Wow! What a week. Finally we are departing. At 10am tomorrow morning the tug boat has been scheduled to tow Tres Hombres out of the harbour. The week has been filled with last minute rigging, painting and fixing.
We have stowed 70 kg of peanut butter along with many other dry goods in proportions required for 7 months at sea. Barrels of flour, sacks of potatoes, bundles of carrots, ooodles of noodles… Calculating the required provisions has been a tough job for New Dawn Trader Alex requiring the compilation of a series of detailed plans, spreadsheets and costings.
New Dawn Traders Lucy and Alex have also been getting well acquainted with the galley and regular steaming dishes have been making their way into the bellies of the hungry sail and rigger crew.
While the last bits of the refit have been taking place, Steven, the first mate has been taking the trainee sail crew through basic sail handling and training. They have been learning the art of splicing ropes and climbing the rigging. Running up the ratlines is no easy task and it takes practice to learn how to clip on and off with safety harnesses while unfurling sails and lashing lines.
In amongst the chaos of preparations, shipmate Biz Bliss managed to get snapshots of the motley crew. The atmosphere is friendly and excitable as the crew get to know each other and share stories and experiences of previous sailing trips of travels.
After a long 6 week refit the ship is finally ready to take to the high seas once more. Our captain for the first leg will be Arjen Van der Veen, one of the founding 3 ‘hombres’. We have a short hop northwards to Stavanger, approximately 400 miles. There we will collect a cargo of dried salted fish destined for Lisbon in Portugal. The weather looks to be fair. We have waited to leave on friday to avoid some of the gusts and gales that have passed through the north sea today. Tomorrow there will be a light northerly wind (5-10 knots) for the first day with stronger south westerly arriving saturday followed by a strong easterly (20+ knots) as we approach Norway. The plan is to arrive sometime on Monday.
Hopefully the swell won’t be too high for our novice sailors aboard. The first few days at sea can be painful if you suffer from seasickness. But we have lots of ginger stowed just in case!
While the Tres hombres is sailing to Stavanger, another of the founding 3 captains, Jorne Langelaan, will be travelling to the UK for a tour of London, Bristol and Falmouth over the coming 2 weeks. Jorne will be speaking at various places about fair transport and zero emission cargo freight. Plans are afoot for a sail cargo vessel capable of carrying 170 tonnes of cargo, by the power of the wind. Slowly but surely the movement is building and the dreams of a sail cargo fleet are materialising.
So until Stavanger in a few days! Wish us well in the North sea!
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