Expedition Horizon 2020

Transatlantic expedition- Sailing the plastic soup

Twister x BTOWU

In 2020, By the Ocean we Unite sets sail for our first ocean crossing expedition. We are invited to join Tall ship Twister on their Expedition Horizon: a sailing adventure with an in-depth sustainability program. Learn to sail, and assist in our microplastic research project. Participate in workshops and lectures on marine life. Help us spread our vision: a world with healthy oceans and (marine) life, where no plastic ends up in nature anymore. As a result, this journey will give you all the tools needed to become an ocean ambassador.

Program and route

By the Ocean we Unite will join Expedition Horizon 2: the ocean crossing trip from the Caribbean back to the European mainland. Underway, there is more than enough time to upgrade your sailing skills, take plenty of microplastic samples, and participate in beach clean-ups. You will expand your knowledge on the wonders and challenges of our oceans. In additon, we will visit local nature conservation initiatives. Tall ship Twister stops at 3 different ports where participants can embark and disembark. 

Sailing the Caribbean Sea

Leg 2.1 departs on the 18th of March 2020 from Tortula (Britsh Virgin Islands). We will explore the islands of the Caribbean Sea including the marine life of coral reef, mangroves and seagrass ecosystems. The exact route is unknown, all depending on the winds. Final Carribean destination is the port of Hamilton, the capital city of Bermuda.

Crossing the Atlantic ocean

Leg 2.2 departs on the 28th of March 2020 from Hamilton (Bermuda). We will set sail towards the Azores. During this ocean crossing adventure, By the Ocean we Unite first-ever Atlantic ocean microplastic samples will be taken. After 15 sailing days, it is time to stretch the sea legs in the port of Horta.

Exploring the European coastline

Leg 2.3 departs on the 14th of April 2020 from Horta (Azores). During the final leg , we will sail back towards the European mainland. Participate in beach clean-ups along the coast of Spain, France Belgium and the Netherlands. Arrival in Hamburg is on the 30th of April.

Join us on the full 45-days journey or design your own trip.

Want to join this trip? Contact Fabiènne Doveren

E-mail: fabienne@bytheoceanweunite.org

Phone: + 31 6 10627796


Find out more about our (micro) plastic research project

Follow the adventures of Twister and Ocean Mission on Expedition Horizon 1

Practical information

The Ship: Twister

With her graceful design and sailing lines, Twister is a fast, reliable ship and is truly comfortable under full sail. Originally built with a wooden hull in 1902, her purpose was to transport fish between fishing boats and the harbour. Nowadays, she is refitted with a steel hull and transformed into a luxury passenger vessel. The two-masted schooner with a modern rigging system is built to perform excellently both on the Atlantic ocean or around the Caribbean.

Meet the crew

  • Mr. Captain
    Mr. Captain Skipper


  • Marloes Aafjes
    Marloes Aafjes Mate


  • Mr. Chef
    Mr. Chef Cook


  • Belén García Ovide
    Belén García Ovide Marine Biologist

    Ocean Missions

  • Fabiènne Doveren
    Fabiènne Doveren Marine Biologist

    By the Ocean we Unite

Partners for this expedition