An engineless sailing ship with a charismatic cargo load of chocolates, rum, coffee, wine and cocoa beans has arrived in Portsmouth after a Transatlantic voyage seeking to make the point about sustainable transport, (See Sail-World http://www.sail-world.com/CruisingAus/Tres-Hombres---another-sailing-cargo-ship/96982!story) but there was 'no room at the inn.'
Tres Hombres sailed the Atlantic, but no berth on arrival
Eco-unfriendly MY Leander G grabs the berth ahead of Tres Hombres
Tres Hombres was a couple of days late because of a lack of wind, but that didn't stop the ocean crossing of the 103ft brigantine being treated as a landmark event with a series of celebratory arrival events.
These were thrown into a little disarray when, because of her late arrival, a superyacht - with no sustainability cred at all - was given Tres Hombres' berth. Leander G, the 60th largest yacht in the world, a 75 metre Peene Werft motor yacht built in 1992, left little room for the graceful old brigantine at the wharf.
Tres Hombres loading
Such are the realities of a fast-paced world which leave little allowance for vessels subject to the fickleness of the winds.
The ship, owned by the Sustainable Transport Company, was chartered by the Grenada Chocolate Company, and is skippered by Dutch sailor Jorne Langelaan and a dozen crew.
Undaunted by the bleak welcome at the Portsmouth wharf, after a short (and more difficult) stay to unload their precious cargo they will sail on to Holland and Belgium to discharge the rest.