zeyang lin

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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 spring 2012) 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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Recent posts by zeyang lin

merry christmas and a happy new 2019. If you want to come sail with us, please send us an email on zeyang00(at)gmail.com
1 year ago
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.

Sailing The Farm
A Seagypsy Tribe of Tomorrow
3 years ago
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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3 years ago
merry christmas. soon ready to cross atlantic. want to join us?
(in tenerife ready to cross to brazil or west indies.

3 years ago
Sailing the Farm is under says slowly on its way from Norway to UK. If you want to join us please send us an email zeyang@laowai.no

4 years ago
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


Love from Sailing the farm

5 years ago
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.


Love from Sailing the Farm
- A seagypsy tribe of
5 years ago
Dear old and new volunteers,

There are lots of very exciting things happening at Sailing the Farm right

We are happy to report that after many long and character-building years of
boat-building, we're well on our way to sailing later this year.

Here's an overview of what's been happening up here lately:

- Our aluminum Colin Archer sailboat is taking shape. She is starting to
look like a boat, and a good looking boat at that. She is as yet unnamed
and suggestions that we call her The Unsinkable have fallen on deaf ears
(to the disappointment of our Irish volunteer). Any and all naming
suggestions welcome!

- We have begun to machine sheaves for the boat. Our red sails arrive soon
so it's all go, go, go in the workshop these days.

- The heads is progressing quickly and soon it will be possible to take a
shower on board. Our Belgian volunteer has fashioned fancy toothbrush
holders for all future sea gypsies.

- Last week we cut open a section of the boat shed so that we can move the
engine on board. This will be a huge milestone for the project.

- In April, we had our first official government visit. We are happy to
report that she passed with flying colours.

- Our volunteers have started watching movies on deck every Thursday night.
Their 'Movies on Board' programme is limited to sailing movies (of course).
They've watched '180 degrees south' and 'All is Lost' so far. Both come
stamped with The Sailing the Farm seal of approval. If you've any sailing
movie recommendations, please send them on to us!

- Some of our current volunteers/gluttons for punishment are training for
the Lillehammer half-marathon in June. At the moment they are getting up at
6:30 to run in the woods before tucking into a breakfast of hearty porridge
and a day of boat-building. Some even manage to fit in a spot of meditation
before breakfast.

- The snow has thawed and we have started to turn the potato field. Our
bathroom has been transformed into a temporary nursery while we wait to
start planting. Our very versatile bathroom is also home to seven chirpy
baby chickens!

Our long-serving captain's To-Do-List is diminishing every week, but
there's a lot of hard work still to do. We'd love to welcome more
volunteers (old and new) this summer. A can-do attitude and lots of
enthusiasm are the only skills we require (though more specific skills are
very welcome also). So if you are free and can commit to a month, please
get in contact with us ASAP so that we can book you in to help.

There will be a launch party in Oslo later on this year when she takes to
the water. Watch this space!

Sailing the Farm.

p.s. Now that we're almost there with this boat, we're starting to think
about the next stage of the project (we plan to find a farm base away from
the Polar winds – somewhere sunnier and closer to the sea where we can
build more boats). We are on the lookout for funding ideas and inspiration
so if you have any suggestions or experience in this area, please let us
know - no ideas too small or crazy (building a boat with volunteers is
crazy already!).


a: English girl making blocks for the boat.
b: movie night on the boat
c: irish girl silicone up inside the boat.
d: scaffold building
e: early morning mediation (hong-kong girl)
f: first crew is already onboard.

5 years ago

Newsletter March 2015. .

Dear Sea Gypsies,

First, apology for delayed newsletter. The winter has been a busy one
and it hasn't been that much time to keep up with the Newsletter, but
we must say we are superhappy to get so many postcards and hear from
all of you volunteers who have been here.....

To be Norway its been quite a mild winter, the good thing is that
heating has been running minside the boat whole winter so we have
hardly felt the cold outside - a good test to see if our heating
system inside the boat is ready to stand up for sailing in Antarctica.

The sun is starting to heat up the farm and us slowly, the last week
we really can feel the spring is coming. Our chicken is happy outside
during daytime and seems to enjoy the sun as much as we do.

Our metal working skills and diesel engine skills (mostly lack of) has
been put to a test. We are more or less been busy doing brainsurgery
on our 500 kg spare diesel engine to check how it looks inside and
learning how those are working. Those parts we think will stop working
will be brought onboard, (spare waterpumps, piston rings, gaskets etc)
It gives a good feeling to know how that machine is working and even
if we are a sailors, one day we will be happy to be pushed up the
Amazon river or other places with the help of that engine . The one
we will use seems to seems to be ok (we have been testing diesel
injectors, compressions etc on the farm) The good thing bringing such
test-equipment means we can help other volunteer-farms whith diesel
engine problems...

Rigging the boat is also on the list, since we make mostly everything
ourselves we will make our own woodblocks for the rig. Its a classical
gaff-rig with around 105 m2 sails which will be our main propulsion.
It will be quite interesting when we are doing the sea trail to see if
its well balanced.. hopefully our calculation is correct and it wont
sail upside down or backwards as someone is thinking....

If you want to join us sailing around the world or helping up on the
farm please dont hesitate to contact us. Here are some pictures from
last months pluss a nice ones from last summer/autumn which shows how
real Norway looks like. (that is the westcoast)

Lastly we wish you all a happy spring.

Love from sailing the farm
A seagypsy tribe of tomorrow.


a: The woofers hiking to troll-tunga summer 2014 (westcoast norway)
b: Our engine. (sabb 2j) There is a video of it running on youtube.
c: chickens on they way out to enjoy the spring sun.

And plenty more pictures for the last years can be found here.

5 years ago
August/September 2014

Greetings to all our fans, helpers and sea gypsies out there.

The autumn is here and with that comes harvest on sailing the farm. We
got lots of raspberries this year which is partly stored in the
freezer and partly as jam. Then some hundred jars of raspberry-honey
from the bees and in the end we harvested the potatoes, so in sum: Yes
we are partly selfsufficient, but it might be a little boring eating
baked potatoes with raspberries and honey every day during the winter.
But we are slowly getting there...

We are also getting closer with the boat project. All stuff made of
fabric is finished, electricity (both AC and DC) is installed. There
is still some more work to do on the engine before its ready to go
into the boat (basically split and rebuilt that iron beast)

Then there is some deck work left, and then the last step is tearing
down the temporary boatshed to get ship the boat down to the
sea. So still lots of work to do but its going forward.

We wish you all a happy autumn whereever you are.

Love from
Sailing the Farm
A sea gypsy tribe of tomorrow.

Pics from last weeks of work.


a. 2 volunteers hitchiking up north to look for trolls.
b: harvest honey from the bees.
c. grinder work in the galley
d mattress for the aft cabin
e. volunteers out testing the flimsy canoe.

6 years ago