Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: New England USA
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Abandoned Sail Boat???????
During the ''78 Newport-Bermuda race, we had a nasty storm run through the fleet. A close friend of mine was on a boat that lost a crew member overboard. He was overwrought with grief after the race. Even though all seagoing precautions were taken for foul weather, this crewmwmber had died. The leading cause atributed to his being swept overboard and subsequent death? Seasickness!!!! The crewmwmber was so sick that he was unable to perform even simple tasks, like clip into the jack-lines as he came on deck. He was unsteady and having trouble clipping in when he was washed over.
The boats could be fine, but if the standing crew were overcome by mal d mare, their judgement could have been impared. Nothing is worse than being in a storm and becoming overcome by this insideous symptom. I have been fortunate to only been effected once. And it was no treat. I''m no rookie either, having tens of thousands of blue water miles under me. When I was overcome, it was particularly nasty out, the boat had suffered a diesel leak below, all hatches were shut, most everyone was sick, except for me. I volunteered to go below to fix breakfast for the crew, seeing I was "Impervious" to getting sick. Well after 10 plates of scrambled eggs and bacon were served up, I could not take it any longer, and became violently ill. I went on deck, clipped in and spent the rest of the storm in a haze, I just recall the arrival at port, and that''s about it.
When you are sick, every wave seems like 100'' tall and that the rolling will never stop. Small things become big things in your mind, and you may not be able to cope. This is not to say that is what had recently occured, but may have been a contributing factor. All the best laid plans can go awry if you are un-able to funtion rationally.