Njord's Adventures

26 February 2022 | Marina di Ragusa
25 February 2022
02 September 2021 | Mediterranean Maritime Hub (MMH), Valletta, Malta
22 August 2021 | Slimena
22 August 2021 | Valetta, Malta
19 August 2021 | MMH Yard, , Malta
19 August 2021 | The Black Sheep, Sliema
12 August 2021 | Sliema
12 August 2021 | Just off Manoel Island along the front
12 August 2021 | MMH
12 August 2021 | MMH’s yard in Grand Harbour, Valletta
12 August 2021 | Grand Harbour Valletta, Malta
12 August 2021 | Crossing from Sicily to Malta
03 August 2021 | Lumia Restaurant , Lungomare, Marina
13 July 2021 | Porto Turistico, Marina di Ragusa
13 July 2021 | L pontoon, Marina di Ragusa
13 April 2021 | Marina di Ragusa
02 April 2021 | MdR

January 2022 - Marina di Ragusa

26 February 2022 | Marina di Ragusa
The year has started off with very cool evenings and cold overnight, the days very windy but with some beautiful sunny days. This weather is somewhat different to the previous winters we have spent here, but then the weather in the UK and rest of Europe has been unusual too.

This photograph was taken mid January on our pontoon by Njord. I managed to do my yoga practice this particular day here as there was no wind at all, beautiful.

Autumn & Winter 2021

25 February 2022
We decided after our summer sailing this year we would go back to the UK for approximately three months (30 August 2021 to 30 December 2021).

We left Marina di Ragusa at sunrise with all our paperwork printed out for Passenger Locator Forms, negative flow test certificates and all our Italian paperwork and cards. At the airport we received a "Perfecto" from the check-in lady for being so organised. That might sound easy but it was a bit of a challenge as the rules kept changing.

Sunrise in Marina di Ragusa

We stayed in the north west and explored the Lake District. Jon our sailing friend joined us too which was great and lent us his "red pepper" car so we could get out and about; very kind, thank you. It took us up to Scotland to visit Njord's big sister Great Escape and down to Bournemouth and Poole.

Borrowdale, Keswick

Castlerigg, Keswick

On our way to our rental apartment in Bournemouth for November and December we stopped off in London at Nic & Tiff's apartment.

The evening view from their apartment ...

This gave us lots of opportunities to get to know our two adorable grandchildren. The eldest is now three and we last met him in New York aged three months. His younger brother we hadn't met before as he was borne in Manhattan during the Covid pandemic. As this is an "open blog" site we won't be posting photos of them but trust us they are the cutest ever, (do all grandparents say that?).

Bournemouth's beach huts from the famous pier

In November I went on a yoga retreat which was the best yoga experience ever. It was with Sally who as well as a superb yoga teacher is a fellow cruiser with her husband. I follow her via zoom virtual sessions, but this retreat was simply wonderful. We were at Caradoc of Tregardock near Port Issac of Doc Martin fame. Check out her website for future retreats - www.yogisal.co.uk

View from the main house at Caradoc

And finally we arrived back in Marina di Ragusa at sunset on 30 December 2021 just in time for New Year's Eve and to wish the new year in.

Merry Christmas and all the best for 2022

24 December 2021
Clare, Vic and Njord

Regular Maintenance for Njord - aka Njord's Beauty Treatments

02 September 2021 | Mediterranean Maritime Hub (MMH), Valletta, Malta
In 2020 Njord did not have a lift out for antifouling and polishing. Don't be fooled through, she had lots of loving whilst in her berth in Marina di Ragusa; regular baths, a teak deck workout in the shape of plugs and caulking and a caulking hair cut.

Thank you from us for all the loving she received; you know who you are!

So in 2021 and still in a year of Covid restrictions we wanted to have the antifouling paint applied and the hull and top sides polished. The fouling in MdR is not as bad as in Piraeus (Athens) but bad enough and she blushed when she came out of the water in MMH's yard in Malta.

After ... SeaHawk BioCop antifoul ... Njord is happy again

This year we had to yet again change the antifoul paint to comply with what is acceptable in the Med. I think it has something to do with the copper content in the paint and its safely for marine life. Fair enough to be eco friendly but that gives us a problem in matching a compatible to paint to the previous layers over the years without going back to the epoxy. We will have to do this at some point as the last time was in 2013 in Ipswich. So maybe we go back to the epoxy in 2023 or we are thinking now of "sucking in the purse strings" and going to copper coating. It is more expensive initially but then cheaper in the long run. The cost of antifoul paint keeps rising and the length of time it is lasting in these warm Med seas is reducing.

In the travel hoist ready to launch. This is the small hoist at MMH they can also cater for superyachts, tankers and the like. This small one has wheels that stand taller than us at 6 feet.

Back in MdR in her berth looking good

MMH was fantastic. Attention to detail was superb and nothing too much trouble. They brought in the expert mechanics and engineers as required. We were assigned a project manager and her assistant and the owner's son organises the yard and staff. Each time an was discussed a quote was sent and after our agreement to that extra item the work commenced. So no nasty surprises when the invoice arrived.

Chilling in Slimena

22 August 2021 | Slimena
Our air conditioned Airbnb is lovely and cool in the current heatwave. The temperatures reached a record 48.8c in Syracusa whilst we were away in Malta having Njord's lift out.

St. John’s Co-Cathedral, Valetta, Malta

22 August 2021 | Valetta, Malta
We last visited this spectacular cathedral in January 2017 when we were seeking out possible marinas for over-wintering. This cathedral never disappoints.

The 17th century high alter. It is so rich, in all senses of the word, gold, silver, and beautiful jewels give it a special feel.
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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Looking towards the Great Barn at Buckland Abbey
Gardens at Buckland Abbey, NT property
Entrance to Buckland Abbey, NT property
Mended and enhanced anchor chain feeder.  It now has a lip at the top of the feeder to allow the chain to run through it more smoothly and the diameter is greater.  The original was bent when the new galvanised chain got stuck in the feeder.  This is super strong!
We have finally got round to naming the safety horseshoe buoy.
Jon climbing Njord
Our outboard engine for Dennis our dinghy.

Yamaha 4 stroke
From Mount Wise looking towards Royal William Yard; a photo taken on the first sunny day in 2014
"Dennis The Menace"

Our trusted dinghy who usually would rather stay wrapped up safely on board than out in the river.  Here he is on his way to the pub at Dittisham
Vic testing out our new shiny bow ladder for our Mediterranean bows to mooring
The new bow ladder face on
The design of our bow ladder is clever in that it is held against the stem by "V" necked support
In the storms the waves bash against the coastal wall at Dawlish in Devon.   This is where the main railway line hugs the coast on the route from Penzance to Exeter.  

February 2014
The rail track at Dawlish suspended above the sea where the wall has fallen victim to the storms.  

February 2014
Enjoying a drink by the fire:

Le Vieux Presbyter, Argoules 80120, France
The sitting room:

Le Vieux Presbyter, Argoules 80120, France
Deborah relaxing at the house in Argoules
The sitting room:

Le Vieux Presbyter, Argoules 80120, France
The kitchen dresser:

Le Vieux Presbyter, Argoules 80120, France
The dining room where we had all our evening meals of cheese, pate and of course French wines:
Le Vieux Presbyter, Argoules 80120, France
From the first floor looking out at the front of the house:

Le Vieux Presbyter, Argoules 80120, France
One of the three double bedrooms:

Le Vieux Presbyter, Argoules 80120, France
The terrace from the kitchen up to the garden:

Le Vieux Presbyter, Argoules 80120, France
The Garden:

Le Vieux Presbyter, Argoules 80120, France
Amusing Christmas scene - what me!
Njord looking spick and span for Christmas
Njord with her tinsel hanging from the grab rail
Opening presents on board Crazy Diamond during the final courses of the safari Xmas lunch.  It was about 21.00hrs mind you!
Dessert and cheese course on Crazy Diamond for Xmas Day safari lunch
Clockwise: Jemima, Jane, Vic & Clare
End of the main course on board Njord for the Xmas safari lunch
1st course of safari Xmas day lunch on Svano.
Clockwise: Malcolm, Jemima, Clare, Jane
Robert & Deborah enjoying Njord
At the start of the safari Xmas lunch on Njord, trying out the Njord Winter Warmer
Pre-Christmas drinks on board Njord.  Vic
Cocktails on Njord - Njord
Ronnie and Camilla going out for a hack.
Njord with her Christmas lights
Clare, looking serious getting ready for the Christmas safari lunch which was the main course on Njord
Clare, smiling this time!
Tanners.  We had a Christmas lunch at Tanners in the week leading up to Christmas with Neill.  We had beautiful wines (several bottles) and Christmas turkey
Ahoy there!  A fun card sent to us by Sea Power based in Ipswich
Twister Fairground ride - holding on for dear life.
Twister - Scary fairground ride for Christmas!
The Plymouth Gin Distillery is the oldest working gin distillery in England and they have been making gin since 1793.  "The Refectory" in the medieval building is believed to be the room where the Pilgrim Fathers spent their last night before setting sail for the New World.  This gin was used in the first ever documented Dry Martini in 1896.  Vic is going to be Njord
This plaque commemorates Viscountess Nancy Astor who made history when she became the first female MP to take a set in the House of Commons after her husband took his seat in the House of Lords.  She represented the Plymouth ward of Sutton for 25 years.  She was also the Lord Mayor of Plymouth during the war.  The plaque is on the Civic Hall
This is the very peaceful and tranquil Elizabethan Garden in the Barbican in Plymouth
Commander Charles Crichton was key in the organisation of the Thanksgiving Day celebrations in Plymouth.
Lt. Commander Alan Brechbill, the US Embassy Deputy Naval Attache at the ceremony meeting and greeting outside the Civic Hall in Plymouth for Thanksgiving Day.  He and his family came from London especially for the celebrations and represented US Senator Murray
Look at those smart walking boots!  On the way to Royal William Yard via The Hoe, in the rain!
Cheese board for Trafalgar Night on board CD.
Check out Njord
The side flaps to Njord
The material is great it allows you to look out but not in when the sun is shining!
Fitting Njord
The roof of the bimini
Banjo, "Executive Assistant" to Sarah and Heather at Ocean Canvas.  She is waiting for her payment (doggie treats) after overseeing the bimini fitting.
The Plymouth Eye on Thanksgiving Day from the top of The Hoe
US D Day Memorial
Saltash Passage, Plymouth
Cawsand - October 2013
Cawsand Bay anchorage - October 2013
Sailing in Wembury Bay - Sunday races
The banks of the River Yealm.  High Water at "Springs" so the sand bar is well covered
Looking down river to the entrance of the River Yealm and Wembury Bay
Banks of the River Yealm
"Purchase" for inner forestay stowage -40mm fiddle becket cam and fiddle plus rope
Allspars Rigging, Plymouth
VPS upgrade with 2 x clutches, 2 x cheek blocks and new heel hoist rope.
Allspars Rigging, Plymouth
Royal William Yard - Plymouth
This collection of Grade 1 listed buildings are only part of the yard which was designed in Victorian times by Sir John Rennie and built between 1825 & 1831.  The area has become a “foodie” destination with many different restaurants, a bakery, wine bar, gallery and trendy apartments.

September 2013
Sunset over River Helford
September 2013
Sky over River Helford
The Gangnam Dance
Nicholas and his wedding speech
Tiffany with all of Nicholas
Vic, Tiffany, Nicholas and Julie
Vic, Clare, Tiffany, Nicholas, Julie and Henry.
The happy couple
Just married
Vic all dressed up!
The happy couple before the big day
June 2013
View of Prussia Cove from coast path.  Seals were basking on the rocks.
June 2013
Prussia Cove from the estate grounds
June 2013
The view from the garden over looking Prussia Cove
Porth-En-Alls.  The wedding location.  This is a lovely family estate overlooking the Atlantic on the South West coast of Cornwall and is 6 miles east of Penzance.
June 2013
View from Njord
June 2013
Leaving Dartmouth on our way to Plymouth
June 2013
Dartmouth from our visitors pontoon
June 2013
Entering Dartmouth on the trip from The Solent to The West Country for the summer
The Nancy Blackett and Njord in Brighton Marina - June 2013.  The Nancy Blackett was Arthur Ransome
May 2013
Passing the White Cliffs of Dover on the journey to The Solent from Ipswich
June 2013
Ramsgate Town Quay from the marina
Jon Boon in Ramsgate Port - June 2013
Jon is in front of the "Home for Smack Boys" in the Port.  A "smack" is a traditional fishing boat which was mainly in use up until the Second World War.  There was a large fleet that operated from Ramsgate.  The "smacks" generally had gaff cutter rigs. The sails usually had that distinctive red ochre colour which was a proofing that was applied after a couple of years of use.  The original sails would have been white cotton
May 2013
April 2013
Njord back in her berth after the annual lift out
April 2013
Njord on the hard at Ipswich Haven Marina having just been anti-fouled for the season
Summer 2012
Old Gaffers
August 2012 to May 2013
April 2013
Seals basking in the first sunny day of the year on the beach at Crinkle Hill, Norfolk
February 2013
The big freeze of 2013.  The temperature dropped to minus 13 degrees C on several occasions during the winter months
September 2012
River Orwell
October 2012
Autumn sky in Ipswich Haven Marina
September 2012
Pauline & Anthony with Vic in the Ipswich Lock waiting to leave outbound for a day
The walled garden where the ceremony will shortly take place
June 2012
Our beautiful Malo 39 is lifted from the truck by the Endeavour Quay hoist to be put in her cradle so work can be don on her before we launch her in the UK
June 2012
Njord (formerly known as Anita of Wisemar) arrives at Endeavour Quay over The Queen
May 2012
Just about to do the sea trial on Njord (formerly known as Anita) in Griefswald, East Germany on The Baltic
May 2012 
Njord in Griesfwald, Germany