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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20 July 2017 | Póvoa de Varzim
18 July 2017 | Muros
17 July 2017 | Cape Finisterre formerly The End of the World
16 July 2017 | Muxia
15 July 2017 | Muxia
10 July 2017 | A Coruña
06 July 2017 | Marina Coruña
05 July 2017 | Still in La Coruña and will be for a while aka BoB Recovery
04 July 2017 | La Coruña
04 July 2017 | La Coruña
01 July 2017 | Kinsale
28 June 2017 | Kinsale
28 June 2017 | Kinsale
27 June 2017 | Kinsale
26 June 2017 | Swine's Head
26 June 2017 | Dunmore East
24 June 2017 | SIKQ
24 June 2017 | SIKQ
Recent Blog Posts
20 July 2017 | Póvoa de Varzim

PORT- PORT- PORTUGAL!

We sailed out of Baiona at dawn - a dirty grey wet miserable start to a 50-odd mile sail down the Atlantic coast and just to remind non nauticals that's at least ten hours as our crow crawls... but it got better. We tacked and we tacked and we were doing 7knts and the rain stopped and we crossed the [...]

18 July 2017 | Muros

Party! Party! Party!

Turns out Muros is just like Muxia in terms of competition for the villlage that never sleeps! And where there are parties there are people and where there are people partying, guess what? No shops! Not even a baby supermarket open so it is with depleted supplies of sleep and slops that we head away from the bright lights and festive fishes (see pic) and head south towards Baiona, near Portuguese border...uh oh! Portugal alliterates with Parties....💃💃💃

17 July 2017 | Cape Finisterre formerly The End of the World

Somewhere over the WHITE rainbow

So we set off in blazing sun from Muxia at 8am...by 9am we are shrouded in thick thick fog off Finisterre ...and look what I've found - the ultimate in tasteful rainbows, a white one!!!!!

16 July 2017 | Muxia

It's St Carmen party time!

Mental here! Rockets, rock music and ridiculous nautical manoeuvres in the harbour at Muxia to celebrate the Virgin Carmen - who knew!???

15 July 2017 | Muxia

Been a Pilgrim, Got the Habit!

Santiago da Compostela: UNESCO World Heritage Sight; Christian Mecca (?) for centuries; Don Quixote and Francis Drake were here...what more to say...

12 July 2017 | Muxia

Shore Powerless in Muxia with Yummy Goose Barnacles

We had a beautiful sail down from a Coruña to Camariñas in blazing sunshine with 12 knots SW winds on a beam reach - I think that's what was promised...?

PORT- PORT- PORTUGAL!

20 July 2017 | Póvoa de Varzim
Ag/sunny but blowing a hooley
We sailed out of Baiona at dawn - a dirty grey wet miserable start to a 50-odd mile sail down the Atlantic coast and just to remind non nauticals that's at least ten hours as our crow crawls... but it got better. We tacked and we tacked and we were doing 7knts and the rain stopped and we crossed the maritime border and hey the sun came out, the skies turned blue and it was bliss. Portuguese bliss. But obviously there had to be a drama and once again I did it. Having landed beautifully in one of our best and definitely cheapest marinas so far, the big boys were playing with mooring lines which can take a while/days/weeks so I decided to take on the awesome responsibility of turning off the engine....yip, I reverted to car convention and turned the ignition key off. Nothing happened. So I shoogled it. Still nothing. And I then I thought (unusually technically for me): bet it's still in gear! So I shoogled that. It wasn't in gear. Only then did it come back to me that you MUST depress the red Stop button first then it beeps at you, then you turn off the ignition. And that's how you switch off a Boat engine.
Otherwise major major catastrophe involving every orifice opened up, extensive use of foul language and predictions of death, pestilence and plagues of locusts ensue....all to the hideous soundtrack of Diesel engine-without-its-off-button...
An hour later, after fuel line disconnected and the reconnected or some sort of boaty black magic, we're back in the boat business. But another v close call for Brag - she was nearly back on the market there...
Pic is of my browning legs and the Portuguese courtesy flag flying on Brag's mast from my favourite sun lounging position! Happy days - we're here for a while...Porto and Douro River to explore = port and wine tastings forever!🍷🍷🍷

Party! Party! Party!

18 July 2017 | Muros
Ag/dawn mist
Turns out Muros is just like Muxia in terms of competition for the villlage that never sleeps! And where there are parties there are people and where there are people partying, guess what? No shops! Not even a baby supermarket open so it is with depleted supplies of sleep and slops that we head away from the bright lights and festive fishes (see pic) and head south towards Baiona, near Portuguese border...uh oh! Portugal alliterates with Parties....💃💃💃

Somewhere over the WHITE rainbow

17 July 2017 | Cape Finisterre formerly The End of the World
Ag/peasouper
So we set off in blazing sun from Muxia at 8am...by 9am we are shrouded in thick thick fog off Finisterre ...and look what I've found - the ultimate in tasteful rainbows, a white one!!!!!

It's St Carmen party time!

16 July 2017 | Muxia
Ag/hot & noisy
Mental here! Rockets, rock music and ridiculous nautical manoeuvres in the harbour at Muxia to celebrate the Virgin Carmen - who knew!???
Obviously in celebration of our early departure tomorrow - Muros, here we come, burnt and brown!

Been a Pilgrim, Got the Habit!

15 July 2017 | Muxia
Ag/hot sunny and v windy
Santiago da Compostela: UNESCO World Heritage Sight; Christian Mecca (?) for centuries; Don Quixote and Francis Drake were here...what more to say...
Well, if you like your Christianity in the shape of multi massive monuments, drenched in Versailles scale g(u)ilt and swarming with badly dressed pilgrims in ugly boots and vicious walking sticks, every one bedecked with overstuffed rucksack and hideous headgear...
Shopping runs from usual tat to life size porcelain baby Jesuses in the crib and Holy Marys to dangle round your neck...I bought a pen and a book.
It is an amazing place. Shame about the people, past and present...
Serenity and salvation came for us in the form of the Centre for Contemporary Art - think baby BALTIC in concrete and marble - on a hot Thursday afternoon, we were totally alone for the first time in five weeks. Love Art!❤️

Shore Powerless in Muxia with Yummy Goose Barnacles

12 July 2017 | Muxia
Ag/dreich
We had a beautiful sail down from a Coruña to Camariñas in blazing sunshine with 12 knots SW winds on a beam reach - I think that's what was promised...?
Instead we got 20knts on the nose in a heaving sea I can only compare to the Mull of Kintyre on a grey day with engine on almost constantly for 11 hours. Yip, 50mls in 11 hours - even Brian's first Mini was faster than us.
And when we got to the warm and welcoming little harbour of Camiriñas, there was nothing warm nor welcoming in the only available berth rafting up against a very piratey looking Spanish yacht so we upped fenders and went to Muxia instead and got a warm and welcoming reception from a young guy on a turbo charged electric bike. He speeds faster than a Ferrari or have my speed buds been spoiled by our stately progress? Anyway, turns out he's harbourmaster come petrol station manager simultaneously. All conversations abruptly interrupted by a never ending stream of cars wanting filled up so they can go fast. So it took a while to work out that our shore power line is shorting the entire marina's supply...
It was a long time before Kinsale's quiches and Heinz' baked beans were served last night. And our shore powerlessness will no doubt provide today's big adventures in nautucalia...whilst a storm brews out in the Atlantic. For days. And days. And days.
More to come from Muxia and its scrmmy looking barnacles, I fear...
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