Sail-powered ‘ale run’ makes UK landfall

A shipment of French wine, cider and honey has made landfall in Cornwall in what is now a regular “ale run” between France and the UK.

grayhound nantes cornwallThe “Grayhound” dropped off a tonne of British specialties in Nantes earlier this month and took on five tonnes of Muscadet before setting sail on 11 August bound for Falmouth.

The ship is operated by the Grayhound Lugger Shipping company and makes its run with the backing of TransOceanic Wind Transport (TOWT) and Cusgane Organic Farm in Cornwall where the products are sold.

“Grayhound” stopped briefly at TWOT’s warehouse in Douarnenez to drop off some of the Muscadet and then took on some Bordeaux, Breton cider and Amorique honey.

Guillaume le Grand of TOWT, said: “Sail shipping has been shown to have positive effects on the environment, and it has a great economic potential. The ‘Grayhound’ is a project lowering the carbon emissions of shipping cargo around the world. She is a very concrete ambassador today. ”

“The shipping industry is currently ill-equipped to cope efficiently with the challenges of the 21st century. Giant container carriers use as much fossil fuel energy as a small power station… The objective is not only to leverage classical shipping as a way to protect our future, but also to invest in modern sailing cargo ships.”

Marcus Pomeroy-Rowden, skipper and owner of the Grayhound Lugger added: “Onboard Grayhound we are passionate about treading as lightly as possible on our planets resources. We wanted to start a small family run business that stood for this, we didnt know if it would be possible….and we are trying to find out. With the help of TOWT and buyers like Cusgarne organic farm we are starting something that could be a powerful move into a different thinking of how things are transported and how as neighbouring countries we work together in a alliance to support each other.

“Where ever we load or offload cargo we always put a smile on people’s faces and we’re sure we make them think, if but for a second “there really are people out there doing something which challenges old ways and breaks the mould” If what we do is just to start the discussion then it is worth it. In the meantime we are sailors sailing in home waters to deliver quality products to buyers who care and it feels great all round.”

This is the third “ale run” so far this year and the ship is due to be unloaded today.

2 Responses to “Sail-powered ‘ale run’ makes UK landfall”

  1. I am impressed by the application of good business sense and concern for the environment. Well done Grayhound.
    Presumably Rupert thought it a comedic twist when he wrote “TWOT” instead of “TOWT”. Also, I am curious about the meaning of “our planets resources”. How many planets are served by TOWT ? Kind regards, Bruce.

  2. dario says:

    A very interesting venture. I am considering doing this with my gaffer from sardinia to italy. only my loads will be rather meager and i’m wondering if it will be feasable.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletters

Sales Manager

The Drinks Business
London, UK

Account Manager

Justerini & Brooks
Edinburgh, UK

Senior Partner Manager - eCommerce

Maverick Drinks
London, UK

Buyer

Liberty Wines
London, UK

HR Co-ordinator

Liberty Wines
London, UK

Director of Sales

Gulf Brands International
Bahrain

Head of Trade Marketing

Lanson International UK Ltd
London W1

Customer Development Manager

Love Drinks
London, UK

Junior Brand Manager x2

Enotria&Coe
London, UK

Assistant Brand Manager

Swallow Associates Ltd
Kings Langley, UK

Champagne Masterclass

London,United Kingdom
10th Sep 2018

THE GREATEST ITALIAN SPARKLING WINES TASTING

London,United Kingdom
10th Sep 2018

Cape Wine 2018

Cape Town,South Africa
12th Sep 2018
Click to view more

The Global Beer Competition

Deadline : 22nd August 2018

The Global Malbec Masters 2018

Deadline : 1st September 2018

Click to view more

Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2018

the drinks business is proud to announce the fifth year of its Global Cabernet Sauvignon Masters

The Global Pinot Noir Masters 2018

the drinks business is proud to announce the fourth year of the Global Pinot Noir Masters, the most extensive competition in the Global Masters series.

Click to view more