Offshore Sailing Delivery with SV Twister | March 2022
Ocean Adventure time!
We are teaming up with SV Twister again, delivering here back, from the Canary Islands to the Netherlands, a classic 36 meter schooner originally built in 1902.
A hands-on 2000- nautical miles voyage, together with a bunch of Ocean adventurers.
Offshore Sailing Adventure on Classic 36 meter Schooner | Canary Islands - Netherlands | March 2022
DATES: We unite February 20, 2022. Departure when the weather window is good.
THE VESSEL: ‘Twister’ 1902 36m traditional schooner
PORT of DEPARTURE: Santa Cruz, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain
DESTINATION: Amsterdam, Netherlands
ROUTE: The weather decides
THE INVESTMENT: €1450 (ON Members) or €1650 (Non-Members) See what’s included further down.
About the trip
After a succesfull trip and team up with Twister autumn 2021 from the Netherlands to the Canary Islands(check the photos), we team up again for the delivery to her home country and facilitate ocean adventure.
On February 20, 2022 the Twister leaves Tenerife for a trip back home to Amsterdam. The boat sails in 3 – 4 weeks (depending on the wind) back to the Netherlands. Likely Twister will stop somewhere along the way. The weather decides.
This is a hands-on active expedition. We have a professional captain and crew who’ll be showing you the ropes. You’ll have an active roll on board. Everyone on board is expected to take part in the running of the ship, including watch keeping, setting sails, cooking, provisioning, cleaning. It’s part of the experience.
This trip is a serious ocean adventure and some sea experience is required. It’s a great opportunity to make miles, experience a delivery, build your sailing CV, further develop seamanship skills and to get closer to undertaking deliveries on your own some day 🙂
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! – Richard (Expedition ON 2021)
This ocean adventure is a collaboration between SV Twister and Ocean Nomads. The trip is not our usual Ocean Nomads adventure with extensive crew selection, program, impact and lifestyle designing. This is ‘just’ and adventurous sailing trip. This voyage we put out here to increase the opportunities for you for full connection to the ocean with likeminded ocean nomads. The trip communication, execution and crew selection is carried out by SV Twister and her crew.
This trip Facilitates & Accelerates:
Travel 2000 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.
Learn and expand your seamanship, sailing, navigation, resilience, conscious living, adaptation & social skills. You’ll sail the vessel!
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 – Cay (Expedition ON 2021)
ABOUT THE VESSEL
She’s beautiful. She’s solid. She’s big. She’s spacious. She’s 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.
She has sailed around the Atlantic and proved her strength once again past voyage from the Netherlands to the Canary Islands. The only thing we broke in 2000 NM of sailing, were two plates!
SV Twister has all the paperwork and safety measures in place to carry out this voyage safely, legally and responsibly. This is quite unique for offshore sailing on a vessel like Twister!
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.” – Sael
Connection to Nature
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.
Our drive: Protecting our playground!
Saving the ocean is at the core of the Ocean Nomads movement.
The Ocean is the heart of the planet. Water covers more than two-thirds of the Earth’s surface. Sea plants, like Posidonia, produce 70% of the oxygen we breathe, and the deep waters are home to wildlife and some of the biggest creatures on earth. It provides us with food, jobs, life, entertainment, and sailing! Without it, we cannot survive.
We believe that by getting the ocean into people’s heart, one starts caring more accordingly. So we grab this opportunity to team up again with SV Twister so we can facilitate more of that!
Read more about our impact approach and creating ripple effects on our impact page
“We must go and see for ourselves!”- Jaqcues Yves Cousteau
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 curate a diverse, multi-skilled crew who share a similar mindset, to create a powerful team mix. It makes the difference. Suzanne won’t be joining this voyage buy you’ll be in good hands by the Twister crew!
Check in back soon to see who’s already on board! You can already check out our member stories and spotlight page to get a feel for who’s part of Ocean Nomads.
Owner Thomas, Captain Jans, First Mate Liv and Deckhand Jakob will be joining from team Twister.
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.
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.
- +/- 3-4 weeks of sailing adventure & nature connection
- A single bed in a shared Cabin
- Food (Vegetarian), water, tea, coffee.
- Being taught the ropes of the ship
- The vessel & safety equipment
- Professional Skipper & Crew
- Your bed onboard in a shared cabin
- Marina fees and fuel
- Bed linen
WHAT ELSE TO BEAR IN MIND IN TERMS OF COST?
- Transport to and from the boat
- Personal travel insurance
- Personal equipment e.g. waterproofs
- Ocean Nomads membership
WHAT ABOUT Covid 19?
Desperate to head back to sea on a salty adventure? So are we!
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 the past. We had to cancel earlier trips. Now as we learned that uncertainty is a constant, we go ahead with organising an expedition on a bigger ship in international waters, within the EU, away from the land. No better place to be than at sea!
We will be running the trip in accordance with local regulations which are subject to change.
Everyone joining must take responsibility for adhering to their home country’s travel advice and local regulations relevant to the trip. As an organization we do not require any information on your medical status. It’s in everyone’s responsibility to show up fit and healthy.
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.
After succesfull application we ask for a little downpayment to confirm your spot.
We offer a cancellation free of charge for a period of one week after your spot is confirmed. This way you can check flights and make arrangements with calm.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
For this trip some sailing / seamanship experience is required. We may make a few exceptions if you blow us away with your adventure spirit. Because 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. We’re dealing with the weather and may have to go in Port somewhere. The end date is not set in stone.
- You only want to sail on a small boat. This expedition vessel is 36 meter! It’s a different experience.
- 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 only 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. Most likely we have to stop somewhere to wait a good weather window.
“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.
This trip is much more affordable than any similar trip out there. It’s adventurous, demanding and we need your flexibility and adaptability as situations arise.
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. We have +40 members with vessels who are happy to take you on board. 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. And for this expedition it’s unlikely that we obtain resources to provide a scholarship. We do love to hear from you if you’d like to be in our scholarship database. 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.
Yes! Since last voyage was very succesfull, we start planning more collaborations with SV Twister. Join our Membership community to stay in the loop and be the first to apply.
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 proper calculation is key It’s going to be one big team effort. And we think it’s a cool challenge! We learned A LOT form last voyage with Twister. This time we’re lucky to provision in the Canaries where the fresh produce quality is just YUM.
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. 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.
We will actual SAIL! On many similar trips out there the schedule is ruling and the engine in ON. Not on twister! We do have to run the generator now and then.
- 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.
- Twister organisation will reach out to you to have a chat on the phone to better get to know each other and make sure we’re on the same page.
- If we’re all happy, a 500 euro downpayment will confirm your spot.
- The rest of the trip contribution is due 4 weeks prior to the start of the expedition.
We offer a cancellation free of charge for a period of one week after your spot is confirmed. This way you can check flights and make arrangements with calm. You’ll get your money back if something doesn’t work out.
We create a group on the Ocean Nomads membership platform for all approved crew members. This way the fun and preparation starts SOON and way before the actual trip! Here you can also talk to anyone who previously joined a trip on Twister to ask about their experience!
Yes! And it’s easy to join. 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 a trip like this is 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 HUB 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.
For this trip, we already have a professional captain and crew who’ll be showing you the ropes. Sailing a +100 year old 36 meter classic is something very different than sailing a modern cruiser vessel. To do everything legally and safely we must comply with having the relevant licenses on board.
It’s really awesome if you have certain licenses but for this trip we can’t make it cheaper than it already else.
Everyone will have an active roll on board. Everyone on board is expected to take part in the running of the ship, including watch keeping, setting sails, cooking, provisioning, cleaning. It’s part of the experience.
Perhaps for a future flotilla we can support you financially. Sometimes we need extra skippers and ocean nomads members and trip alumni will be the first to hear about these kind of job opportunities.
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