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….
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!
We strive for minimum negative and maximum positive impact with our preparation & execution. The difference is in the details.
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.
Learn and expand your seamanship, sailing, navigation, resilience, conscious living, adaptation & social skills. Exchange skills and stories with fellow crew members
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.
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. I wrote a book about it (Ocean Nomad). And 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.”
With Expedition ON Atlantic, we are sailing around the Atlantic and across the Caribbean Sea 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!
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.
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. We have highly experienced (and qualified) people on board. This comes with a cost but the rewards are priceless. Offshore we keep contact and update relatives about the trip.
Saving the ocean is at the core of the Ocean Nomads community. 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 percent 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. The best way? To get you out there and have you experience the magic for yourself.
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.
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.
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! 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!
“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
ADVENTURE | Depending on the destination, the trip includes action, outdoors, play and fun. Our offshore we sail non-stop with everyone being involved in the watches. We do our best to include some hiking or snorkeling (either offshore at 1000s meter deep and/or in an epic anchorage on arrival). On our coastal trips days include a mix of sailing, jumping in the sea, snorkelling, exploring islands, finding treasures, hiking, SUPping/ We try to avoid marinas, so we can be closer to nature.
SPONTANEITY | We run our trips rather spontaneously on purpose. We’re dependent on the weather. We go with the flow, and we may change course to explore what we find on the way. We embrace the art of getting lost. We don’t plan out our routes into detail. On purpose.
SAILING | You don’t need sailing experience. Captains we work with are professionally qualified and teach you the basics, helping you become a competent crew member – or building upon any existing skills you do have. We can sign off miles and give you a reference if you need one. We take care of onboard duties as a group.
COSTS | As opposed to other trips we have organized, this expedition has food included in the trip price.
VESSELS | We work with local and sustainably-minded charter companies. This Expedition we work with a vessel of more than 100 years old and still sailing the oceans! It can’t get more sustainable than maintaining that what is already built.
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.
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
A Tour of SV Twister:
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.
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.
” 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
Summary! WHY JOIN?
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.
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. Most of them are Trip Alumni who previously joined and never returned. Now shining their light and experience on the journey! Maybe it’ll be you next trip.
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, operation, and watchkeeping of the ship.
Adventurer & explorer
Alternative lifestyle seeker
Striving to do good
Excited to share skills and stories
Eager to learn, share and care
Saying Hell Yeah that’s me when reading more about our community
“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
Ocean Nomads members receive 10 percent discount on the Expedition Investment.
An extra 5 percent discount applies when joining 2 Legs
An extra 10 percent 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.
Preference given to applications for +2 legs
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.
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.
“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
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.
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.