Njord's Adventures

10 February 2021 | Ragusa
17 January 2021 | Porto Turistico, Marina di Ragusa, Sicily
31 December 2020 | Porto Turistico, Marina di Ragusa, Sicily
30 December 2020 | Marina di Ragusa
30 December 2020 | Porto Turistico, Marina di Ragusa
25 December 2020 | Porto Turistico, MdR, Sicily
22 December 2020 | Marina di Ragusa Main Square
27 November 2020 | Marina di Ragusa
09 November 2020 | Porto Turistico, Marina di Ragusa
13 October 2020 | Marina di Ragusa
19 September 2020 | Marina di Ragusa
21 July 2020 | Queen Elizabeth Gardens, Salisbury
20 July 2020 | Salisbury
20 July 2020 | Salisbury
09 July 2020 | Salisbury Water Meadows
17 June 2020 | Marina di Ragusa
14 May 2020 | Salisbury
14 May 2020 | Salisbury
14 May 2020 | Wilton Road, Salisbury


10 February 2021 | Ragusa
In Sicily we have red, orange and yellow designations for the Covid virus period.

Over Christmas, New Year and into February we were in the "red" zone. In "red" we can leave the marina to shop, (there are no Ocado deliveries here) but we have to complete a self declaration form saying where we are going and where we have come from.

Not really wanting to go out from the seaside town of Ragusa i.e "Marina di Ragusa" we were called to Ragusa to present our credentials at the state healthcare centre to get our health card and then to go to sign up with a local doctor. The day arrived (still in "red" zone) and it was pouring with rain, so all dressed up with mask in place and form completed, plenty of paper work in hand and having paid the annual health service fee at the post office (which took 3 attempts to get it done) we set off for our appointments in Ragusa.

We made it, mission accomplished and returned to Njord safely.

Aerial photograph of Porto Turistico, Marina di Ragusa

17 January 2021 | Porto Turistico, Marina di Ragusa, Sicily
This beautiful aerial photograph was taken by a local photographer (January 2021) and we have highlighted Njord in her berth so you know where she has spent her winters recently.

2020 was a hard year on many accounts, Covid related restrictions all over the world, sad and distressing times for many people and grappling with the arrangements that came along for sailors and their yachts on December 31, 2020 when Britain left the EU.

Jon Boon’s Njord Adventures

17 January 2021
Extract from our friend Jon Boon's article published in the December 2020 Cruising Association Magazine. If you are a CA member the full article is on page 50.

"... All my crewing has entailed good journeys, but one stands out as greatly significant, a first amongst equals: the voyages of Njord, a Malo 39 Classic, with Vic Farhi and Clare Harrison.

Between Ipswich and Plymouth we had encounters with a Dunkirk Little Ship and Arthur Ransome's Nancy Blackett. We crossed Biscay for A Coruña in May 2014. We continued over the years through the Mediterranean via all the bits in between to Thessaloniki. Crossing the Adriatic to Croatia gave a most challenging moment when we were caught in a dry lightning storm, bolts crashing down all around, and the smell of ozone was dominant. Vic was the brave volunteer helmsman at that moment. We learnt a lot about the CAPE index which measures probability of lightning.

It's the company and shared experiences that makes a voyage. On Njord when weather or circumstance became more challenging, we become calmer and talk quietly with careful consideration and purpose.

We gave the historic locations of the Mediterranean a good thrashing and visited the grave of war poet Rupert Brook on the island of Skiros, where I placed a post and poppy for Sgt Robert Maughan, a soldier in my section, killed on active service..."

Photograph: Rupert Brook’s grave on Skiros

New Year’s Eve - 31 December 2020

31 December 2020 | Porto Turistico, Marina di Ragusa, Sicily

It is important that Njord is detailed as being in the EU on December 31, 2020 when the UK finally leaves Europe. This retains her VAT paid status. Njord was built in Sweden at the Malo yard in 2000. Her first owners were German and she is German (i.e. EU) VAT paid.

We took a screen shot of Njord's position on Marine Traffic using her AIS positioning.

Christmas Yacht Lights in Porto Turistico, MdR

30 December 2020 | Marina di Ragusa
This is the central runway pontoon off which all our pontoons stem. We are up in the top left hand corner

The new moon is shy tonight

30 December 2020 | Porto Turistico, Marina di Ragusa
The full moon hid behind the clouds whilst we walked back to the pontoons tonight, the night before New Year’s Eve, but it is still a pretty nightscape
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.
Njord of London's Photos - Main
Two weeks of blissful sailing gently around the Ionian in 2019. High season for chartered and family holidays yet we still managed to find some less frequented bays to drop the hook
35 Photos
Created 6 August 2019
11 Photos
Created 6 October 2018
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Created 17 June 2018
27 Photos
Created 1 October 2017
37 Photos
Created 8 September 2017
Poros, Monevasia, AK Matelas, Elfonisis, Yithon, Porto Kayio, Kalamata, Methoni, Ormos Navarino, Pilos, Katakolon, Ormos Keri - Zakinthos
31 Photos
Created 6 August 2017
26 Photos
Created 3 June 2017
A pod of dolphins: Mums, Dads and babies were circling in around a shoal of fish diving in and out of the water
29 Photos
Created 28 May 2017
24 Photos
Created 4 December 2016
34 Photos
Created 15 November 2015
In September 2014 we made it to The Algarve.
56 Photos
Created 3 September 2014
This album doesn't just show our sailing activities but also our time with my brother and his family in Lisbon
34 Photos
Created 25 July 2014
The marinas and anchorages on Njord's Adventures
54 Photos
Created 25 July 2014
Our photo album to compliment our blog and our journey from Plymouth, across Biscay and down the Atlantic Coast of Spain & Portugal
90 Photos
Created 7 June 2014
Work done on Njord
22 Photos
Created 16 May 2014
June 2012 - 2013 The Beginning: Germany to The West Country
111 Photos
Created 13 July 2013