EXPEDITION ON | Atlantic 2020

EXPEDITION ON will change the way you approach life,
Living with nature & LOVE for the ocean

With Expedition ON Atlantic, we are sailing from the Netherlands to the Canary Islands onboard Twister, a classic 36 meter schooner originally built in 1902. 

A hands-on 1800 nautical miles voyage for life, together with a likeminded bunch of Ocean Nomads. Driven by passion and purpose for the love of the ocean, discovering the best way to travel the seas sustainably. 

Offshore Sailing Adventure on Classic 36 meter Schooner | Netherlands - Tenerife | Autumn 2020


DATES: October 26 – November 14 2020


THE VESSEL: ‘Twister’ 1902 36m traditional schooner


PORT of DEPARTURE: Harlingen, Netherlands


DESTINATION: Tenerife, Canary Islands


ROUTE: The weather decides




THE INVESTMENT: €1999 (Members) or €2099 (Non-Members) 


If not now, then when?

Expedition ON Atlantic is an experience unlike anything we’ve ever organized. SV Twister allows us to connect more souls in one place, away from civilization where we disconnect from everything but each other and nature. This is a hands-on active expedition. We have a professional captain and crew who’ll be showing us the ropes. Everyone on board is expected to take part in the running of the ship. It’s part of the fun, experience, development and epiphany moment creation.

“We must go and see for ourselves!”- Jaqcues Yves Cousteau

We Facilitate & Accelerate


Travel 1800 nautical miles by sail, ruled by nature. On a 100+ year old classic ship. With a bunch of ‘strangers.’ Expect the unexpected!


Expand your network with insight and inspiration. Connection and conversation at sea goes deeper in one day than months on land. 

Skill Building

Learn and expand your seamanship, sailing, navigation, resilience, conscious living, adaptation & social skills.


We share tips & tools, helping accelerate personal journeys to alternative adventurous conscious life on or near the sea.


We strive for minimum negative and maximum positive impact with our preparation & execution. The power is in the details. 


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

She’s beautiful. She’s fast. She’s solid. She’s big. She’s spacious. She’s super comfortable. She’s got soul. She lasts. 


Sailing ship Twister is a schooner built in 1902, with an impressive story to tell. Originally a fishing boat built out of wood, fifty-five years later, her wooden hull was replaced for a steel one so she could continue to fish. 

After 17 years in various ports, Twister was again rebuilt into the modern schooner that she now is. After the baptism in May 1999, under the name Twister, her speed since then proves the ship to be one of the fastest sailing ships of the Northern Europe sailing area. Renovated again in 2012, she was updated with all new safety features/equipment and all the modern comforts you could possibly want from a charter vessel. She sails under the highly regarded Dutch flag and complies with all related safety certificates.


Her current owners are driven to sail her far, and with purpose. The aim is to facilitate memorable expeditions that people will treasure for life, and contribute towards a better planet.

Last season she sailed around the Atlantic and proved her strength once again. This year she’ll sail the Atlantic from North to South, with Ocean Nomads on Expedition ON | Atlantic. 


Join us in October to meet her for yourself. In the meantime, learn more about Twister here:




This is not just an expedition you join for a few weeks and that’s it. This is an experience that will change the way you approach life, nature and the ocean. We believe our ON expeditions are just the beginning for plotting the next course in your life. By jumping on board this voyage, you will also join our expanding global network of impact-driven travellers, ocean entrepreneurs, sailors, (free)divers, surfers, and active salty souls passionate about the ocean and eager to do good. On our community platform we continue the conversation, action, team-ups and meet-ups beyond our events and expeditions to maximize the impact, fun, and ripple effects for ocean adventure and action. We got your back on this expedition and the journey after.

The Experience

Most of us spend more time indoors than outdoors. It’s easy to forget the natural world we’re coming from and living in. On the ocean, you face the wind and water elements and find that connection to nature. Imagine a scene with no traffic, no news, no pollution, no civilisation. Just wind and water – plenty of that! A scene where you can gaze for hours to the millions of stars above you; enjoy the dozens of dolphins sliding through the water at the bow of the boat; admire the pink-orange-red sunrises and sunsets, without any airplane trails changing the fluffy and cauliflower-like cloud patterns.


You’ll become very aware of the natural world around you. This inspires. And it’s eye-opening. You come to realise how disconnected from nature we are in our daily lives. In the middle of nature, far away from civilisation, you will see human impact. Usually we’re far away. It’s hard to make it tangible. It doesn’t really affect us. Or so we think. But by being out there, you literally broaden your horizon. Experience will make you think, gain fresh perspectives, and may inspire you to act to turn the tide of the ocean challenges.

Who's joining?

It’s the people who make the adventure. This is the main message Suzanne learned after having sailed 30.000 miles on +50 different boats. We carefully curate a diverse, multi-skilled crew who share a similar mindset, to create a powerful team mix. It makes the difference.


From the Ocean Nomads team, Suzanne will also be joining Expedition ON Atlantic 2020 and likely Eleanor too.




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The soul captain of Ocean Nomads. Slow travelling oceans by sail, van and fins to learn and encourage a more conscious way of life. Suzanne is super driven to connect you to the ocean and each other. She has sailed more than 30.000 miles but never on a ship like Twister!

Eleanor La Lune


Inspired to sail, volunteer, work, own and liveaboard traditional ships since a teenager, Eleanor finds the magic and community of the sea like nothing else on earth… Eleanor aims to join this trip to share her love for these big amazing ships, and their surrounding community!

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Adventurer & explorer

Alternative lifestyle seeker

Striving to do good


Saying Hell Yeah that’s me when reading more about our community

Are you ready to be part of THE EXPEDITION crew?

We’d love that. Be aware. This trip is not for the faint hearted. It’s a serious ocean adventure and we want to be sure you’re ready and confident to join. In addition to the trip info here, check our Ocean Nomads values & expectations to make sure you’re happy with it – read more here. 


The biggest value is in having a crew mix on board with similar mindsets and missions but different background and stories. Apply to join so we can learn more about you and make sure we’re all on the same page, and have a happy, safe, and meaningful experience accordingly. 


Apply for EXPEDITION ON | Atlantic 2020 by filling in this form and you’ll hear from us.


  • +/- 3  weeks of sailing adventure & nature connection
  • A unique mix of adventurous & impact-driven salty souls
  • Being taught the ropes of the ship
  • Eco elements, talks, inspiration & action
  • Trip organisation
  • The vessel & safety equipment
  • Professional Skipper & Crew
  • Your bed onboard in a shared cabin
  • Marina fees and fuel
  • Bed linen


  • Food (+/- 5-7 euro/day)
  • Transport to and from the boat
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal equipment e.g. waterproofs (info to follow in joining instructions)

WHAT ABOUT Covid 19?


Desperate to head back to sea on a salty adventure? So are we. But we’ll do it safely.


Two things are for sure: 1. That nothing is for sure. 2. That nature is the answer to basically everything. So we’re moving forward with our trip planning and ready to adapt again if needed.


Like many of you, we had to live with a lot of change this year. We were sad that we had to cancel an earlier trip as the coronavirus situation took hold, and another because there were still too many risks beyond our control. Now Europe starts to move again, we’re excited to organise an expedition on a bigger ship, within the EU, away from the land. No better place to be than at sea!


We will be running the trip in accordance with all local regulations which are subject to change. We won’t fill the boat to capacity so we have plenty of space to move, chill, and be.


Everyone joining must take responsibility for adhering to their home country’s travel advice and local regulations relevant to the trip. 


Twister is member of the VZR Warranty Fund, so you can book with peace of mind and receive your rights. Please take extra care to ensure your travel insurance is valid. We will send out more detailed info to those joining nearer the time, in accordance with the latest guidelines.


After succesfull application we only ask for a little downpayment to confirm your spot. 


More About the Ocean Nomads Events & Expeditions

A connected, conscious community is key to accelerating positive change. Through community, we can harness our collective passion for the ocean into solutions for a healthier ocean. 

Ocean Nomads trips connect people to each other and to the ocean. Nothing brings people together like actually bringing people together. And nothing triggers more than actual experience. We add nature and adventure into the mix, and we have a recipe for creating a big dose of positive energy and accelerating change for a common good. We provide ocean adventure and encourage low-impact travel by sail.


We live up to the Ocean Nomads’ slow sailing philosophy. We strive to have an onboard environment that inspires adventure and play, with a strong emphasis on health, simplicity, local, teamwork and environmental consciousness. Learn more about our trip values & expectations here.

Frequently Asked Questions

You have a burning desire for exploration. You like to create, grow and do good. You live in, on or near the ocean to cultivate a conscious alternative active lifestyle, or desire to do so. You can’t be ‘boxed.’  You have a variety of interests with nature, health, simplicity, adventure and sustainability at the centre of it. The ocean is your home. Your playground. Your place to treasure, respect, and protect. The thought of leaving land for a few weeks excites you. You have a ‘can be done’ mindset. You have a team spirit.


You don’t need to have sailing experience. We believe and have experienced that a positive mindset and active adaptive attitude is much more valuable. Our Captain and professional crew are happy teaching you the ropes. After some days at sea you can sail the ship yourself! You need to be physically and emotionally fit. You are happy to take part in the running of the ship which include night watching, cooking, cleaning, and hoisting heavy sails. This on an angle, and in all sorts of weather conditions. You don’t mind getting wet, or salty, and go for a while without a fresh water shower, or limited fresh foods. 


When it’s maybe not for you?

  • You are on a strict schedule. While almost certainly we have arrived by the 14th of November, we’re dealing with the weather and this date is not set in stone
  • You’re not excited about sailing and all that comes with it
  • You don’t want to share your space with others
  • You can’t adapt to a new situation with new people
  • You want to sit back and relax
  • You’re not in a positive headspace for this kind of trip

If any of these are true for you, then you might want to pass on an adventure like this for now. But any other doubts can be taken away! There’s only one way to find out; make the decision and go for it! The seemingly impossible is not the path of the least resistance, but definitely the most rewarding one. You just need willpower, determination and a smile on your face.


The weather will tell. It’s very likely that somewhere along the way we head in to port/anchorage to shelter and/or explore and/or jump in the ocean. This could be the UK, France, likely Spain or Portugal, perhaps Madeira, or even the Azores. On purpose we don’t plan this out. We have to go with the best weather windows for the most enjoyable and safe experience. We’re super open and flexible to include some extra adventure elements. If the weather allows we also love to drop anchor in Isla Graciosa and/or Lanzarote and/or Fuerteventura before heading into port port in Tenerife. Approaching the Canary Islands from the north the winds are generally in our favour to do this before spending more time on the southern islands of the Canaries.

“The adrenaline and stress of an adventure are better than a thousand peaceful days.” – Paulo Coelho

Less is more; less is more; less is more! But packing for weeks at sea, not being sure what the weather will do, what a regular day will look like, and what the next adventure will be? What to bring?
On our member platform, you’ll find an extensive offshore sailing packing list of the most important things to consider to bring as a crew member, for a pleasant, safe and happy ride. As a general rule, if you can live without it, leave it at home. For this trip a good set of waterproofs suitable for offshore sailing, and layers of clothes are key. What we’ll provide for you: towels, bed linen and a life jacket. 


If this is really beyond your budget we totally understand. That’s why we also host free meet-ups, more budget friendly trips and created the Ocean Nomads membership space to accelerate more personal dreams and missions. If you’re really determined to join, consider doing a fundraiser, crowdfunding or try to find sponsorship. This is a life-changing experience that people are willing to support. Not only for your own personal development but for the contribution we’ll be making with this expedition all together. 


In general with our trips, where possible we also offer scholarship options. Above all we want to make sailing accessible. Note that this trip already goes at a price that’s usually a scholarship rate for maritime school students. We do love to hear from you if you’d like to be in our scholarship database. Members receive priority but we’ll consider everyone. It’s all sorts of contributions we’re after and all sorts of teaching we can share Apply for a Scholarship to be considered here.


What else? Sub-rent your house, tent, camper so you don’t have rent. Eliminate what you don’t need. Stop going out for dinner. Minimize, simplify and invest in experience instead of things. You got this! And we are here to help! Find more ideas, and answers on our Ocean Nomads community member space.

Possibly! Initially, the idea was to also take Twister across the Atlantic from East to West. Given the pandemic situation, this year she stays in the EU. We may also organize something in the Canaries and/or from the Canaries to Europe.  Join our Membership community to stay in the loop.

One reason we can make this trip more affordable than other similar voyages out there is by provisioning ourselves, as a team. Unlike the ‘usual’ classic sailboat offshore voyages where one is generally more a ‘passenger,’ with Ocean Nomads we do things differently. No chef or food services will be present. 

We will figure this out together. And we provide together. And that’s a great part of the fun and making a difference! We like the challenge of sourcing local, healthy, budget-friendly foods for a voyage. Not only to maximize our positive impact but great for team building too! We’ve provisioned for numerous Atlantic Crossings before and already have created an extensive resource present on our membership platform on what to consider. This time it’s different, we’re quite a bunch and we’ll be provisioning in the Netherlands. It’s going to be one big team effort. And we think it’s a cool challenge! 

Please note that our trips are vegetarian and no alcohol at sea will be consumed. We believe it’s healthier for us, the environment and our wallet. Also, we don’t catch fish. Here’s why. If you really struggle with the idea of having no meat or fish for 3 weeks, let us know and we can talk about what’s possible to support. 

Usually, a trip on a traditional sailing ship like Twister is out of reach because of a lack of funds, qualifications or the desire to be more than just a ‘passenger.’ As Walt Disney says, ‘If it can be dreamt, it can be done’. We’re really teaming up to make the trip about half the investment than anything else out there. The vessel, captain and crew have all the necessary qualifications on board to comply with safety and rules under the Dutch flag. But you can fully participate without having the qualifications. It can be a stepping stone to move forward in the classic sailing industry. While this trip is a great mile builder it’s not intended to be one. The intention is to bring a cool bunch together, accelerate each others’ journeys, create memories for life, create connections for life, explore, experience nature at its purest, and travel distances with the least environmental impact. 

  1. To apply fill our the application form. The more we learn about you the better we can see if it’s a match. We get back to you as soon as possible. Bear in mind we’re also nomadding and don’t always have immediate possibilities to reply so don’t worry if you do not hear something back right away.
  2. We’ll have a chat on the phone to better get to know each other and make sure we’re on the same page.
  3. If we’re all happy, a 200 euro downpayment will confirm your spot.
  4. The rest of the trip contribution is due 4 weeks prior to the start of the expedition.
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