The fascinating story of Hawila’s wood for the refit 2020/2021

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.

LAG Midt-Nordvestsjælland supports Hawila’s refit

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 needs YOU!

Join a one year refit in Denmark

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.

Refit plan:

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 volunteer@hawilaproject.org

We will be receiving applications until August 15th.

Fair Winds!

Hawila Crew

STEAM [science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics] workshops for kids in Isefjord

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: one year refit in Holbaek starting in October 2020

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: volunteer@hawilaproject.org .

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: steamcamp@ecolefrancodanoise.dk

More info on the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/273679293977606/

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

COVID-19 Hawila sailing updates

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: booking@hawilaproject.org

The shipofopportunity@gmail.com 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,

Hawila Crew and Agata Engelman!

Sail along – summer 2020

Summer sailing plans of Hawila changed due to the COVID-19 restrictions.

Join us for few-days sailings in locally around Denmark!

video credits: Sichuan Erni Culture & Media Co. www.lierni.org

This year Hawila initially planned to sail in the Northeastern Baltic area from Denmark through Sweden, Finland, Lithuania, Poland and Germany. Due to the uncertainties related to the COVID-19 situation we needed to change out plans.

At the moment we are working on a new sailing plan offering short sailings (during the weekends or for 5-6 days excursions) in the Danish waters visiting islands of Anholt, Samsø and other beautiful spots from mid July until the end of August.

If you would like to propose a group sailing to us anytime from mid-July until the end of August, you are very welcome to contact Hawila through booking@hawilaproject.org. Hawila can host up to 25 people sailing for up to a week, in Danish waters only this summer.

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Summer 2020 route

Our route initially included several destinations in the Baltic Sea. At the moment we cannot be sure where will it be possible for us to head. We welcome the situation COVID-19 created as an opportunity to take a step back from our usual rhythm, open up to uncertainties, allow the winds and circumstances to lead us.

In July and August 2020 we will sail locally exploring Danish coastal communities.

About the sailing on Hawila

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. Hawila was used most of her life for cargo, harvesting and transporting ice for the fishermans between Norway and Sweden. Later she was converted into a sail training vessel, sailing pupils from the school of Öckerö. 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: booking@hawilaproject.org

We look forward to having you onboard Hawila!

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.

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 shipofopportunity@gmail.com.
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. 
http://blog.ecolefrancodanoise.dk/model-moms

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

Changes in the Hawila summer 2019 tour and price reduction

Hello everyone!

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!

Ahoy!

Sail along – summer 2019

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.

Sailing plan:*

  • Copenhagen – Aalborg (30 June to 5 of July)
  • Aalborg – Fredrikstad (5 to 15 of July)
  • Frederikstad – Oslo (15 to 22 of July)
  • Oslo – Tønsberg (22 to 28 of July)
  • Tønsberg – Copenhagen (28 of July to 4 of August)
  • Copenhagen – Rostock (4 to 7 of August)
  • Rostock – Copenhagen (11 to 14 of August)


* 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

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

Fee

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
  • Personal insurance

The daily fee contribution will not cover:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • 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.

Accomodation

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.

Food

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:

“Into the water” tour

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!

Tour Dates:

Acting for Climate

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.​

Find out more about A4C here!


Havne Fest for Klima( Harbor Fair for Climate)

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.

Read more about Havne Fest here .

Sail Hawila to Estonia in June-July 2018!

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.

 

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.

Voyage

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

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.

Costs

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).

Conditions
– 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.

If you have any questions please contact us: info@hawilaproject.org

 
 

Visions

Dear Hawila family, 

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.