Lol. My nickname in the Canadian Navy
was "Kid Gravol." When leaving Esquimalt on Chaudiere (DD 235) a destroyer, I was fine until we hit open water
which was always sooner rather than later. And it could be stormy. Now some Navies go to port in bad weather
but not the Canadian Navy
and me staring at buckets could verify that fact. Young training
officers would have a black plastic garbage bag tucked under their belt so they were ready for "action" so to speak and not have to leave the bridge. Some lost
20 pounds crossing from Esquimalt to Japan
, "mal de mere" is a wonderful dieting program if you need to lose weight.
On smaller power
and sailboats I have had two types of sickness. One form of sea sickness
is extreme tiredness, you feel like some one slipped a drug in your drink, you can't stay awake. For me an hour nap fixed the problem, this occurred twice transiting from Point Roberts to Friday harbour with a bunch of alcoholic hospital administrators back in the day, always in the dark in off season months of November - March. The boat
was a 37 CT heavy displacement
vessel and could handle the nasties that the Strait of Georgia
could throw your way. The other and last time I got sick, but kept it all in, was off the coast of Oregon
on a whale watching trawler
out of Depoe Bay, we cruised at one knot
and the swells had my name on them. Ten more minutes out longer than we were and I would have been making a donation to the sea gods.
And one time staring at a bucket on the destroyer, an old salt
past me by and said: "Young man, eat bananas. They taste just as good coming up and as they did going down."