Njord's Adventures

13 April 2021 | Marina di Ragusa
02 April 2021 | MdR
01 March 2021 | Marina di Ragusa
10 February 2021 | Ragusa
17 January 2021 | Porto Turistico, Marina di Ragusa, Sicily
31 December 2020 | Porto Turistico, Marina di Ragusa, Sicily
30 December 2020 | Marina di Ragusa
30 December 2020 | Porto Turistico, Marina di Ragusa
25 December 2020 | Porto Turistico, MdR, Sicily
22 December 2020 | Marina di Ragusa Main Square
27 November 2020 | Marina di Ragusa
09 November 2020 | Porto Turistico, Marina di Ragusa
13 October 2020 | Marina di Ragusa
19 September 2020 | Marina di Ragusa
21 July 2020 | Queen Elizabeth Gardens, Salisbury
20 July 2020 | Salisbury
20 July 2020 | Salisbury
09 July 2020 | Salisbury Water Meadows

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.


10 February 2021 | Ragusa
In Sicily we have red, orange and yellow designations for the Covid virus period.

Over Christmas, New Year and into February we were in the "red" zone. In "red" we can leave the marina to shop, (there are no Ocado deliveries here) but we have to complete a self declaration form saying where we are going and where we have come from.

Not really wanting to go out from the seaside town of Ragusa i.e "Marina di Ragusa" we were called to Ragusa to present our credentials at the state healthcare centre to get our health card and then to go to sign up with a local doctor. The day arrived (still in "red" zone) and it was pouring with rain, so all dressed up with mask in place and form completed, plenty of paper work in hand and having paid the annual health service fee at the post office (which took 3 attempts to get it done) we set off for our appointments in Ragusa.

We made it, mission accomplished and returned to Njord safely.

Aerial photograph of Porto Turistico, Marina di Ragusa

17 January 2021 | Porto Turistico, Marina di Ragusa, Sicily
This beautiful aerial photograph was taken by a local photographer (January 2021) and we have highlighted Njord in her berth so you know where she has spent her winters recently.

2020 was a hard year on many accounts, Covid related restrictions all over the world, sad and distressing times for many people and grappling with the arrangements that came along for sailors and their yachts on December 31, 2020 when Britain left the EU.
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