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