Sail Cargo Vessel Gallant

Successful delivery to Newhaven!

Gallant sailed all the way from the Caribbean, on schedule, only using her engine for harbour entrances.

Sail cargo in a nutshell: Extra Virgin Olive Oil produced by the Reigado family and Azeite Caixeiro in Portugal, found by olive sommeliers Passeite, brokered by New Dawn Traders, shipped to Newhaven by the Blue Schooner Company via the French Isle of Noirmoutier to collect Fleur de Sel, and sailed to Newhaven for collection onboard or delivery to your door in Brighton & Hove by Zedify cycle couriers.

This is what we call community supported shipping!

Go to our sail cargo shop – olive oil & almonds in stock!

To make all this happen Sail Boat Project, a community sailing school, set up our Sail Cargo branch, a partnership to look at establishing sail cargo routes using our own sail training vessels for potential cross channel routes, as well as other boats working longer passages (see below). We are part of a wider network called the Sail Cargo Alliance, which brings together sail cargo vessels, growers and brokers.

  • All surplus from our Sail Cargo work goes to the Community Sailing Fund, established to help people from community groups in Sussex access our sailing activities
  • We pay producers a fair price up front, around 50-65% of the prices you pay goes direct to them, with accountability in our pricing outlined with each product
  • Importing high quality products that don’t grow on our islands, we are developing solutions that are small, simple and local. We are looking towards a future where we know we need to use less energy
  • By working towards zero emission transport we are taking practical steps in the face of climate chaos with an informed sense of urgency
  • Community supported shipping helps us keep control of food supply chains and expands the skills base of all those involved

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Latest sail cargo voyage:

Vessel: Gallant

In port 7-9 July 2019, Newhaven

Gallant entered the Blue Schooner Company’s fleet in November 2017. She was originally a Herring logger named Jannetje Margaretha, built 1916 in Figee brothers’ yard in Vlaardingen, the Netherlands. During her long carrier, she has lived many different lives.


Previous sail cargo voyages:

Bessie Ellen sail cargoVessel: Bessie Ellen

November 2018, Fowey, Cornwall (onward delivery overland to Sussex)

Built in Plymouth, Devon, in 1904 by William Kelly, Bessie Ellen is one of the last surviving West Country trading ketches from a fleet that once stood at nearly 700. Bessie Ellen lived through an era when working sailing ships were an everyday sight in English ports and harbours.


Nordlys sail cargoVessel: Nordlys

October 2017, Newhaven

The engine-less classic sailing ketch Nordlys was built in 1873 on the Isle of Wight. Operated by Fairtransport, she shipped 1000 litres of olive oil for us into Newhaven, from Porto, Portugal, marking our first sail cargo to the Sussex coast this century


Jalapeno sail cargoVessels: Nordlys and Jalapeno

June 2018, Brighton and Newhaven

We worked with Nordlys again this year, trans-shipping cargo from her to our own 43′ yacht Jalapeno in Torbay, Devon. This ‘Act of Cabotage’ echoed the 19th century shipping of cargo along the coast from port to port and was our inspiration for this year’s delivery of organic olive oil and whole olives from Porto to Brighton and Newhaven, as well as Fleur de Sel sea salt from the French island of Noirmoutier.

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