I just arrived in Europe from the Caribbean from my fourth Atlantic crossing. Salty, dirty, way too tanned, a little tired but happy and accomplished.
Every day the last months has been a hell of an adventure. In the last 3 months, I’ve almost constantly been sailing. First on Zemi, a Carriacou sloop, the kind of boat I’m in love with and building. I criss-crossed the Caribbean on her, raced the Antigua Classics and West Indies Regatta, and helped to sail her down to Carriacou, Grenada, where she lives. And Alwyn, the master West Indies boat builder who’s making the model for ‘my’ sloop. About a 1000 miles added to the logbook with Zemi. Salty, simple, adventure style sailing.
The simple salty sailing life. Cooking a coconut lentil stew on the engine room of Zemi
About to set sail for the fourth Atlantic Crossing
Then, in Grenada, literally the same day I left Zemi, I hopped on a boat to sail to Europe. From Grenada, we sailed to Antigua to Bermuda to the Azores with final destination Falmouth in the UK. Another 4681 Nautical added to the log. As always, with sailing but especially with the last salty adventures, nothing went as planned. You just go with it. It is what it is. It’s called adventure.
Back on land
I’m feeling accomplished! And out of my comfort zone. I’m back on land. Now what? First of all, supergrateful to be alive and to have gained some more life profit in terms of memorable days. I love the sea life and it gives me superpowers. But a bit of land time is needed to catch up with sleep, family, friends, a shower, fix my camera, phone and computer, and to take oceanpreneurial things to the next level. It feels strange to be on land. It’s overwhelming. Land life is fast. The contrast is big. So many things to suddenly deal with. Here are a few remarkable situations that are usually normal but not when you have experienced the lack of it. I thought it would be interesting to share.
Oh men. I’ve slept 10 hours in a row for two nights now. 3 hours on 6 hours off. That’s how we did our watch system on the crossing. Easy to get used to. And definitely doable. And you don’t have to think about it. For weeks that’s it. If you have 6 hours off. We went through some rough weather, ripped some sails, and made lots of sail changes with the inconsistent weather. There’s usually some situation to be solved in those 6 hours. Not always. But we had to be prepared. Now on land, as opposed to at sea, I’ve slept and woke up naturally. The bed was still. I could lay in the middle. I can sit up after waking up without falling over. And there was silence. No water sounds around me anymore. And the clothes I took off before going to bed were still hanging and did not fell on the floor.
Fixing, repairing and celebrating repairs. “Oranje boven” sails stronger than ever. No boring day at sea!
(Can’t show a photo of my bed on board – disaster scene;))
Everything stands still. No need to: sleep in one corner of the bed; To hold my tea cup; To hold myself when walking; To put tape on the cupboards so they don’t open and the knifes will fly around the room; to brace myself when opening a cupboard; to do the dishes on an angle, with salt and 3 drops of water; to do anything on an angle. It’s magic. Walking more than 10 meters is quite a sensational experience too. And running! With shoes. Sea life is one big workout. You constantly use your muscles to balance. But movements that makes you sweat like a run are rare. So great to go for a run and sweat again!
Nothing is straight at sea
The amount of choices I suddenly ‘have’ to make. We arrived, tidied up the boat. Then what? What do we do now? We went into Falmouth for some shopping and exploring guided by our local captain. The fact that there are people everywhere is already a new experience in itself. Very kind people in Falmouth btw. We went to the pub. When in the UK you got to go to a pub. There are dozens of beers and ciders to choose from. The bartender asking many questions to determine which one I should pick. Sweet or sour? With bubble? From here or elsewhere? This price or that price? Decision fatigue instantly. Just give me a local whatever. Then we went out for dinner. Pages of options. Even for a vegan. The food choices we have these days are just insane. I went into a supermarket. Holy moly too many options imported from too many places. Nothing even talking about all the wrappers they put around it. Did you know that an average person makes about 2,800 choices in a day? A stroll through the supermarket and you’re already 100 decisions further.
Choice overwhelm. Now what?
On the ocean, it’s just what it is and we just are. Imagine you cut a number of decisions you make from 1,000 down to ten per day—like, shall I drink tea or coffee, read this book or that one, wear yesterdays socks again or the ones of the day before yesterday, wear yesterdays underwear inside out or take a bucket and do a wash, on an angle…? Sit on the front deck or in the cockpit? That’s it really. A lot of extra energy we have for being, enjoying, living and thinking! Thinking because there’s no internet on the ocean.
Deep Blue Thinking
A few miles before arrival it starts. We have a signal. Very dangerous. That last mile has the largest amount of hazards, as well as magical scenery. One of the most exciting parts of the ocean nomad life is arriving in a new country under sail! and what are we doing? Looking at our phones! I didn’t want to connect yet. But my phone was off airplane mode and did it itself. It connected to the internet! It turned crazy. A zillion notifications, emails, messages. I can’t deal with it yet. The contrast is too big. And everything can wait. I still haven’t found a good way to deal with it all. Most of the messages I receive are supercool and it’s what I’m doing it all for! People expressing how much book Ocean Nomad helped them to make the sailing dream happen. Photos from family and friends. Applications for the sailing adventure in Sicily September. All really great stuff. But between it all, there is so much noise and distraction. You know, the internet.
Instead, imagine looking up into the sky every night and seeing galaxies. It makes you feel small and on top of the world at the same time. It will make you rethink your place in the world. An ocean passage allows philosophising about life and your purpose in it. One of the main reasons I sailed the Atlantic again is to get fully disconnected. I have a monkey mind that does not stop thinking and creating ideas for positive change in the ocean. It’s easy to go off track if you don’t re-asses the situation now and then. Sailing the Atlantic is a major disconnection from society, long enough to rethink life and rewire yourself for the way forward. There is no WiFi. No media. No stress. No deadlines. No pressure. No external demands. Being offline means realising again what I value the most. It creates space in the mind. It makes me master the art of being present, which I believe is the most happiness generating skill to have. But it needs practice. On land, it takes willpower to resist the urge to connect. An ocean passage eliminates the temptation altogether. I hope I can keep the focus now back on land! I created a new rule. No social media before 13.00. Who joins me? The mornings are my mental superpower moments I want to use for creating, the few weeks per year I do have routine days;).
Focus is what I find on the ocean. Because I’m away from everything, long enough to disconnect from everything but nature and my shipmates. 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 the Atlantic, far away from civilisation, I see plastic items floating by. Human-made things that don’t belong there. Witnessing that makes us think about the impact that we are making as people. And as individuals. On every ocean crossing but especially this fourth one, I have seen a ridiculous amount of plastic floating by. Mostly bits and pieces of broken down plastic… And jellyfish. Hundreds, if not thousands, Portuguese Man of War. We’ve also had two storms. Pretty adventurous! The seasons are not as they used to be. I first hand see what impact we are making and what’s going on with the ocean. It motivates bigtime to act to turn the tide of the ocean challenges. After my first Atlantic Circle I started Oceanpreneur, now after the fourth it’s time to go big. It’s essential! The timeline is getting critially short. Here are a few ideas on what you can do as (aspiring) sailor and ocean changemaker.
Almost every day we had dolphins at the bow
Common sighting. A half broken down plastic item. Wind, sun, and salt breaks plastic down. But it never dissapears.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” — MARCEL PROUST
By being ‘out of the system’, away from depressive media headlines, advertisement on stuff we don’t need, social media feeds with ‘got talent’ videos and other people’s cool lives, noisy traffic, stinky air, is when we connect to our true self. It’s a break from the rollercoaster that’s about being busy, productive and convenient. It’s a reset. It’s time to just simply let your mind wander. When does that still happen? It’s a time to rediscover my values, to clear the head, enhance creativity and the most brilliant ideas come up! It’s experiences like seeing a bottle in the middle of nowhere that makes us pause and think. It’s a lot of thinking about life, and why I’m doing what I’m doing. With all the space created in the head, I feel accomplished and ready to take over the world! First project: the #PlasticFreeNomad campaign. Join in!
Arrived happy & salty crew Welcomed by Eleanor from SaltyJobs.Co
“The future is in the hands of those who explore . . . and from all the beauty they discover while crossing perpetually receding frontiers, they develop for nature and for humankind an infinite love.” — JACQUES YVES COUSTEAU
What really matters and what I miss on the long term adventures are family and friends. So the focus for now is spending time with them. I just surprised my parents. Dad called me and instead of picking up the phone I opened the door. That was cool. Another memorable day!
I’m taking a break from the adventures now. At least a week ;). It’s important to process the magic, the ideas, and to pave the path ahead. A bit of landlife is needed. I’m writing two more books, planning a crowdfunding for the blue Carriacou Sloop, and I’d like to put more blogs out to help you connect to the ocean, experience the magic and encourage and inform for ocean action.
I got to go know. I’m going to visit some locals farmers with mum. Curious to see and smell what’s again in season in Holland at this time of year. The smells! That’s another thing that keeps amazing me. After weeks of only pure ocean air (! Did you know that most oxygen we breathe comes from the ocean?), the new gold!, I noticed every single fragrance x 10. The smell of summer, and the smell of traffic. Land life. Let’s see how long I’ll last before jumping on the next boat.
Xxx from the land
“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination and brings eternal joy to the soul”
— Robert Wyland
Curious to read more? I wrote a book about the Atlantic Ocean adventures. A combination of stories and ‘How- to’ sail across the Atlantic as crew and make a difference too.
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Time to make TV!
I’m super excited to show you the trailer of Ocean Nomad TV!
Here you go:
Now the book is finished I move on to the next project: making videos on the sailing adventures, ocean discoveries and journey to building a boat! How it all will unfold is still a little bit of a mystery so let’s document this journey!
All with the goal to connect more people to the ocean, get you excited about ocean adventures and raise awareness for a healthier ocean.
The first episode will go public on my birthday coming Saturday (If you can’t wait and/or like to encourage this venture, you can are a true HERO and you can already watch it HERE!
Or just stay curious a little longer;), and subscribe to the Youtube channel, to receive the notification when we’re live!
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We are now 16 days at sea. Six salty sailors and I are navigating our way from Spain to the Americas on a small sailing sloop.
The lack of wind brings opportunity. After weeks of staring at the big blue we’re going to feel its magic from a different perspective. We put a line out for safety – I step over the railing and jump.
I splash into the 4,000-metre-deep water of the Atlantic Ocean, hundreds of miles from the nearest shore. The feeling of refreshment and freedom is indescribable. With limited water and space, I have not showered or moved much these past weeks. I feel alive, small and on top of the world at the same time. The water is like tea: so warm. What is beneath me? I put on my mask and dive under. There is nothing to see except the butts of my fellow crew and the colour of deep ocean, blue with beams of light shining through.
Driven by my deep sense of curiosity I sail the ocean, freedive into the deep, kite surf the surface, and explore distant shores. My discoveries on, in and underneath the water have taught me about the challenges it is facing.
Virgin Unite, Ocean Unite, Ocean Nomad
Image from Ocean Unite
I’ve sailed the seas in every continent except Antarctica. I have walked on remote beaches on islands hundreds of miles from mainland. I have put on my freedive mermaid fins and explored the bottom of the sea wherever I got the chance. I’ve explored below the surface in Tonga, in the middle of the South Pacific, in the Galapagos, the Mediterranean, South East Asia, East Africa, Australia, and the Caribbean. And everywhere I am confronted by the same man-made problem afflicting the ocean.
In the middle of the Atlantic, far away from civilization, I’ve seen it drifting. Plastic bags, bottles, straws. Once a fellow crew member thought he caught a fish, but it was a plastic bag. Every water sample that I have taken, every 200 miles, contained tiny pieces of plastic, invisible to the naked eye.
I have watched fish eating plastic pieces, mistaking them for food. I’ve been dancing with manta rays in a plastic soup, watching them funnel in wrappers instead of plankton, while I unwrap the bags from my fins.
Occasionally I don’t know where to resurface after a free-dive because above me I see nothing but trash. I’ve met local fishermen, from Tonga to Turkey to Tobago, telling me the catch of the day is less than 10 per cent of what it used to be. In two out of three days exploring the Mediterranean Sea last summer, I did not see a single fish.
Ocean Nomad Life, the good and the bad by @oceanpreneur Intro
As a sailor, I am intricately connected to nature. Life at sea provides a deep and lasting respect for nature because you are directly dependent on it. But the real truth is, we are all dependent on our ocean. The ocean is the heart of the planet. It produces more than half of the oxygen we breathe, regulates our climate and is home to magnificent wildlife and the biggest creatures on earth. It gives us food, jobs, life and joy. Without it, we cannot survive. It gives us everything and yet we are taking it out of balance, as if we were the last generation on earth.
I am responsible for this. And you are too. I have ‘thrown away’ dozens of things in my life. But now I have learned, there is no ‘away.’ Every piece of plastic ever made is still out there in some form. I have been ignorant. But not anymore. My ocean explorations have taught me about the magnitude of the challenges our ocean is facing and how urgently we need to fact them.
Awareness is key but action is mandatory. We are all responsible for depleting life in the ocean and together we have a responsibility to bring it back to life. We owe it to future generations. But what can we do?
Virgin Unite, Ocean Unite, Ocean Nomad
Image from Ocean Unite
Adventure has brought me awareness. That’s where it starts. From experience comes awareness. From that, comes caring. From caring comes action and leadership. We can only do good if we know what the problem is in the first place. We are so used to doing things the way we do, that we don’t think about their effect. What impact are you having, right now? Calculate your carbon footprint. Calculate roughly how many toothbrushes, and shampoo bottles you have used in your life! Now think about how you can recycle, re-use, repair and make it circular.
Educate yourself. Ask questions. Be curious. Choose wisely. Our greatest and most exciting individual power is the power of choice. To a large extent we can choose what to eat, drink, wear, believe, say, do, create, and buy. Each choice comes with consequences, good or bad. Do your best with whatever choice you make to make it a good one for you and the ocean. Your choices help you plot new routes.
Virgin Unite, Ocean Unite, Ocean Nomad
Image from Ocean Unite
Explore, learn and gain new perspectives. Set out on ocean adventures that may be for a greater purpose. Go for a sail, jump in the sea, walk the shore, learn how to dive. Adventure can spark new insights and give you a new set of eyes. It makes us more conscious as consumers. It resets us. It makes us stronger, more confident, resilient. Maybe it makes you a leader. Maybe an ocean leader. You can shape culture, disrupt business and stimulate change. Above all, by making it fun you’ll have the energy to keep going!
Governments and companies respond to the choices and activities of the public. By plotting your course for positive change you can shape what will be on the agenda tomorrow. We’re all in the same boat so we need your hands on deck! I must climb back on board again. The winds of change are picking up. Yes let’s rock this boat! But let’s rock this boat together as a global ocean family. – This is a guest blog and may not represent the views of Virgin.com. Please see virgin.com/terms for more details.
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Next week I’ll be present at BOOT Dusseldorf, one of world biggest boat/watersport shows. I hope to meet many (aspiring) sailors, ocean change-makers, wooden boat lovers and boatbuilders.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, I’ll be on stage talking about the ocean discoveries – good and bad, sailing the Atlantic Ocean as crew, and book Ocean Nomad. Come and listen and say hi! I would love to meet you before and after. New colour copies of Ocean Nomad arrived. I’ll bring a couple to the show (or grab one here)
Tuesday 16.30 – 17.00 (Sailing Stage) Interview about Ocean Nomad Life – the good, the bad & the ugly
Tuesday 17.30 (Love Your Ocean Stage) From Ocean Adventurer to Change-Maker
Wednesday 13.45 (Sailing Stage) Preparing for Sailing the Atlantic Ocean as Crew
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Catch a Sailboat Ride Across the Ocean & Contribute to a Healthier Ocean
Press Release Ocean Nomad
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 her 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
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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.
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 https://www.theoceanpreneur.com/books
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!
Earlier this year I fell in love. In love with those wooden boats, I encountered on the beach in Carriacou, Grenada. I was determined to go to Windward Carriacou, where the boats are being built, after seeing this movie Vanishing Sails at the Grenada Sailing Week. So I went. I ended up staying two months. Later, I was lucky enough to sail up one of the beauties for the West Indies Regatta in St. Barts where Carriacou sloops are united for a weekend of fun, adventure, and replicating the trading past. Pure Bliss. Vanishing Sail is a story that needs to be shared with the world to make sure these boats with souls won’t vanish. To keep traditional alive. And dreams alive. My dream is to build one. From pure enthusiasm, I’m hosting a film screening in Lanzarote. Come and watch and get excited about the sloops, Carriacou, and the Caribbean. They can all use a little encouragement.
Vanishing Sail, award-winning Caribbean feature Doc in Puerto Calero – Lanzarote!
Vanishing Sail has been making waves all over the world at film festivals and special event screenings and now West Indies Boatbuilding Culture comes to Lanzarote when the Puerto Calero Auditorium will resonate with the sound of caulking mallets on a wooden hull taking shape on a beach in Carriacou, the Land of Reefs!
“If this thing gone from here, everything gone you know…”Alwyn Enoe
On the island of Carriacou in the West Indies, the last wooden sailboat builder dreams of saving a great tradition passed down the generations from Scottish settlers that sailed there centuries ago. The film follows Alwyn’s journey over three years, from hauling trees with his sons, to a final traditional launching ceremony. Stories of the old Caribbean – trading by sail and smuggling contraband interweave a tribute to the independent spirit of a small island community.
“A fascinating story of personal perseverance, ribald tales of smuggling at sea and the completion of the beautiful wooden sloop in a race against time to enter the thrilling Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta.”Wooden Boat
“An insightful and poignant documentary that is part social history and part Herzogian portrait of resilience and determination in a far-flung locale.”Indiewire
“A haunting, captivating story that will pull heart-strings and etch in the mind of every viewer.” Classic Boat
Vanishing Sail is currently available for screening at Special Events, Film Festivals, Boatbuilding Academies, Maritime Heritage Institutions, Yacht Clubs, Fundraisers, Coastal & Caribbean Communities worldwide.
Screening time:Saturday, October 28, 2017 19:00 PM – 20:30 PM
The last week I had the privilege to be present at the Our Ocean Youth & Our Ocean conference in Malta. An important gathering by and for the world! Here high-level leaders came together to emphasize on the urgency of improving the health of our ocean. And to make commitments on what each one is going to do to really turn the tide! How was it?
A life-changing experience!
Not only for me, but for everyone living on this planet today! Really amazing to see such a big presence from presidents, ministers, EU, UN, ocean leaders and organisations from all over the world for the common goal of saving the ocean. Countries from all over the world have made big pledges to take the protection of the ocean to the highest level! 700 concrete, measurable and tracked commitments have been made! Since we’re ALL dependent on the ocean! And we have NO time to lose!
Read all the commitments
here. There’s still hope. We must save what’s left!
Powerful quotes, statements and food for thought from the summit:
“We know now what we could not know as a kid. We’re 8 million minds together! Our collective knowdlegde gathering capacity is a gift. We need to get better at caring and respecting. We really are sea creatures, without the ocean we cannot exist. Our life support system is grounded in the ocean. You may never touch the ocean, but the ocean touches you. We must be mindful of all actions you take. We have the power! We need to get better at caring and respecting. And we own it to the ocean. Don’t ever think it’s too late, until it’s too later.” Sylvia A. Earle of Mission Blue
“Paris & SDG 14 are critical in the survival of our species. We got to spread the word. And make ideas come to live!” – Peter Thomson. UN secretary General’s special Envoy for the Ocean.
“Our main challenge is awareness for collective change. We have to make it exciting and enticing to change behaviour.” – Frans Timmermans
Dr. Nathan Walworth from Covalence Life presented a powerful talk about the importance of the Circular Economy. “Is Climate change our biggest issue? Or is climate change a reflection of our deeper internal and external issues?” Do your habits reflect how you feel about the world?” How can we move toward a regenerative world?” “You are the future mindful culture and lifestyle for the planet: a regenerative lifestyle.” All SOA Youth participants were challenged to pick a topic and present the following day on their circular economy solution.
Oliver Steeds – CEO of Nekton (Deepsea technology and exploration) compared the ocean challenge and solution with a mountain. “Look at the challenge as climbing a mountain. Focus on 1 thing until you reach basecamp number 1. Then move on to the next basecamp.” Step by step we can make sustainable changes and reach for the top!
James Movick from the Pacific Island Forum Fisheries Agency emphasized the importance of equity. Pacific Islanders are on the frontline feeling the effects of changes in the ocean. The islanders are highly dependent on the state of the ocean. But appetite from overseas is catching fish faster than they can rejuvenate. “Who’s equity are you looking after? How do we distribute the resource ecosystem? And how can we build equity felt by those on the ground?” As individuals, question where you fish is coming from. Is it legal?
Brett Jenks – CEO of Rare. “Everything what’s wrong with the world gives us the opportunity to change it, “There are so many reasons to celebrate. Given the evidence, we’re in a good place. But we have work to do!” Understanding how the minds works, is what’s going to change it.”
John Frank – Vice President EU Government affairs of Microsoft, mentioned that true fact that Ocean problems don’t happen in the ocean! He said the future is not inevitable. But each one of is is capable to bring something to the table. “Don’t just accept the future, go shape it,” – John Frank. Powerful!
A few takeaways from the Our Ocean conference 2017 in Malta:
Climate Change is #1 on the agenda! Marine litter climbed high up the ladder for urgency! We must turn the plastic tide: government, business, and individuals!
Major announcements for new Marine Protected Areas all over the world! (Currently, only 3.1% of the ocean are protected!)
More than six billion euros committed by public and private actors!
Sustainable Ocean Alliance announced the SOA Youth Ocean Solutions accelerator! A place for the youngsters to make the innovative ocean ideas happen
Keywords! Blue and circular economy, innovation, and urgency!
Acknowledgement of the importance of having more young ocean leaders.
It has been so empowering to be amongst others dedicating their lives to saving the ocean. Meet up, team up and taking action! We can’t settle for little improvements. Big changes must be made urgently so the next generations in every layer of our ecosystem can thrive too! We can do this! No one can do this alone, but ALL together we can!
I also really like to emphasize we really have NO time to lose! We don’t see it because we don’t live below the surface (at least most of us humans ;)). But we are all dependent on the ocean! For food, oxygen, jobs, health and happiness. The forests of the seas are dying, the ocean is becoming acid and species are getting lost. Ok. On to the good news -> there is still hope! But we must ALL take collective action. NOW!
What can YOU do? Make conscious decisions in every choice you’re making! What’s the best you can choose? Educate yourself. Ask questions. Be curious! Are you a sailor? Provision carefully. Are you a traveller? Pack with purpose. And explore the ocean! So you experience it’s magic! And it’s current state… Like, share and support the work of young ocean leaders which will help tremendously to keep us all going! Apply for the next Our Ocean conference in Bali!
Thanks everyone but especially all you youngsters (100 attendees from 50 different countries!) for showing up, sharing your energy for our common goal to protect the ocean. A massive shout out to Daniela & team of the Sustainable Oceans Alliance (SOA Youth) for enabling the younger ocean change makers to attend this event! And to all the new #ourocean friends I’ve made! Here’s a video compiled by SOA Youth and the 100 young ocean leaders taking action for the ocean and why.
Connect people to the ocean! When people can experience the ocean, they will love, understand, care, and act! I aim to help a lot in the awareness and education department by campaigning on social media, blogging, through the book I just wrote, with Ocean Nomad TV, , the build of a green Carriacou sailing sloop, and more ocean experiences in which you can take part! Stay tuned on this blog.
I just made the ocean adventure travel guide: OCEAN NOMAD available! I wrote this book with the aim to help more people experience the ocean. From experience comes awareness and excitement. From that, comes caring. Ocean Nomad helps others go on sailing adventures and also includes 60 pages of what’s actually happening to the oceans and what you can do as an individual.
I, and Anna (Oceanographer from Seattle), Daniel (Peruvean Ambassador for the Ocean), Andy – Makes artificial reef structures (Reef Life Restoration) & Olivia – campaigns against the plastic pollution with One Less Straw) All passionate young ocean change makers!
Help raise awareness about this conference, the ocean, and the youth leaders by giving it a like or share. Thanks! If you like to receive updates on ocean adventure travel & conservation splashes, sign up for my once in a while Ocean Splash.
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No boat? No budget? No sailing experience? No problem! Now there’s a guide explaining 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, the 400 pages ocean travel guide, Ocean Nomad, persuades and informs the adventure traveller to go 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. After reading the book excuses will be thrown overboard for good and action modus is on.
27th and 28th of October book Ocean Nomad will be launched on the classic wooden Sailing Vessel Grace in Arrecife & Puerto Calero, Lanzarote, Canary Islands. The book launch event aka pontoon party will be a gathering of (aspiring) sailors, travellers, adventurers, ocean savers and the curious. The 28th of October S/V Grace will sail south to Puerto Calero for the Ocean Film Festival where a screening will be hosted of the Caribbean shot movie Vanishing Sail, to not only help revive the traditional wooden boat building, but also tourism in the Caribbean, that needs encouragement more than ever.
First in the Ocean Nomad ocean adventure travel guide series, the Atlantic Ocean edition, inspires to get out there, explore and discover the ocean while making a positive difference. “This ambitious guide book is the spark that will ignite your sense of adventure and provoke your compassion to create a better world,” says Monique Mills Captain & Ocean Advocate. Ocean Nomad encourages an alternative and nature-minded way of adventure travel. The Caribbean edition is yet in the making.
Called the “doyenne of sailboat hitchhikers!” by captain Lyon, Suzanne emphasizes that traversing an ocean by sea 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. In addition to practical tips, information and stories, Ocean Nomad includes +75 actionable takeaways on how sailors can make a positive difference for the ocean. “As ocean nomads, 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.
Join the book launch pontoon party: 27th and 28th of October in Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain.
About the Author
Suzanne van der Veeken is an adventure-loving, curiousity seeking ocean adventurer and advocate. For over ten years, she has been slow travelling around the world, of which last four years, mostly under sail, while living a minimalistic nomad lifestyle as a location independent entrepreneur.
Suzanne hitched her first ride across the Atlantic as a complete newbie to the world of sailing. She has now sailed across the Atlantic three times on a strangers’ sailboat. In fact, she has explored almost every ocean on the planet with this alternative way of travel. She has figured out how (and how not) to catch rides on other people’s boats. Her ocean adventures have amazed her to the beauty of nature, but also the challenges the oceans are facing. With Ocean Nomad Suzanne aims to help adventure-seekers experience the magic of the high seas, to broaden horizons, and encourage positive change for the ocean.”When people have felt that connection to the ocean, they’ll be more triggered to care and act,” she says. As the ‘Oceanpreneur,’ she creates ocean adventure travel content, trips, and expeditions to excite and inform others about ocean travel and conservation.
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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 :
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
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.
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.
Signing sessions in between the happenings and all your ‘how to catch a ride & make a difference ‘ questions answered!