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 - 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