Ocean Nomads Sailing Flotilla | Greece '24

Lefkada 311 00, Greece

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Ocean Nomads
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Oct 12 - 22, 2024
Group size: 1 - 10
Ocean Nomads Sailing Flotilla | Greece '24
Lefkada 311 00, Greece

Ocean Nomads
  • Email address verified
3 reviews

Oct 12 - 22, 2024
Group size: 1 - 10

About this trip

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Sailing Expeditions With Impact, Adventure & Community

Sail The Islands and coastlines of Greece with us! Explore, learn, and connect. Fueled By Fellow Ocean Nomads, Nature, and Kalamata Olives.

With multiple sailing boats, we'll facilitate the connection between a beautiful mix of purpose-driven salty souls and between you and nature. We'll share ideas, skills, knowledge, support, connections, and above all: fun ocean adventure time!


11 Days / 10 Nights

2-5 Vessels

Route: One Way- Lefkada to Athens, Greece

Active Adventure Sailing Trip 

Healthy Eco Vibes & Values

Why Join?


  • To meet a beautiful bunch of adventurous, unconventional outdoor people
  • To accelerate your personal journey to make your ocean & freedom lifestyle dreams happen.
  • To connect to culture and nature.
  • To expand your worldview. A fresh perspective on the world, others, and yourself.
  • To learn about minimizing your environmental footprint and to share what you have learned.
  • To create memorable moments. Possibly that epiphany moment.
  • Learn the basics of sailing, build miles, and improve your sailing skills and experience. The good thing about renting boats is we can practice what we want. 
  • This is not the average 7-day island hop charter. We take the boats 11 days (maybe longer is the weather says so) to get into it, sailing a one-way route for maximum learning and exploration. 
  • To meet your tribe and expand your ocean people and nature lifestyle network.
  • To enjoy the Mediterranean diet :) 

Trip Vibes & Values

We share and care for the Ocean Nomads ‘slow sailing’ philosophy. The focus is on simplicity, health, local food and community connection, active, adventure and sustainability mindset, walking the talk, and collaboration.


Ocean Nomads is a tribe of young (by heart:)) adventurous ocean lovers who want an active outdoor ocean lifestyle. We share fun ideas and projects on low-budget, mindful, self-sufficient, positive-impact ways to live and travel sustainably at sea. This is an action-adventure where everyone participates in creating the vibe and value of a memorable 10 days at sea. 


We have a smoke and alcohol-free onboard policy for maximum superpowers and nature connection.


Read more about our trip values and expectations here.

DESTINATION

Take the images of the Greek islands from other people's photos and turn it into YOUR memories! The islands are blessed with stunning landscapes, history, culture, and beautiful, uncrowded anchorages after summer.


A bucket list journey! 

We start this trip in Lefkada in the Ionian Sea and end this trip in Athens. 


The Ionian Sea

The water between Italy and Greece. The Ionian islands have some of the Mediterranean's most beautiful beaches and clearest turquoise waters. Some famous islands include Kefalonia, Ithaca, Skorpios – formerly owned by Aristotle Onassis-, Meganissi, and Zakynthos. With ancient Greek sites, secluded anchorages, beautiful nature & wildlife, Greek tavernas, local markets and de-li-cious Mediterranean cuisine, the exploration potential is enormous. Most of the yachts and crowds of the summer have left, and the Greek vibe dominates towns, and we have all the space for sailing, riding and enjoying it all. It’s easy to hop from island to island. With many islands around there is little swell and the sailing is most likely to be smooth.

The nearest airport is Preveza. There is a good bus connection with Athens from Lefkada.


Athens

Athens eats and breathes culture. And if that’s not enough, there are enough hills to climb for epic city views. A visit to the Akropolis in the centre is a must.  It's easy and affordable to fly out of Greece. 


We highly encourage you to add a few days before or after the sailing trip to visit Athens and/or Lefkada. These are truly unique places and lovely in autumn.


ROUTE

On this trip, we’ll sail ONE WAY from Lefkada to Athens in Greece.


ON PURPOSE, we don’t plan the route in detail until we all meet and create the plan together. This will be based on the current weather, whether or not the Corinth Canal will be open (It's most likely but not guaranteed), and your preferences.  We aim to go via the Corinth Canal, which is quite a sight. May this not be possible, we will sail around the Peloponnese and eat lots of Kalamata olives. Either way, prepare for a memorable experience. 

Depending on the weather and accessibility at the time, there are two route possibilities. Make sure you are enthusiastic about both:


- A. The Short Route (+/- 200 Nautical Miles). Before we sail the canal, we explore the beautiful Ionian Sea. To reach Athens we navigate through the Corinth Canal, a man-made canal connecting the Saronic Gulf with the Gulf of Corinth. 700 years BC, the first humans attempted to create this canal. Finally, at the end of the 19th century, the canal was a fact. It's on the bucket list for many to go through this canal. The canal is currently being maintained, and though it's planned to be open in spring 2024,  there's no guarentee whether it remains open. 


That doesn't matter because the other option is as, if not more exciting!


- B. The Long Route (+/-450 Nautical Miles) We sail around the Peloponnese, home to the Kalamata olive, the ancient site of Olympia, and so much beauty, culture, and nature to explore. Its diverse coastline offers lots of secluded coves and sandy beaches to choose from. This route is a longer distance, which allows us to take our routing and sailing skills to the next level. Note that this is quite a long distance to be sailed! You got to be up for some serious sailing. It's also very likely that this route would take longer than 10 days. There would be the option to disembark in Kalamata half-way (easy bus access with Athens) or to stay longer on board until we reach Athens (at no extra costs besides shared costs for food & fuel). 


Part of sailing is planning and dealing with the many variables that come with it. You must be flexible with the location and time to join this trip. Bus and ferry connections are along the way for those with other obligations.

ADVENTURE, ACTIVITY & LIFESTYLE ON BOARD

Imagine jumping into the sea just seconds after you wake up. Eating a freshly made breakfast with your fellow crew members and new friends. Then we will all see what the day will bring. A 100 memorable moments!


This is an adventure experience aimed at making the dream lifestyle reality, not just for the time with us but beyond all that. 


We incorporate the Ocean Nomads values of community, exploration, and positive impact into the elements of the trip. We always encourage hands-on trips, where everyone helps with the running of the ship. 


Wherever we go, we leave the places cleaner than we found them. Beach clean-ups and conscious actions are part of the routine, not ‘just’ an event. 


Travelling by sea is a life experience, and some aspects can be challenging. This is not a prepacked holiday. We create the adventure together, and everything runs rather spontaneously—on purpose. Of course, we do what we can to minimize risk and hire professional skippers to be part of the team. Still, with sailing, things rarely go as planned, and this is the beauty of it. 


All on board duties are shared together. We sail together. We cook together. We adventure together. We get ourselves into and out of situations together. 


This is a multi-adventure trip. But of course, you’re always welcome to chill and read a book... after your chores, of course ;)


We select capable and qualified skipper to make sure you're in the best hands possible.

WEATHER

We’ll be sailing early autumn, towards the end of the sailing season. Generally, the weather conditions are lovely at this time of the year. For many liveaboards in Greece, October is their favourite month. The summer crowds have left, but the weather is still sunny and 20+ degrees.


However, the weather is beyond our control. Be prepared for adventure :) 


Given that it's the season's last charter, we can extend the trip. If we can't reach Athens in 11 days due to unfavourable weather circumstances, you can stay on board longer to complete the route. If not, we will find a solution so you can disembark elsewhere.

VESSELS | Monohulls between 35-50 ft.

This time, we will rent boats to make ours 100% our own. We will have Ocean Nomads as qualified skippers (maybe 1 local skipper).  We will only rent monohulls as they sail much better than the charter catamarans, in our opinion :)

Who's joining?

It’s the people who make the adventure. We curate a diverse, multi-skilled crew with a similar mindset to create a powerful team mix. It makes ALL 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. Some of us are new to sailing, some of us are boatowners and join to share the fun together.


Professional Crew & Instruction

Each vessel will have an Ocean Nomads skipper as a qualified captain. You’ll be in safe, qualified and experienced hands. This doesn’t mean you only sit back and relax. ON voyages are hands-on voyages involving everyone in sailing and operation of our little floating village.


Our skippers and the number of vessels we sail with are still to be decided. For now, we welcome applications for 2 vessels.


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 the Ocean Nomads community


Are you interested in joining?

We'd love to learn a bit more about you. Getting a like-minded but varied crew group for maximum fun and impact is super important. Therefore we require you to apply.



What else is good to know?

If the weather prevents us from reaching Athens in time, there'll be an opportunity to stay longer on board. Keep your schedule open if you can. If you can't, we make sure you can disembark elsewhere.


Our Trip Terms

Cancellation Policy

Explore the Ocean Nomads website to explore vibes and values


Priority Application and discount for Ocean Nomads Members (100€ Discount)and Ocean Nomads Crew Course Students (150€ Discount). The longer you are an Ocean Nomads member, the higher priority we give your application. 


Is this trip out of your budget, but would you like to join? Apply for a Scholarship form. One of our ways to give back is to create scholarship opportunities for small-budget, determined ocean changemakers. Convince us why we should fund your trip. We would love to hear your thoughts via the Scholarship form. 


Check out our membership community for pure skill sharing and trading, where more than 300 nomads and more than 70 vessel members meet and team up for ocean impact and adventure.


Apply to be Skipper (Paid opportunity for Ocean Nomads Members)


Stories, Testimonials & Transformations


Join the Ocean Nomads Network


Follow us on Instagram  & Youtube for the vibes.


Our adventures fill up quickly! If you're considering joining and the spots are full, get on the waitlist today.

What does previous crew say?

"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


Check our more Stories, Testimonials & Transformations

on our website or on our Facebook page. Or Youtube Channel

What’s included

  • 10 Night / 11 Days
    Nature Exploration by Sail
  • The Boats & organization
    Adventure sail the Greek Islands & Coastlines
  • Skipper & Instruction
    Professional Qualified Skipper
  • Sail instruction
    Being taught hands-on sailing skills
  • Adventurous Shipmates
    A unique mix of adventurous & impact-driven salty souls
  • EcoMinded Elements
    Eco elements, chats, and inspiration
  • Corinth Canal Fee
    If we decide on that route
  • End Cleaning

What’s not included

  • To & from the boat
    Transport to and from the boat destination
  • Food & Drinks
    Vegetarian - We share cooking on board (+/- 10-15 euros/day)
  • Fuel, Water, Marina
    To be shared amongst participants (+/- 15-10 euro/day)
  • Personal Insurance
    Personal travel insurance
  • Personal expenses ashore
  • Sheets & towels
  • Ocean Nomads Membership
    Receive a 100 € discount code + many more Member Perks
  • Ocean Nomads MERCH
    We will be making T-Shirts, Tote bags and sweatshirts. Let us know your size and we will make one for you!

Available Packages

1 Berth on the Ocean Nomads Fleet
Available until May 31, 2024Pre-registration
€1,250
Deposit: €600

Available options

Itinerary

Welcome Day
Arrival Day

We will meet in Lefkada, Greece. Exact time and location to be decided. This day is all about settling in, making your self at home, getting to know each other. We will create a plan for the following day to set sail based on the weather!

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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. Ocean Nomads trips connect people to each other and to the ocean. Nothing transforms 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, life changing epiphany moments & accelerating change for a common good. Here's a little intro video: https://oceannomads.co/about/

Reviews

We had a great time, reasonably comfortable accommodations for a sailboat, absolutely top level professionals on crew. We got very lucky because we didn't have to wait out any storms or anything, giving us extra time from the very beginning. The Captain was very accommodating and extremely experienced, this being his 35th Atlantic crossing, several times on ships much larger that the Twister. Twister herself is very beautiful and well maintained, and being very well-fitted for ocean crossings.
By David D for Your invitation for Azores - Netherlands| Leg 13 on May 03, 2023
Martinique hiking up the volcano, Dominica visiting a farm style chocolate factory, hiking to a boiling lake and sulphur bubbling pools, amazing swimming in waterfalls and discovering the lush landscape. Ending at Le Saintes in Guadeloupe, the prettiest town in the Caribbean I have seen. All with fabulous vegetarian food, great company and a fabulous tall ship to do it from, a wonderful experience!!
By Cay C for Sail Martinique - Dominica - Guadeloupe | Full ON Nature Exploration on Feb 21, 2023
Visiting Le Saintes was amazing, beach bonfire, homemade pizza and singing songs to guitar on a deserted island, hot springs in the ocean at sunset, hikes to waterfalls and swimming in fresh pools. Scooter tour of Marie Galant was a hoot. All with wonderful like minded adventurous people, great food and a fantastic tall ship to do it all on. Doesn’t get better! Thank you Ocean Nomads!! Thank you Twister ⛵️
By Cay C for Sail Guadeloupe Islands | Full ON Nature Exploration on Feb 21, 2023