No boat? No Sailing Experience? But an urge for ocean adventure....
with impact and community

No problem! Sail the Atlantic and Caribbean with us | Winter 2022 /2023

Applications Approved and confirmed before August 30 receive 10 percent discount
Limited Spots per leg!
Expedition ON | Across the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea

Discover what it feels like to wake up on the ocean, breathe the ocean air, have the wind in your hair, navigate by the stars, live simple and resourceful, and be eye to eye with dolphins. Day in, day out….

After 5 years of organizing adventure and impact sailing trips we now go bigger and further than ever. And you can join!
Expedition ON | Across the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea
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A sailing adventure offshore or between countries is not a straightforward endeavour. To be ready to expect the unexpected, careful selection and preparation for a happy, safe, and meaningful voyage is essential. We are ON it!

We facilitate and accelerate

Adventure Sailing

Slow travel by sail, powered by wind, ruled by nature. Offshore and remote. On a 100+ year old hands on classic ship. No electrical winches here. With a bunch of ‘strangers,’  Expect the unexpected!

Ocean Minded Community

Expand your network with insight and inspiration. We walk the extra mile to unite your soul tribe members on board. Connection and conversation at sea goes deeper in one day than months on land. 

Stories & Skill Building

Learn and expand your seamanship, sailing, navigation, resilience, conscious living, adaptation & social skills. Exchange skills and stories with fellow crew members

Conscious Lifestyle

Gather tips and tools, to accelerate your journey to alternative adventurous conscious life on or near the sea. Lifestyle designing by and for ocean nomads.

Positive Impact

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

Background Story...

Suzanne: “When I started looking into ocean travel by sail, seven years ago now, I had no idea about sailing and I didn’t have connections in sailing either. I struggled to find out how to get into travelling by sail, safely, with little budget and experience, and as I went on I struggled finding ‘my kind’ of people, those purpose-driven wild souls looking for adventure and making a positive impact.

For a few years I lived more at sea than land, ‘crewing/hitchhiking’ on about 50 different boats. Good, bad, and priceless experiences. If I learned one thing, it’s the people who make the experience, happy, safe, and meaningful! Offshore sailing requires deep respect for the ocean, and careful preparation and crew and boat selection. As I couldn’t find my tribe and value-matching vessels, I created it, into what’s now the Ocean Nomads network of which the most fast track ocean nomads lifestyle acceleration are the ocean nomads voyages.

By uniting you, your experiences, connections and stories, at sea, we can reach way further, help more, do more, and be more.  We are at the forefront of what’s happening. And we can do a lot to make a positive impact.

To reach for the stars, we must surround ourselves with likeminded entrepreneurial salty souls, share knowledge, and inspire and cheerleader each other. So much more is possible if we join forces on our journeys. The best, going on a journey together! I wish for you to see for yourself how beautiful the ocean are! And hopefully ignite the superpower within you to take steps into a conscious nomadic life in or near the sea, and give back to the ocean, our playground, our home, our life. The pursuit of a healthy ocean and lifestyle are one and the same.”

Ocean Nomads Lifestyle Accelerator

With Expedition ON Atlantic, we are sailing around the Atlantic on a classic 36 meter schooner originally built in 1902. In 13 legs we travel +10.000 nautical miles, powered by wind and the energy of like minded ocean nomads on board. A hands-on ocean adventure discovering ways to live and travel more simple, wild, and pure. 

 

Experience the ocean nomads lifestyle, get natured, travel remote, explore the unknown, together with an international group of conscious ocean adventurers. Driven by passion and purpose for the love of the ocean.

 

Jump on board and accelerate your ocean nomads ambitions and lifestyle. With adventure Sailing, Ocean Exploration, Natural Lifestyle, Nomad Community & Ocean Conservation in the mix!

 

 

EXPEDITION ON impacts the way you approach life,
LivE with nature & LOVE the ocean

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)

We go the extra mile to...

Unite Likeminded Adventure People

Throughout our expeditions we bring together a unique mix of inspirational individuals talents and knowledge of the group. We release the power from the individual talents and knowledge into the group, for maximum learning experience.

We select participants based on motivation, values, drive, and mindset. For legs of longer than 10 days we additionally interview on the phone to make sure expectations and values are aligned.

Make Ocean Adventure Accessible

No sailing experience is required. We happily teach. We believe that if more people get a chance to experience the ocean and all the magic that comes with it, the ocean wins more hearts. We like for you to see for yourself how beautiful the ocean are. And hopefully ignites a superpower within you to take steps into a conscious nomadic life in or near the sea. Voyages range between 7 days and one month. From offshore sailing to crossing oceans to exploring remote paradise islands. We provide a platform for nature connection, community, research, creation, while going remote. No budget? Check out our scholarship option (in Faq)

Prioritize Safety

The ocean deserves our greatest respect. Sailing remotely is an endeavour not to be taken lightly. Teaming up with Twister allows us to combine professionalism, safety, and adventure, impact and community facilitation. After three offshore collaborations, the only thing we broke were 2 plates. Many certificates are obtained and complied with to pass the safety checks and requirements to take people out offshore. This comes with a cost but the rewards are priceless. Offshore we keep contact and update relatives about the trip.

A few more benefits of jumping on board with us

Save lots of time and energy on researching boats, safety, captains & crew

We have sailed, worked, hitchhiked with +100 vessels by now. Teaming up with SV Twister is next level authenticity, safety, comfort (think toilet buttons, your own comfortable bed, filtered water, not to mention space on board) and professionalism.  We’ve done our first succesfull collaboration with SV Twister last year (see the testimonials). This is sailing in style, hands-on, as safe as we can control. There are very few ocean worthy vessel like her out there taking people offshore (legally), and for this price.

More people, more fun, learning, and impact! 

You can sail with 2,3, or 5 people. This is fun. We’ve done it. We’ve organized it. But going on an adventure with around 15 salt souls all as stoked about ocean sailing as you are is next level community living and socializing. Conversations and connections at sea go deeper in one day then in weeks on land. You’ll always find a few souls you get along with well.

 

Space

SV Twister is 36 meter long. There is lots of space to move, stretch, work out, chill, relax. Below Deck, as well as on deck. There’s a steering hut for cold nights, a lounge room but playing games, reading, and chatting. And big table and space for communal dinner, music nights and other workshops we as a crew team facilitate spontaneous as we we navigate the seas. 

Especially for the longer voyages where dropping anchor is not a daily routine, this is priceless. We only have so much patience to sit back and relax, which is kind of mandatory in small vessels,where space is limited.

“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.” – Jose Maria Perez

EXPERIENCE

TRAVEL

PURPOSE

CONNECTION

Nature

Hands-on

Active

Eco

Teamwork

Route & Dates

Amsterdam – Madeira | Oktober 15 – November 6 | 21 days

Madeira – Tenerife | November 7 – November 15 | 8 days

Atlantic Crossing | Tenerife – Cape Verde – Martinique |  November 19 – December 20 | 28 days

Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Grenada | December 21 – December 28 | 7 days

Grenada, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Martinique | December 28 – January 4 | 7 days

Martinique – St. St. Lucia, Vincent & The Grenadines, Grenada, Martinique | January 7 – 19 | 13 days

Martinique – St. St. Lucia, Vincent & The Grenadines, Grenada, Martinique | January 21 – February 2 | 13 days

Martinique – Dominica – Guadeloupe | February 4 -11 | 7 days

Guadeloupe | February 11-16 | 7 days

Guadeloupe – Antigua & Barbuda – St. Maarten | 18 February – March 4 | 13 days

St. Maarten | March 4 – 13 | 9 days

Atlantic Crossing | St. Maarten – Azores | March 16 – April 5 | 19 days

Atlantic Crossing | Azores – Netherlands | April 6 – 24 | 17 days 

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

If not now, then when?

Expedition ON is a synergetic team-up between SV Twister and Ocean Nomads. SV Twister allows us to safely and responsibly organize adventures offshore. The beauty of a vessel this size allows us to connect more salty souls in one place, away from civilization where we disconnect from everything but each other and nature. These are hands-on active expeditions, with next level participation in the offshore legs. 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. That said, we’ll be many hands on board so there’ll be plenty of room to chill, relax and simply BE.

 

You can join on or more legs. 

If you ever dreamed about sailing an ocean, visiting remote tropical islands or just an experience like nothing else, this could be it!

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About Ocean Nomads

With Ocean Nomads we connect ocean people, vessels, projects, and environmental action to facilitate sailboat travel, adventure, impact, and a nomadic and ocean-conscious way of life.

We’re many out there all on similar journeys, dreaming and doing about ocean adventures and to make a positive impact around us. We have brilliant ideas, projects, and dreams. We desire to experience, to learn, to connect, and to be part of something. We’re looking to connect with others honouring simple and sustainable lifestyles. We are concerned by the state of the planet. We want to make a positive contribution and do our bit. The ocean brings us so much. As fanatic users, we are responsible for bringing life back into the blue. But alone we can only do so much. 

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.

 

On purpose we don’t plan out everything in detail. We roll with the weather, our intuition and opportunity. With good preparation. 

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 hands-on action, health, simplicity, local, teamwork, skill sharing, and environmental consciousness. 

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Trip Values & Expectations

SV Twister

Sailing Vessel Twister is a ship of +100 years that still sails the oceans, safely! Isn’t that amazing in itself? No plastic push buttons or winches on this vessel.

 She’s beautiful. She’s solid. She’s big. She’s spacious. She’s super comfortable. She’s got soul. She lasts. She has proven her worth and seaworthiness. 

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. She now features all safety equipment, modern comforts, and all licenses and certificates to take you safely offshore. She sails under the highly regarded Dutch flag.

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 we sailed with her offshore, conditions ranging between champagne sailing and 9 Beaufort, totalling 5000 NM. The only thing we broke were two plates. Given the success of last expedition we now go all in and all around the Atlantic!

The size of the ship allows us to bring more people together in a place. Through Twister we can have you experience offshore sailing as safely as possible. Twister focuses on safety and seamanship competence. Ocean Nomads on the community, content, and organization. Many certificates are obtained and complied with to pass the safety checks and requirements. This comes with a cost but the rewards are priceless. Teaming up with Twister allows us to combine professionalism, safety, and adventure, impact and community facilitation.   

About the VEssel

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

“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.” – Cay Chandler Netherlands – Canary Islands ‘21

 

“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.” – Marc Expedition ON 2021

Connect 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.

We like for you to see for yourself how beautiful the ocean are!  And hopefully ignite the supersupower within you to take steps into a conscious nomadic life in or near the sea.

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. -Marc Fernandez, Marine
Scientist Madeira-Canary Islands

“It’s amazing how many awesome friends you can make, and how much just one week on an ON trip can change your life 🙏🏼✨⚓️” Marcin

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.

 

Summary! WHY JOIN? 

  • Meet your tribe and expand your sailing and ocean people network. Meet a beautiful bunch of adventurous unconventional dream chasers on a mission. Finding a boat is easy, finding a like-minded happy positive vibed team is what makes all the difference. The skills, stories, smiles, and contribution of your fellow curated crew, is what makes the trip like nothing else out there.
  • Around 15 fellow crew members to learn from and share with. Not just a few. 
  • Memorable and impactful moments. The good, the bad, the ugly. From wildlife sightings and sunrise at sea, to cooking up a meal on an angle and spotting plastic at sea. 
  • Connection to nature. Sailing the ocean is digital detoxing at its best. 
  • Experience arriving into a new country by sail!
  • Serious adventure sailing but as safe as we can make it! Mum will be happy.
  • Accelerate your personal journey to make the dreams happen. Turn your intentions into actions. Today.
  • Expand your worldview, generate fresh energy and insights. You’ll step away from it all and get a dose of fresh perspectives on the world, fellow Ocean Nomads, and yourself.
  • Learn about minimizing your environmental footprint and to share what you have learned. Practice new habits and make different lifestyle choices.
  • Find and explore and build connections and partnerships to accelerate those dream and impact projects.
  • Learn the basics of sailing, navigation, build miles and develop your sailing skills and experience. Hands-on and from other that sail the seas.
  • Continuous Support. We got your back before and after the trip by staying in touch and building on what we create on board.
  • Make the adventure sailing dreams real faster and with long term impact and friendship.
  • To jump into 4000 meter deep ocean blue waters. When else do you do that?
  • To sail on a ship of more than 100 years old. It cannot get much more sustainable when it comes to travelling oceans. 

 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

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.

We live beyond the status quo or desire to do so. We care for the planet. Minimize, simplify and cut down on our environmental footprint where we can. We lift each other up and support each other when in need.

 

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OCEAN NOMADS EXPEDITION LEADER 

Every leg an Ocean Nomads expedition leader will be on board, representing the Ocean Nomads values and to make sure you get the most out of this trip. Keep an eye on the member hub for the chance to become an Expedition Leader.

Professional Crew

Twister is managed by a professional crew including a captain, first mate and one or two deckhands. This is required by law on a vessel this size. You’ll be in safe, qualified and experienced hands. This doesn’t mean you only sit back and relax. This is a hands-on voyage involving everyone in sailing the ship.

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YOU?

Adventurer & explorer

Alternative lifestyle seeker

Striving to do good

Excited to share skills and stories

Eager to learn, share and care

Hands-on mindset

Ambitious

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

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. 

“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!” – Louise Agren Croatia 2019 & Madeira-Canary Islands 2021

“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 the Lanzarote Ecopirates week earlier in the year. And now in the Ocean Nomads fleet in Croatia. 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.” – Ben Clipstone (Lanzarote & Croatia 2019)

Are you ready to be part of THE EXPEDITION crew?

We’d love that. Be aware. Especially the offshore sailing trips are not for the faint hearted. These can be serious ocean adventures and we want to be sure you’re ready and confident to join. 

 

The biggest value is in having a crew mix on board with similar mindsets and missions but different background and stories. We don’t just accept any booking to fill up a boat. 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. 

   

“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.  – Andi

Dates & Details

See below the dates & prices for the different legs.

Approved and confirmed applications by Ocean Nomads Members before AUGUST 30 receive a 10 percent early bird discount (Prices as presented below)! First come, first handled.

Additionally:

A 5 percent discount applies when joining 2 Legs

A 10 percent discount applies when joining 3 or more Legs.

Leg 1 Atlantic Sailing (Almost full!)

2720 2450
Amsterdam – Madeira | Okt 15 – Nov 6 | 21 days

Leg 2 Offshore Sailing Teaser

1555 1399
Madeira – Tenerife | Nov 7 – 15 | 8 days

Leg 3 Atlantic Crossing (Almost full!)

5410 4875
3) Atlantic Crossing | Tenerife – Cape Verde – Martinique | Nov 19 – Dec 20 | 28 days

Leg 4 Xmas

1815 1635
Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Grenada | Dec21 – 28

Leg 5 New Year

1815 1635
Grenada, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Martinique | Dec2 8 – Jan 4 | 7 days

Leg 6 Kitesurf & Sailing

3552 3200
Martinique – St. St. Lucia, Vincent & The Grenadines, Grenada, Martinique | Jan 7 – 19 | 13 days

Leg 7 Kitesurf & Sailing

3553 3200
Martinique – St. St. Lucia, Vincent & The Grenadines, Grenada, Martinique | Jan 21 – Feb 2 | 13 days

Leg 8 Caribbean Exploration

1665 1500
Martinique – Dominica – Guadeloupe | Feb 4 -11 | 7 days

Leg 9 Caribbean Exploration

1655 1500
Guadeloupe | Feb 11-16 | 7 days |

Leg 10 Caribbean Exploration

3552 3200
Guadeloupe – Antigua & Barbuda – St. Maarten | 18 Feb – March 4 | 13 days

Leg 11 Caribbean Exploration

1999 1800
St. Maarten | March 4 – 13 | 9 days

Leg 12 Atlantic Crossing

3400 3774
Atlantic Crossing | St. Maarten – Bermuda – Azores | March 16 – April 5 | 19 days

Leg 13 Atlantic Sailing

1775 1600
Atlantic Crossing | Azores – Brest – Netherlands | April 6 – 24 | 17 days

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

  • Sailing adventure & nature connection
  • A unique and curated mix of adventurous & impact-driven salty souls
  • Food and Drinks (Except Alcohol). All trips are vegetarian. 
  • Being taught the ropes of the ship & seamanship
  • Eco elements, inspiration & action
  • Trip organisation
  • Ocean worthy vessel & safety equipment checked and complying with strict requirements
  • Professional qualified and experienced Skipper & Crew
  • Accommodation onboard in a shared cabin*
  • Marina fees, marine park fees (if applicable) and fuel
  • Bed linen
  • Memories for life!
*It’s the most luxurious vessel we’ve ever teamed up with. Each cabin has a good size bunk, sink, plug to charge, bed light and window. Cabins are shared with one, two or three fellow Ocean Nomads. You’ll always have your own individual bed.

WHAT ELSE TO BEAR IN MIND IN TERMS OF COST?

  • Transport to and from the boat destination
  • Additional nights spent ashore
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Personal equipment e.g. waterproofs 
  • Personal expenses ashore
  • Ocean Nomads Membership (If not a member yet)
  • A valid Passport!

Ocean Nomads members receive 10% discount on the Expedition Investment on application approved and confirmed before August 30.

An extra 5% discount applies when joining 2 Legs
An extra 10% discount applies when joining 3 or more Legs.

We create some scholarship opportunities for limited budget determined ocean explorers. (See Faq)

 

Ocean Nomads Trips have always sold out. We have limited spots. Now is the time.

Application approved and confirmed before August 30, 2022 receive a 10 percent discount (Ocean Nomads member deal)

Preference given to applications for +2 legs

Free Cancellation until 7 days after confirmation


Not a member yet? Join the network now to have priority access to application handling and to claim your 10 percent trip discount this august.

“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 and perhaps want to join a sailing trip in the future, have a look into Ocean Nomads!” – Nadiem

Testimonials & Transformations

  • positive review  Ocean Nomads makes you feel really connected. The trips are amazing and the connections are unparalleled. So much of my journey in conservation, with this lifestyle and also as an entrepreneur, has been about finding those people who understand and who can share the experience alongside me. With Ocean Nomads, I don't feel like I'm shouting into a giant void of the internet with tons of people who don't get it or are not interested. I feel like I have solidarity of people beside me. I'm really excited to see where that goes. I can feel the positivity leaking into my life already.

    Caitlin NoodleHair Elizabeth Avatar Caitlin NoodleHair Elizabeth
    February 21, 2021

    positive review  In a sailing vLog I heard about this platform for sailors where crew can find a captain/boats and vice versa. 10 minutes later I had account because I was looking for hitch sail holiday. After some time I found the famous Oceanpreneur Suzy promoting a sailing adventure in Croatia. I applied, got permission to get onboard and coincidentally took part in the early and adventures beginnings of this ocean community. For sure I show up well prepared and read the Ocean Nomad book in advance. The book is nicely written interesting and entertaining to read, and tells an exciting story of someone who turned her dreams into plans and called them plan, let's do it! Besides this it is full of useful tips and tricks around crewing and boating, highly recommend!!! Luckily I took the book with me cause got it singend from all the salty sailor that participated in that awesome sailing adventure which is a wonderful piece of memory for me now. How we are? We are a growing bunch of awesome, nice and caring people that have the most different backgrounds, stories, nationalities, or even views. But this even enriches our community as we share thoughts, tips and much more about the most different topics around sailing and sustainable living. But what actually brought us together, is a deep and strong connection to the oceans, wanderlust, intrest in adventurous traveling around the seven seas and the intention to make a positive impact.....and not to forget the parties!

    Andi Faude Avatar Andi Faude
    February 15, 2021
  • positive review  I met Suzanne back in 2014, before Ocean Nomads was born. She inspired me to go sailing, which I did. I had never sailed back then and jumped without any experience on a yacht to sail from Malaysia to South Africa. Sailing has changed my whole life and my whole perception of life. The Ocean has thought me valuable life lessons, such as patients and gaining mental resilience. It excites me that Suzanne found a way to inspire and connect more people to the ocean with her platform. I can only recommend throwing off the bowline and losing sight of shore. I'm 100% sure you'll learn many new things about yourself and life when you do ;).

    Janneke Dijkhuis Avatar Janneke Dijkhuis
    February 15, 2021

    positive review  Authentic, enthusiastic, caring and sharing: the Ocean Nomads community is all about living a conscious life on this beautiful blue planet in real life, using the platform what is is meant for: connecting to each other.

    Grace Marjo Avatar Grace Marjo
    February 9, 2021
  • positive review  I had the privilege to sail on two of Ocean Nomads impact adventures. Where I met a lot of beautiful people with whom I shared a lot of inspiring moments and so new friendships created. Im very thankful and proud to be a part of this awesome community. Who introduced me and M.Khalid Ibrahim to each other when we sailed under the nomads flag in the mediterranean for three weeks. We became friends and he joined last year November with me to rainy Holland to help out with the mayor refit of my boat: Windfall. Now one year later the refit is done our friendship even better en we are starting this month to sail around the world. so we can meet all of your nomads out there!!

    Thomas van Thiel Avatar Thomas van Thiel
    February 9, 2021

    positive review  Concius, free spirit salty souls community. 🌊⛵

    M.Khalid Ibrahim Avatar M.Khalid Ibrahim
    January 31, 2021
  • positive review  It is such a great community of people passionate about sailing, nature, sustainability! I had a great inspirational time during the Croatian expedition. I would recommend 🙂

    Carolina Mnz Avatar Carolina Mnz
    September 17, 2019

    positive review  This is the most incredible community! It really does support the ocean and the creatures of the sea!

    Azul Terronez Avatar Azul Terronez
    August 24, 2019
  • positive review  loque me gusta es todos los encantos de nuestros oceanos y esos bellos paisajes que seven en las profundidades y la vida Marina

    Cesar Sandoval Avatar Cesar Sandoval
    August 6, 2019

    positive review  This is the most incredible community! It really does support the ocean and the creatures of the sea!

    Azul Terronez Avatar Azul Terronez
    August 24, 2019

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 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 like electric winches
  • 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. On purpose we don’t plan this out. We try to create most beautiful and interesting experience. We hope to make a stop in places like Bermuda and Brest on our Atlantic Crossing but 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.

“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. We have +70 members with vessels who are happy to take you on board for free or on a cost share basis. 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. 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.

Safety, professionalism, legality, sustainability and quality take resources to make real. Especially when sailing offshore. A voyage like that requires respect and preparation if you want to minimize risk.

SV Twister is more than 100 years old. To keep her safe and ocean worthy afloat a certain level of maintenance is required. The vessel and organisation comply with all safety requirements (dozens of certificates and yearly checks) you can think of. We only work with highly experienced captains who have done similar voyages before. We carry out this voyage complying with rules and norms under the Dutch flag. We spent a lot of hours recrewting and doing our very best to create positive and purposeful experiences.

You can also sail for less financial contribution across the Atlantic (Suzy wrote a step by step guidebook on that called Ocean Nomad). It will just take you way more time and research to 1. find a happy, safe and meaningful ride, and 2. to sail across. There is a huge amount of variables and risk associated with offshore sailing. It’s pretty much guaranteed that it won’t go as planned. That’s part of the adventure. 

If you want to save time, sail a legendary vessel, with legendary people, maximize learning and meeting likeminded people, guaranteed, your investment with joining Ocean Nomads on Twister pays back multifold. 

A big part of the success of the trip comes with preparation. On the Ocean Nomads Network you’ll find tons of resources to get ready! August 2022 we host a theme month about Sailing Across the Atlantic. Join in to get ready!

 

Safety, professionalism, legality, sustainability and quality take resources to make real. Especially when sailing offshore. A voyage like that requires respect and preparation if you want to minimize risk.

SV Twister is more than 100 years old. To keep her safe and ocean worthy afloat a certain level of maintenance is required. The vessel and organisation comply with all safety requirements (dozens of certificates and yearly checks) you can think of. We only work with highly experienced captains who have done similar voyages before. We carry out this voyage complying with rules and norms under the Dutch flag. We spent a lot of hours recrewting and doing our very best to create positive and purposeful experiences.

You can also sail for less financial contribution across the Atlantic (Suzy wrote a step by step guidebook on that called Ocean Nomad). It will just take you way more time and research to 1. find a happy, safe and meaningful ride, and 2. to sail across. There is a huge amount of variables and risk associated with offshore sailing. It’s pretty much guaranteed that it won’t go as planned. That’s part of the adventure. 

If you want to save time, sail a legendary vessel, with legendary people, maximize learning and meeting likeminded people, guaranteed, your investment with joining Ocean Nomads on Twister pays back multifold. 

A big part of the success of the trip comes with preparation. On the Ocean Nomads Network you’ll find tons of resources to get ready! August 2022 we host a theme month about Sailing Across the Atlantic. Join in to get ready!

 

Possibly! After a successfull team up last year we now go next level with our Twister collaboration. Perhaps we also organize another flotilla with smaller boats but we leave it up to spontaneity. 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. With the exception of a few legs, 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. 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 a while, 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 out 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. For voyage legs longer than 10 days, we have a chat interview on the phone with one our team members to better get to know each other, explore if it’s a good fit and make sure we’re on the same page.
  3. If we’re all happy, a 50 percent downpayment will confirm your spot.
  4. The rest of the trip contribution is due 4 weeks prior to the start of the expedition.

Not sure but don’t want to miss out? We offer a cancellation free of charge for a period of one week after your spot is confirmed.

Everyone is responsible to show up healthy to the trip. >We run 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.  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.

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. 

At least one month prior to departure. We create a group on the Ocean Nomads membership platform for all approved expedition crew members. This way the fun and preparation starts SOON and way before the actual trip!

Make the dreams real. This year!

Expand your worldview and knowledge, develop skills and experience, build relations with those on similar journeys with similar values, share stories and dreams, team up for the future, and accelerate your ocean nomads ambitions. 

Gain fresh perspectives on life, perhaps a different lifestyle choice or course, and last but not least, lots of memorable moments added to your life profit. 

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. Our community exists out of total newbies and seasoned liveaboards, supporting each other in our ambitions. On our community hub we continue the conversation, action, personalized advisory and connection building, 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.

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