I just got off the phone with Paula. Finally we managed to connect after both living a lot in no signal world🌌. Inspired by her mum🐬, she joined an Ocean Nomads sailing trip in Galicia one year ago to start dipping her toes in sailing, ocean travel, and a conscious nomadic way of life. She pretty much went off the radar since. Because after the trip, she kept going! She sailed from Galicia to the Canaries with fellow ocean nomads, jumping on another vessel to sail to Africa, and from there she hitch sailed across the Atlantic, in South America and then lending a hand in a permaculture cargo sailing project in French Guinea. She said ‘Suz, "Ocean Nomads is the best thing that I came across in the past years. The connections and adventures that came with it, have changed my life."
She made my day! My week! (+ finally meeting Angie & Remy, founding members. a legendary OZ/France/Japanese nomad surf sail family). Hearing this is the reason my inner fire keeps burning. The fire that sometimes almost goes out when I find myself too much with screens, tech, and appointments. Driven by the purpose to help others getting out there in the nature. I currently find myself working incredibly hard (as well as Bri and Jacky!🙏) to facilitate more life changing sail trips, connections, and to get the ocean into your heart. 💙 (see the rest of this newsletter for the possibilities!⛵). It's the first time we organize something across the Atlantic and in the Caribbean. So exciting! And a little ambitious.
I’m meant to be out there too, full in tune with nature, and so I’ll go 🌬️. I counted and currently +15 years into nomadic living with the backpack, by sail, with the van, and with fins, never more than 6 months in the same place. I’m a (sl)nomad by nature. Soon I’ll change my nomad house on wheels (my house for 3 years now already) for the classic sailing vessel Twister. I’ll be sailing with you on the ocean crossing (1 spot opened!), as well as the first voyages in the Caribbean (exploring, freediving, kitesurfing 🏄🪁 Ocean nomads style). Also I'll be there on departure in Amsterdam. And I can’t wait to share this magic with you! I’m also super proud to have other ocean nomads leading some of the legs to shine their light, experience, and lifestyle on our voyages to spread the ocean love. Paula is one of them. And perhaps you at some point too ! Ocean Nomads is by Ocean Nomads for Ocean Nomads.
🧭Soon we follow the sun, with compass heading 215 degrees south, across Biscaye! Because nothing beats meeting each other in, on or near the big blue! Preparations are full ON from experimenting making our own yoghurt (&coconut yoghurt), our own oat milk, the flour has been ordered at the local milll, to communicating with you all, figuring out more logistics, and making those final crew selections. What an organization that comes with prepping an Atlantic! As zero waste and impactful we manage. But we know it's so worth it.
The voyages we organize are the fastest way we can facilitate a new heading in your life. Literally ;). You get to meet, live, sail with fellow ambitious ocean lovers and be introduced to ocean travel through experiencing it yourself. And all the connections, learnings, and next opportunities that come with it. Paula, Nadiem, Thomas, Pim, Sael, Anna, are a few of our example members we're so proud of who joined us on a trip as one of their, if not their first sailing experiences, and then made their Atlantic Sailing dream happen.
Last but not least, a big cheer to all the nomads out there adventuring, simple, wild, and free. Windfall just sailed into Brest after a 13 day sail from the Azores/. Dom (Boatbuilder and upcoming expedition Leader) jumped on board Hendriks boat to teach him on the sail down to Spain. Sander almost has his crew complete heading south with a boatload full with Ocean Nomads. And Laerke and Kiana are conquering many blue hearts with their Atlantic Story telling with their Women and the Wind project, skyrocketing their following from 1000 to +70K in a month. And this is just a snapshot out of the top of my head and what people shared. I'm so proud and motivated to see you settling for not anything less you're capable of. I can’t keep track of all that’s going on. And I love that! It means the network is doing what it supposed to be doing, connecting you to each other and the sea, and help each other move forward. Get introduced to one an other on our member hub, or on a trip!
Ocean Nomads is not an online community. It’s a beautiful mix of adventure souls scattered all around the globe helping each other out, supporting newbies, and simply connecting for more fun and impact. The online hub is just a means to find out about each other and to find your answers faster. Some of us are currently figuring out the next thing via the internet, others of us are out there navigating the seas. We're connecting the dots.
Welcome to your bi-monthly splash of ocean adventure, impact, and community! A new moon cycle has started🌚. A time for new beginnings! Perhaps that first step to make your ocean travel or nomad lifestyle real…Next New Moon you can be on the ocean with us. Just imagine...
I hope to cross seas with many of you this winter, on the Twister or somewhere on the Atlantic or Caribbean Sea.
With salt in my hair and sand between my toes
PS. If I had more time, I'd have made this shorter (and add more emoticons🥥) My enthusiasm carried me away a bit,... but departure is getting closer and preparation is key! (Remember our sailboat travel resource section with packinglists, offshore travel preparation, and more created to get YOU ready)