Njord's Adventures

10 July 2013 | Helford
10 July 2013 | Helford
10 July 2013 | West Country
10 July 2013 | Helford
10 July 2013 | Fowey
10 July 2013 | Fowey
10 July 2013
10 July 2013 | Fowey
10 July 2013 | Fowey
10 July 2013 | Plymouth
23 June 2013 | Plymouth
19 June 2013
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19 June 2013 | Marazion
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19 June 2013 | Cornwall
19 June 2013 | Maravel Cottage Garden (B&B)
19 June 2013 | Cornwall

Doggie Sitting in Marina di Ragusa

13 July 2021 | Porto Turistico, Marina di Ragusa
No, we haven't got a puppy (yet). I was doogie sitting Bella whilst her Mum and Dad did some chores around the marina and provisioning on a recent quick stop to our marina, Porto Turistico.

Bella was a darling, she looked for Mum & Dad for about 5 minutes and then settled down to have a snooze on my lap.

The next morning her Mum & Dad got up early and she went for the first walk of the day on the beach. Apparently she looked over to Njord, as we were next door and to try and find me. Well it was very early in the morning and we were not up yet. But once we were she came at high speed down her passerelle and up ours to say hello and have a tummy scratch!

Cobb BBQ

13 July 2021 | L pontoon, Marina di Ragusa
We have just invested in a Cobb BBQ thanks to a great suggestion by our MdR friends on Flirtie. It is amazing. The BBQ stays cool around its base and so is good in a boating environment to take to the beach or have on the deck. As we have teak decks we would have to put a cover down and sit it on that though if we used it on Njord. So far we have only used it on the pontoon.

We have made some amazing meals so far and each time we use it we become more adventurous.

This lunch was a huge T bone steak and I am just grilling off the bone to make the meat close to it crispy and delicious. The steak itself took 5 minutes per side and was beautifully pink once left to rest and carved.

Smart new fenders - summer has arrived

04 June 2021 | MdR
Njord, as you know over the years always gets the presents! The summer is here, her teak deck plugs have been replaced where necessary and now she has a set of beautiful new fender covers.

Our local chandlers only had navy blue covers for the big round fenders (A2) and the two fatties (F6) given to us by Crazy Diamond in Plymouth (at the time) some 7 years ago and still going strong. I therefore ordered the other 6 F5 covers from www.fendress.fr the manufacturer, they arrived quickly and doesn't she look smart!

New light fittings for Njord

13 April 2021 | Marina di Ragusa
Njord's light fittings are the originals throughout and now 21 years old. We needed to replace one in the cockpit as the switch had corroded, but of course the old designs are no longer available so we had to go for two new lights.

Down below the light fitting in the heads was working but the brass painted finish had deteriorated and peeled off and one over the saloon table had a temperamental switch and kept flickering at odd times.

We had professional help to fit the lights and do the electrical work and are so pleased with the end result. The saloon light is bigger than the original and brass so very, very smart and fits very well. However it was very expensive so we switched the one in the saloon out to the heads instead of getting two brass fittings.

We took quite a long time sourcing new fittings that would work. Dan Hills from Malo Yachts UK was very helpful in giving us some sites and companies to approach for modern current LED replacements, however most were out of stock and they were not restocking any time soon.

It was quite an experience getting the cockpit fittings from the UK to Sicily. We ordered after Brexit and the two lights cost around GBP19 and the import VAT was Euro17 which meant two trips to the post office in Marina di Ragusa to pay the VAT to get the parcel released. The UK company and Craig in particular was very efficient and helpful and we are very pleased with our purchase.


For the brass saloon fitting this came from SVB an online German chandlery which will be the way we have to get all our chandlery items in the future EU to EU.


Happy Easter from Sicily

02 April 2021 | MdR
Stay safe and enjoy what you can and have a very happy Easter.

Clare and Vic enjoying Easter Sunday lunch on Njord

Mount Etna

01 March 2021 | Marina di Ragusa
In February Mount Etna has been very active. There have been some stunning photographs published of the activity.

We have not had any ash which is good news for our teak decks here in the southwest of Sicily (Marina di Ragusa). In February we have had some strong winds which carry a fine orange sand from Africa which gets everywhere.
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
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A pod of dolphins: Mums, Dads and babies were circling in around a shoal of fish diving in and out of the water
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In September 2014 we made it to The Algarve.
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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
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Created 25 July 2014
The marinas and anchorages on Njord's Adventures
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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
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Created 7 June 2014
Work done on Njord
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June 2012 - 2013 The Beginning: Germany to The West Country
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