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 - Marinas
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Njord in Villasimius, Sardinia, Med Mooring
Ibiza Marina
Real Club de Nautico Palma
Spain - Denia - Njord in Marina de Denia
Spain - Alicante - Njord in Berth G 43, Alicante Marina
Lagos Marina, The Algarve.
We arrived at the beginning of September and this will be our main marina through the autumn (2014) to the spring (2015
Spain -  Cartagena - June 2015 - Njord along the quayside in Cartagena with blue sail bag
Spain - Cartagena - June 2015
Spain - Garrucha Marina - June 2015
Spain - Garrucha Marina - June 2015
Spain - Garrucha Marina - June 2015
Spain - Almerimar Marina - June 2015
Spain - Almerimar Marina - June 2015
Expo Marina at midnight
Spain - La Herrandura Anchorage - June 2015
Expo Marina, Lisbon
Only part of the marina is dredged.  This mud photo is the other side of the pontoon to the finger berth that Njord is berthed on.  She certainly sits on the mud at low water springs but at least we have water around us still.  This photo was taken at 0.1 metres above chart datum on 12 August 2014
Spain - La Herradura - June 2015
Expo Marina, Lisbon
Wallowing in the mud at low water springs!
Spain - La Herradura - June 2015
Spain - Fuengirola Marina - June 2015
Gibraltar - Ocean Village Marina - May 2015
Gibraltar - Ocean Village Marina - May 2015
Gibraltar - Ocean Village Marina - May 2015
Figueira da Foz Marina
Njord is on the hammer head and can just been seen to the right of the photograph with her bow towards us.  The entrance was quite easy but there were not enough staff on duty (only one) to help all the yachts that inevitably come in together so we selected our own pontoon stretch and then others followed suit.
Spain - Rota Marina - May 2015
Spain - Rota Marina - May 2015
Spain - Rota Marina - May 2015
Marina Punta Lagoa, Vigo
This marina is situated up past the ferry and cruise liners moorings and landings and past the marina in the centre of Vigo.  It is a very busy Ria and important for cargo ships loading and unloading.  However the Ria is large and there is plenty of room for everyone.  We choose this marina which has excellent facilities and is situated in a very quiet and tranquil location under the wooded hillsides of Vigo.
Portugal - Vilamoura Marina - May 2015
Portugal - Vilamoura Marina - May 2015: Very good marina facilities, short pontoons with no mid cleats but lots of help from the marina staff to help you moor up.
Marina Punta Lagoa, Vigo
Portugal - Vilamoura Marina - May 2015: The view across our pontoon to the marina restaurants and pubs.
Ribeira Marina, Ria de Arosa
This is a small state run local marina mainly catering to small leisure fishing boats. There is one pontoon of locally resident yachts but they do hold Sunday regattas (races) in the summer season when many visiting yachts come for the sport!  There is only one pontoon which forms the boundary of the marina for visiting yachts.  Mooring is stern or bows to.  This was our first experience of picking up a lazy line.  The pontoon is not recommended (by the marinero) in high winds and bad weather.
Portugal - Lagos Marina - May 2015: Look across the marina to the old part of the town
Ria de Muros
This little island in the Ria is just in front of the turn you need to make for the fishing harbour and marina in Portosin.
Portugal - Lagos Marina - May 2015: The footbridge that connects the marina to the main avenue in Lagos.  The bridge is lifted upon request to let yachts come and go.
Portugal - Lagos Marina - May 2015: Looking across the marina towards the outskirts of Lagos
Camarinas Marina, Ria de Camerinas.
This was a very unspoilt and pretty Ria.  The marina is state run as are most of the Spanish and Portuguese marinas along this Coast.  Very little English is spoken here but with help from lots of people everyone gets along and understands what you are trying to say.  There is a nice restaurant with well cooked fresh food at the top of the pontoon entrance which also plays host as the local yacht club.  Here people of all ages came each night we were there to watch the various football matches being played in Brazil.
There are no laundry facilities in the marina but just outside the gates is a laundromat where for €8 we had all our sheets and clothes washed, ironed and folded beautifully and much better than my efforts.
Portugal - Lagos Canal - 2015: Channel marker in the Canal from Lagos Bay to the Marina entrance
Portugal - Lagos Marina - Christmas 2014:
Sines Marina on the hammerhead.  The wind blew up as we entered the harbour to 30 knots and it was tough coming into the marina and berthing safely, so we opted for the hammerhead and had a good straight approach in from the marina entrance
Sines Marina
Looking towards the castle in the old town.  Sines was the birth place of Vasco da Gama, whose father was the local mayor
Oeiras Marina.
This marina is at the mouth of the Rio Tejo.  Oeiras is about 20 minutes by car or train from Lisbon.  

The marina is charming with lots of facilities including a swimming pool we can use, the town centre is in walking distance along the promenade and it is lively with restaurants, cafés and a few small shops.  The marina will drive you to places if requested.
Oeiras Marina.  The entrance from Njord
Marina Club Real Nautico, A Coruna
This marina is not the posh new one that you first see around the breakwater upon arrival in A Coruna, past the Torres de Hercules, but the one in the centre of A Coruna
Expo Marina, Lisbon.
The entry and exit sluice gates.  They are very narrow and great care has to be taken negotiating them as the wind and tide affect the passage through.
Expo Marina aka Marina Parque das Nacoes, Lisbon.
This is Njord
Cascais Marina.
This is a very smart marina in the centre of Cascais.  It had good facilities in a big complex with cafes, restaurants and a mini-mart which also has a chandlery business.
Nazare Marina, Atlantic Coast of Portugal.  This is a fishing harbour and easy to get to the visiting yachts
Douro Marina, Porto.
This is a lovely new marina with good facilities.  The approach channel is quite shallow so good notice has to be taken of the channel markers and a straight line taken when turning at 90 degrees from the channel into the marina entrance
At the entrance protecting Ria de Vigo from the Atlantic swell and weather.

You have to get a licence to anchor at the Spanish National Parks.  They are a group of nature islands off the rias and are protected.  First of all you have to apply for a navigation licence from Vigo which can be done on line easily.  However it does take up to 10 days.  You then get a navigation number for your boat which you enter into an online reservation system stating the island and dates you want to visit.  By return you get a confirmation which you need, if challenged by the roving authorities, whilst anchored.  There is no charge to visit however. The maximum you can stay is two nights at anchor.  

At Illas Cies where we went you need to be careful with the rise of tide.  The local Spanish tide tables showed us a range of 5 metres.  However it was more like 10 metres!   So it is necessary to lay out a lot more chain than the standard text book calculation.   The bottom is sandy and it is easy anchoring otherwise.
Oeiras Marina looking towards the marina office and the restaurants, cafes and bars
Marina Portosin, Ria de Muros
This is a very pleasant marina almost at the far end of the navigable part by yacht in the Ria.  The Ria is great for day sailing, it
UK - Sutton Harbour Marina, Plymouth - May 2014: Sutton Harbour Marina, Plymouth.
This is a great place to be, right in the Barbican area, down by the regenerated water front and near the Mayflower Steps. The marina is behind lock gates which are easy to enter and leave once you have tried it once or twice. However most times the gates are open on "free flow" so on the traffic lights and requests to the lock keeper you can motor straight through.  In the bad storms of winter 2013/2014 the marina was well protected from the high and destructive waves.