Sailing trader drops in for coffee

By Mal Butler

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

 

Sailing trader drops in for coffee

The Tres Hombre is helped into Yarmouth by the lifeboat.

A SAILING ship which has been travelling the world since October moored in Yarmouth last week to deliver fairtrade cocoa beans for a new venture in the town.

Two tonnes of beans were offloaded on to the pier for a chocolate shop, which should open later in the summer.

Tres Hombres, part of Fairtransport Shipping, left Holland seven months ago and has been to countries including Norway, Portugal, Brazil, Grenada and the Dominican Republic, collecting and delivering goods including dried cod, rum and wine to various parts of the world.

It was towed into Yarmouth as part of an RNLI exercise, before docking at the pier, where the cocoa beans, from the Dominican Republic, were unloaded.

The recipient of the beans, Arno Van Wyk, has moved to the Isle of Wight with wife, Lurika, and daughters, Marley, three, and Lily-Rose, one.

He said: "I’ve always played around in the kitchen and I decided to make it my career.

"I’m a chocolate maker and, while I have storage space in Yarmouth, I am looking for premises to sell my product. It is all fairtrade produce and I would like to sell organic tea as well.

"In time, there may be the chance to open a restaurant or cafe. We have been made to feel so welcome in the town, so we hope to have premises to start the business by June or July."

Captain of the Tres Hombres, Lammert Osinga, added: "This is a 32m brigantine, the world’s only engineless sail cargo vessel, which promotes sustainable shipping powered by the wind.

"We have our crew and trainees who are given the opportunity to travel the world and we are in the process of expanding the fleet. Now we’re looking forward to returning home to Holland next week."

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