Sailing Expeditions

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Sailing expeditions

Did you know that The United Nations has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development?

Adventurous and unique sailing expeditions into the heart of nature! Together with filmmakers, scientists and impactmakers from around the globe we conduct scientific research, increase global awareness and activate people, organizations and governments to work on solutions for our global plastic problem.

Looking for a once-in-a-lifetime journey? Checkout our upcoming expeditions below!

”My invitation to you: join these guys on one of their expeditions, it’s an awesome experience!” – Anoûl Hendriks, DJ @ Radio 3FM

pictures by Huub Veeneman, Estrella Brand & Nanne van Hoytema



Expedition Southern England & Channel Islands 2017

Sail with us from the Rotterdam (the Netherlands) to the South of England, the Channel Islands and back to Rotterdam to contribute to cleaner oceans!

July 31 – August 15, 2017

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In the past

Expedition Scotland 2017

Monday May 15, 2017,  we set sail for Scotland, on the second By the Ocean we Unite sailing expedition for cleaner oceans. Together with filmmakers, scientists and impactmakers from around the globe we conducted scientific research, increased global awareness and activated people and organizations to work on solutions for our global plastic problem.


Visit the webpage for all details on our scientific research, pictures, videos, collaborations, press publications and all you want to know about the expedition.

Expedition Up to Norway 2016

Monday August 22nd, 2016, we set sail for Norway, on the very first By the Ocean we Unite sailing expedition for cleaner oceans.

Sunday March 5th 2017 the premiere of the short doc of the expedition took place in Pathé Tuschinski in Amsterdam. Check our website and Facebook regularly for dates and locations for upcoming screenings in theaters near you and find out why it is so important that we unite to tackle the massive and global problem of plastic pollution. Watch the trailer below!

The ship

Sailing ship ”Fantastiko” (see picture above) is a beautiful 26-meter long two-master ketch. It is perfectly suited for sea sailing expeditions!

The vessel was built at a specialized shipyard, Chinook in Haarlem, the Netherlands. The construction, from 2002 till 2012, was carried out as a Youth Care project of the province of North-Holland. Two hundred youngsters build the ship together with dozens of experts. The Fantastiko received a Register Holland quality label. The fully equipped ship offers room for 16 persons.

After the construction was completed captain Huub Veeneman, who had recently quit his job to become a full-time sailor, bought the ship and called it ”Fantastiko”. When the ship is not at open sea it is used as a floating hotel in the center of Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Huub was looking for sustainability projects to contribute to when he met Thomas, our founder; from there the ball started rolling.

Captain Huub Veeneman: ”I want as many people as possible to enjoy the endless possibilities of this ship. My mission is for people to be able to fully relax and enjoy when we’re out on the water. Maybe they can even discover new sides of themselves. It gives so much energy and inspiration to for example be sailing at open sea in the middle of the night and watch the stars while drinking a cup of coffee, or watch a dolphin that suddenly swims along with the ship.”

By the Ocean we Unite charters sea sailing ship ”Fantastiko” including professional crew for every expedition. Click here more information on floating hotel Fantastiko.