Our vision is to engage and bridge coastal communities with transported local products by sail. We aim to unite the transport of goods with an onboard educational platform to inform about the issues surrounding globalisation, and challenge the current food system culture.
In the second half of September we started a large refit of Hawila in Holbæk that should last until October next year. A group of skilled volunteers joined the permanent crew and started to take down sails and rigging.
We gathered all our local friends over a long weekend to remove together the 30 tons of ballast put in the bilges in the 80’s by our predecessors from MBV. The pieces of iron varied in size and weight, oscillating between 30 and 300 kilograms. The smaller bits were carried by a human chain, the bigger ones were removed by crane. Thank you all again for this collective effort, after all this mass we removed, Hawila has raised nearly one meter above the water!
The work of the crane gave us thrills also when removing the masts. We gathered to watch this breathtaking moment amazed to find an impossible to read all rounded luck-coin under one of the masts- a maritime tradition dating as far back as the Roman times.
We are now dismantling the inside cabins to access the bare hull. During this week Hawila will be covered and we will remove all the midship and forward deck to assess properly the state of the vessel.
We are very much looking forward to being hoisted on the slipway on the 9th of November. The next challenge will be the necessary work on our keelson, galbord, keel bolts and frames.
Stay tuned, there will be way more to come in the coming weeks!
The decision to plant thousands of ship oaks in 1810:
In 1810, after events of Napoleonic wars, the king Frederik made the decision to plant thousands of oak trees between Hillerod, Esrum and Helsinge, an area since known as the Gribskov (Vulture forest) to make it possible to rebuild the Danish fleet 200 years from then, since that is the time oaks need to mature into ship oaks.
In 2010 the time had come. In a public announcement, the Royal Forestry Commissioner of Denmark informed Queen Margarethe II that the oaks were now finally ready to be used for the rebuilding of the Danish Navy. Of course, this announcement sounded odd in our modern times, but the legal obligation from 1810 for the Royal Forestry Commissioner to announce to the reigning King (or queen) the day when the oaks officially would become ship oaks, was still in force.
The obligation was duly fulfilled.
Hawila’s incredible luck (based on a good deal perseverance):
Now, at the antique sawmill of Kagerup, 15 of these matured ship oaks finally are waiting to fulfil their destination. Not by becoming ships of the Danish Navy, but by becoming a part of Hawila during the Great Refit, starting September 15th in the Isefjord town of Holbaek.
It took several months of negotiations until 15 of those beautiful 200 years old oak trees were ready for Hawila to purchase them.
On February 20, the trees were felled and transported to the sawmill in Kagerup, soon to be milled into planks, ribs and deck beams for Hawila. The final comment when we thanked Peter Chrois Moeller, the sales manager of Naturstyrelsen, who made it possible was:
“It makes me happy that at least some of our great ship oaks can fulfil their destination and become part of a great sailing ship.”
We feel privileged and grateful to Peter Chrois Moeller (Naturstyrelsen) and Gribskov’s forester Jan Erik Løvgen, for making this happen!
Without their support it would not have been possible.
We are happy to announce that Hawila has received financial support for the refit in Holbæk from LAG (Local Action Group) Mid-Northwest Zealand. LAG is an association supporting projects that contribute to the development of projects and activities in Lejre, Holbæk, Sorø, Odsherred and Kalundborg municipalities. In 2020 LAG has a focus on sustainable development and green conversion. Its funds come from the Danish state and the EU’s Rural Fund.
We feel honoured to be recognised by the local actors as a desired element of the sustainable development of the region.We are looking forward to becoming part of the local community, contributing to the development of the area with innovative and green approaches to maritime transport, maritime cultural heritage and sustainable tourism development of the region.
We eagerly anticipate further collaboration with the local community as well as getting to know the people of Holbæk and the surrounding area to co-create activities and work on sustainable entrepreneurship development.
Hawila is looking for volunteers from October 2020 to October 2021 for major refit in Holbæk, Denmark.
The refit will last up to a year to convert Hawila into a commercial registered vessel with a transformation of the mess-room to allow the transport of cargo.
The team will consist of 8-16 people. We aim to keep an enriching working atmosphere that sustains a good community life.
You will join as a volunteer. In addition to becoming part of the Hawila community, being hosted and provided wholesome meals we will make specific arrangements with each volunteer depending on the length of their volunteering period, their skills and previous experiences.
As a common reward, all volunteers will be offered days of sailing in exchange for their time and commitment. Specific details and arrangements will be explained once the application round will be closed.
Tools and working clothes will be provided by Hawila but you are welcome to bring your own beloved toolbox.
A minimum commitment of 1 month is required for all volunteers; we believe that’s the minimum to integrate within the community and sustain a continuous, efficient and interesting learning/volunteering experience.
Needed from October 2020:
woodworker, carpenter, boatbuilder, jack of all trades. Later in the refit (from spring 2021): Sailmakers, Riggers, Electricians, Mechanics.
Framing and planking below and above water line, keel work (mid-ship keelson, keel bolts), caulking, decking, rigging work, 2 additional bulkheads, new sails, new electrics.
How to apply?:
If you are interested, send us an application email with a few words about you, your motivation to join the adventure, your experiences and possibly a CV to email@example.com
We will be receiving applications until August 15th.
Are children interested in building a robot or studying marine electronics?
We have a chance to find out when spending a week with amazing boys and girls and their guardians in Isefjord. Together with the French-Danish school Hawila Project organised STEAM [science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics]- a week of non-formal education workshops for kids taking place in breathtaking nature onboard Hawila and on a farm inland.
Our little fellows have a chance to immerse themselves in practical knowledge on how to weld, make print on a T-shirt, program a robot, work with analog photography and sound.
Amongst the workshops there are also possibilities for adventurers to try sailing with Hawila, tree climbing, steering a little boat or challenge themselves when climbing the main mast.
Our amazing chefs provide delicious meals prepared from organic ingredients to fuel the body and spirits of the kids crew.
We are looking forward to the last days of workshops!
Hawila’s life story has been full of twists and changes. She started as a cargo vessel transporting ice at the beginning of the century, she was used for fishing and smuggling during WWII, in the late 70s and 80s she became a platform for non-formal education for a creative group of teachers. Since the Hawila Project runs the vessel, she has been a place serving a community, inspiring artists and ramblers.
In 2020, she will begin another transformation. This one will bring her back to her roots, Hawila will gain yet another dimension.
We are happy to announce that starting from October 2020, Hawila will be staying in Holbaek where she will undergo a major restoration in the local shipyard. This work will allow her to safely transport large quantities of cargo by sail by late 2021. As a sailing cargo vessel, Hawila will provide an environmentally friendly, sustainable alternative to long distance maritime transportation. More details about our future routes and ambitions will come in following posts.
We are very grateful for excellent collaboration with our partners from Holbaek: Kystliv Holbæk ,Det Gamle Beddinger, Holbæk Museum – en del af Museum Vestsjælland, thanks to whom we felt very much welcome and fitted in the local maritime environment. The city of Holbæk has a rich boat building tradition to share as well as charismatic personas leading educational and innovative projects on site. Hawila Project is honoured to be a part of a local Holbaek community!
There is a great amount of work ahead of us. We estimate that Hawila will stay in the shipyard in Holbaek for 10 to 12 months. We aim to replace most of our bottom planks (galbord, robord…), maintenance work on our keel, keelson and keel bolts. We will install a new pine deck and covering board as well as 3 wooden bulkheads. Lastly, Hawila will get a total rigging refit and perhaps a new set of sails.
We are looking forward to the support of local and international carpenters and boat builders. We will soon publish an official volunteer call with more details of the planned work, but if you are already curious about the volunteer possibilities, please contact us by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Alterations in Hawila sailing plans for the summer 2020
Dear sailors and friends!
We hope this message finds you in good health and well-being!
It is with great sadness that we need to inform you that due to the current coronavirus situation and travel restrictions in Denmark we found no way to make the Ship of Opportunity project happen this year.
We have been researching, trying to find ways, changing routes, but we couldn’t come up with a solution that would not be putting you at risk of being returned from the border.
We put a lot of work and heart in planning the residency and we really appreciate as well the efforts of potential participants, the applications and amazing ideas that those inspiring people came up with and wanted to contribute and share with others.
We do hope we can stay in touch and think about resuming the project in 2021 or 2022, depending on the availability of our beautiful Hawila that will spend next year in the shipyard.
We are preparing alternative summer plans for August at the moment, we will shortly publish them. If you live in Denmark or if you know you can legally cross the border, you are still warmly welcome to contact us and join one of the alternative sailings.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please use our Hawila email for communication with Hawila about sailing this summer: email@example.com
The firstname.lastname@example.org email can be used to contact Agata, an artist with whom the Ship of Opportunity project was co-designed.
All our best and may the winds always be in your favour,
COVID-19 update: Because of the COVID-19 pandemia we needed to make a decision to postpone our summer project. At this moment we decided to begin the sailing on the 5th of August until the 28th. We stil believe it will happen although it might be again altered if the circumstances will require it. The legal and health authorities requirements will also affect the route. At the moment it seems like we might be able to sail in the Danish and Swedish waters. We will take decisions on the route based on the winds and the circumstances on a daily basis. We see this challenges as an opportunity to connect with the uncertainties, let go of the fixed plans and destinations, observe the wind and the nature to work alongside. Therefore resilience as a theme of our journey becomes even more relevant. This also gives us and you more time to apply for additional funding.
Dear friends! The deadline for applications got extended until the 07th of April 2020
The Ship of Opportunity invites artists, scientists, and storytellers to embark on Hawila, a 32-meter gaff-rigged ketch built in 1935, departing from the Danish island of Bornholm and arriving 23 days later in the town of Turku in Finland. We will follow the weather and winds to travel between those two points. Destinations will be suggested by the crew on a daily basis based on the group preferences and weather conditions. All residents will be invited to participate in sailing the ship. We will provide basic training in navigation, interaction with the wind and water, and understanding the nature of the ship. The group will also be invited to support the cooking and maintenance works. While on the ship, we function as a community, working closely together, sharing responsibilities, stories, skills. We will make sure there is enough time not only for absorbing experiences but also for independent work. The participants’ individual projects do not need to address any specific themes and there is no requirement to produce finished work during the residency, the programme mainly aims to provide a space for experimentation and exchange.
The Ship of Opportunity is a collaboration between the members of Hawila Project and artist-researcher Agata Engelman – diverse group with a variety of experiences, and working on our own projects, we want to invite a variety of people to join in for the journey. We are looking for artists, scientists, researchers, storytellers and explorers. Attentive to the environment in which we will be sailing, one of the aims of the project is to inquire into the changing condition of the Baltic’s human and nonhuman communities and multispecies entanglements, and searching for, exchanging, and sharing situated knowledges. This year we will place particular focus on the topic of food. When sailing on a ship, everyday conveniences become limits, such as storage space, electricity, water and gas. Facing scarcity of resources, we become particularly mindful when preparing the food and storing it. Food provides an insight into community, culture and resilience, we are interested in learning about local knowledges and practices. We also plan to transport seeds and local goods between the harbours. Our guests get to experience delicious, high quality, mindfully cooked food prepared in challenging conditions. Facing climate change and resource scarcity, we find it important to shift the focus to something positive and local. By using the power of the wind, on a small-scale sailing ships can provide an alternative to the transport practices that harm the environment. We see this niche practice as being important symbolically, provoking critical thinking and inspiring changes that are needed on a larger scale.
We will organise events in some of the harbours we visit, sharing food, stories and art, meeting local communities, learning about local food production, wild harvesting or traditional methods of food preservation, like fermentation and drying. Everyone will be welcome to participate in those activities, but there are no fixed expectations. We want to visit several places on our way that we find interesting for the project and the residents, including a permaculture community farm on a Swedish island of Gotland.
Application: 1) your CV/ portfolio / link to portfolio or short bio (max 1 page A4) 2) your proposal (max 1 page A4), please address the following: ● why would you like to join us; ● what would like to engage with during the journey; ● how would you like to contribute to the voyage; ● what inspires you based on the above residency description, ● state also your expectations and what would you need to feel comfortable living and creating onboard.
Please bear in mind that the space on the ship is limited. Hawila is an old wooden vessel, the things that will be stored inside can get wet and messy if not secured properly when the weather gets rough. Hawila is not a luxurious ship. The experience it offers is unforgettable, the crew is experienced, warm-hearted and will do their best to keep you safe, warm, well fed and respected. Nevertheless, please remember that it can get wet, cold and challenging in many ways. The residents will be free in their exploration and creations as long as safety and integrity of the group on board is not compromised. For safety reasons the applicants need to feel confident moving around the boat, on very steep steps and wet deck during rough weather. The residency is designed for people above 18 years old.
Send your application, including any questions you might have, to email@example.com. Please put your name in the names of the files that will be attached.
Deadline for applications: 07.04.2020
We will inform all of you about the results within several weeks.
a group of people from several European contries travelled by wind through the Baltic Sea to address climate crisis
During the past weeks we have been sailing alongside a German sailing boat Lovis with an inspiring group consisting of sailors, scientists, activists and artists as a part of Turning The Tide project.
An eclectic mix of international individuals met in an unconventional environent to form a saling think tank and approach current environmental issues such as climate change, climate justice, ecological hazards in the Baltic sea and sustainable farming.
The trip started in Lubeck and continued through the Baltic Sea using the power of wind to visits the Samso Energy Academy,Grobund– the largest community led initiative in Denmark, Aarhus and then Copenhagen. In each destinations the group was engaging local communties in debates, common activities and dialogue on possible paths to more sustainable future.
In Copenhagen, on the 12th of Setember the public and like-minded individuals were invited to Teaterøen to discuss new initiatives, actions, examples of good practices gathered during the trip.
Today in Aarhus, the sailing ships Lovis and Hawila were dancing on the Baltic sea. 60 sailors from 14 countries in Europe have come here sailing from Lübeck and called for CLIMATE ACTION NOW. See us again in Copenhagen the 12th of September: https://www.facebook.com/events/2182717788504337/ and Malmö the 14th!
On the 18th of August we officially ended our Hawila Project and Acting 4 Climate joint collaboration in 2019. We have been sailing together on Hawila since June, trying to translate raising climate emergency awareness into the language of contemporary art. The tour powered by sail gave the artists the opportunity to experiment with new ways of low emission travelling. We visited Aalborg, Fredrikstad, Oslo, Melsomvik, the island of Anholt and Helsingor. Durig our stays in harbours the ship were being transformed not only in an unconventional stage but also in a platform for sustainable knowledge and ideas exchange bringing together the artists, the crew, travellers and local communities. Our first and last events took place in Copennagen.
Those past weeks were an intense time of working and being together. We were experimenting with living as sustainably as we could. Whenever we could we travelled by sail, emission free. We were cooking from organic supplies brought with as little plasting packaging as pssible. We tired to stay conscious about our resources, precious sweet water, electricity (partially produced by Hawila’s movement in the water thanks to our shaft alternator),
We were struggling while crossing difficult waters together, we were getting wet together, we were drying in the sun together, we were laughing and enjoying moments of sun and relax together. We were getting emotional after the circus performances seeing the audience being touched by it.
We went though moments of not being able to escape togetherness which challenged us as individuals and a group but also made us stronger.
The tour made us grow and dream, we are looking forward to more adventures!
From the 31st of August to the 14th of September 2019 Hawila will sail alongside the 34m german schooner Lovis. Onboard the two vessels, groups of environmental and climate activists from Germany, Poland, Sweden and Denmark working together in a project called Turning The Tide. We will set sail from Lübeck, heading first towards Århus, then Copenhagen, to finish in Malmö. Actions are being planed in each city around the theme of Climate Justice.
The event was a continuation of our collaboration with The Danish-French School in the field of adventurous and inspiring education for kids developing different sets of skills like group work, motor skills, overcoming the fear of heights, gaining confidence in the water and many more.
“Taking Hawila out of the water is like bringing a fish out of the ocean. She resists the crane, benefits from a push by the wind, to escape her cage. Is brought back, and finally surrenders to the metal teeth of the slip, to come up on land, inert. We can then lay our curious eyes on her hidden face, masked by algae and other shells.
We spent 11 days on the slipway of Gilleleje, Hawila hoisted high up, enjoying this castle view over the whole fisherman town of North Sealand.
Only light work and inspection was planned this year, as we have saved up resources for a larger work effort, that should take place next year in the winter/spring with up to 3 months on the slipway. This year our ambition was to secure the vessel hull for navigating the Baltic, until October, as well as inspecting her to devise an accurate, large refit plan for the coming year.
Collectively, we were 15 people laboring away. The whole Hawila crew, aided by carpenters under the supervision of Yann, a shipwright from Brittany, France. Lots of caulking and small wood repairs were carried out. Additionally, more than a hundred copper plates were fastened to the hull. We held off on scheduled larger planking work for next year. We also enjoyed the opportunity of having her up, to fix our leaking gearbox shaft seal, and adding an experimental shaft sprocket, which will allow us to produce energy while sailing.
Now Hawila is back to her element, the bilges totally dry, the biggest reward for our efforts. Thanks to the great team, that worked continuously, we did more than I had planned, to a higher standard and for less resources, making this beauty’s hull ready for the coming summer!
Now we have sailed to Helsingør, to finish the work on the rig and above the water line on decks and cabins at the HAL16 workshop. By early June she should be ready to hoist the sails for another season!”
We are happy to announce that Hawila entered into a partnership with the circus collective Acting For Climate (A4C), opening inspiring collaboration!
From July to September Hawila will be touring together around Scandinavian ports with an onboard show called “Into the water“.
Circus show on board Hawila
“Into the water” is a contemporary circus show aiming at raising ecological awareness as well as triggering a wider debate on sustainable development. During the summer Hawila will, therefore, become not only an unconventional stage for performing arts but also a meeting point for those who want to embark for a debate on redefining our relationship with the environment around us. Therefore Hawila can continue to carry on its main vision which is is to engage and bridge coastal communities as well as serving as an educational platform to trigger a debate on the issues surrounding globalization. This summer we will sail from port to port to inspire people with a performance focused primarily on cycles and water. Among the “Into the Water” crew, you will find circus artists, actors, musicians, dancers, scientists, activists, visual artists, locals, sailors- all joining forces to bring awareness and inspire action towards a more sustainable way of life. We want to invite you to become a part of our amazing community this summer!
Acting for Climate is a group of young artists inspired by Piet Hein’s definition of art as ”the solution to the problems that cannot be formulated clearly before being resolved”, they want to use their art in the aim to achieve a sustainable future. Artists have an unique opportunity and responsibility to inspire action, joy, and change in relation to these challenges that concern us all. A4C wish to create a network of people, artists and activists that can work creatively on how to inspire change for a sustainable future. They intend to strengthen an expanding global network of action through interaction with local artists and activist. Acting for Climate is not just a group of performers, it is also a mindset introduced to the world. As artists, they feel they have a responsibility to act on and talk about the challenges we see in our society.
In each harbor, the show will be accompanied by Havne fests for Klima (Harbour Fairs for Climate) aiming to bring people together for an invigorating gathering revolving around sustainability, promoting local producers of organic goods and people sharing information on projects that aim to consume and transport goods in a more sustainable way. The program of the festivals will consist of workshops, talks, art exhibitions, salvaged dumpster kitchen, and concerts. The aim of this year’s adventure is to share the knowledge and engage the audience in the search for the tools on how to make a very much needed change in our everyday life – as well as how to make it a more global reality.
Join Hawila this summer for a 25 days round trip to Estonia from Copenhagen, departure the 28th of June 2018!
We will stop by Gotland for a festival week in Visby, before reaching Tallinn for the European Global Ecovillage Conference where we will host workshops. Hawila will then be back in Copenhagen latest the 21st of July.
Good ship, great food and beautiful people onboard!
Baltic Sailing Voyage to European Ecovillage Conference
Non-profit community sailing tour with Hawila crew: Copenhagen – Gotland – Tallinn – Copenhagen
28 JUNE – 21 JULY 2018
Summer 2018 Hawila will sail across the Baltic Sea starting from Copenhagen, stopping by Gotland and going all the way to Estonia where the European Global Ecovillage Conference will take place. We invite you to sail onboard Hawila and join the international group of enthusiasts from different communities, green and social initiatives. The voyage will take 25 people together with a professional crew and include a number of workshops, activities and knowledge exchange during the sailing.
The sailing starts in Copenhagen, Denmark, comes to Swedish island of Gotland and continues to Tallinn, Estonia, stays there for a while during the Conference and goes back straight to Denmark. You can join the whole voyage or a part of it. The whole journey will last about 25 days, 28 June – 21 July. During the voyage the vessel will be propelled only by wind, so expected arrival and departure date may vary due to the weather conditions. We expect all participants to take some part in sailing routines and physical work.
On its way to Estonia, Hawila will stop in Visby, on the island of Gotland, for a couple of days to join the famous Almedalen week where we will host workshops and projections onboard. Hawila will then head towards Tallinn to bring most of the participants to the Ecovillages Conference. The vessel will be docked in Tallinn for approximately 5-8 days before heading back to Copenhagen near the 14-16th of July.
Hawila is a Norwegian 34 m long two-masted wooden ship, built in 1935. After its long and adventurous story the ship was left in disrepair in Copenhagen harbour. The Swedish state Maritime museum gave Hawila the status of cultural-historical value vessel in 2002. In 2014, Hawila was found by a group of friends and the vessel was donated to the newly created non-profit organization Hawila Project. After a large community-led refit Hawila it started to sail again in 2017.
Now Hawila Project wants to step out further and connect with other Baltic communities to share goods and cultures, exchange and learn from each other. The non-profit aims to involve children, and to educate them in the process of production (farming), processing (sailing) and distribution (community).
Almedalen Week In Visby On the way to Estonia Hawila will stop for a couple of days on the beautiful island of Gotland which at that time will be hosting Almedalen Week (Almedalsveckan) which annually takes place on Gotland and brings many thousands of politically and socially involved people and activists.
The European Ecovillage Conference 2018 The final destination of the trip is European Ecovillage Conference 10-14th of July with over 500 of practitioners and researchers from ecovillages and sustainable communities. There will be presentations, lectures, co-creation sessions, an Sustainable Technology Expo, dance, yoga and ceremonies, as well as a special programme celebrating Estonia ́s 100th anniversary. You are vety welcome to join the Conference too, for the application see the Conference website.
It has been a while since there has been any news from us. Finally, after 3 years of hard work and exploring a lot of unknowns we gleefully set sails with Hawila. The summer was a very big moment for us in the evolution in the project. We have been quiet these last months because we have been using this time to digest and appreciate the hard work and have some time for individual projects/life outside of Hawila. We would like to wish you all a happy new year and welcome you into this new year with a collage of video images, thoughts from us and reflections on the future of the project. Currently we are working on projects for this summer and a route for sailing. Thanks to who worked on the video and the music. Original music recorded on board Hawila!
Thanks to everyone for the hard work, support and commitment.
After a long radio silence, we are thrilled to share updates with you on the refitting of Hawila, the advance of the project and the opportunity to sail together!
We’ve been busy onboard and the project has made huge advances the last year with few words from us. In addition to the never ceasing work on the vessel we have developed several collaborative projects allowing us to thrive locally and in Europe. Our vision has been refined, the core team consolidated and structuration of a cooperative initiated.
In a month, the vessel will be seaworthy to set sail towards the North Sea and the western Norwegian fjords. Join the voyage! Later, after a winter on the dry dock, Hawila will be ready to sail commercially across Europe with a cargo hold of 40 tons.
We need your support to make this happen! We are now at the shipyard in Gilleleje, and every penny counts to make Hawila seaworthy. Please donate for the refit! Besides, Hawila is in the process of creating a cooperative structure and will eventually invite new members from this summer. If you believe Hawila can make a change as a sailing cargo vessel and cultural and educative platform consider joining our internal mailing list to receive more info.You can also support us by sailing along this summer on one of the leg and enjoy the beauty of the Norwegian fjords.
We hope you are all doing great in your projects and wish to see you at sea this summer,
Samuel, Gabriele and Robert
Hawila will set sail soon!
Donate now to support the last part of the refit
We are writing to you from the deck of Hawila, hoisted up on the Gillelje slipway, where she arrived 10 days ago. We have gathered a large group of 20 skilled volunteers from our network and the artisanal carpenters from the CopeauxCabana collective to refit the vessel. Lots has been done the last years and this is the last step before setting sail for the entire summer. We made new booms and gaffs and serviced standing rigging, oiled and fixed the blocks, planked some of the hull, re-caulked nearly the entire hull, replaced a third of the deck and changed some of the deck beams, remade port side of the deck galley cabin, new bow fences, rebuilt entirely the main engine and onboard generator, rewired most of the electric system and, thanks to support of Victron Energy, upgraded the battery bank, upgraded our instruments, rearranged the space inside with new cabins and so much more! The ship will be put back at sea in a few days to finish the work above the water line and give it a final paint touch. After that, Hawila will be rigged with her original sails for test sailing and to take the sea towards Norway. On the way we will stop at the Risør trebåt festival form 3 to 5th of August and visit the yard where Hawila was built in 1935.
We needs your support more than ever to make Hawila’s maiden voyage along the coast of Sweden, Norway, UK and France this summer, marking the initiation of our project before the final conversion as commercial cargo.
Would you consider donating any amount of money, big or small, to kick off the projects around Hawila?
We thank you in advance for all your donation for Hawila’s refit!
Gabri, Rob and Samuel
Hawila: an educative and awareness platform
Hawila is not only about trading, it is also about critical thinking, re-shaping and re-imagining the way we consume, the way we relate to people and our planet. With the aim of inviting people to reflect upon those issues on Hawila, we have designed an interactive workshop, which aspires at opening a window into global trade and its environmental and social effects. During the workshop, facts and events of past and present maritime transport are transposed into a large interactive world map. Combining the different facets of the game, the participants are able to imagine and design their own journey with tactile and digital elements. This journey retraces the story of an historic sailing ship and a contemporary container vessel.
If you are interested in knowing more about the activity and would like to share it in your harbour, school or city please get in touch with us! If you are interested in reading more about our workshop have a look at this blog post.
The project with Hawila has undergone internal restructuration over the past months, and the future brings new exciting developments. The vision and our core team was refined: Samuel Faucherre, Gabriel Sutera, and Robert Weir are now responsible for directing the momentum of the project to ensure its continuity.
We are now in the process of forming a Cooperative which will own the ship outright. United under this Cooperative will come the three important aspects of our project – Trade, Culture and Education. The Cooperative will be run by members actively working for the project. This structure gives a dynamic allowing member participation by votes on the direction of the project. Additionally, the Cooperative will allow the project to gain shareholder support from those not wanting to work directly with the project, but willing to contribute. These shareholders will be entitled to a vote and a voice in the cooperative, and will receive a return on their investment.
If you are interested in joining the future Cooperative, becoming a member or shareholder, please join our internal mailing list and we will forward you the business booklet when ready:
Join Hawila’s maiden voyage!
After five years Hawila will set sail again for an exeptional sailing voyage. Become a member of Hawila and support us with a daily fee to sail by contributing her through the stunning Norwegian fjords, the wild Northern seas, through the Caledonian canal, the legendary Scottish lakes, the Irish sea and more! Have a look at our planned sailing schedule and get in touch with us for more details (email firstname.lastname@example.org with leg code in subject). You will experience a real sailing voyage, hoisting and trimming the sails, sharing time with the captain and the crew, helping the cook and stopping in unique places linked to sailing culture. Most importantly, you will support Hawila to sail for the coming years!
Days at sea/harbour
Bergen (via Sognefjorden)
Entire Norwegian voyage
Entire Norway, UK and Irish sea
NOTE: This is an expected schedule, the dates of arrival and departure might be adjusted according weather conditions or other unforeseen events as well as members participation.
After a restoration season of over 3 months of growth and serendipity, much has moved ahead under Hawila’s two masts!
Thanks goes to the power of determination, the positivity of learning from skilled carpenters and random encounters, and the enthusiasm of a volunteer crew working together throughout months.
Degradation processes are now under control, the state of the ship is preserved in the most important places, deck, galley, mizzen boom, bowsprit and topmasts. Aft and forward are sanded, caulked, oiled and renewed, important beams and planks from main deck replaced and restored. The port side wall of the galley was replaced and insulation optimized. One of its panels has become an ongoing experiment; testing the use of plexiglas and a ventilation chamber, as a potential solution to condensation.
Bow fences were replaced and decorated with nordic inspired carvings. Accurate measured drawings, (made for the ship by a cross-continental cycling architect) have already helped us during an initial survey towards regulating Hawila for future shipping activities! Ben and Leo, shipwright and sailor, our skilled volunteers invited for the season, pushed forward an incredible amount of positive changes.
As is the nature of this ship, many things are larger than imagined and plans are only a safety line in changing seas. Unexpected surprises balanced out the unforeseen issues and we move forward stronger for it.
We were happy, to be able to challenge ourselves and do things we’d never done before. To learn from knowledgeable craftsmen how to work skilled tasks and see woodwork in different styles from, allowed us all to get much more comfortable with wood ourselves. It was powerful to develop friendships and synergies with other projects that connect with what Hawila stands for, both in terms of restoration communities and social initiatives. Alongside the work, we kept Hawila’s space open to the public. With the support of Juan Pino, Mambe, Rebecka Maria, Ashti Abdo and the entire crew, Hawila’s space was transformed into a magic venue a handful of times. So we also had moments throughout the months to restore energies for the intense work, taking the occasion to update outside communities about the advancement of the project.
Winter will be the time for preparing and scheduling of activities for the coming year. To meet our goal of sailing within next summer, an intense timeplan is on the way. Works will start again in the beginning of spring 2017, so get in touch with us if you’d like to collaborate in the next restoration season!
Special heartfelt thanks to those who contributed to our work and crew this summer and fall:
Leonardo Panizza, apprentice boat builder, Benjamin Cremades, traditional boat builder, Etienne Mignon Le Vaillant, sailor and carpentry apprentice, Ales Milos Cerny, electrician and plumber, Robert George Weir, cook, Serena Abbondanza, deck hand and architectural drawings, Anoop Shekar architect and cook, Yogan carpenter, Danni Masso, deck hand, Marielle Weber, deck hand, Lisa Geldys deck hand and assistant cook, Anton Corbal, deck hand, video maker, Cesar, deck hand, video maker, Mariana Bolano, deck hand, photographer, Alexandros Perellis, caulker, and all the amazing folks who dropped by to give us a hand!
May the darker times be good to you all, stay with us, we’ll keep you posted !