Originally Posted by Biggles
Foolishly i've just been conned in to crewing a Yacht over to NI from Scotland in October !!!!
And I suffer sea sickness.
Also i've just watched that poor woman wretching up in a Force 6 on seaside rescue in the channel.
The yacht was getting knocked about a lot but it didn't look like a force 6.
Better start stocking up on the sea sickness tablets now. Or should I just go to plan 'B' and get blind drunk every night.
Don't know about most people, but big seas can be quite friendy - I've found that an oily swell is probably the most pukeagenic, especially when spending time below. As for remedies - very few (if any) work; time afloat generally improves symptoms (though not always) and working through it is the hard man philosophy. I've tried travel sickness pills and they just made me feel weird while vomiting, relief bands (supposed to put pressure on an acupuncture meridien that reduces nausea) are a total waste of time, and just get vomit all over them. I even spent £100 on the electronic gadget that sends electric shocks through your wrist to interrupt the nervous system signals - what fun I had projectile vomiting at the chart table while receiving hand numbing electric shocks! Have been recommended scopolamine "Scopoderm" patches (worn behind the ear) and will have to see if they work on my next trip to France. I somehow doubt it, but the belief that they might keeps me sailing.
Plenty of good advice on this site I'm sure, but I recommend eating well (gives you something to work with) staying topside if possible and avoiding diesel fumes. Booze, unfortunately, does no good until afterwards.