Originally Posted by paperbird
I went to the saltydawg rally web site and listened to the daily radio logs they have recorded. The Morgan 416 that requested rescue was on the recording. They reported taking on water beyond the capacity of their pumps and at least one crew member seasick to the point of uncontrollably vomiting blood.
Seems to be well beyond queasy.
Exactly, some of these folks should never have been offshore, given their general physical condition. I have been severely seasick twice to the point of vomiting and nauseated at least half a dozen times to the point where it affected my performance. Scary stuff. Lack of sleep, anxiety and dehydration definitely contribute to mal de mer. In those conditions, you might not want to be outside, looking at the horizon or steering.
Understanding your physical condition and your limits are important considerations in cruising. Many of these big boat sailors might be better suited to being safely inside on the ICW, instead of 200 miles off Hatteras...