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Leg 6 & 7 Expedition ON 2022/ 2023

Kitesurf & Sailing in the Caribbean

With Adventure, Impact & Community, on Classic Schooner SV Twister

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Sail The Caribbean With Us! Travel By Sail To Multiple Island Nations, Discover Freediving, Kitesurfing, Fuelled By Coconuts And Fellow Adventurers
 
Leg 6&7 Martinique – Grenada – Martinique ((& Islands in between) | +/-350 NM
Best for: 
 – Maximizing Kitesurf time in combination with other adventures (Freedive / Hike) 
 – Experience the remote Grenadines island Archipelago
 – Diverse Caribbean Islands Destinations
 – Good for beginner to advanced kitesurfers

Destination

The image you have in mind from the Caribbean gets beyond confirmed once arrived.  The islands are blessed with tropical rainforests, stunning reef drops, waterfalls and adventure potential. It is as scenic above as below the surface. The Caribbean is a truly amazing part of our planet, full of character!  Scenic wise with all the happy coloured buildings, the tropical flowers and happy bird sounds. But the real characters are the people.

With dozens of authentic and unique island nations, the Caribbean calls for exploration time. The ONLY way to explore the Caribbean, but especially the Grenadines is by sail! With the trade winds from the east and the island chain going from north to south, turquoise waters and thousands of islands, bay and inlets, sailing conditions are just perfect.  You have to take the sea route to get the best sense of place, reach the best kitesurf and exploration spots. 

The Route

We’ll be sailing the Windward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean. The windward islands are the Southern end of the eastern Caribbean island chain. From Martinique to Grenada. They are called windward because you had to beat to windward to get there from other islands. They lie across the easterly tradewinds which makes it easy and pleasant to sail north and south. That’s what we will do. 

We set sail from Martinique and explore the islands south from there. On the route we find St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and Grenada. Three different island nations all deserving months of exploration on its own. 

On purpose, we don’t plan out the route in detail. Our crew has extensively explored the Caribbean by sail and know about the best and most remote anchorages to choose from. We make the best possible route, with for sure having the Grenadines part of the itinerary. We will go after remote turqoise bays in the Caribbean that can only be reached by sail. We’ll be sailing, kitesurfing, and exploring the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean seas, where the crowd can’t reach!

Distances between the islands are short. You can usually see the next one already lying ahead of you. That said, we will sail a few hundred miles to make the most out of this expedition! 

Adventure, Activity & Lifestyle on board

Imagine jumping into warm turquoise waters just seconds after you wake up. Eating a freshly chopped papaya for breakfast, having consistent 15-20 knot breeze when sailing or kitesurfing! to the next island, and if we’re lucky spotting a whale or dolphins, hiking up a hill for the view, climbing a palm tree for a coconut, and enjoying a sunset chillax with that coconut and green flash on the horizon. You can work on your swimming skills immersed in the evening bioluminescence, with the starry sky above you making wishes.

That’s just one example of a day on board SV Twister in the Caribbean. Each day you’ll experience something new, whether it’s landing a new trick, discovering a new island or trying some of the best local Caribbean cuisine.

Ocean Nomads trips are beyond ‘the usual’ kiteboarding and sailing holiday. It’s and adventure experience aimed at making the dream lifestyle reality, not just for the time with us but beyond all that. Incorporating the Ocean Nomads values, of community, exploration, and positive impact into the elements of the trip. Ocean Nomads trips are always hands-on, everyone helps with the running of the ship. Read more about that on the big Expedition ON overview page.

 

This voyage our Suzy will also be on board. She’s a certified Freedive Instructor and happily teaches some freedive basics to level up your underwater exploration time and experience.

Jonatan our on board Kitesurf Instructor is happy introducing the the newbie to the sport.

We’ll touch remote islands that can’t be reached any other way than by boat. Wherever we go we leave the places cleaner than we find it. Beach clean ups are part of the routine, not ‘just’ incorporated as an event.

 

Not a kitesurfer? You don’t have to be a kitesurf fanatic to enjoy this island-hopping expedition.  Both kiteboarders and non-kiteboarders are welcome to join. So bring your non – kiting friend and get him or her hooked! Sailing the Caribbean sea is already an adventure in itself. We’ll incorporate plenty of options for island exploration and water activity. So in case you want a break from kitesurfing, don’t kite at all or no wind. No worries! This is a muti-adventure trip. But ofcourse, you’re always welcome to chill and read a book or just do nothing, but BEing.

Weather

A consistent 15-20 knots is present pretty much all days. The water temperature is around 28 degrees and makes board short and bikini kiteboarding and snorkeling possible. Is it a dream? Yes, and one to make real!

Kitesurfing & Sailing

The conditions for kitesurfing simply can’t get better than on this route! We make sure to spend some time in the Grenadines to explore the endless turquoise waters perfect for kitesurfing. For this voyage it doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or advanced. We can teach, support and facilitate. We have a super strong outboard and big tender to bring and pick you up fast, where necessary. We can launch easily from a beach close, or from the boat. Your expedition leaders are experienced kite surfers, and also the Twister crew is happy helping out. We’re super stoked to now facilitate this kind of adventure on this beauty of a vessel. 

Recommend KiteSizes: 8-14. 

On board we have kitegear available for renting.

Kitesizes: 7,8,9,9,10 & 12 meter

Boards: 3 twintips

& different harnesses, lifevests & helmets

We have 2 kitesurf instructors on board happy to introduce you to the sport.

Kitesurf Lessons can be facilitated.

Yoga & Mindfullness

True freedom lies within us and through the connection to our bodies we are able to connect with this inner freedom and peace. Jess will facilitate daily Yoga/mindful movement/energetic practices and concious journaling to get us beginning the day grounded and deeply connected to our ourselves. If you so desire to have a massage on board Jess is your girl. She’ll be joining us on Leg 6. 

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Trip Values & Expectations

ON Expedition Leaders

Suzanne van der Veeken

Ocean Nomad, Adventurer, Captain & Freedive Instructor

Hi! My name is Suzanne and I’m super excited to sail across the Atlantic and Caribbean with a group of Ocean Nomads! A little about me. Half my time on this planet, I’ve been living a nomadic ocean minded lifestyle, navigating ocean and coastlines by sail, van, (kite)surf and mermaid fins. I hitchhiked 30.000 miles on sailboats and now slow travel coastlines living in my van. I wrote the Atlantic ocean travel guide Ocean Nomad and founder of the Ocean Nomads community. The mission: Connecting you to ocean, and to cultivate and encourage a simple, natural, conscious way of life. I’ve spent some winters in the Caribbean before, and I can’t wait to share this magic with you! I’ve been kitesurfing since 2007, very fanatic for a few years, until I discovered the Grenadines. The conditions just can’t get better than that. So let’s go back 🙂 

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Jonatan Bjorkman

Advanced Hitchhiker, Long Distance Hiker, Full time Vanlifer, Banana Pancake Professional, soon to be Kite Instructor

Hello fellow nature vagabonds! I couldn’t be more excited to partaken in such a great adventure and life experience on a sailboat with a great bunch of you ON.

My name is Jonatan and I’m from an island in Sweden. Travelling and being on the road without knowing what tomorrow brings has been in my DNA most likely since birth. Still don’t know from whom but things like cultural exchange, hitchhiking, vanlife, hiking, diving, skiing, kitesurfing, freedive, surfing to name a few has brought me to the most wonderful places and meetings in my life. And it’s just the meetings and the sharing thru life story’s that has been the most memorable thing. We know that Caribbean going to be amazing but I together with you will create wonderful memories together. I’m a fanatic kitesurfer and soon to be instructor.

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Say Hi!

Andy van Zyl & Jessica Garlick

Local Expedition Leaders

Andy van Zyl
Part Pirate. Part Monk. Sail Instructor, Kite Instructor, Freedive Instructor. 

Andy’s passions combine in the ocean. He loves to empower others to enjoy the ocean as much as he does. Be it through kitesurfing, diving, sailing or just chillin out on the beach with a coconut in hand. 

Life in the Caribbean has been a long time dream which he has been living for the past 3 years. He will hopefully have his own yacht soon and plans on (ad)venturing into the Pacific after seeing a few more beautiful spots in the Caribbean. 

 

Jessica Garlick

Embodiment guide and empowerment mentor and coach working with creatives, sensitives, visionaries, healers, heart-led humans who are ready to truly connect to and embody their most authentic self.

She is deeply passionate about all beings being free.  Free to be themselves. Free to live the life they desire. Free in the way they move through their lives.

Through various energetic practices Jessica guides you to connect to yourself on a deep level and live a life which feels so authentic to you.

She has carved out a freedom based lifestyle for herself, fully in alignment with her purpose and supporting her clients from remote locations. At the moment she lives on the island of Grenada with her partner Andy.

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Say Hi!

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The Vessel

SV Twister

Home port : Harlingen, Holland

Year built : 1902

Displacement : 88 tonnes

Length overall : 36m/118′

Draft : 2.8m/9’2″ Beam : 6.2m/20’3″ Rig : Schooner

Sail area : 332.5m/1090’8″

Number of sails : 6

Engine : Mercedes Benz 300 PK

Total number of berths : 22

Bathrooms : 2

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What does Previous Ocean Nomads crew say?

Still smiling at the memories! Met – and still talking to – some lovely people. Refreshed my nautical skills (helming, navigation, astro identification, etc.) Shared some great experiences through conversation, music, stories, yoga, cooking together, seeing ocean wildlife, and so much more!

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Richard

Expedition ON '21

"The experience on twister with other Ocean Nomads was just really beautiful and I felt connected for the first time in decades, I felt part of a community and had companionship. I was so happy that it’s so all inclusive of gender race religion nationality and most importantly age. It has connected me with like-minded people of all ages and being very transformational personally because my life has been incredibly isolated as a single parent Who works from home. I can honestly say October and November I felt happy and free for the first time in maybe 22 years.  It gave me everything I was looking for. It has opened up so many possibilities to meet new people with similar vibes, including connection, companionship, purpose and being one with nature." 

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Cay

Expedition ON '21

“In my opinion Ocean Nomads sailing adventure are: 1. A reward for the senses by discovering incredibly beautiful places and breathtaking sceneries. 2. An unbeatable way to get introduced into the nice world of sailing, 3. An open window to learn watching our world and the people from another more conscious perspective. I see Suzanne as an inspirational person who, with her example, inspire others with ideas and proposals to define or redefine life projects and use inner energy for more noble purposes. Our oceans need strong committed people like her to advocate for our natural resources and leave them intact for the generations to come.” 

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Jose Maria Perez

Sicily 2018

"The sailing with such a beautiful ship. It is absolutely breathtaking to sail a tall ship and minimize the use of the motor as much as possible.

I joined the Twister Expedition to share my knowledge as a marine scientist studying cetaceans. I look at the sea a little differently than most sailors do, so it is beautiful to be able to share this knowledge and viewpoint since I believe science is not only for scientists.

There are many things that sailors and Ocean Nomads can do to help as citizen scientists.

Small tasks such as collecting data on cetaceans (Whales and Dolphins) on a sail can have a large impact in the management and conservation of species. 

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Marc

Expedition ON 2021

"It’s amazing how many awesome friends you can make, and how much just one week on an ON trip can change your life"

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Marcin

Canary Islands '19

“Good sailing experience that makes me feel more confident on open seas.
Made good connections to nice people and got valuable insights for my master plan.”  

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Andi

Expedition ON '21

This was one of the most epic experiences of my life so far, and I can tell it is just the beginning.  The ocean has taught me so many lessons…to embrace all experiences (even seasickness), not worry so much, and just be in the moment. Two weeks without connection to the outside world was absolutely glorious. I feel reset. After a very fragmented life the past few years, being around a crew of 17 people every day was amazing…to interact naturally with each other, feel a part of a family of diverse ages, nationalities and backgrounds…I learned so much from these amazing humans. My heart feels so full.” 

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Sael

Expedition ON '21

“Last summer I had my first sailing experience on an Ocean Nomad Sailing Trip in Spain. I initially signed up for one week, but ended up staying 1,5 months, and sailed as part of the crew from Northern Spain to the Canaries Islands. On this trip, I met a lot of like-minded people with similar goals and dreams. I also realized that it is possible to learn sailing in a low-key, affordable way. After this trip, I got so inspired that I decided to buy my own sailboat. After some research, I decided to buy a previous sailboat of an Ocean Nomad friend that I just met, and together we sailed the boat from Ireland to Spain. Without Ocean Nomads this would not have been possible. So if you are slightly interested in sailing, the ocean, meeting like-minded people, join!"
 
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Nadiem

Galicia '21

The most unforgettable week. The trip preparation and the crew members turned what would otherwise be an adventure into something a bit more special. I took part in two ocean nomads trips so far. To say it was life changing sounds dramatic but it really was. Being able to share time and experiences with people with different backgrounds but of a similar mindset was incredible. I like to think that I can have and help contribute to a similar experience for myself and others as a member of the Flotilla crew.” 

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Ben Clipstone

ON Lanzarote & Galicia

“The things I like the most about trips with Ocean Nomads is the mix of different nationalities, ages and levels of experience. With these trips, there’s always a general plan but also plenty of opportunity for spontaneity to have a real adventure!”

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Louise Agren

Croatia 2019 & Madeira-Canary Islands 2021

Connect with trip alumni & other ocean adventurers on our member network

“During my interview call with Suzanne for ExpeditionON with Twister last summer, I immediately knew I wanted to join the Ocean Nomads network and sailing adventure. Her energy and values were exactly what I was looking for and I could NOT wait to get onboard and meet everyone. As soon as I hung up the phone I thought to myself “This trip is going to change my life”…. and it sure did. So I packed up my life into a duffle bag a few months later, boarded Twister in Madeira and set sail towards The Canary Islands. 

Long story short, after I hopped on Twister and sailed off into the sunset, I was surrounded by amazing people and had the complete feeling of freedom I had hoped for. With little convincing from fellow ON members during one of the monthly meetups, I also decided to take their advice and spend the winter in the canaries. This included…renting a caravan  with fellow Nomad Cay, sailing on Bluepearl with Captain Wolfgang , Thomas, Robert, Kyra, and meeting Jacky, Eoin, Luca, Sael and of course Suzanne.

My lifelong dream has been to spend time outside of the US, explore different places, meet , new people and just live somewhere different than what I grew up with. If you told me this time last year that I would have spent the better part the last 365 days sailing around The Canary Islands,surfing in Ireland, sleeping in a van ALONE in England and writing this newsletter on an island in the Adriatic Sea, I would have rolled my eyes at you.  But after joining Ocean Nomads a little over a year ago my life has done a complete 180° ( in the best way possible) and I have the network and so many of you to thank for that!” – Brianna

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