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May 22, 2013

Meeting set on delivery-by-sail venture based in Northport

NORTHPORT — Dragonfly Sail Transport is holding an informational meeting Sunday at Brew North.

Dragonfly is a new initiative based in Northport that aims to work with local merchants to deliver products to outlying harbor towns by sail.

“We want to tell the story of local products transported by sail and how this can contribute to a more resilient economy and sustainable future,” said Jan Barlow, trade route coordinator for the new venture. “To drive a truck from the tip of Leelanau to Charlevoix is a distance of 79 miles, yet it’s only 17 miles by water.”

Dragonfly will work with local merchants to ship their products aboard Aquilo, a 1936 wooden sailboat.

“It will be quite a sight when we come sailing into port with our merchants’ flags flying, loaded with regional products,” said Captain Mark Thompson.

Dragonfly is looking for merchants, community groups and individuals to support its 2013 pilot project, and currently has a campaign to raise $18,000 at, a social enterprise funding website.

Sunday’s meeting will begin at 2 p.m.



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