Already the sixth week for the Tres Hombres – alias the chocolate boat – on the journey to deliver chocolate from the Caribbean to Europe. A short review of last week, taken from Mott’s blog who is in direct contact with the crew, as they passed last days on the Azores and had the departure to Portsmouth UK:
‘In the next two days, the Tres Hombres will continue the journey to Portsmouth, England., approximately 10 day sail, but completely dependednt on wind and weather as always. Then, on to Amsterdam.
I am working on landing evenst for both Portsmouth and Amsterdam, most likely May 19th and June 6th respectively. Most of the chocolate bars will be unloaded and put in HB Ingredient’s trucks to go down the road to East Sussex to their warehouse where they await Europen-wide distribution. Several thousand bars will remain on-board and be delivered in Amsterdam to our Dutch importer El Sauco and be moved on bicyle to the stores in Amsterdam!
The Tres Hombres had to wait an additional day for a bit of wind to leave the azores for Portsmouth, England. As I know all too well, it can be rather dangerous leaving or entering a port with not enough wind, and kind of usless as well if you cannot go anyhwere but drifting along. The statement of moving 24,000 chocolate bars for thousands of miles across the ocean with no engine at all continues – with all the expected adventure!
Here in Amsterdam I am working with the national maritime museum to plan a wonderful Tres Hombres/Grenada Chocolate arrival even June 6th with chocolate tastings, ship tours, etc. And, of course, the grand unloading of the chocolate bars.
Here is Captain Jorne’s comments on day 2 back at sea heading toward Portsmoth: Since Mott traveled ahead to arrange the save and sound arrival of Tres Hombres in Portsmouth and in further European ports of call, captain Jorne will continue to sent a line from the ship, ones in a while. So you can keep following the adventure of transporting the best chocolate in the world in a sustainable way. By way of the sailing cargo vessel Tres Hombres (www.svtreshombres.com).
Yesterday we set sail again from the port of Horta (Faial, Azores). Where we stopped to take in some more cargo: tea, wine, pineapple spread and tuna. And pick up two more crewmembers: Patricia from Belgium and Theo from Austria. We had a very nice departure leaving the docks under pure sailpower, after a few tacks we where underway again. First we encountered light and variable winds, currently we are encountering some stronger South Easterly winds. So with just seven sails set we are speeding towards Portsmouth. Here we will arrive to have the honor to discharge the first sustainable transported chocolate ever.’
Also several videos made on the sea;
Looking forward to follow the boat again this coming week while it moves – very fast now – check the ship tracker on this blog for today’s speed!
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