wider area of operations. Tres Hombres will take care of trans Atlantic shipments. Grayhound is destinied for a variable trading area reaching from the English Channel troughout the coastlines of the whole Atlantic ocean region. Avontuur is bound for Australia and will take cargoes to all destinations in between. Nordlys will be trading in all coastal routes in European waters.
All parties involved are excited to work together. Freya Hart of Grayhound is explaining: “Onboard Grayhound we are passionate about treading as lightly as possible on our planets resources. This is our first year delivering cargo and with the help of Fairtransport becoming our agent we feel we have the best chance of succeeding.” Also Capt. Cornelius Bockermann of Avontuur states: “We were convinced, if we were going to make a real difference we needed to merge the relationship between trade and environmental preservation. For this reason we are excited about partnering with Tres Hombres and the Fairtransport team in pursuit of these common values.” Jorne Langelaan co founder of Fairtransport adds: “We’ll start working together with several organisations, ship- and cargo owners to create a worldwide network for sustainable transport over sea”.
From this week on information about the different ships can be found on the www.fairtransport.eu website. Entrepreneurs interested in sending their cargoes sustainably over sea, or individuals wanting to join as trainee or crewmember on one of the ships are being invited.
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DATE:07-05 GMT:20.55 POS:50.27 N,002.07 W COG:80 SOG:5
GENERAL SYNOPSIS: ON BOARD THE TRES HOMBRES
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.
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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