Collision reports


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:

“That makes four collision reports:
a.. 21 Jan from 024′ 43.545 N 018′ 33.391 W,
b.. 22 Jan from 022′ 35.124 N 020′ 37.981 W,
c.. 24 Jan from 018′ 12.904 N 023′ 20.200 W,
d.. 25 Jan from 017′ 01.872 N 024′ 54.044 W.
Getting used to them now and less concerned. In any case they show progress being made. We’ve been considering what might be amiss. In order of increasing likelihood: technical error, angry whale ramming you every 24 hrs, helmsman DUI. Instructed the salvamento maritimo to stand down.”

2 thoughts on “Collision reports

  1. Janey
    February 19, 2015 at 21:56

    Just to add to the list, we – in a total panic – contacted the Australian Maritime Safety Authority in Canberra, which referred the matter to its counterpart in Madrid, which, surprisingly, had no knowledge either of Tainui or its safety.

    The author also failed to mention that the Tracker always communicated with us in the middle of the night…

    1. February 20, 2015 at 09:17

      Janey, we just don’t know how that happened. Blame is being directed in all directions. But anyway, it is all fixed.

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