Join the STEAM Workshop on Hawila in Isefjord from the 29th of June to the 3rd of July 2020

Hawila Project and Den Dansk-Franske Skole in Copenhagen organise a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) workshop in Icefjord. Everyone is welcome to join!

If you are interested please register by sending an email to:

More info on the Facebook event:

Hawila will depart from Copenhagen to Isefjord on the 26th of June. If you are interested to sail to Isefjord contact us at:

COVID-19 Hawila sailing updates

Alternations in Hawila sailing plans for the summer 2020

Dear sailors and friends!

We hope this message finds you in good health and well-being!

Due to the world pandemic of COVID-19 our summer plans needed to be changed.

We took a decision to postpone summer sailing until August for now. At the moment we plan to begin with the Ship of Opportunity artist residency project on the 5th of August and continue sailing until the 28th. In case Kulturhavn festival will take place in Copenhagen at the end of the month, we will participate sharing our experiences gathered along the slow-paced wind-powered journey.

We do hope that the sailing can happen although it will depend on the current situation in accord with legal and health authorities’ requirements, taking into consideration safety of the people on board as well as ethical dilemmas which we are facing. Therefore, the route of the August sailing remains undefined. We are ready and glad to adjust it depending on the winds and the circumstances of all sort. 

Although still unsure, If the situation allows, we will be sailing also in July in the Danish waters gathering on board possible amount of people. 

If you would like to stay updated and possibly join the sailing, you are still very welcome to contact us through

Fair winds and following seas in this challenging times!

Sail along – summer 2020

Join Hawila for the Northeast Baltic summer 2020 tour from Denmark to Finland, Lithuania, Poland, Germany and more!

video credits: Sichuan Erni Culture & Media Co.

This year Hawila will sail in the Northeastern Baltic area from Denmark through Sweden, Finland, Lithuania, Poland and Germany. We will start from Bornholm (after the Folkemøde) in the middle of June with the 3 weeks project called Ship of Opportunity where we open part of the space of the ship for artist in residence, working around the themes of food sustainability, building resilient communities and storytelling. The project will combine the usual sailing lessons with the artist residency and will be touring harbors between Tejn (Bornholm) and Turku (Finland), letting the winds and the group ambition dictate Hawila’s destination.

After the Ship of Opportunity project ends, we will dedicate two weeks in July for those of us who want to learn everything about sailing, and especially about sailing Hawila. We will be sailing in the Finnish archipelago, and then towards Lithuania, providing daily sailing workshops. We will place the focus on learning and practicing as much as possible, the first week within the Finnish archipelago, the second week during a longer crossing towards Lithuania. We should arrive in Lithuania just on time for the Sea festival Klaipeda.

After that Hawila will be heading towards Nysted, Denmark, for the Nysted hajkutterer festival and regatta, followed by the famous Øresund på langs regatta between Copenhagen and Helsingør. The season will end with a trip to Świnoujście in Poland participating in Sail Świnoujście festival. On the way back, Hawila will stop in Copenhagen to join Kulturhavn, before heading to Holbæk in September to get ready for a one year long refit.

Summer 2020 route

About the sailing this summer

You will be a part of a sailing watch and get not only theoretical lessons but also hands-on experience with setting up the sails, operating the helm and navigating using traditional techniques. We will be crossing the open sea along Nordic countries’ coasts when during the summer sun rarely disappears behind the horizon.

The fee contribution will cover:

  • Full board on Hawila (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and linen)
  • Compulsory membership to Hawila Project for the year 2020
  • Payment of harbour fees, canals and bridges
  • Fuel to maneuver the vessel and the dinghy
  • Daily sailing workshops
  • Personal British P&I insurance

The daily fee contribution will NOT cover:

  • Alcoholic beverages & snacks
  • Sailing waterproof clothes
  • Personal material insurance

To assure you an unforgettable trip and stay true to our values of sustainability and traditional sailing techniques, we will do our best to minimize the use of the engine and experience sailing and the wind at its best. Our will is to engage our passengers as much as possible in the sailing manœuvres and night watches. We believe it is the best way to involve you in the life at sea and its rhythm.

During the sailing, you will take part in workshops where theoretical knowledge about sailing techniques will be taught by our experienced crew members. You will get plenty of chances to put your knowledge into practice, will be taught how to steer the vessel, and how to handle the sails and lines. The permanent crew will be supporting you and will guide you into the different tasks. After embarking you will gain confidence and understanding of the ship and on how to handle her.

Everyone will get a chance to be involved in the manoeuvers, but there are also other aspects of sailor’s life you can get into. You can join the work in the galley and share cooking tasks with the cook as the crew needs to have a good diet to keep up the hard work at sea.

Food onboard

We will provide you three home cooked, delicious meals. Our goal is to obtain ingredients from local, organic farms. Hawila stands for high quality, nutritious food made with love, this summer it will be no different. All food served will be vegetarian including a vegan selection, but we reserve the choice to include separately fish and meat that we might source ethically and locally along the route. If you have any food allergies or diets, please inform us while making your reservation. In some cases we can also provide lactose-free or gluten-free meals on demand.

Accommodation onboard

You will be hosted in one of Hawila’s traditional bunk bed. Each bed measures between 185 and 190 cm long with varying width, and has a curtain ensuring privacy. Next to the bed is a large storage box to store your bags and personal item, as well as two clothes hangers. In addition you will have access to the ship’s bathroom, two ship toilets as well as free unlimited wifi when close to Scandinavian shore. In total there are 34 beds on Hawila, and we usually sail with a total of 20 to 30 people onboard, so there will be some extra beds if you feel like switching. The bunk bed will be located in the cozy central messroom of the vessel or the crew will assign you one of the few cabins. You will have access to all the parts of the ship besides the private crew space in the aft and the machinery.

About Hawila

Hawila is an 83-year-old two-masted Norwegian wooden ship of 32 meters long. The Swedish State Maritime museum gave Hawila the status of cultural-historical value vessel in 2002. After its long and adventurous story, the ship was left in disrepair in Copenhagen harbor. 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 is stepping out further and connects with other Baltic communities to share goods and cultures, exchange and learn from each other.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us at:

We look forward to having you onboard Hawila!

Click on the link below to see additional details and prices for each sailing legs and apply for a sailing membership:

Residencies- summer 2020

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.

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
Please put your name in the names of the files that will be attached.

Residency fee: 1550 EUR per person.

The fee covers the entire stay (23 days), accommodation on the ship in single bunk beds with curtains, three wholesome meals cooked by the onboard chef (we use mostly local and organic products, there will be vegan options), introductory sailing course (no previous experience required), harbour fees etc. The fees will also contribute to a large dry dock renovation of Hawila that will take place from winter until summer 2021. We can provide administrative support and letters of invitation to participants seeking external funding to cover their stay. Our work is voluntary, all the profit supports the further development of the Project.

Deadline for applications: 07.04.2020

We will inform all of you about the results within several weeks.

Hawila Sailing for climate justice

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.

Hawila Project and Acting 4 Climate Nordic Tour

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!

Registration opened for Turning The Tide 2019

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.

There are still places available for the sailing, possible departure from Copenhagen, Lübeck or Århus, anyone can participate, and we got financed part of the trip so you will only cover a small contribution fee!

Education through action and adventure

Last Friday Hawila hosted L’école franco-danoise – Den dansk-franske Skole that organized a tech workshop for daughters and the girls’ primary role model- their mothers, to churn up interest for STEM subjects.

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.

Thank you for an amazing couple of days!

Out of the water

“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!”

Captain Samuel