How to spread joy? Ship O’hoi!

Four young women from Oslo are on a mission to bring enthusiasm and joy to our society, through their strong passion for sailing. How? Bringing over 100 children to sea last year, they are now aiming to triple this amount in 2017.

Vindskift means “wind shift” in English, and the idea is to create a positive shift for kids, but also a positive shift for sailors who want to contribute to society. We sat down with the passionate co-founder Susanne to discuss sailing, inequality, saving-habits and dreams.


Name: Susanne Wexelssue wexels
Age: 27
Occupation: Co-founder of Vindskift and Sales Manager at Foodora
Location: Oslo
Fun fact about yourself: I can boil a perfect egg only with my gut feeling


Hei Susanne and Vindskift! Thank you so much for taking a minute to chat with us at Spiff. How are you today?

Hello Spiff ! I am so happy and honored that you want to talk to me and the rest of Vindskift. After a busy and fun day at work, I got picked up by the rest of the Vindskift – girls at work. We had our weekly Vindskift meeting, and Ida had prepared a delicious vegan dish for dinner. She cooks the best indian food! After dinner we, continued our planning of season 2017. The sailing season starts in may, but we need to start our planning early, in order to reach our exciting and ambitious goals for 2017!

Great job! Do you mind telling us a little bit about your life and how you discovered sailing?

My dad is an active sailor, so you can say I have been in a sailboat since I was a baby. However, I started sailing actively when I was 8 with four of my best girlfriends. We started on a new beginners course in a boat called Optimist. I remember I was focusing more on  having fun, swimming and eating waffles with my friends than the sailing part. I ended up sailing actively until I was 15. I have also worked as a sailing instructor for more than 11 years ! What I love about sailing is the adventures you get to experience while being on the sea, and all the fun you have together. I feel very fortunate having been exposed to the sport since childhood. Sailing and being close to the water has always been the best way to forget about time, release stress and focus on the environment and people around me.


Any challenges while working on this project?

You learn from challenges! We are depending on people volunteering with their private boats, time and commitment. We are also dependent on good communication and collaborations with the organisations we work with, so we get as many kids as possible out sailing. We have learned a lot already, and to be better prepared for 2017. We all work full-time in addition to Vindskift, so we need to be realistic about time and our goals.

Better tools for saving money and increased awareness and knowledge about the topic would in my opinion help reduce the inequality we experience today. If everyone could easily save and plan for the future in a fun, engaging and safe way, I think this would create a healthy shift toward increased knowledge about the subject in all parts of our society.