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Old 19-03-2013, 23:37   #16
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Re: Seasick For The First Time

On our last trip out we had just left the San Diego harbor when the wind just died. As the hours passed i realized I was developing a headache. A couple of hours later my stomach started to feel funny. Suddenly t occurred to me.
Not at all uncommon really. When you have wind in your sails and are underway, the wind acts to steady a sailboat and mitigates the influences of the waves to a degree--primarily by introducing a steady rhythm. One may still have the effects of pitching, but roll is greatly reduced and one's senses can compensate easily enough. When the wind suddenly ceases, and unless completely becalmed, one is subjected to roll as well as pitch and it may take the body a while to compensate for the changes; in that period one might well be vulnerable to sea sickness.

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Very common indeed. I've spent over 30+ days from Hawaii >> Tahiti and would be fine for a week then sick for a few. Always tried to sense it coming on and took a Bonine and Ginger pill (that combo works wonders for my seasickness) like a howitzer for me

Hope that helps / mine always disappeared after a few days and was exacerbated always with motoring for extended periods too!

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That's what I have found--there is some combination of motion that will make a person sick eventually, even if they are normally fine. I'm pretty good, but a couple of times in the fog, with a lumpy sea, at night, with only running lights bouncing off the fog and nothing else to see, I have become completely disoriented, with my head feeling like it is spinning, to the point that I was unable to maintain my balance without holding onto something. That was accompanied by feeling extremely sick. Had to lay down in the dark and shut my eyes, and it eventually went away.
Sounds like you had Vertigo, same thing happened to me once piloting a large airplane. Though all my internal gyros had tumbled I still had to land the damn thing because my copilot was busy puking. In a life time of sailing and 50 years of flying it just happens sometimes.
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Old 20-03-2013, 06:05   #19
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Re: Seasick For The First Time

Ginger gum and the bracelets work if you use as soon as you start to feel off............

You just have to push on the bracelet in the proper spot below the wrist..........."for a reset" of your system.
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Old 20-03-2013, 06:24   #20
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Re: Seasick For The First Time

Originally Posted by sww914 View Post
My most recent meal had been my own cooking, Dog Chorizo & eggs.

Dog Chorizo????????????

And YOU cooked it?


Well you're one dinner invitation to put on the Not Ever list!

On a slightly more serious note if you are never seasick then I think it must have been the food, or you picked up some illness, middle ear infection, maybe just a cold etc. but most likely you poisoned yourself sausage meat is exposed to air before its squished into the skin, and if its a large one the middle may not cook through enough to kill off the ecoli.


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