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Catch a Sailboat Ride Across the Ocean

Press Release Ocean Nomad

November 13 – 2017. For Immediate Release

What do you do when you have the dream to sail across the ocean but no boat, no budget, and no sailing experience? You just go to a harbour and put your thumb up, like a hitch-hiker? Ocean enthusiast Suzanne sailed the Atlantic three times on a strangers’ sailing vessel and wrote a book about how (and how not) to hitch-sail the high seas: “Ocean Nomad, the Complete Atlantic Sailing Crew Guide – how to catch a ride & make a difference for a healthier ocean.”

The 400-pages ocean travel guide, launched last week on a traditional wooden sailing vessel, encourages an alternative and nature-minded way of adventure travel. Ocean Nomad explains the ins and outs on how (and how not) to hop on a boat for a sail across the Atlantic. Packed with practical advice and stories, Ocean Nomad, persuades and guides the adventure traveller to go from the idea of “someday I would like to go on a big sailing trip”, to sipping a coconut on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean celebrating the achievement. After reading the book excuses will be thrown overboard for good and action modus is on.

Called the “doyenne of sailboat hitchhikers!” by captain Lyon, Suzanne emphasizes that traversing an ocean is not just about finding a boat. Finding the right boat, careful investigation and preparation are what makes it a fun, safe, and meaningful ocean adventure. Book Ocean Nomad explains what to be mindful of.

With interwoven stories throughout the book, Suzanne, who has been living more at sea than on land the last years, makes you feel, what it is like to stay on a boat with strangers for weeks in a row. What does it do to your mind, body and soul to be offline and be away from everything but nature for weeks? How to stay happy and healthy? How to deal with seasickness? How to manage waste at sea and on the islands? What does it mean to be on ‘watch’? What’s it like to arrive in a new land after weeks at sea?

The author’s love for the Ocean splashes off the pages. “The fresh ocean air, day by day, jumping dolphins next to the boat, the wind in your hair, the pure connection with nature: on the ocean you find it and it gives you energy,” says Suzanne van der Veeken.” During my sailing trips and freedive expeditions, she has also seen and learned about the fast decline of the oceans. “Bags, bottles, straws, I’ve seen them all drifting past. Hundreds of miles off the coast! On every sail. On every dive.” “Once a fellow crew member thought he caught a fish. But it was a plastic bag! Every water sample that I took – a curiosity project – contained pieces of plastic. With the naked eye, you could not see it but the research results gave me a mega wake-up call” says Suzanne.

Plastic pollution is just one of the challenges. In the book, Suzanne explains in depth about the importance of the ocean, what is happening, with, for example, plastic, climate change and the fishing industry. But the main focus is on what we can do! In addition to the tips and tools to make an ocean sailing dream a reality, Suzanne provides easily actionable take-aways on how we can make a positive contribution to the health of the ocean. “We can ‘just’ cross an ocean and have a memorable adventure, but we can do more! The ocean brings us so much. As fanatic users, we are responsible for bringing life back into the ocean. We have no time to lose when it comes to preserving the ocean” says Suzanne, who was one of the 100 invited Ocean Youth Leaders at the global Our Ocean summit in Malta this year.

With Ocean Nomad, Suzanne hopes to get people of the couch, excite and inform others about this adventurous style of travel and connect people to the ocean. Now is the time to make the dreams happen. Because you never know what tomorrow will bring. Suzanne believes that when you experience the magic and direct dependence of the ocean, you’ll start caring more for it too.

Ocean Nomad: The Complete Atlantic Sailing Crew Guide – How to Catch a Ride and Contribute to a Healthier Ocean by Suzanne van der Veeken

Available as E-Book and Print. Book Website:  www.oceannomad.co

Download the first 20 pages for Free.

PR contact: Ahoy@oceannomad.co | Authors website: www.oceanpreneur.co

Press Kit with book details, reviews, and downloadable images

Suzanne previous in the Media

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The Ocean Nomad Book Launch Celebration – Out Now!

Ocean Nomad is OUT NOW!

Fiesta time in Lanzarote last week! The launch of book Ocean Nomad: The Complete Atlantic Sailing Crew Guide – Catch a Ride & Contribute to a Healthier Ocean ! A celebration of a milestone I have been working towards for two and a half years. Back then I thought to ‘just’ write down a few tips into a 20-page PDF. Along the way, I figured to really make an impact for the good, and deliver something of true value, I better do it well or not at all. Now, book Ocean Nomad, is a fact, as an e-book but also print! Ocean Nomad is a 400-page guidebook for sailing across the Atlantic as crew, from dream state to execution state in a safe, happy and meaningful matter. With the book, I aim to connect people to the ocean. When people experience the ocean, they’ll be more triggered to care for it too. The very first print edition of Ocean Nomad has been brought into the world last week in Lanzarote.

Launching on a boat

This milestone was something to celebrate. Of course, on a boat! Easy to choose which boat. I teamed up with Marjo & Edwin of Grace for Ocean Conservation. There’s simply no better venue than the almost 100-year-old wooden sailboat, a perfect example that naturally made crafts last, sustainable in style. I invited my parents, friends and other adventurous souls to join the festivities! Super fantastic to finally be able to share the result of the work. We made it one weekend full of FUN!

Book Launch festivities

On Thursday the VIPs (&first print books!) arrived and we started off with a homemade dinner made by Marjo and a big cheers! I handed out the first copy to Mum & Dad, and to Marjo & Edwin, my ocean parents.
Friday morning was show time! Lanzarote Mix radio set up a studio on the boat and for two hours we were live on air. In the afternoon some press stopped by and we decorated Grace and the pontoon to get the party started! Mum had made party flags. Dad helped to create re-usable bamboo straws. Local artisanal beer crafter NOA provided the beers (If you’re in Lanzarote, you must try this healthy yummy local produce at their brewery). VIPs and supersupporters Karlijn, Roline & Lonneke created the tune list and happy vibes. A great mix of family, friends, (aspiring) sailors, boat hitchhikers, local curious and change-makers made the party! The setting allowed for many beautiful ocean connections have been made. Mission accomplished!
Saturday was sailing ‘o clock! It was a long-awaited dream to finally take my parents and friends out sailing and to share a taste of the lifestyle I’ve been living the last years. We sailed down to Puerto Calero. Here we held a movie screening of Vanishing Sail, a movie about the wooden boat craft that still takes place on the beach in the Caribbean. But for how much longer? After living between the boat builders for two months earlier this year, and sailing one of these beautiful Carriacou Sloops across the Caribbean, I’m determined to do what I can to revive this art. The screening triggered some more souls determined to not let this art of wooden boat building die. I’m looking to organize more screenings. Let me know if you have a group, yacht club or community interested!
Together with the big book, I also launched the ‘Ocean Love & Conservation’ part of the book as a seperate Bonus edition on Kindle for a bargain. This bonus part is about Making the Ocean famous again and what we can do as crew to make a difference for a healthier ocean. We have no time to loose when it comes to saving our ocean. The more people learn about what’s happening to the ocean and what actions can be taken, the better.

An ocean of gratitude

Thanks everyone for making this weekend a mega memorable celebration of life, for life!  Super thanks to Mum, Dad, Roline, Karlijn Lonneke, Edwin & Marjo for being present and sharing the unconditional Ocean Nomad love! A special thanks to my early Indiegogo supporters. And thank YOU for buying the book which will help support the next creation.

A special thanks to partners and sponsors

Thank you Marjo, Edwin & Grace for Ocean Conservation for facilitating and being present! Thank you Puerto Calero for the support. Thanks Justin & Alexis of Vanishing Sail to help to make the screening happen. Thank you Lanzarote Mix for having me on your radio show! Gazette Life for the interview (out mid November). Lava Charter for your enthusiastic presence, support and putting up Ocean Nomad in your nautical shop. Thanks Wayne of Greening the Caribbean for helping create awareness about the book and The Bamboo Brush Society for supporting sustainable tooth brushing.

The Ocean Nomad book tour continues

I did another book presentation in Rubicon Marina. Together with Grace for Ocean Conservation we set up a stand at the Rubicon marina mercadillo.  Now I’m in Las Palmas helping the (aspiring) sailors on a safe, happy, and meaningful ride across. Every Thursday this November at 18.00 I’ll be presente in the Sailors Bay to talk about the book and answer questions. More book presentations and events I’ll mention on www.oceannomad.co

It’s just the beginning

I’m superhappy with the success so far! The first colour edition is almost sold out. Book Ocean Nomad 2, the Caribbean edition, is in far stages. I’m creating an Ocean Nomad book series, and an Ocean Nomad community of like-minded Ocean Adventurers and change-makers. The first Ocean Nomad Reviews give me happy tears.
Publishing a book has been as adventurous as sailing across the Atlantic. I’ll write more about the book publishing process soon on this blog (Ps. I’m recruiting. I need more hands on deck)
Thank you to everyone who helped to make this happen: the book launch and the book! An ocean of gratitude to all!

THANK YOU!

               
        

Available here

Ocean Nomad is available for direct download here, as Kindle here, and as Print on Demand (black & white) on Amazon and Bol. I have a few first edition colour copies left which are available at Lava Charter (Lanzarote), in the Sailors Bar in Las Palmas, and in my duffel bag ;). Grab one of the last very first prints here. Christmas colour pre-order will open soon. Simply curious? Download a free sample.
Press contact: ahoy @ oceannomad.co

Hop on board. Here are the Photos!

Photocredits: Edwin Butter, Jose van der Veeken & party crew.

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Ocean Nomad Pontoon party & Vanishing Sail Film Screening

Last weekend of October the official book launch of book OCEAN NOMAD will take place on and around the classic sailing vessel ‘Grace of Aberdeen’ in Lanzarote! A grande meet-up of ocean adventurers, (aspiring) sailors, and change-makers.

About Ocean Nomad

No boat? No budget? No sailing experience? But an urge for ocean adventure… No problem! Sail the Atlantic Ocean as a Crew Member

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.

Travelling an ocean on someone else’s sailing boat is not a straightforward endeavour. To be ready to expect the unexpected, careful investigation and preparation is essential. In this ocean travel crew guide you will discover HOW TO:
– Start the adventure! Take that first step out the door.
– Find a boat: where, when and why.
– Plan, pack, prepare and provision as crew.
– Check safety, reliability and the happy-factor of the boat, captain & crew.
– Deal with seasickness, limited resources, waste, watch-keeping & more.
– Make a positive difference for the health of the ocean.

Packed with practical advice and stories, Ocean Nomad guides you from the idea of “someday I would like to go on a sailing trip”, to sipping a coconut on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean celebrating the achievement.

“This ambitious guide book is the spark that will ignite your sense of adventure and provoke your compassion to create a better world.” Monique Mills – Captain & Ocean Advocate


About the Launch Party Weekend!


Join the festivities & feel free to invite your adventure, sailing and change-maker friends.

Brief overview of the happenings :

Friday 27/10 
Morning: Radio Show ‘The Mix Lanzarote’ on board of ‘Grace of Aberdeen’ Theme show about crossing the Atlantic with a prominent role for the book as well as for the oceans.
Afternoon: Press hour
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Fiesta on the pontoon & S/V Grace in the Marina of Arrecife. A celebration of the book with drinks and bites, and many opportunities to network with other adventurers, change-makers, and sailors aspiring and planning to sail the Atlantic.
FREE

Saturday 28/10 
Grace will set sail south with a few VIP guests:)
Evening: Film Screening of Vanishing Sail – the traditional wooden boat craft & Fundraise for Hurricane Irma & Maria rebuilding.www.vanishingsail.com Location Puerto Calero.
FREE

 

Signing sessions in between the happenings and all your ‘how to catch a ride & make a difference ‘ questions answered!

Learn more about OCEAN NOMAD – The Complete Atlantic Sailing Crew Guide – Catch a Ride & Make a Difference for a Healthier Ocean -> www.oceannomad.co

Now available for download & pre-order!
Learn more about the beautiful platform for change S/V Grace -> www.oceanconservation.org.uk

Indicate your attendance here

Hope to see you in Lanzarote!
Find here the official press release

>> Interested in being a sponsor of this event and to get noticed in the online and offline promotional efforts? Learn more and Contact ahoy@oceannomad.co <<<