Wind power for the future
By using wind power to draw the beginnings of a maritime strategy for low-carbon emissions, TOWT sail cargo provides a solution for economic development and innovation.
Why use sailboats?
- To save fossil fuels
- To preserve the climate
- To make the cargo transport sector more transparent
- To revitalize working sailboats
TOWT - Sailing for a carbon-free future
TOWT is an innovative SME based in Douarnenez whose objective is to provide alternative solutions to ocean freight, in order to respond to the challenges posed by climate change and energy consumption. TOWT has already developed 3 key actions: 1) maritime transport using old rigs, 2) the development of the "ANEMOS" label, which guarantees the validity and traceability of the product for consumers, and 3) the Research and Development to create a new generation of sailboats equipped for maritime transport of the future.
Operation Phoenix, rebuilding TOWT operations after the fire that engulfed our warehouse
On Wednesday, November 15, late in the morning, the "Norwegian" houses in the southern corner of Douarnenez’s “Place de l'Enfer”(“Hell Square”) became engulfed in a devastating fire, as powerful as it was spectacular. Our storage space and family home, where Diana and myself live with our little girl, were destroyed in this fire.
The immense outpouring of support from the whole town of Douarnenez and beyond, has given us the comfort and moral strength necessary to go back “down the mine” to recover traces of our "life before". It has especially given us the opportunity to look further in terms of the company, the boats, the routes, the Port-Rhu ... and our initiative to shape sail cargo shipping and build a decarbonated future!
Operation Phoenix is a result of our commitment to start again, to rebuild after the fire. The name refers of course to the legendary bird endowed with great longevity, and characterized by its power to be reborn after being consumed in flames!
We need your support! We’re calling on you to participate in Operation Phoenix and give us a boost under these exceptional circumstances, so that we can overcome the ordeal of this fire and propel towards our future development.
The next steps
In order to rebuild the trading pillar of our business, we have to buy new equipment, rebuild our stock, and plan a sailing expedition to Bordeaux to bring back new goods. Your participation in the crowdfunding campaign will be of immense help for this project, and will be complemented by our renewed efforts and insurance assistance. We lost a lot in the fire, both in terms of stock and material as well as in time. Any and all forms of support and assistance are welcome.
We will also continue our other non-trading activities - such as chartering, R & D, etc. as always.
We are also pleased and reinvigorated by our piloting of the forthcoming launch of the European project “ChannelSailRoute”. This project will develop a trans-national nautical tourism route that goes across the Channel between French Cornwall and English Cornwall, and is funded under the call "Nautical Routes for Europe" from EASME - The Executive Agency of the European Union for SMEs. This project will be set up in collaboration with our partners: Douarnenez Port Museum, Grayhound Lugger, and Square Sail Ventures.
Finally, our recently-completed Sailboat-Cargo project, supported by ADEME (The French environment and energy management agency) and the Investments for the Future Program, has brought some extremely positive results. We are currently preparing for the next stage of this project, which works for the development-test-transfer of a Sailboat-Cargo - able to carry 1,000 tons of cargo under optimized conditions - by 2020. This project will enable us towards the full development of the sail cargo industry.
While TOWT aims to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels and energy pollution, we do not, on the other hand, skimp on human energy. The crew consists of 5 members including Guillaume and Diana - the captains.
Guillaume, a former City analyst in London, is a fast-paced sea enthusiast, but is not nostalgic for old rigging. Convinced of the "finitude of the world" and that "there will be no more oil," he firmly believes in the future of this mode of transport - clean and fair.
Diana is authentically curious! She has followed several university courses and has had many professional experiences from teaching in Colombia before moving into the world of communications. And the draw: she was "transformed by the sea" through an experience living aboard and navigating a sail cargo ship. Her challenge: "create added environmental and logistical value to the market in order to raise awareness for end consumers. "
TOWT's environmental, cultural and economic approach as well as the innovative nature of its work is widely recognized by our partners and institutions.
They create visibility for us and our project initiative, through discussing sail shipping and promoting our vision of tomorrow, and for this we thank them:
The fundraising will first of all allow us to be able to leverage the products rescued from the fire by selling them through the crowdfunding campaign. Some products may have slightly blackened labels, but we were extremely careful to take those that were not directly affected by the fire. We tasted them and tested them to ensure their quality - they are still delicious: you will be able to taste delectable products that came close to fires of hell !
The benefit of the crowdfunding campaign will help us to:
- Purchase equipment - first tier at € 6,000: there are many items to replace such as a hand pallet truck (€ 600), pallox (€ 500), 6 pairs of safety shoes (€ 500), 6 hardhats (€ 400) ), etc. (the total estimated amount is 6 000 €, the crowdfunding campaign will contribute 100% to this, as it is the most urgent).
- Replenish the stock - second tier at € 10,000: we need to repurchase the stock of beer and wine (the estimated total amount is € 20,000, the crowdfunding campaign will bring a small part but it will help us a lot).
- Propel us forward with the expedition "Operation Phoenix" to Bordeaux - third tier at 14 000 €: what better than to project us into the future with a sailing expedition to Bordeaux spring / early summer 2018 (total cost estimated at 18 000 €, the crowdfunding campaign will bring a small part but it will help us a lot and motivate us).
Delivery date for the crowdfunding purchases
- March / April 2018 for all items except for the sail trip between Bordeaux-Douarnenez.
- July 2018 for the reward "I ship with TOWT !!!", which is a spot aboard our navigation from Bordeaux to Douarnenez. Exact dates of navigation will be according to the TOWT schedule and according to weather conditions.
As indicated, deliveries for all rewards are made only in metropolitan France, except for the reward "Pack Europe Operation Phoenix" which can be delivered throughout the European Union, United Kingdom included! Shipping costs are included :)
A big THANK YOU to all of you for your support for Operation Phoenix, which will allow us to move forward again!
Together let's develop the future of sail shipping : no-carbon, transparent and human :)
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Il ne reste que quelques heures pour atteindre notre dernier palier à 230% - 14 000 €, on est tout proche, qui permettra de lancer l'expédition "Opération Phénix" à Bordeaux ! Le crowdfunding se terminera ce soir à 23h59 !
Merci à vous tous, nos 126 super premiers contributeurs !
Comment nous aider encore plus ? Parlez de nous, diffusez l'info autour de vous, faites du bruit pour cette dernière journée du crowdfunding "Opération Phénix" !
PS : Pour avoir des nouvelles, vous pouvez écouter notre interview d'hier sur France Bleu Breizh Izel :
There are only a few hours left to reach our last tier at 230% - 14 000 €, we are very close, which will propel us forward with the nautical expedition "Opération Phénix" to Bordeaux! The crowdfunding will end tonight at 23:59!
Thank you all, our 126 super first contributors!
How to help us even more? Talk about us, spread the news around you, make some noise for this last day of the crowdfunding campaign "Operation Phoenix"!
PS: To have some news (in French), you can listen to our interview yesterday on France Bleu Breizh Izel: https://www.francebleu.fr/infos/economie-social/l-entreprise-towt-a-douarnenez-veut-renaitre-apres-son-incendie-1517421637
Nous venons de dépasser le cap du deuxième palier à 160 % - 10 000 € ! Cela va nous aider, en plus du rachat urgent de matériel, à reconstituer nos stocks. Un GRAND MERCI à nos 81 premiers contributeurs !
Maintenant se profile à l'horizon le 3ème palier à 230% - 14 000 € ! On est si contents de l'apercevoir, merci ! Il s'agira de nous propulser vers l'avant avec l'expédition "Opération Phénix" à Bordeaux :) Ces 4 000 € supplémentaires apporteront une petite partie du budget de cette expédition mais cela va beaucoup nous aider et nous motiver !
Merci de partager l'info le plus largement possible, cela continue l'effet boule de neige ! Et merci aussi de nous laisser un petit mot d'encouragement dans la section "commentaires", cela nous fera plaisir !
We have just surpassed our second tier goal at 160% funding - 10 000 €! With this additional funding we will be able to help replenish our stock - in addition to being able to urgently purchase new equipment thanks to the initial tier funding. A BIG THANK YOU to our first 81 contributors!
Now looming on the horizon is still the 3rd tier at 230% funding - 14 000 €! We are so happy to catch sight of it, and cannot thank you enough for your support! This next level would propel us forward with the nautical expedition "Operation Phoenix" to Bordeaux :) This additional 4 000 € will bring a small part of the budget of this expedition, but every bit helps us and brings us further motivation for the journey ahead!
Thank you for sharing the info as much as possible, it keeps the snowball effect going! And thank you also for leaving us a little word of encouragement in the section "comments", it is our pleasure to hear your thoughts and encouragement!
On a atteint les 100% en 5 jours ! :) C'est le premier palier de 6 000 € qui nous permet déjà de racheter du matériel, un immense merci à nos 50 premiers contributeurs !
Maintenant on avance vers le 2ème palier à 10 000 € qui nous permettra de reconstituer le stock. Continuez à participer et à diffuser autour de vous ! Le bouche à oreille a très bien fonctionné, il faut continuer ce superbe mouvement ! Un grand merci.
Et n'hésitez pas à laisser un petit commentaire/mot d'encouragement/question dans la section "commentaires", cela nous fera plaisir aussi :)
Premières 24h du crowdfunding et déjà 45% de l'objectif avec 16 contributeurs. Continuez à participer et à diffuser autour de vous ! Un grand merci.
N'hésitez pas à laisser un petit commentaire/mot d'encouragement/question dans la section "commentaires".
This project collects in € (EUR) but you can still invest in the currency of your country (your bank may apply exchange fees).