Bragged Off!

A transatlantic tale of late life crises and naughtycal adventures

Vessel Name: Brag
Vessel Make/Model: Island Packet 420
Hailing Port: West Loch Tarbert
Crew: Brian Steven & Agnes Wilkie
About: Husband and wife relinquished lives in fast lanes of finance (him) and tv (her) for bliss-on-a-boat
Extra: 2017 marks the Big Cast Off: from Tarbert to St Lucia via Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Gran Canaria then the ARC
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14 January 2018 | Atlantic Still
14 January 2018 | 4000 Miles from home
13 January 2018 | Not halfway yet
12 January 2018 | Road to Nowhere?
10 January 2018 | Watery
09 January 2018 | Out of the Doldrums
07 January 2018 | Road to Nowhere?
03 January 2018 | After the Storm
30 December 2017 | Could be Anywhere
26 December 2017 | Mid Atlantic Swimming Pool
24 December 2017 | Heading Away from St Lucia?
22 December 2017 | Approx 500mls from Canaries in wrong direction
21 December 2017 | Still in sight of land
20 December 2017 | Leaving Las Palmas
15 December 2017 | Rodney Bay
19 November 2017 | Start Line of ARC 2017
19 November 2017 | Pontoon Las Palmas
18 November 2017 | Brag cockpit
Recent Blog Posts
14 January 2018 | Atlantic Still

DAY 16 Super Moons and Super Curries

DAY 16

14 January 2018 | 4000 Miles from home

DAY 15 - 4000 MILES DOWN!

DAY 15

13 January 2018 | Not halfway yet

DAY 14 Sail’s Away?????

DAY 14

12 January 2018 | Road to Nowhere?

DAY 13 ME SUPERSTITIOUS?

DAY 13

10 January 2018 | Watery

DAY 12 - GETTING A GRIP

DAY 12

DAY 17 And the Things You Don’t Expect to Happen in the Middle of the Atlantic

16 January 2018 | 1000 MILES FROM ST LUCIA
Ag/hot and bothered
DAY 17
Things You Don't Expect Mid Atlantic - 0230hrs just over 1000mls from St Lucia I'm watching the latest ep of W1A...hysterical!
Long day in which nothing much happened but seem to be making reasonable progress and bets now open when we hit St L. I've staked my life on 2400 Monday but everyone else going for Tue/Wed. Peter made pizzas for lunch which were oozing cheese and anchovies what's not to like, Brian? And it was our first Freezer Supper - cottage pie and chilli veg. We have now officially reached The Last Apple. Only a melon and many onions and a gazillion cloves of garlic remain. Deteriorating entertainment = A-Z pop bands + To the Baltic with Bob. I had another emotional crisis when the galley cupboard’s sliding doors failed but it was nothing to B's catastrophic decline into depression and apparent despair with sailing and breaking boats. My thoughts? It's just exactly how everyone describes it and the more things you have to break, guess what? But I suspect **** about to get some seriously adverse publicity...what external filter on the brand new generator they had to replace the old one they seized which was hardly used...they might as well liquidate right now....

DAY 16 Super Moons and Super Curries

14 January 2018 | Atlantic Still
Ag/supermooning
DAY 16
New shifts feel a bit weird - institutionalised in two weeks wow! Too much chat not enough contemplation though it was the most magnificent super moon followed by a not so super sunless start but making good progress in the right direction so that's good and now eta is Tuesday 12, vast improvement on Tuesday 19 given our flight is on the 17th!!!! Funny long day of nothingness apart from bacon sandwiches with Andy's brilliant bread then a kaleidoscope of curries from Paul... heavy on the peanuts for me but undeniably delicious and full marks for Masterchef presentation. Wee touch of sunset serenity on the bow bench and early to bed for my midnight shift...now troubling over how to get everything in freezer finished instead of stressing over running out! Hey ho..
Brian called his Mum and she seemed fine as did Maggie and Paddy. From mid Atlantic. Funny wee world of waves and sky...institutionalised? Me????

DAY 15 - 4000 MILES DOWN!

14 January 2018 | 4000 Miles from home
Ag/sunkissed
DAY 15
My longest ever passage and B and I now travelled 4000 miles since we left Largs in June. It's the home straight and we have GOT to complete it...all hands on deck....
But inevitably the worst (?) happened and we couldn't get the twirler part down from on the top of the genoa stay. Either we did without the genoa or...someone would have to go up the mast and free it. In 20knot winds and a big sea swell...Peter volunteered. I have never been so scared in my life and reckon it was the bravest thing I've seen. Within an hour we had the sail back up and back on 9knts track!!!! A miracle and once again thanks thanks thanks be to God. Hope I said thanks enough.
Then had a brilliant fast sail in glorious sunshine complete with sublime smoked salmon and scrambled eggs...generator switched itself off just to remind us that at no time is anything ever perfect on this boat but it was a cheery afternoon with big boy showers and scones (thank you, Ailsa!) all round. Topped off with a proper Sunday dinner of chicken, bread sauce, gratin dauphinois and petits pois.
Sensational super moon guiding us tonight as we start our new watch system - I get Andy and Peter to buddy with. Dying to see how we all rub along..I think it could help relationships...?

DAY 14 Sail’s Away?????

13 January 2018 | Not halfway yet
Ag/dark
DAY 14
Halfway Hamburger Day
Caught a bird (?) Made burgers veg and meat. Freezer defrosted. Hand held still not sorted but Peter still on it. To no avail. In the absence of anything else to fuck up, decision to raise the cruising chute...one hour later, you find me lying on my bed pretending to be asleep. I wish.
Honestly this is not sailing.
Two book ideas on the go: Come Dine at Sea (c) Agnes Wilkie Inc and The Mysterious Life and Death of James Savage. Can you tell I’m a bit bored? Midnight strikes and with it catastrophe. Apparently our head Sail has gone overboard and is floating in the water. But hey the mast hasnt fallen down - always look on the bright side. Again. Brian and Andy on watch with Ed just up to take over from B. They think it's shackle failure but all they can do in the dark is manage to get the sail safely back on board then pass a sleepless night pondering possibilities. Once again I turn to God for help and guidance. I wish everyone else would do the same...this a real test not just an awfully big adventure and now we all have to dig deep. Freezer's working again though.

DAY 13 ME SUPERSTITIOUS?

12 January 2018 | Road to Nowhere?
Ag/blue skies
DAY 13
Grey start but transformed into a glorious Atlantic blue day marred only by a morning dominated by DuoGen repairs (successful) and an evening of VHF handset repairs (unsuccessful - perhaps due to my suggestion of cleaning it out with a wooden cocktail stick. It got stuck). But started and finished Treasure Island and might call my next dog Benbow in tribute...highlight was tarts spaghetti dinner with Andy's amazing home made bread in lieu of the absentee fish supper we were promised by Peter & Paul! Lowlight my toasted cheese and pesto tortillas...or was it just that there wasn't enough? Getting increasingly irritated by folk who declared they only drank water asking for 7 Up and Coke...and eating all the chocolate in one night...as it looks as if we will be at least another ten days at sea, rationing now in place. That'll teach them. Meanwhile Brag chunters happily on at 6-7knts in not very much wind. She is a star! And I'm trying to pretend the freezer has not mysteriously defrosted with our last week's provisions...

DAY 12 - GETTING A GRIP

10 January 2018 | Watery
Ag/not so hot
DAY 12
Memo to self: must get up! I did but...problems with chafe at mast AND genny not working oh yuk again. But prayers answered once more (memo to self: how will I ever thank you, God?) and both fixed in time for the last cabbage (coleslaw) Hendersons in Edinburgh style for lunch then lazy day of t cloth washing, music and chat. Started Treasure Island, celebrated St Andrew's Day with haggisarama and tartan jammies...no fish for tea tomorrow yet and with the veggies all but gone and the prospect of another two weeks of this wafting at 5 knots...we better find some wind or...corned beef, anyone?
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