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Unread post by zeyang » June 15th, 2015, 5:48 pm

May/June 2015

Ahoy Sea Gypsies!

It has been a busy May and start of June on the farm.

Biggest news first: The red sails have arrived! You'll see them in the
picture below. They look fantastic and it's a great help to see them all
laid out so that we can imagine ourselves on the high seas (instead of on
high grass as they are now).

We are also happy to report that we managed to get the engine on board! At
the moment we are in the process of getting it *into* the boat and all
hooked up.

More news:

– We had a bit of an unexpected delay late last month as we had to refit
the diesel tanks, but they are all good now and it's full steam (or should
we say 'sails'?) ahead for Oslo this September we hope.

– We also had a close shave with our welding machine. Our last one appeared
to give up the ghost, until an emergency transplant (from another dead
welding machine) got it up and running again. Our skipper's vision of
heaven is a world with nothing but brand new welding machines that never
break down.

– Life on the farm continues apace. Since we last wrote to you, the
Norwegian countryside has exploded into summer. The snow is finally gone
and everything is green and dappled with wildflowers. The bees are very
happy. Our baby chickens are babies no longer. They are big and bold and
getting braver by the day. Every morning they expand their wanderings a
little further and yesterday we spotted one looking curiously at the big
aluminum monster in the boat-shed. We'll make boat-builders of them yet.

– There is drama in the hen-house. Our two roosters, who have been at peace
for over a year, have just declared war on each other.

– The volunteers are keeping very busy in the sunshine. At the moment we
have an Irish woman, an English woman, a Belgian man, a Welshman and a
Swede in residence on the farm. A full crew at the moment - but we still
have some space for July and August so get in touch if you've a free month
and you'd like to help out.

– It doesn't get dark until at least midnight now, and even then it's just
for a few short hours. More light to build boats in :)

Thank you for your suggestions for sailing movies and boat names. We have
them all lined up on our summer schedule. In the meantime we've watched
Mutiny on the Bounty (the one with Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson) and
Troll Hunter (not a sailing movie, but a Norwegian one, so it's been
approved on that basis by the captain).

Happy almost mid-summer from Sailing the Farm!

a: happy gang of boatbuilders.
b: sails are ready.
c: welding lady
d: playing guitar in pyjamas.
e: the girls dragging the engine onboard.

a : ... 1434388520
b: ... 1434388512
c: ... 1434388533
d: ... 1434388545
e: ... 1434388552

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Re: sailing the farm collective - wanna join?

Unread post by zeyang » August 2nd, 2015, 8:46 am

Newsletter late July 2015

Dear all

The bees are busy and so are we. We're hoping to move the boat to the
water this year so it's all go, go, go our boat-building farm these
days. The engine has made it to its final resting place!
Hallelujah. Hopefully we won't have to use it all that much, but its
installation marks a big step in the project.

The rudder is taking shape and looking fantastic thanks to our Welsh
volunteer, Our Hong Kong volunteer has returned for another
boat-building stint, this time with her Swedish boyfriend in tow – a
chef by profession so as well as contributing to the boat-building,
he's been keeping us well-fed with delicious lunches on the porch.

The farm itself has been neglected a little this summer in favour of
the great big aluminum monster in the boat-shed, but we have been
enjoying lots of nettle-based dishes (it helps to have a professional
chef around!).

The volunteers took a well-deserved break from boat-building last
month and went on a road-trip to Galdhopiggen, the highest peak in
Scandinavia. The sun shone for the entire trip (and pretty much hasn't
been seen since) and left some of the fairer-skinned crew completely
sunburned. Highlights included an ice cave, a moose sighting and
unbelievable sunsets across the huge Norwegian sky.

Now that the sea is in our sights, we've started hand-painting guest
flags on the evenings and weekends.

Our latest favourite sailing movie is the questionable masterpiece
that is Waterworld. It's given us lots of ideas for modifications for
our boat.

We've named the boat! Thank you all for your suggestions. After a lot
of thought we decided to go for Sailing the Farm. It sounds a little
bonkers to native English speakers, but that's kind of why we love it!
We've cut out the letters in aluminium and they are due to be welded
in very soon.

We are still on the hunt for volunteers - particularly those with
sailing experience - and especially those who've worked on gaff rigs

Exciting times, and even more exciting times to come. Thank you all
for your support, it's been a long time coming, but the end is in

Pictures of the month.

- Making letters for the boat.
- chinese weekend visit. checking the boat project.
- Welding lady making more boxes for the deck. Need endless amount of storage.
- Guest flag production. This is the welsh one.
- Rudder is getting installed. ... 1438503826 ... 1438503835 ... 1438503843 ... 1438503850 ... 1438503858

Love from Sailing the Farm
- A seagypsy tribe of

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Re: sailing the farm collective - wanna join?

Unread post by zeyang » October 10th, 2015, 7:09 am

Sailing the Farm late september 2015

Hi everyone!

Another productive month and our boat hopefully soon to be in water.

Farm news:

The bee-seeason is finished for this year, each hive have got around
20 kg, so now they are ready to have their well-deserved winter
holiday for next 7 months. The potatoes is still in the soil, but we
will harvest them pretty soon.

Boat News.

Still some days delays with the shipment of the boat to Oslo.
The engine is ready to start soon. we just need a little work with the
dry exhaust. Else it looks really good.

All welding work outside the hull is finished. We will paint the
underwater part of the boat with expoxy primer this week. Then start
to tear down the boatshed. Soon our metal-lady will see the sun for
the first time.

We still look for potential crew for the first leg of sailing,
especially if you have good knowledge of gaff-rig adjustment and
sailing, we would love to hear from you. Also look for some last
minute volunters to help clean up the farm for the winter. Please
contact us if you have some spare time in october.

Pictures of the month:

a: Flagmaking lady working on even more guestflags. Still a little
work until we have them all.
b: engine is in and wired up. Just need some work on the exhaust part
before its ready to push us up Amazon river and beyond.
c: welding lady at work.
d: making wooden box for binocular.
e: welding up the locking mechanism of the main-hatch ... 1443888308 ... 1443888317 ... 1443888325 ... 1443888334 ... 1443888343

Love from Sailing the farm

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Re: sailing the farm collective - wanna join?

Unread post by zeyang » November 6th, 2015, 5:35 pm

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Unread post by zeyang » August 20th, 2016, 8:15 pm

Sailing the farm is under way. from Norway to Scotland, UK and beyond. Want to join? contact
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Unread post by UG » August 22nd, 2016, 5:25 pm

neat! :cool2011

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Re: sailing the farm collective - wanna join?

Unread post by I AM ALL I AM » August 28th, 2016, 12:24 pm

G'day Zeyang.

Thank you for continuing to post updates. While I haven't always responded, I have followed your journey with keen interest and appreciate what you have all achieved as an example of what can be achieved when we come together to create a positive experience.


Let me know when you get to Australia and I will cook you all a feast as a celebration of your achievement ... and share a joint or three.



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Re: sailing the farm collective - wanna join?

Unread post by zeyang » September 9th, 2016, 6:56 pm

Newsletter Sailing the Farm september.

Dear All

Short update.

We plan to leave for Inverness in Scotland soon. After our journey to
Denmark and back the list of to-do stuff on the boat is getting
smaller by day.

Its still space on board along coast of Europe, across to South
America and onwards if you want to join us! Just send an email to to get our application form. Everyone including
your chickes, cats, kids and seadogs are welcome to join!

Things on todo last couple of weeks.

- The deck was way too slippery. We mixed in sandblasting sand and
sticky paint. It looks good sofar. hopefully it will stop us from
sliding off the boat.

- Our rope chewing rig has been tamed. She was eating ropes like
spaghetti. The journey to Inverness will tell if her meny still
contains tasty poly-ropes.

- Paddle for Monitor Windwave broke straight off. Can be found on 400
meters deep in Kattegat. New one has been ordered. will be replaced
in UK or further south.

- Electronic charts have been installed. it will be two separate

system: one with Navionics on tablets (with a spare tablet hiding in
the pressure cooker) + open CPN. Then we have a few thousand paper
charts if everything else fails.

- AIS transponder is onboard: You can follow "SAILING THE FARM" on or similar places which receive AIS signals and post
them on internet. Far offshore we are using HAM-radio to transmit
position. (different link will be posted later when have been testing
this) (I think it will be this: ... ports.aspx…)

- For those shortwave radio heads out there: We are transmitting for
the first time!! We can now communicate far offshore. Plan is to have
a regular radio schedule with our friends and family back on land. You
can tune and listen or talk to us soon. We will keep you updated which
trasmitting frequency we are sending on. (system is Yaesu FT-897 with
FC-40 tuner, 6 meter fishing pole on the aft rail and
winlink/rms-express for receiving weatherfax/grib-files and
sending/receiving email). We are really grateful for help from the
local HAM-radio club in Kristiansand, Norway. This stuff is pretty
complictated - but fun.

Wish us fair winds and following seas.

love from Sailing the Farm
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Re: sailing the farm collective - wanna join?

Unread post by zeyang » January 2nd, 2017, 9:05 am

Newsletter January 2017

Dear all,

As we enter 2017 sailing the farm wants to wish all our friends a
sincerely happy new year.

2016 was a big change for our project- it was the year of sailing, not
just boatbuilding and farming.

Sofar we have sailed more than 2000 nautical miles from Oslo to the
Canary Islands.

been more than 30 pepole onboard in 2016. Hailed from all over the
world. It has been a joy to sail with all of you and we hope to see
some of you salty crew back for more fun and seasickness in 2017 :-)

We are slowly starting to know this metal lady and she seems more
happy in stronger winds. Her fastest speed is 8.7 knots. She hates
headwind and doesent like tacking very much. (as matter of fact she
tacks like a pregnant whale on a bad day) floats like a duck in big
waves and feel extremely safe in rough weather.

For 2017 we hope to continue explore our fantastic planet, share and
learn new skills and also get scuba diving and compressor onboad to
explore our underwater world.

Our next big leg will be from Canary to South America or West Indies
then onwards into pacific. If you want to join please send us an
email. We always look for nice people staying long term onboard to run
the project forward.

And again, we wish you all fair winds and happy 2017.

love from
Sailing the Farm
A seagypsy tribe of tomorrow
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