Between the Canaries and Cabo Verde, Yellowbrick tracker, our little GPS transmitter, started sending out collision reports to our friends and family. We didn’t know about any of this at the time.
It turns out that Yellowbrick has some sort of deceleration measuring device in it. When you activate it, this will tell the world if your plane or Paris-Dakar motorcycle has crashed. In Tainui we each deny having altered the Yellowbrick settings but altered they were.
Although you’d have to ask how YB knew Tainui had had a collision, there was some consternation at home. In London Dirk contacted Canaries search and rescue authorities, in Australia Rosie and Jenny were worried too, although Chris concluded that someone on board had been fiddling with the controls of the unit and ignored the messages.
As Dirk later wrote to Maxine: