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.
“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!”
Due to budget issues the Hawila and Acting For Climate summer sailing trip had to be shortened slightly. Have a look at the new slightly modified route in the post below!
The good news is that we got funded the norwegian part of the trip, allowing us to reduce all the sailing price by 33% for everyone! There are still places available so don’t hesitate to book! First come, first served!
Join Hawila for the Baltic summer 2019 tour – learn about sailing and circus!
From July to August Hawila will be touring the Baltic with the Circus Collective Acting for Climate and an onboard show called “Into the water”. Become a part of our crew and live the adventure with us!
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, 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.
This year due to the presence of unique professional circus artists and environmental activists on board, in addition to experiencing a marine life, you will explore the circus and performance world.
* The given dates are boarding dates. Hawila will be leaving the harbours the day after. Departure dates may vary depending on the weather conditions and other factors.
Hawila is an 83-year-old two-masted Norwegian wooden ship of 32 meters long. After its long and adventurous story, the ship was left in disrepair in Copenhagen harbor. 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 is stepping out further and connects with other Baltic communities to share goods and cultures, exchange and learn from each other.
About the sailing this summer
The fee contribution will cover:
Full board on Hawila (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and linen)
Compulsory membership to Hawila Project for the year 2019
Payment of harbour fees, canals and bridges
Fuel to maneuver the vessel and the dinghy
Daily sailing practices
fee contribution will not cover:
Sailing waterproof clothes
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 teoretical 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.
Hawila has two cabins available to the guests this summer (Forward cabin & Starboard cabin) located in the separated cabin area at the front of the ship. Both cabins have opening ports on the roof (windows) and electric lighting. You will be also free to hang out in the Messroom, which is a big common area and the social heart of the ship and welcome to use all the common facilities. Unless you book the cabins as a group you will share the cabin space with other guests.
We will provide you three homecooked, delicious meals. Our goal is to obtain ingredients from local, organic farms. Hawila stands for high quality, nutricious food made with love, this summer it will be no different. If you have any food allergies or diets, please inform us while making your reservation. We can provide vegetarian/vegan or gluten-free meals.
Sail along on this summer adventure and book your trip now!
Click on the link below to see additional details about each sailing legs and apply for a sailing membership:
We hope this message finds you in good shape and spirit! After a successful 2018 Hawila summer sailing around the Baltic reaching the Ecovillage Conference, we have been working intensively on developing the project for this year’s big adventure. We are happy to announce that Hawila entered into a partnership with the circus collective Acting For Climate, opening inspiring collaboration which you can become part of! From July to September Hawila will be touring the Baltic with an onboard show called “Into the water“.
Circus show on board Hawila
“Into the water” is a contemporary circus show aiming on raising ecological awareness as well as triggering 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 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 debate on the issues surrounding globalisation. 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!
In each harbour the show will be accompanied by the “Wandering Festivals” aiming to bring people together for an invigorating gathering revolving around sustainability. 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.
Sailing and circus school on board
As our main focus for this summer is education -apart from the touring show and festivals- we decided to secure several places on board for external participants interested in joining the crew and learning the arts of sailing as well as circus performances. You are invited to become a part of a sailing crew and work in shifts while being supervised by experienced seamen and professional performers. In addition to experiencing a marine life we invite you to attend daily sailing lessons as well as workshops related to variety of circus activities. Next week we will post dedicated infos on the teaching content and various booking possibilities!
Keep updated next week on our website here to book one of this leg onboard Hawila.
Call for volunteers- spring 2019
Lastly, we are calling out for volunteers that can help us on Hawila’s refit this spring from circa mid-April to mid-June. A qualification is not mandatory, experience is what counts. Concretely we are looking for boatbuilders, shipwrights & riggers. For more info visit https://www.hawilaproject.org/volunteering/ and write us at email@example.com
Join Hawila this summer for a 25 days round trip to Estonia from Copenhagen, departure the 28th of June 2018! (One way trips also available)
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!
There are still a few places available, get more info below and send your application here.
Baltic Sailing Voyage to European Ecovillage Conference
Non-profit community sailing tour with Hawila crew: Copenhagen – Gotland – Tallinn – Copenhagen
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).
Deadline for applications 31 May 2018
Applications are treated on a first-come first-served basis.
The cost for the whole 3-weeks voyage is 900€ per person all inclusive (see below) which is a cost of running, with no additional profit . At the moment we are looking for external funding to reduce the cost (if successfully, then participants will be partly refunded). There are options to embark in Copenhagen and disembark in Tallinn for 500€. Similarly, it is possible to embark in Tallinn and disembark in Copenhagen for a similar price. The priority during the selection will be given to those attending the entire trip. If we have spare places we can take on one-way travelers.
Included: 3 meals a day, a bed, sailing and sailing tuition, sailing insurance and Hawila Project membership.
Excluded: potential extra engine costs outside of docking operation.
In case of a significant delay on the schedule due to the weather conditions the use of the engine to propel the vessel is possible. It will be permitted by the captain only upon an agreement with the participants to cover the additional expenses (additional 25€/hours of engine use to be divided within the group).
– All participants are expected to help with physical tasks during sailing and will become part of the active crew.
– Arrival and departure dates may vary slightly due to the weather (eventually +- 2 days).
–The voyage is kids-friendly: children of different age are welcome onboard.
– Application for both ways voyage will be given the priority and will be treated on a first-come first-served basis: therefore apply as soon as possible.
Applications for one way trip will be processed shortly after the deadline – May 31.
– After applying you will be contacted about the payment information. Your application will be finalised after 50% of the amount is received on the account.
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 !
In Kastrup Havn from the 13th-19th of June 2016, the historical sailing ship Hawila opens her deck to a new self-organized festival!
To all ye lovers of sea and sailing culture, emerging art, environmental awareness and community living, welcome!
By day, skills and knowledge sharing, in evenings a stage for artists and performers.
Access to the event is free, donation based, for all ages and sizes.
Our vision: a multidisciplinary platform in a most unusual place, a temporary experiment to support skillful practices, cultural integration, live arts and entertainment to the themes of: SAILING ENERGIES AND SUSTAINED ABILITIES.
PRICE: DONATIONS. Important! Though everything is of openly accessible, registration is needed to participate in some workshops, as they fill up fast. Check the detailed schedule for extensive information on an incredible week of inner/ outer nature, research and enjoyment; from sailing workshops to experimental performances and live concerts.