Glossary: A Hitchhikers Guide to Berriland

Alphabetic listing of places, words, phrases and acronyms with their definitions, carefully and skilfully crafted by Alex’s sister, Isabella. Crib for the underlying themes and jokes.

A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z
Dame Ellen - Dame Ellen MacArthur
Derwent - The Derwent is a river in Tasmania, Australia. Its large estuary forms the port of Hobart.
Dinos - Dinoflagellates - Microscopic, (usually) unicellular, flagellated, often photosynthetic protists, commonly regarded as "algae". More here.
DMG - Distance Made Good; More here
Dodger - An awning that covers a small part of the forward part of the cockpit (about 30cm). It makes a small sheltered place that the person who's on watch can cower under as waves go over.
Dog Watch - A watch at sea is 4 hours except for the period between 1600 and 2000 which is split into two 2 hour watches to create an odd number of watches in each 24 hour period and allow the crew to rotate through all the watches over time.
Donk - The engine – a donkey is a beast of burden that does all the work and engines driving winches and other labour saving devices are known as donkey engines.
Dontevereventhinkofitandifyoudoyouremad - Making tea in adverse circumstances
Dr Boag - A beer brewed in Launceston, Tasmania
Dr Cooper - Coopers Sparkling Ale: - according to Alex: “brewed in the bottle, so a bit of sludge comes with it - best beer on the planet - beats a Pan Galactic Gargleblaster hands down”. Also a home brew from a Cooper’s Kit, perfected by onboard master-brewer Pete. See Pete’s interesting equation
Dr Gordon - Gordon’s Gin
Dr Grumpy - A particularly desperate brew of gin and cider
DSC - Digital Selective Calling. DSC radios have the facility to alert another vessel or rescue centre directly.
DTD - Distance to Dutch (Harbour)
Dublin Doctor - Guinness
Dumper - Surfing term for a breaking wave that ‘dumps’ the surfer.