Engineless Sailing Cargo Ship
The 32 meter schooner Tres Hombres has been sailing since December of 2009. She will maintain a shipping route for transport of cargo between Europe, the Islands in the Atlantic, the Caribbean and America. In addition to her capacity for 35 tons of cargo she has accommodation for a crew of five professional sailors and 10 trainees.
This brigantine is the prototype vessel for breaking open the market for sailing cargo and the best is…YOU can sail along with her!
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My heart dropped when Remi told us, due to swell at the Duoro river mouth, we would spend at least another 48 hours tacking around outside of Porto. I thought we would be extremely bored and things might start to get funky amongst the crew but boy was I...read more
Biscay was awesomely rough, the hurricane in the north Atlantic made his presence definitely felt by our nutshell. How deep those oceanic valleys and how small we are! Wild waters, crowded of sea life... Dolphins and whales, one even appearing at few meters from our...read more
I caught it again this year, as we slipped our mooring in Willemsoord, Den Helder, and headed out for Den Helder lock and the open sea; that leaving feeling. It must be similar to what seafarers felt in the old days, pre-globalization and pre-internet, when leaving...read more
I have been sailing since before I can remember. When I was a little boy I grew up with my brother and my parents on a small wooden sloop sailing off the coasts of Africa, South America and the Caribbean sea. I did many other things in my life since then but I...read more
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Her composite hull construction was one of the first to be ‘tank tested’, making her incredibly smooth through the water.
|Sign on||From||To||Direct distance NM & Days at sea /port||Fee (Euro) & Booking nr.|
|October 31 2018||Den Helder, NL||Porto, Portugal||988 NM / 26 days||€ 2210,- P0818 Sign on Sign on|
|November 26 2018||Porto, Portugal||Santa Cruz, de La Palma||852 NM / 18 days||€ 1530,- P0918 Sign on|
|October 31 2018||Den Helder, NL||Santa Cruz, de La Palma||44 days||€ 3520,- LEG 1 Sign on|
|December 14 2018||Santa Cruz, de La Palma||Bridgetown, Barbados||3350 NM / 45 days||€ 3825,- P1018 Sign on|
|January 28 2019||Bridgetown, Barbados||Sant Georges, Grenada||485 NM / 20 days||€ 1700,- P0119 Sign on|
|December 14 2018||Santa Cruz, de La Palmal||Sant Georges, Grenada||65 days||€ 5.200,- LEG 2 Sign on|
|February 17 2019||Sant Georges, Grenada||Santa Marta, Colombia||759 NM / 14 days||€ 1190,- P0219 Sign on|
|March 3 2019||Santa Marta, Colombia||Kingston, Jamaica||438 NM / 9 days||€ 765,- P0319 Sign on|
|March 12 2019||Kingston, Jamaica||Boca Chica, Dom Rep.||428 NM / 17 days||€ 1445,- P0419 Sign on|
|February 17 2019||Sant Georges, Grenada||Boca Chica, Dom Rep.||40||3200,- LEG 3 Sign on|
|March 29 2019||Boca Chica, Dom Rep.||Charleston, South Carolina||1190 NM / 21 days||€ 1785,- P0519 Sign on|
|April 19 2019||Charleston, South Carolina||Boca Chica, Dom Rep.||1190 NM / 21 days||€ 1785,- P0619 Sign on|
|March 29 2019||Boca Chica||Boca Chica||42||€ 3360,- LEG 4 Sign on|
|May 10 2019||Boca Chica, Dom Rep.||Horta, Azores||2504 NM / 29 days||€ 2465,- P0719 Sign on|
|June 8 2019||Horta, Azores||Amsterdam, NL||1638 NM / 18 days||€ 1530,- P0819 Sign on|
|May 10 2019||Boca Chica||Amsterdam, NL||47||€ 3760,- LEG 5 Sign on|
|Entire Atlantic Round Voyage 2018/2019||238||€ 14280,- EAR Sign on|
|Sign on||From||To||Distance NM||Fee||Average days sea / port||Booking Nr.|
|November 3 2019||Den Helder, Netherlands||Porto, PT||988||€2.040,-||24||P0919 Sign on|
|November 28 2019||Porto, PT||Santa Cruz de La Palma||852||€1.360,-||16||P1019 Sign on|
|Entire first leg||Den Helder, Netherlands||Santa Cruz de La Palma||€3.200,-||40||Leg 1Sign on|
|December 16 2019||Santa Cruz de La Palma||Bridegetown, Barbados||2640||€2.635,-||31||P1119 Sign on|
|January 19 2020||Bridegetown, Barbados||Fort-de-France, Martinique||132||€ 425,-||5||P1219Sign on|
|Entire second leg||Santa Cruz de La Palma||Fort-de-France, Martinique||€2.880,-||36||Leg 2Sign on|
|January 26 2020||Fort-de-France, Martinique||Santa Marta, Colombia||810||€1.785,-||21||P1319 Sign on|
|February 18 2020||Santa Marta, Colombia||Kingston, Jamaica||438||€ 765,-||9||P1419 Sign on|
|February 28 2020||Kingston, Jamaica||Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.||428||€1.190,-||14||P1519 Sign on|
|Entire third leg||Fort-de-France, Martinique||Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.||€3.520,-||44||Leg 3Sign on|
|March 17 2020||Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.||Charleston, South Car.||1.190||€1.785,-||21||P1619 Sign on|
|April 7 2020||Charleston, South Car.||Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.||1.190||€1.785,-||21||P1719 Sign on|
|Entire fourth leg||Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.||Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.||€3.360,-||Leg 4Sign on|
|April 28 2020||Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.||Horta, Azores||2.504||€2.465,-||29||P1819 Sign on|
|May 27 2020||Horta, Azores||Amsterdam, NL||1.638||€1.530,-||18||P1919 Sign on|
|Entire Fifth Leg||Boca Chica, Dom. Rep.||Amsterdam, NL||€3.760,-||47||Leg 5Sign on|
|Entire Atlantic||Round Voyage||2019/2020||€12.540,-||209||EARSign on|
|If time, weather and cargo allow it, we can||sail to more destinations||than scheduled.|
More info about sailing along
More information about the schedule
If your intentions are to become a real experienced seaman and to get the thorough taste of life at sea, this is your trip! During the journey you will acquire adequate seatime to file for a certificate of competency as an able-bodied seaman. (If you officially want to obtain this certification you also have to pass the “Basic Safety Training” at a registered nautical college.)
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.
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 captain and the first 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, depending on freight and weather.
NM / Direct distance
This is the shortest possible distance between two harbors. The Nordlys 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.
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.
This number is a purely administrative number used for keeping score of persons on board.