From the Azores to the European Continent – by Kite!
And with MOBOS!
Two extreme athletes are going to kite 1,500 km across the Atlantic to the Portuguese mainland.
For protection against hazards due to weather, high sea and fatigue they use MOBOS
Due to the fact that this huge distance can’t be accomplished alone Lufinha is going to rotate in eight hours shifts with the German extreme athlete Anke Brandt. They are accompanied by a sailing-boat with a doctor and physiotherapists onboard (the reach is too long for a motorboat). It’s not just the very long distance which will demand considerable efforts from them. In addition to the fatigue further dangers have to be expected caused by not predictable weather and finally by the Atlantic Ocean with it high waves. That’s why nobody knows how long this Odyssee is going to take – it’s expected between five to ten days. Soon the mission starts, they are lurking for wind, the alert phase is already "Yellow" – they start by "Red"!
Beside of very hard training the preparations consist also of meticulous planning as well as excellent equipment. However, in spite of flashlight and clear visibility in 2015 it happened several times that the crew lost sight to Lufinha during night – the biggest danger!
To avert this risk Francisco and Anke are equipped with a MOBOS-Beacon which relay their GPS position regularly to a MOBOS-Receiver onboard. So they are permanently in the eye of the captain, a massive increase of their safety. Only MOBOS (and no other MOB device) can be used for this application because of its self-contained principle of functioning. It’s totally independent from SAR and external technologies and enables a promptly rescue managed by the crew. MOBOS-Beacon relays the current GPS position in cycle only seconds long. Using its own GPS position and the received from the Beacon the Receiver then evaluates the distance and bearing from the boat to the kiter – Francisco and Anke are always in the view of the crew.
MOBOS base on a rescue system for divers worldwide in application since 2005. Thanks to this device all divers became swept away by currents were located and rescued within minutes, even from long distances and in remote areas. The Seareq rescue systems are worldwide unique due to the autonomous function; they don’t interfere GMDSS. They are in application on numerous dive boats, private sailing-yachts and Kite-Center.