Boating in Canada Archive

Seasickness discussions

Subject: Sea Sickness
31 Jul to 02 Aug 2001
Newsgroups: alt.sailing,alt.sailing.asa,can.rec.boating

"Big Man Restless" < wrote:
Just wondering how many of the 'brethren' here get sea sick on a sailboat? The reason I ask is I am taking sailing lessons and thinking of buying a 26' sailboat, but after a stint with some rough seas on my third lesson in a 24' foot sailboat, I was feeling pretty queasy, I don't really want to sink ( no pun intended ) a bunch of money into something I can't use to it's full potential if I keep getting sea sick. Any seasoned sailors still get sea sick?? Got any remedies or tricks to cope other than Gravol, Bromine and patches?
Thanks for any input!
Actually, I'll probably STILL get the boat! It's way too much fun!

Rich Hampel wrote:
good article of sea sickness: ?articleid=mahaff009 (no spaces)

Wayne Yeargain wrote:
Ginger Tea goes out with me every time I head out for an overnighter or longer. I use the candied ginger and a Mr Coffee or similar. Toss the candied ginger into the glass pot and perk the hot water over. Let stand until the pot cools to room temperature. Place in the refrigerator and then pour into a two gallon water cooler. With the bits of ginger in the cooler additional water or ice picks up the flavor. Some times the tea is rather strong other times weak depending upon how much I toss in. Candied Ginger will keep if aboard in a plastic baggie so you can make more for extended trips. Just something to consider

Mapi wrote:
Sea sickness is the sloshing around of the water in your eustachian tubules in your inner ear. This tri-configuration gives you 3-D motional awareness and lets you know if you're up or down or going sideways by using gravity. The problem comes when the liquid sloshes around too much and your brain can't get a handle on the impulses coming in and then gets overloaded and contradictory signals and isn't trained to ignore them. You get vertigo, then up comes the chunks.
Remedies are:
Being active and having your brain do work; like being the captain and making decisions.
Standing up and staring straight ahead, and trying to ride the swells and position your body so that the sloshing in your ears are only in one direction not many. This gives your brain a chance to logically interpret the data and to start registering it without going haywire.

The navigator© <> wrote in can.rec.boating:
1) The Eustachian tubes have nothing to do with hearing or balance. The
allow equalization of pressure.
2) the semi circular canals respond to acceleration, not gravity. There is no 'sloshing' going on at all. Go back to school and stop misinforming the world mister.
Cheers MC

"Bill Round" <> wrote:

I have been boating since I was 16 and generally sea sickness is not a problem for me. I do get queasy on occasion on some boats. (I believe that somewhere there is a boat(s) that will disagree with each of us).

Luckily just a 20 minute nap allows my body to adjust. I find if I grab my wrist putting my thumb on the pressure point those wrist bands stimulate I start to feel better in seconds. Normally what I will do is lay down for a nap grabbing my wrist. As I slip off to sleep my grip is released and I feel fine when I wake up.

Though I have never tried them this leads me to believe that the elastic wrist bands will indeed work for some folks.

"Capt. Dave©" <> wrote:

Ginger Root is a very good, safe, low cost remedy for queasy stomachs. It does work great and it is available just about anywhere. As far as side effects go, there aren't any significant ones that I'm aware of.

Sea sickness is a state that is temporary. You've heard the term "sea legs"? Well, this refers to when a landlubbers body finally adjusts to the constant motion of the sea. It takes anywhere from 24 hours to 3 days for the average landlubber to adjust to the sea. After this, the new "sailor" won't get motion sickness unless the conditions change drastically. It is not uncommon for seasoned sailors to succumb to the landlubber sickness during severe weather.

There is also such a thing as "land sickness" where people who have been at sea for an extended period of time will feel sick when they stand on land. Although most folks are such landlubbers that this is rarely a problem.

Good luck to ya!