Sail Boat Project Delivers First Shipment From Portugal

The future is here, and it’s delicious, fossil fuel free and fair!

On 10th October, weather permitting, engineless sailing ketch Nordlys will arrive in Brighton to deliver 1000 litres of organic Portuguese olive oil.

This first sail-powered olive oil delivery to the South East is part of a global movement promoting sail transport as a low-carbon alternative to conventional shipping. The Sail Cargo South East partnership bringing you this oil consists of Brighton based Sail Boat Project and Recharge Cargo bike couriers together with New Dawn Traders and FairTransport NL who sail Nordlys.

Nordlys is possibly the oldest sail cargo ship still active in cargo transport and was built on the Isle of Wight in 1873. Her route includes Norway to Portugal, France to England, Scotland to Germany and she takes cargoes of local organic wine, olive oil, ale, whiskey and other goods.

Portugal olive oilThe olive oil is produced by the Reigado family who grow their olives without use of chemical fertiliser or pesticides in the nature reserve of Faia Brava in Portugal. They harvest only about 3000 litres per year and Sail Cargo South East is very privileged and fortunate to be able to have access to one third of the Reigado family crops to sell to customers in the South East.

Dhara Thompson, co-director of Sail Boat Project, says: “We are incredibly proud and excited to bring you this wonderful exclusive olive oil that was bought for a fair price from an amazing family farm in Portugal. The oil is being sailed from Porto to the UK using only the power of the wind, on stunning sailing ketch Nordlys built on the Isle of Wight in 1873. She has no engine, so people buying the oil can be guaranteed that almost no fossil fuels have been used to transport the oil. Once the oil is delivered to Brighton it will be taken by bike courier to people’s door”.

Marije Passos, olive oil sommelier based in Portugal who helped Sail Cargo South East find this very special oil says: “Some producers you can only meet in small fairs in Portugal and this is how Emilia Reigado and I met. She is a very tiny lady with exceptional commercial skills. Emilia kept on chatting to me, I tasted the oils and olives and was sold.”
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