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GRAIN DE SAIL moored in Cherbourg (France) .

A modern cargo sailboat (72ft / 24.24m overall - 50 ton loading capacity). A schooner type rigging with equal masts, owned and operated by a French shopkeeper / trader of coffee and chocolate having the marketing idea to fetch these products on the other side of the world in Latin America, limiting to the maximum the emission of CO2.

The ship is scheduled to make approximately 2 transatlantic trips each year. One round trip lasts about 3 months.

The ship sails from France with 15 000 / 20 000 bottles of wine to New-York for wine shops, restaurants and local wine bars, and brings back Latin american coffee and chocolate to France.

Photo Michel Leparquier, shipping manager (retired) (c)