Logbook Tres Hombres (August 8, 2012)
Tres Hombres sails close to the wind - Update from the North Sea, by Jan Lundberg
Thirteen adventurous souls, several of whom are professional sailors, are delivering 8,000 bottles of wine to Copenhagen on what might be a four day cruise. We could arrive in time for a celebratory weekend if the wind holds up.
In the spirit of its recent English ale delivery to France, Fair Transport continues to lead the way in the new age of sail. Haven't sampled the wine cargo yet; it's a busy time on deck and below it's catch sleep while you can. Haven't even broken out the old Martin guitar yet.
We're now sailing at 9 knots on a 60 degree compass course. We should round the northwest corner of Denmark in the morning and head east. The schooner brig (brigantine) is sometimes pounding heavy seas in the shallow North Sea under a nineteen knot wind. But we're climbing them easily with the excellent design of this ship. Quite the roller coaster ride in my forward bunk.
We set out late Monday through a lock with the aid of a small tugboat, and proceeded to try to clear the outlying islands of homeport Den Helder. But as we lost several hours waiting for the tug, we could not make headway tacking against the current. It was exhilarating anyway, with square sails rigged and trimmed. We anchored for part of the night, and after hoisting the chain and anchor with an old human-powered winch, we set off again after midnight. Watches are 4 hours each at night for the Port team and Starboard team.
Yesterday was our first full day sailing, passing offshore oil rigs. The same today. I was struck by the practice of flaring natural gas, while other rigs and wells elsewhere go to great expense to obtain it. We had Force 5 conditions much of yesterday and today. With no engine and a cargo to deliver, we want a stiff wind instead of mild conditions.
The entire crew is great people, friendly, cooperative, patient, and with a sense of humor as well as purpose. Captain Jaap, resembles Russel Crowe. First Mate Taeo could be mistaken for a young Marlon Brando. How can we go wrong?
[Stand by for another update from the Sail Transport Network's Depaver Jan Lundberg at sea; text only. For background please see the recent article "Sailing 8,000 bottles of wine to Copenhagen on the brigantine Tres Hombres of Holland" by at http://www.culturechange.org/cms/content/view/848/73/ ]
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