Gallant Arrives In Newhaven

Sail Boat Project is excited to announce the arrival of the Gallant sailing ship into Newhaven on Sunday 7 July with its cargo of Portuguese extra virgin olive oil, almonds, olives and French Noirmoutier seasalt. Delayed by one day due to light winds, Gallant has sailed all the way from the Caribbean, via Portugal, only using her engine for harbour entrances.

The 36m 1916 Dutch-built schooner is transporting the third sail-powered delivery to Sussex bringing over 1,500 litres of top quality olive oil produced by the Reigado family and Azeite Caixeiro in Portugal. Sail Boat Project is working as part of the Sail Cargo Alliance with New Dawn Traders and the Blue Schooner Company, owners of the Gallant.

Dhara Thompson of Sail Boat Project says: “In the face of climate breakdown, we’re proud to be part of a global movement promoting sail cargo as a low-carbon alternative to conventional polluting oil powered transport. We’re encouraging good food lovers to place an order and join our growing movement of sail cargo pioneers who ensure that small scale producers are guaranteed a fair price, typically 50-60% of what the customer pays. Furthermore, all surplus from our sail cargo sales supports our Community Sailing Fund, providing health and wellbeing sailing activites to community groups in Sussex.”

Sail Boat project is working to promote the benefits of sail cargo produce to many more customers. The project is already supplying a number of local refill and plastic-free shops and sustainable food businesses in Sussex as well as individual customers. We call this “community supported shipping”.

The Gallant is scheduled to sail into Newhaven Marina Sunday 7th July around 2pm wind permitting. We invite people to come and watch the ship arrive and join our sail cargo pioneers by purchasing products from the quayside. “We’re grateful to Newhaven Marina and Newhaven Port for their help and support in making this and future sail cargo deliveries possible,” says Dhara Thompson.

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