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.
Njord of London's Photos - Biscay and Beyond (May 2014)
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First light over Sines on the Portuguese Atlantic coast - 28 August 2014 on our way at 06.30 towards Lagos
Leaving Marina Parque das Nacoes, Lisbon.  This is the marina that was built for the Lisbon Expo and was re-named about four years ago.
Berthed in Marina Parque das Nacoes waiting for the right time to leave through the sluice gates.
The river boats of the Port Houses on the banks of the river on the Vila Nova de Gaia
Port house of Ferreria
Njord moored in Marina Douro
Njord coming into the Rio Douro
Coming into the coastline at Porto
Navigating in the Rio Douro
The starboard marker on the South Mole coming into Porto.  The port marker was the same shape on the North Mole (Molhe)
The pure white beach on the nature reserve which you can visit - this is Isle de Norte and one of the Islas Cies anchorages
Town hall in Viana do Castelo old town. Whilst we were here there was a weekend of drumming concerts as evening entertainment which was great
Viana do Castelo - main square church
Galician specialities
Carlos is keen on his daily walk.  Here we are on the return journey from a 9 km walk in the hills above Vigo.  Thankfully he drove us up the hill and the walk was fairly flat
Ria de Vigo from the hill walk Carlos took us one.  It was a most beautiful view through the highly scented trees
Lobster pots in the harbour at Corrubedo
Church in Palmeira
Looking across Palmeira
The monument to the emigrants pointing west in Palmeira
The bonfire on the island off Palmeira beach
La Pinta.  One of the three boats that returned with Christopher Columbus to Baiona from his travels to the New World.  This is a replica and a museum
Below decks on La Pinta
Pazo de Raxoi  - Santiago de Compostelo 

This building is now the Town Council building.  It was built in the second half of the 18th century and was the residence for priests who heard the pilgrims’ confessions at the Cathedral and also the choirmaster and choir boys.
The entrance to Viana do Castelo marina.  You can see the foot bridge lifted to gain access into the marina
Overlooking Ria de Arosa from the hill top
Friends on Njord before our Sunday sightseeing trip.
From the left: Marie, Gonzalo, Diego at the helm, Jose and Carlos
Diego,  Marie and Gonzalo in Corrubedo having tapas
Ria de Arosa
Njord pumped up and waiting to take us to the beach on the Islas Cies
Looking across the Cathedral Square in Santiago
Carlos and Diego in Corrubedo fishing village
The tallship bringing tourists for the day  to the Islas Cies
Tapas feast in Palmeria
Vic trying to look cool and chilled as the chaos of getting ready to leave for the  morning
Paula, Carlos
The old town in Santiago - very charming
Faro Corrubedo constructed in 1852

It is protecting the rocks off Porto Vilagarcia
The Eucalyptus forest behind Camarinas.  This forest leads up to the lighthouse Vilan on the headland
Two lovely white sand beaches on the other side of the Ria to Camarinas town
Camarinas from the harbour
The fishing fleet in Camarinas harbour
Approach to Camarinas from the Ria
Pta del Castillo - the coast line in Ria de Camarinas
Leaving A Coruna.  The famous Torres de Hercules is in the distance
Portrait of Maria Pita in the museum dedicated to her life in A Coruna.  She was m
The Mexican silver alter in the church dedicated to Sailors in A Coruna
We had an excellent visit to the local aquarium.  This pulpo (octopus) is very happy he is in a safe aquarium tank and not out there getting ready to be made into one of the local culinary specialities
Warship Juan Carlos I ensign and signal flags whilst moored in A Coruna port
Torres de Hercules.  A world heritage site and the oldest working lighthouse in the world
The view from the top of the Tower of Hercules, A coruna
Torres de Hercules, A Coruna
Vic in front of the Tower of Hercules
The splendid view from the base of the Tower of Hercules
Jon on a mission to photograph the scenery in A Coruna
The Town Hall in Maria Pita Square in A Coruna
Jon with the bust of Sir John Moore in San Carlos gardens, A Coruna
Stained glass windows in the Church of Santiago - St. James the Apostle.  This church claims to be the oldest church in Corunna and was built between the 12th and 13th centuries.
Stained glass windows in the Church of Santiago - St. James the Apostle.
The cannon pointing out to sea over the entrance to A Coruna on St. Anton
Relief on the statue in Maria Pita Square.  This shows the bay of Coruna and where Drake and his men were to come into
Statue in Maria Pita Square depicting Drake and his men trying to establish control in A Coruna but being defeated by Maria Pita
Statue in Maria Pita Square and the relief shows Drake
A Church dedicated to Sailors in A Coruna
The port control tower for A Coruna.  This is where our message to the Coast Guard came in to tell them we had arrived safely at the end of our passage
Monument to Sir Francis Drake in Plymouth.  This is appropriate to record as one of Drake
Njord leaving Plymouth for Northern Spain