Sail along – summer 2020

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

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    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:

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