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Sailing ship heads for Brooklyn Bridge Park, bearing French wine and chocolate

Vessel to spend 10 days at Brooklyn Bridge Park's marina

April 22, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle Staff

Today, on Earth Day, a 50-ton sailing vessel carrying organic, biodynamic French wine and bars of chocolate will be speeding along in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, heading for Brooklyn Bridge Park. 

Powered by the wind, the transit by French company Grain de Sail’s new cargo sailboat marks the emergence of a green logistics chain that relies on renewable resources instead of fossil fuels.

The sailing cargo vessel prioritizes sustainability at every turn. Consistent with its environmentally friendly mission, wind turbines, photovoltaic panels and hydro generators meet the vessel’s onboard energy needs. 

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As Grain de Sail’s founder Olivier Barreau noted: “For our cargo sailboat we are retro-innovating by using ancestral wind navigation combined with modern technologies.”

The new Cargo Sailboat avoids massive emissions by using wind power and makes real the old saying “Make every day Earth Day.”

Upon arrival in New York City, expected around May 14, 2021, the unique vessel will dock for approximately ten days at the One15 Marina in Brooklyn Bridge Park. 

Members of the public are welcome to apply to visit the new boat and learn more about its advanced green transit features while it is in port.

Visits will be organized in strict compliance with CDC guidelines. After touring the sailboat and learning more about the project adventure, a tasting of some of the wines and chocolate that have sailed across the Atlantic may unfold on deck. You can book your slot with a group of 10 people max on Eventbrite. 


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