We left the Cabo San Lucas Marina in the dark, timing it perfectly to watch the sunrise as we approached El Arco / Lands End. A perfect start to our new adventure aboard the S/V Sea Fern.
This wasn’t just a new adventure on a new sailboat…it was my first time spending day after day and even sleeping on a sailboat. Living aboard. I’d never done that before, not for even just one night.
I was concerned about getting sea sick. You see, I got car sick as a kid, woofing cookies on my mother’s lap. I got motion sick on swings ever since I got pregnant the first time (1986) up until about 7 years after my last pregnancy (2009). I’ve even been getting sea sick on paddle boards, boogie boards, sometimes even just swimming in the ocean.
How on earth was I going to handle being on the S/V Sea Fern as we sailed north along Baja California Sur from Cabo to La Paz?
This try-to-stay-grain-free gal was eating crackers, potato chips, and sucking on ginger. Anything I thought would help settle my stomach. Mineral water helped me burp a lot, if that was of any help.
I wore those wrist bands, watched the horizon and fared just fine for the most part. With a breeze in my face and standing at the helm I felt great, as long as I didn’t have to look up at the wind vane on the mast. Even the quickest glance put me off.
I’ve learned of more options since then, of how to deal with motion sickness. A big one was that I discovered later that when I lay flat on the fore deck parallel to the bow sprit with my face against the coolness and my eyes closed, I feel connected with the boat and her actions, and therefore I don’t feel sick at all. I can sleep there (or not) and feel great…until I sit up. Then the queasiness might set in immediately.
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