The only sure cure?
Long time readers may recall that when we first started out sailing, I suffered from frequent bouts of sea sickness. While I was never brought to the point of vomiting, I was often nauseous when the sea state became lively. I am extremely happy to report that for the most part, I seem to have gotten over it. I can now even read while underway, an activity that, in the past, would surely have set me off. Because of my prior troubles though, I have a particular empathy for those who experience the same condition, or worse. I know that I got off lucky. It can be debilitating!
Unfortunately, several of our most recent guests have also had to deal with mal de mer. The weather last week was less than great so for those with us then, I can easily understand why. We experienced some very bouncy sailing conditions, and had some rolly anchorages too. Even though, this week, we’ve had a significant improvement in the overall weather, we’ve still found ourselves in a couple of wind-against-tide situations producing conditions that could easily induce sea sickness for those without an iron stomach. Not good, unless someone was looking for a good test.
A sure cure for seasickness is to sit under a tree.
What did I do to deal with this?
- Remained on deck while underway, most often at the helm.
- Avoided reading or any activity that required me to look down.
- Made sure that I had something to eat (sandwich, etc.). Sailing on an empty stomach always made me feel worse.
- When I started feeling queasy I would sip some ginger ale.
- If I was feeling really bad, I’d take Gravol with ginger.
- Aside from that, I sailed a lot!
Many other people who suffer from sea sickness take much more serious medications to deal with it (scopolamine, etc.). While I think these drugs may work, I have no personal experience with them.
Anyone care to share their sea sickness experiences and/or remedies?