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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19 November 2017 | Start Line of ARC 2017
19 November 2017 | Pontoon Las Palmas
18 November 2017 | Brag cockpit
18 November 2017 | Las Palmas
17 November 2017 | Still Las Palmas
12 November 2017 | MUELLE Deportivo
09 November 2017 | Stansted Airport
25 October 2017 | Puerto de Mogan
23 October 2017 | Las Palmas K36
18 October 2017 | Porto Sardine
13 October 2017 | Off Gran Canaria
13 October 2017 | Las Palmas
11 October 2017 | Porto do Lorde
09 October 2017 | Off Porto Santo
02 October 2017 | Luz, Portugal
13 August 2017 | Praia da Luz
04 August 2017 | Cape St Vincent
Recent Blog Posts
19 November 2017 | Start Line of ARC 2017

WE ARE OFF! Caribbean here we come!

Amazing start as 200 yachts leave Las Palmas. I cried. But we're done mg 5knts in 9knts of wind so the 3000 miles will pass quickly...hmm...

19 November 2017 | Pontoon Las Palmas

Five Big Boys and a Computer

Life not quite at sea - four weather forecasts all different. This could take some time!

18 November 2017 | Brag cockpit

When you can't sleep

It's the early hours in the morning of the day you start your first ever transatlantic crossing ....sleeping would be sensible but even if there wasn't a major Saturday night dancing revelry blasting from the marina club it would be impossible so...

18 November 2017 | Las Palmas

We Are A Crew

Tomorrow we head out into that Big Atlantic. There will be no more sleeps. But now we have Ed, Peter, Paul and Andy - hey we're a band! It's scary in a good way. Honest! Even though there is a depression out there...somewhere...just like real life?

17 November 2017 | Still Las Palmas

ATLANTIC CROSSING DIVERSION TACTICS

We head out into 3000 miles of empty Atlantic on Sunday. Here's a small selection of the ways and means I have devised to avoid thinking about the abyss:

12 November 2017 | MUELLE Deportivo

Party Party Party!

A week today we will be heading out into that Atlantic helpmaboaby....but for now, it's non stop partying - strawberry gin last night, parade of flags, marching bands and fireworks this morning, pontoon party this afternoon and to celebrate the last night Brian and I will be alone on this ship till St [...]

WE ARE OFF! Caribbean here we come!

19 November 2017 | Start Line of ARC 2017
Ag/sunny not windy
Amazing start as 200 yachts leave Las Palmas. I cried. But we're done mg 5knts in 9knts of wind so the 3000 miles will pass quickly...hmm...
Brian just got Monopoly Spanish version as a reward - the miracle happens!

Five Big Boys and a Computer

19 November 2017 | Pontoon Las Palmas
Agnes/ intense
Life not quite at sea - four weather forecasts all different. This could take some time!

When you can't sleep

18 November 2017 | Brag cockpit
Ag/in the dark
It's the early hours in the morning of the day you start your first ever transatlantic crossing ....sleeping would be sensible but even if there wasn't a major Saturday night dancing revelry blasting from the marina club it would be impossible so...
Our full crew now is Ed, who founded and runs an educational charity in India; Peter, a professional sailing instructor; Paul, an oceanographer turned international fish exporter; Andy, an airline captain. Brian is a healthy accountant and I am a GrAggie, formerly top TV and film executive...we are The Motley Crew!!! And I'm lying here thinking how to capitalise on this wide ranging skill set and exploit it to its full while on passage so....
What if we were to set up an online business producing videos about flying dead fish out to stranded orphan sailors with fatal diseases. For money. Brian is an accountant. Does that cover it? Better ideas by return please!

We Are A Crew

18 November 2017 | Las Palmas
Ag/hot
Tomorrow we head out into that Big Atlantic. There will be no more sleeps. But now we have Ed, Peter, Paul and Andy - hey we're a band! It's scary in a good way. Honest! Even though there is a depression out there...somewhere...just like real life?

ATLANTIC CROSSING DIVERSION TACTICS

17 November 2017 | Still Las Palmas
Still Ag and Hot
We head out into 3000 miles of empty Atlantic on Sunday. Here's a small selection of the ways and means I have devised to avoid thinking about the abyss:
1. Ordering Christmas dinner online at M&S
2. Coming up with 101 Things To Do With a Cabbage (longest lasting fresh vegetable assuming I forgot to keep the onions and potatoes apart)
3. Wondering if I should buy Spanish or British Monopoly and why don't they make a Caribbean version
4. The Archers Omnibuses
5. Reading The Bible
6. Cutting toe nails
7. Letters (?) to Santa Claus
8. Trying to remember where I've stored the marmalade
9. Making appointments for car service, dentist and hairdresser for the week before Christmas
10. Writing The Novel

The list goes on and on and on but so far No. 5 is winning.
Two more sleeps.... EEEEK!!!!

Party Party Party!

12 November 2017 | MUELLE Deportivo
Ag/extremely hot
A week today we will be heading out into that Atlantic helpmaboaby....but for now, it's non stop partying - strawberry gin last night, parade of flags, marching bands and fireworks this morning, pontoon party this afternoon and to celebrate the last night Brian and I will be alone on this ship till St Lucia, we're hosting a spagbol supper on board. Yip, this is the life!
Crew start flying in tomorrow...happy days!
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