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 - Lisbon
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Lali and Rute enjoying a Sangria at the famous Pete
A simple lunch on board in Oeiras Marina: soup, salad and a glass of red wine.  The (chilled) red wine is for medicinal purposes only!
James & John (father & son, brother & nephew).
View across the valley from the historic streets in Sintra
Rosa and Susana outside the dog shelter in Sintra.  They showed us all around  the area with Rute and we had a lovely day out.
Waiting for a ride around Sintra?
The Harrison family
Our Bimini in action with the one way see through sides!  It has reached the mid 30s during the last week inJuly 2014
I can
Washing is always important to yachties.  Here is our washing out on the line in Estrela !
John needs to take a music exam when he gets back to school.  Here he is practising with a new recorder that his Mum just bought him.  Dad is supervising!
Sirius with his new bed.  He went straight to it for a siesta.
John and Sirius having a siesta
Approaching the famous bridge crossing the Rio Tejo.  This is the Ponte 25 de Abril.  It is 70m high so we had no worries about crossing underneath it.  It was built in the 1960s.
Santuario Cristo Rio. This masterpiece was the work of the Portuguese sculptor Frncisco Franco de Sousa and overlooks the city and Ponte 25 de Abril bridge.
The Ponte 25 de Abril with the Santuario Cristo Rei statue in the distance
The docks alongside the Rio Tejo
The Praca de Comercio in the foreground with yellow buildings was a great landmark to see on our trip.  The square and area around is being renovated and Peter and John had not seen it since they had planted the trees in the area and started the work as it has been closed off.  This building was once the palace of the kings of Portugal and has seen in its time various historical events.
Here you can see Saint Engracia
Rio Tejo
Going towards the mouth of the Rio Tejo, this lovely old vessel passed us with full sails hoisted.

Just behind the stern of the sailing vessel you can see the Discoveries Monument.  This commemorates the Portuguese discoveries and its heroes.  On the sides of the monument there are sculptures of the great heros and the Infante D. Henrique holding a ship in his hand
This cruise liner passed us in the River Tejo on its way to her next stop Vigo. .  It passed very close and towered above us. It was on our port side.
And look what was on our starboard side at the same time.  This Royal Caribbean cruise liner on its way to Gibralter.  It passed us on our starboard side as we were sailing at 6.75 knots up the river on a beam reach.
John, my nephew at the helm outside Cascais.  This was his first helming experience and he did very well.
Peter, my nephew has now taken the helm.  He helmed out in the bay between Cascais and the entrance to the River Tejo and Lisbon.  The winds started to get up as he helmed and we reached 7 knots whilst he was "in charge".
Concentrating hard at the helm
Leaving Cascais bay and coming along the coast at Lisbon
Peter and John
John concentrating at the helm