Interested in self-sufficiency? Want to help build a community? Love the sea? Our collective, on an organic farm a few hours north of Oslo, is for anyone who wants to learn and work hard. We grow food, boats and ideas, so if you have a knowledge or interest in permaculture, farming, boat building, or sailing, come and help us create a home that is sustainable both on land AND out at sea!

We are building a sailboat (the first of many), with the hope that when she sets sail (hopefully 2012/2013/2014) we will visit other eco-villages around the world, collecting knowledge and travelling in the most eco-friendly way possible. Anyone who helps will have the chance to join our crew, a tribe of floating sea-gypsies! We also need help on the farm, as we build up the infrastructure to form a stable base for our community. This project is relatively new; we began in 2009 so there is still a lot to be done. We live with two dogs, the farm cat and some (very) free-range chickens. We keep bees and make jam; this year we harvested our first crop of potatoes and planted next seasons raspberries. Eventually we hope to grow all our food. We want to create a place that will flourish as our boats start sailing, a place where crops, thoughts, adventures, and of course boats, can grow!

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Wow, your project seems very interesting. How are things going now - have you set sail?

Sailing the farm.

project is soon to set sail. If you want to come sail with us around the world. please send email to zeyang@laowai.no

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Sailing the farm is leaving soon, will sail along south coast of norway, across to UK and down west coast of Scotland/wales. If you want to join please contact us. This is our maiden voyage after 8 years of building the boat.

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
zeyang00@gmail.com 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
marinetraffic.com 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:
http://services.wlw.winlink.org/maps/positionreports.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

-

We are now in Salvador Brazil on 12 degrees south after 21 days of pleasant crossing from cape verde.  

As on old sailing ship  crossing equator line Neptune came onboard to baptist the crew, thankfully she didn't use tar and feather as in old days so it was pretty easy to clean off the barber foam, then they was eligible to have a anchor tattoo with name of their loved ones. Some had problem remember their boyfriends name for a second it seems :)
Rest of journey from 0 degree to 12 degrees south was with a couple of days of calm weather until we hit the easterly wind on the south side and then straight for Salvador.
Salvador was discovered in 1501 and soon became the main trade route for Portugal and a slave trade port. I'm curious the route they sailed empty back to Africa to get more slaves. Going straight east is hard so they might go south to catch the westerly wind down there. Portugal had some 30.000 voyages shipping more than 4.5 million slaves between Africa and Brazil.

Anyway our plan is going south into colder climate again. Hopefully all way down the south American continent before we have to decide if we want to explore African side or west side of south America (if wind and weather permits) .

If you want to join please send us an email.


Love
Sailing The Farm
A Seagypsy Tribe of Tomorrow

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