Njord's Adventures

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
17 June 2020 | Marina di Ragusa
14 May 2020 | Salisbury
14 May 2020 | Salisbury
14 May 2020 | Wilton Road, Salisbury

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.

Jon Boon’s Njord Adventures

17 January 2021
Extract from our friend Jon Boon's article published in the December 2020 Cruising Association Magazine. If you are a CA member the full article is on page 50.

"... All my crewing has entailed good journeys, but one stands out as greatly significant, a first amongst equals: the voyages of Njord, a Malo 39 Classic, with Vic Farhi and Clare Harrison.

Between Ipswich and Plymouth we had encounters with a Dunkirk Little Ship and Arthur Ransome's Nancy Blackett. We crossed Biscay for A Coruña in May 2014. We continued over the years through the Mediterranean via all the bits in between to Thessaloniki. Crossing the Adriatic to Croatia gave a most challenging moment when we were caught in a dry lightning storm, bolts crashing down all around, and the smell of ozone was dominant. Vic was the brave volunteer helmsman at that moment. We learnt a lot about the CAPE index which measures probability of lightning.

It's the company and shared experiences that makes a voyage. On Njord when weather or circumstance became more challenging, we become calmer and talk quietly with careful consideration and purpose.

We gave the historic locations of the Mediterranean a good thrashing and visited the grave of war poet Rupert Brook on the island of Skiros, where I placed a post and poppy for Sgt Robert Maughan, a soldier in my section, killed on active service..."

Photograph: Rupert Brook’s grave on Skiros

New Year’s Eve - 31 December 2020

31 December 2020 | Porto Turistico, Marina di Ragusa, Sicily

It is important that Njord is detailed as being in the EU on December 31, 2020 when the UK finally leaves Europe. This retains her VAT paid status. Njord was built in Sweden at the Malo yard in 2000. Her first owners were German and she is German (i.e. EU) VAT paid.

We took a screen shot of Njord's position on Marine Traffic using her AIS positioning.

Christmas Yacht Lights in Porto Turistico, MdR

30 December 2020 | Marina di Ragusa
This is the central runway pontoon off which all our pontoons stem. We are up in the top left hand corner

The new moon is shy tonight

30 December 2020 | Porto Turistico, Marina di Ragusa
The full moon hid behind the clouds whilst we walked back to the pontoons tonight, the night before New Year’s Eve, but it is still a pretty nightscape

Christmas Tree for the Marina

25 December 2020 | Porto Turistico, MdR, Sicily
Merry Christmas everyone from another sunny day in December in Marina di Ragusa, Sicily
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 - The Algarve
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The beach at Porto de Mos looking towards Rocha Negra.  Around the promontory is Luz
A beautiful beach at Salema for sunbathing which was deserted when visited in January
Fascinating rock formations at Salema
Vic and Catherine, Clare
At Almadena the small local fishing boats are dragged back onto the slipway by the village
Looking towards the surfing beach in Almadena from one of the pretty terraces above the old Customs House.
Below is a pretty secluded beach which you can only get to by boat.  This is just infront of the exclusive golf and spa resort, Cascades in Lagos
The cliff face on the coastal walk just above the grottos at Ponta da Piedade.
On our January walk we were trying to walk around this headland, Rocha Negra to get to Luz.  However we were walking too slowly and once on the beach at Porto de Mos it was obvious that we were not going to make it before the tide came in.
Early January cliff top walk from Ponta Da Piedade, the promontory before Lagos Bay, towards Praia do Canavial
Looking towards Praia de Canavial from Praia do Porto de Mos, in outer Lagos.
New Year
Chocolate cup cakes waiting to be baked and baked.  They were delicious
Cake baking.  Jana of Scrabbler organised a birthday party in Lagos Marina for James, Liz and Brian.  Six of us went off to David
Not exactly The Algarve!  We went on a trip back to the UK and stayed with our good friends Robert & Deborah.  They took us to Stourhead Gardens a National Trust property for a Sunday walk.  It was a beautiful autumn day, cool and crisp
Across the lake at Stourhead
Stourhead ornamental lake and bridge
Ducks enjoying the lake at Stourhead
Luz, near Lagos in The Algarve
Looking from the restaurant terrace at Fortaleza da Luz.
The gardens at Fortaleza da Luz looking towards the church in the main square in Luz.  This (now) privately owned 17th century fortress is a great place for lunch on the terrace or dinner in the baronial hall with its candlelit vaulted ceiling
The views from these villas in the centre of Lux are stunning over the bay
View from the Fortaleza da Luz terrace and looking West towards Sagres
Praia de D. Ana,  This is one of the many Lagos beaches.  It is very tranquil and sheltered bay
Praia de D. Ana looking towards Lagos bay.  There are several coves and inlets along this part of the coast which link the beaches together
Praia de D. Ana.  Praia is the Portuguese for beach.
In the back ground is the Ponta de Sagres that we sailed around.  This brings you to a semi-circular bay where you can anchor if the conditions are right
Sagres bay
The Church of Our Lady of Luz is a renaissance chapel from the 16th century in the small fishing village of Luz.  It has been carefully restored
The coast looking West from the main square in Luz.  Luz has a rocky coast line here with clear water lapping the rocks.  There are small (renovated) fisherman
Praia de D. Ana, Lagos
Praia de D. Ana, Lagos
Praia de D. Ana, Lagos
A rocky outcrop just off the beach which is shaped like a man
Praia de D. Ana, Lagos
Praia de D. Ana, Lagos
Vic and Clare standing above the beach at D. Ana, Lagos  (October 2014)
View from the Palmares Golf Course overlooking the Lagos bay
View from Palmares Golf Course looking towards Ponta da Piedade, Lagos
View from the Palmares Golf Course overlooking the Lagos bay
The Palmares Golf Course overlooking the Alvor estuary
Praia de D. Ana, Lagos
Statue of Prince Henry the Navigator, Lagos
Praca Infante Henrique

One of the Square in Lagos od town
Lagos Marina
E Pontoon where Njord is berthed
Lagos Marina
Marina Suite Hotel.  As a berth holder we can use the swimming pool and for a reduced cost the gym, jacuzzi and sauna.  The sauna is probably not required in the summer as it is beautifully hot during the day.
The Marina Hotel swimming pool.
The marina cafés and restaurants from the pontoons.
Roman Villa in Vilamoura
Remains of a roman villa in Vilamoura: Remains of a noble mansion  and a public spa which is testament to how important the Roman presence was in the region
Roman vila in Vilamoura
Cerro da Vila, Vilamoura: The furnace house at Cerro da Vila - Roman ruins
Pipa Rota resturant - Vilamoura.   Nice restaurant off the main drag.  The sardines were amazing