Njord's Adventures

15 December 2019 | Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire
22 September 2019 | Marina di Ragusa
22 September 2019 | Corfu to Marina di Ragusa
23 August 2019 | Gouvia Marina Yard
23 August 2019 | Telesilla Hotel, Gouvia Marina
23 August 2019 | Tellesilla Hotel, Gouvia
06 August 2019 | Ionian
22 July 2019 | Cleopatra Marina, Preveza
22 July 2019 | Ormos Varko, Mainland Greece
22 July 2019 | Palairos, Mainland Greece
14 July 2019 | Vlikho Bay, Nidri, N. Lefkas
11 July 2019 | Sivota Bakery
11 July 2019
11 July 2019 | Abelike Bay, Meganisi
11 July 2019 | Sivota, Nisos Lefkas
11 July 2019 | Sivota, Nisos Lefkas
09 July 2019 | Vassiliki Bay, Lefkada
09 July 2019 | Vassiliki Bay, Lefkada
08 July 2019 | Foki Beach, Cepalonia
08 July 2019 | Kalo Limeni, Cephalonia

Winter in Salisbury

15 December 2019 | Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire
This winter we have decided to spend the winter back in the UK. We have chosen Salisbury; easy to get to London, near to my Mum, near to our friends on the way to and in the West Country; so it seems very sensible. We do have to report it is a bit of a shock and takes some getting used to the cold biting winds!

Njord is all packed up for the winter and is berthed in Marina di Ragusa again. We will miss her.

Celebration in Marina di Ragusa for the"End of Summer"

22 September 2019 | Marina di Ragusa
It is still very warm, but Saturday 21 September at midnight marked the end of summer in the town of Marina di Ragusa with a musical concert in the porto touristico square at 22.00 and a firework competition at 00.30 over the breakwater.

Njord had a ring side seat. It was a beautiful display lasting an hour.

Corfu, Greece to Marina di Ragusa, Sicily

22 September 2019 | Corfu to Marina di Ragusa
It's time to start making our way back to Sicily and Marina di Ragusa for Njord's winter berth. We spent a very happy month in Gouvia Marina; it was very hot but as September came you could see the weather forecasts changing over mainland Italy with some lows coming in and bringing high winds and rain.

We decided to make our first passage for the return journey from Gouvia in the northeast of Corfu straight across to Crotone on the heel of Italy. It was an overnighter but went according to plan and we came safely into the old harbour and took the same berth as in our outward journey back in May. We knew the next day would not be a good day to move on so we stayed two nights. The rain came and then cleared and we were able to make the next hop to Rocelle Jonica.

We only stayed for a brief stop in Rocelle Jonica this time as there was a short window before the next rain was due. So at 06.30 just as the sun was rising (see this photo) we left the toe of Italy and set off towards Riposto, Sicily. Another long day at sea. All was well until about 2 hours off the Sicilian coast and the heavens opened. It was like the tropical rain you get in Singapore. We came in drenched like water rats, but safe and sound. The marina at Riposto is eye-wateringly expensive, but you do get a CA duscount so that pays for an ice-cream and a beer each! We do like Riposto though, it is a working fishing town mostly for the locals and has everything nearby for provisioning. Several fish shops, the fish market, a great fruit and veg market, a good nearby supermarket and nice restaurants, all with a wonderful backdrop view of Etna.

It rained for two days and then next up was Siracusa, a favourite anchorage in everyone's book: gluey mud to hold you fast and a charming old town to wander around.

We went went to Marzememi, the tuna canning centre and an upmatket holiday resort for the Italians. The harbours are run by the yacht clubs and they will always find room for a visitor. The only one you can go to is the first however if you draw more than 2 metres. We had 4 metres under our keel and some very large super sailing yachts were in there for the night too. Next was the anchorage in Porto Palo where the tuna is brought in and all the substantial fishing boats go in and out from here.

The final stop, our winter base for Njord, Marina di Ragusa. Over the summer the marina has worked hard to dredge the entrance as it was silting up in April and May in the storms when we were all ready to leave. We called up on VHF ch. 74 and were given a very warm welcome by the marina. Our friends Caroline & Bruce were on the pontoon to welcome us home too and invite us for a delicious and chatty supper on board Flirtie. A great welcome home!

Njord in the travel hoist

23 August 2019 | Gouvia Marina Yard
Njord on her way to be re-launched.

This year we had to change the antifoul paint as the Hempel Hard Racing Blue is no longer produced. Hempel has a new compatible product and they confirmed it was ok to use on top of our existing antifoul. It is important to have a compatible product unless you go back to the gelcoat. The yard in Lagos explained all this to us and infact did a test for us (not on Njord). Usually the chandleries in Europe sell a different brand - International Antifoul Paint, but we can get Hempel easily, we just have to order it. And of course it is more expensive. But at least we know it hasn't been sitting around on a shelf and is fresh paint. Our new brand is Stoppani NoaNoa Endurance, Marine Blue which uses Hempel technology.

Njord went super fast once she was launched and we got at least an extra knot & a half from her on our way back to Sicily from Corfu.

Telesilla Hotel

23 August 2019 | Telesilla Hotel, Gouvia Marina
The lovely swimming pool. We enjoyed a week here whilst Njord was having her annual maintenance work completed.

Njord's antifouling and annual maintenance in August

23 August 2019 | Tellesilla Hotel, Gouvia
We are booked into Gouvia Marina for a month. That keeps the costs down to a reasonable level and we don't have to worry about crowded places in the height of the season.

During the month Njord came out of the water for a week, just before the Greek holiday fortnight and as we cannot stay on her in the yard we went back to Telesilla, a really nice family run hotel in the village. We were made so welcome by the owner and his son and especially the barman, Tomas, he remembered us well and greeted us like long lost friends; we wonder why!
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
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In September 2014 we made it to The Algarve.
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This album doesn't just show our sailing activities but also our time with my brother and his family in Lisbon
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The marinas and anchorages on Njord's Adventures
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Our photo album to compliment our blog and our journey from Plymouth, across Biscay and down the Atlantic Coast of Spain & Portugal
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Work done on Njord
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June 2012 - 2013 The Beginning: Germany to The West Country
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