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 - The Spanish Sailors' Ionian Fortnight
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Boarding the plane in Rome: Judith and Carlos flew from Madrid to Rome to Preveza to join us for a wonderful 2 weeks.   It was very chilled and laid back for all of us.
Safety Briefing: It is important to have a safety briefing when visitors come on board.  It is also important to fit the life jacket and know where they are kept before you need them in a situation.  Judith trying on her life jacket.
Preveza Harbour: The starting point of the 2 week sailing holiday.  The large harbour outside Cleopatra Marina.
Carlos & Dennis in Vlikho Bay: Carlos rushes back across the bay to collect us for an afternoon of ouzo, G&Ts and a pool all to ourselves
Stella Apartments & Pool, Geni in Vlikho Bay: Our first stop in Vlikho Bay and we sent Carlos and Judith off to find the excellent bakery, a Taverna for dinner and to explore the bars.  Carlos soon came back to collect us in the early afternoon to take us for a drink, a swim and later to Elena Taverna for supper.  As we had left mid afternoon and arrived back in the dark we had to guess where Njord was.  There was no moon that night and loads of yachts in the bay and we had not left her Bebi light (cockpit solar light) hooked up.  We dudnt do that again, but Carlos lined up Dennis with the houses on the shore and went straight to Njord.
Enjoying a pool dip in the pool at Stella Apartments, Geni: After a peaceful first night
Stella Apartments,  Vlikho Bay, Geni, Lefkada: Stella and Savas were lovely hosts at their holiday apartments and pool.   This was our first anchorage of the trip and the first pool.

The pool was inviting, refreshing and warm.  Afterwards a welcome shower meant we were on our way to good water management practises on Njord.  

Stella was very chatty and friendly and poured healthy G&Ts.

Elena Taverna, Geni in Vlikho Bay: Nice greek food.  The lamb chops were delicious.
Elena Taverna in Geni, Vlikho Bay: Our first evening out.  We went straight from the pool close by to this very nice taverna.
12 Gods Taverna Pontoon, Sivota: The berth, electricity, water and lazylines are all privided by the Taverna owner to make your stay here easy.  There is also assistance to moor up.  Free showers are also provided and there is a self service laundry near the first super market as you cime into the harbour.  The pontoons are new and solid.
12 Gods Taverna, Sivota: Sivota has matured since we were last here for the yachtie.  It is a very pretty circular bay well protected with a small entrance that opens out into the harbour.  It probably is not everyone
12 Gods Taverna , Sivota:
Cocktail time: Judith let slip that she likes cocktails so we started experimenting with Margueritas to go with the Mexican feast for supper on board Njord.  The tequilla and limes were easy to buy but we couldn
Palarios, Mainland Greece: Carlos and Judith out and about in the bay near the harbour of Palarios
Palarios, Mainland Greece: This was a lovely anchorage and protected for the wind direction we were going to have that evening.  Carlos and Judith took Dennis to the beach and met some friendly locals and a retired sea captain in the harbour.  Earlier in the day the Tourist Police had moved some yachts that were anchored too close to the beach.  We were off the harbour entrance so ok.  You have to be more than 300 metres from a swimming area and the police seem to be enforcing the rule this year.
 Vonista &  the Inland Sea: We went on a beautiful walk around this little pine tree island connected to the mainland by a causeway.  There were a lot of yachts anchored around the far side of the island which is very protected.  We were anchored off the town of Vonista instead with only 4 other yachts here, including some of our friends,  Keith and Linda from Marina di Ragusa.  We enjoyed a beer with them at a very friendly family run taverna
Vonista : Njord in the distance from up on the hillside outside the castle walls in Vonista
Pine tree walk: After a beautiful walk around this tiny island we swam off the beach in warm, shallow water.  There were loads of sea urchins so it was important to have our swim booties on.
Njord at anchor in the Ionian at Vonista: We saw turtles here, infact more than in the nature reserve dedicated to a breeding gound for them in Zathinkos
Parga, Mainland Greece: A lively anchorage as it
Petriti, Corfu: This beautiful anchorage was not over crowded during the day and less so at night.  We anchored in the second part of the bay just off the first Taverna, aptly named Panarama.
Lunchtime stop, Petriti: The view from Panarama Taverna. No need for other explanation!
Panorama Terrace, Petriti, Corfu: This Taverna had a lunchtime terrace and a cafe terrace here during the day.  In the evening the owners transformed it into a nice bar and outdoor dining area.  We went back for a cocktail that same evening before supper on Njord.
The view from the lunch terrace of the Panoramic Taverna, Petriti
Lunchtime in Petriti
Enjoying a chilled beer
Dennis the Menance: We told Judith that Dennis our dinghy was a bit of a menace when Carlos sailed with us before.    But after the first day of a little hiccough to show he had a mind of his own with his engine and with Dr. Carlos & Dr. Robert
Dennis The Menace
Petriti, Corfu: You can anchor either side of these rocks in beautiul clear water.  Nice beaches and places to swim.
The cutest puppy ever at Panarama Taverna,  Petriti: We woke up to yet another day in Paradise and deployed Dennis to take us to Panarama Taverna.  They had a good pontoon to tie Dennis up to whilst we enjoyed a local beer that turned into lunch as well.  This little puppy was so friendly and wanted to play with everyone.  He took a fancy to the buckles on my bag; must have been teething.
Petriti Village: Petriti was so lovely we chose to spend two nights at anchor here.  The second day we took Dennis to the harbour and went to the pool for the day.  For €6 you get a small beer, use of the cold water  shower before and after swimming, a sun lounger and umbrella; blissful.  Lunchtime was an XXL gyros for €5.50 washed down with chilled beer for the boys and a nice local white wine for the girls.  The pool was a really decent size, warmed by the sun and we were the only people until the apartment guests came back from their day
English Phrases: Judith
Northern Corfu by Vesper: On the last day Carlos and Judith went around the northern part of Corfu by Vesper to see some more of the island before leaving to go back to Madrid.

A lovely holiday!