Njord's Adventures

10 December 2017 | Beach at Marina di Ragusa
10 December 2017 | Porto Touristico, Marina di Ragusa
27 November 2017 | Porto Touristico Marina di Ragusa
04 November 2017 | Porto Touristio, Marina di Ragusa
04 November 2017 | Halloween evening - MdR
04 November 2017 | Porto di Ragusa
04 November 2017 | Ragusa Ibla
22 October 2017 | Punta Secca
21 October 2017 | Marina di Ragusa
14 October 2017 | Ragusa di Marina
08 October 2017 | The River Cafe
01 October 2017 | Manhattan
01 October 2017 | Manhattan Skyline from Brooklyn
01 October 2017 | Freedom Tower (World Trade Center)
01 October 2017 | Statue of Liberty
01 October 2017 | Times Square
01 October 2017 | River Cafe
15 September 2017 | Porto Touristico, Marina di Ragusa
10 September 2017 | Capo Spadaro
10 September 2017 | Porto Palo, Sicily

The beach in December in Marina di Ragusa

10 December 2017 | Beach at Marina di Ragusa
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Friday a select few (read those mad enough) do Shibashi on the beach early in the morning before the rest of the world is up.

It is a form of stretching and just look at that view.

3 December - look how nice it is

10 December 2017 | Porto Touristico, Marina di Ragusa
It's 3rd December and look at the lovely weather we are having.

It gets cold at night but not cold enough for double duvets yet and certainly warmer then the UK.

Marina Barbecue & Marina social activities

27 November 2017 | Porto Touristico Marina di Ragusa
Last week was very busy in the marina; Thanksgiving came first with a pot luck lunch. People brought along roasted chickens, mashed potatoes, red cabbage, broccoli bakes and much more. I took along coronation chicken, not exactly American as it was invented for our Queen's Coronation all those years ago, nethertheless it was very popular. I also made key lime pies but the apple and pecan pies were the tops.

The next day the Marina invited all the berth holders to a barbecue where we had Italian sausage in a bun, not like your standard hot dog affair, with Sicilian red wine, presecco, cannoli and pistachio sweets for dessert. The event was to say thank you bertholders for being here, a very nice gesture. Photos were taken and we even made it into the Sicilian national newspaper the next day. Can you spot us in the top right hand corner at the back? Thank you so much Porto Touristico, in Marina di Ragusa.

Next up was Friday night happy hour with live music. Local Italian guitarists and singers performed with cruisers from the marina just doing their own thing. The quality was stunning especially when our resident professional violinist accompanied the singers and musicians.

Porto Touristico - Marina di Ragusa

04 November 2017 | Porto Touristio, Marina di Ragusa
This is certainly a great marina and so far we are having a really good time, the locals are very friendly and the cruising community full of interesting folk with all sorts of skills and knowledge. Last night we had a very good music evening and happy hour and today a boat jumble to get rid of all those things in the bottom of the lockers and bilges you never really wanted but someone else probably does.

So far it has been well protected from the autumnal winds and is very quiet and peaceful with lovely sunsets over the marina.


04 November 2017 | Halloween evening - MdR
So we think of Halloween as an American thing of trick and treating when one quarter of all sweets sold annually in the US are for Halloween! It is in fact Celtic and was celebrated 2,000 years ago in what is now Ireland, the UK and northern France. It was the night before their new year when the worlds of the living and the dead blurred together and the following day was the start of the new year and is All Saints Day.

Why bobbing for apples is a tradition and toffee apples are scoffed at this time? The Roman goddess of fruit and trees was honored and her symbol was the apple - so how's that for some trivia. Would I win the pub quiz?

Anyway we did it the traditional way by giving the kids that braved it down the pontoons in their homemade costumes some Italian sweet cakes and chocolates from the Tuesday market.

We invited our next door neighbours for adult trick or treat - the treat was some rather nice Sicilian red wine - a very convivial evening

1st Italia Cup - Ragusa

04 November 2017 | Porto di Ragusa
This week the local sailing school has been sponsoring the Laser ragatta in Ragusa di Marina. It has been great fun watch hundreds of small boats get ready and all pile out of the marina basin for the start line. The ragatta has been on all week for juniors and seniors. As we are at the end of a pontoon we have a great viewpoint to watch them launch and then tack back and forth narrowly missing each other and the lazy lines.

They have had mixed winds so probably this has made for an exciting week of races. It does look good fun and reminds us on the hobby cat we went out on in the Caribbean and were the only couple that did not end upside down and did not need to be towed back to the beach. However, it was certainly more luck than good dinghy sailing technique.
Vessel Name: Njord of London
Vessel Make/Model: Malo 39 Classic
Crew: Vic Farhi & Clare Harrison
About: Learnt to sail together and the first sailing experience was in Lanzarote in 2005. We then bought Mandarin, a Bavaria 39 and in June 2012 bought Njord, a Malo 39 from the Baltic.
Extra: As attributed to Mark Twain: Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bow lines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
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