Sailing Expeditions With Impact, Adventure & Community
- An opportunity to sail a Classic Schooner and learn from the best
- 2 days / 2 nights
- 250 Nautical Miles
- Support Low Carbon Travel
- Be just in time for the St. Maarten Heineken Regatta
We go straight from Martinique to Sint Maarten without any stops.
Experience sailing the Caribbean Sea by night and day.
You are encouraged to participate in the watch system but it's optional.
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. 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
Professional Crew & Instruction
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 (thought on this trip you can if you want). Generally tje voyages are hands-on voyage involving everyone in sailing and operation of our little floating village. For this trip it's optional.
Our FAQ page with more questions answered
Explore the Twister website for more photos of the vessel.
- 20% discount for Caribbean Locals
- 20% percent discount for Ocean Nomads members (From 65 euro / year)
- Would you like to join us the exploration trip before or after this short one? 10% extra discount!
- Is this trip our of your budget but you would like to join? Apply for a Scholarship! One of ours ways to give back. We created scholarship opportunities for the small budget determined ocean explorers. In collaboration with this ship and the costs that come with it we can’t do a full exchange but we can do discounted prices with skill shares, trades and long term nomads. We love to hear what you have in mind via the Scholarship form. For pure skill sharing and trading, check out our membership community with +300 nomads & +70 vessel members meeting up and teaming up for ocean impact and adventure.
The vessel is already on its way. Follow us on Instagram for life trip updates.
Our voyages have always been full. If you're considering joining, do not wait too long;)
“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 time 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?
See here a Holiday Sailing Packing List made by Suzy for more considerations.
Best to bring a backpack / duffelbag. While not sleeping you keep your bag on your bed. You’ll have a little shelve next to your bed for tiny items.
If you’re looking to bring extra sports gear (like surfboards / kitesurf gear / diving gear / bicycles) we can facilitate to a certain extend. There is limited space so please ask permission in advance. Music instruments are always welcome.
"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 from Poland
“The most unforgettable week. The trip preparation and the crew members turned what would otherwise be an adventure into something a special. I took part in two ocean nomads trips so far. To say it was life changing sounds dramatic but it really was. Being able to share time and experiences with people with different backgrounds but of a similar mindset was incredible. I like to think that I can have and help contribute to a similar experience for myself and others as a member of the Flotilla crew.” – Ben Clipstone from Australia
“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 world of a sailing lifestyle 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 Perez from Spain
"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 on SV Twister 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 SV Twister '21
"The experience on twister with other Ocean Nomads was just really beautiful and I felt connected for the first time in decades, I felt part of a community and had companionship. I was so happy that it’s so all inclusive of gender race religion nationality and most importantly age. It has connected me with like-minded people of all ages and being very transformational personally because my life has been incredibly isolated as a single parent Who works from home. I can honestly say October and November I felt happy and free for the first time in maybe 22 years. It gave me everything I was looking for. It has opened up so many possibilities to meet new people with similar vibes, including connection, companionship, purpose and being one with nature." - Cay, SV Twister '21
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