coincidences are everywhere
How a water bottle helped us sail to Norway and create a sustainable project for one of the coolest ships we know
A teacher once told me that "Life happens for you, and not to you". And I couldn`t agree more.
The last 'real life' proof of this quote was how we ended up being invited to sail from Enkhuizen to Norway with Tilvera Expeditions.
When we arrived in Enkhuizen October last year, one of the first ships that called my eyes was Anna Marghareta, a 22-meter expedition vessel that was moored right next to the ship where we were living back then. Everytime I would walk by her, I said to Christof: "Wow, what a wonderful boat!", imagining how it would be to sail with them one day.
Without us knowing, Anna Marghareta was just being sold, and her new owners are an inspiring couple called Belén and Heimir, who named their new home as Tilvera, which means "existence" in icelandic.
I guess everytime we walked by Tilvera we somehow threw an intention to the Universe, who gave us an answer two months later through a WATER BOTTLE.
How cheesy can the universe be: sending us a message in a bottle?
"Coincidencies are God`s way of remaining anonymous." Albert Einstein
Wait a minute: WATER BOTTLE?
Yes, more specifically: Christof's water bottle, which is actually a rum bottle used for water now, carrying our logo of Piratas do Amor.
On the day of our exams last year, Christof forgot this bottle on a table at school. A woman called Daiane saw it, and left me (Raíssa) a little message in the bottle with her name and phone number. She was attending the school online and heard my voice during the lessons, noticing that I was also a brazilian sailor, like her. Two brazilian woman studying at the Enkhuizer Zeevaartschool does not happen all the time. She reckoned that we needed to meet.
Two days later, I was having a coffee with her in the boat she works as a first mate: Anna Margaretha, or as she is called now, Tilvera.
Did not take long until we realized that a friendship was starting there. And during that coffee, we shortly dreamt of sailing together one day.
Daiane told Belén about us, and on the 3rd of January 2023, she wrote me a message on whatsapp:
What would you answer? :-)
Well, I said YES without hesitating.
From that 'yes', another opportunity appeared: Belén and Heimir wanted to improve their sustainable practices aboard and asked if we could see us contributing to this mission somehow.
Once again we said YES.
Excited and inspired to put in practice some ideas that we always dreamt of, we designed a project called: Sustainable Provisioning for Tilvera Expeditions.
Basically, what we are offering them is to implement concrete, practical and easily replicable solutions that can improve the ships ecological footprint, adding to the wellbeing of crew and guests and sharing an inspiring message to the world.
Together, we want to find answers and solutions to the following questions:
How can we reduce trash?
How can we source organic food while staying within the ship's financial budget?
How can we add more nutritional value to the ship's daily meals?
How can we communicate Tilvera´s commitment to sustainability to their guests and beyond?
The road to sustainability is long and it is important to mention that in no way do we intend to be radical nor complete, but rather offer a starting point for discussion and most important: learn and have fun together.
As a first step, we suggested the following ideas: