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 - 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