Sea Sickness Stories
Sea Sick on the Atlantic
contributed by Hans and Inge from Germany
When we decided to do sailing trip on the Atlantic, we knew that we would be confronted with seasickness. So of course we got some sea sickness pills...
Our first couple of days on the 17 meter long boat were spent in the lagoon just off the city of Faro, Portugal. Passing tourist and fishing boats made the boat rock. No sea sickness problems, but we weren't yet on the Atlantic.
This was our first trip on a small boat on the Atlantic, so we listened when the skipper recommended that to prevent sea sickness we shouldn't eat. Later we learned many people are of the opposite opinion, and recommend that you should eat a lot, especially black bread.
On Day 3 the in the evening we sailed out onto the Atlantic Ocean. In the belief that we were immune to sea sickness we weren't worried and had even given up taking our tablets.
After just one hour, we started feeling sea sick. The boat was being rocked by waves coming from two directions because the wind was coming first from the north and then from the west. To counter our increasing nausea, we decided go to our bunks. But that didn't bring us any relief from the sickness and we suffered non-stop for 15 hours.
As we arrived at the next port the waves subsided, and our sea-sickness was gone within half an hour. We were left with just some very unpleasant memories!