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bluecayuga 07-11-2008 08:33 PM

Why Did I Get Dizzy On Land (after 5 Days On Water)
Hello Sailnet,
This blog has been very helpful for me while I have been preparing for my first trip on a sailboat. Could someone answer a question? After 5 days on the water in a 40ft. sailboat (first time sailing and we loved it!) This may be a dumb question: While sitting at a restaurant immediately following 5 days on the water was I so dizzy I almost became ill, this lasted for at least 2 hours. The room felt like it was moving, I was uncomfortable I was so dizzy. Could I be getting "land sick" as opposed to "sea sick"??


denby 07-11-2008 10:28 PM

Land sickness, the inner ear and brain get so use to the boat movement that when it stops the brain thinks there is movement. I take a nine day trip in July and have no problem on the boat. but I'm a little off balanced for a few days when I get off. Some may say I'm always off balanced.:D

Don't worry about it, it will get less with time.

djodenda 07-12-2008 10:34 AM

It's weird, isn't it?

I always noticed that it gets worse if I am in a small area, like a shower stall.

I'm sorry that it's making you uncomfortable and expect that it will improve in time.


alaskaboy 09-25-2008 03:10 PM

Feeling like you're moving
I've not noticed this from sailing so much but I've noted it after a couple of days kayaking on rough water. I like it. Makes me think of the trip again.

erps 09-25-2008 03:17 PM

Both Sandy and I used to experience that, and like David, especially when we would get home and take a shower. Now neither of us experience it anymore. I don't know if it's because we're getting older and there's a physilogical difference, or we've become accustom to it over the years.

ckgreenman 09-25-2008 03:22 PM

Tripped me out the first time it happened to me. My dad had just bought our first boat and we spent the weekend on board. After about 18 hours on the boat we went to dinner at the restaurant down by the breakwater and everyone was tripping out how it felt like the restaurant was floating.

I hardly noticed it much after that.

Giulietta 09-25-2008 03:37 PM

You got dizzy because you landed near Chicago, and smelled Sway's socks...

That happened to me once....but that was when he opened his mouth

sailortjk1 09-25-2008 03:48 PM

Hey guys this thread is over two months old, stop reviving old threads.
Where is the Dog when you need him.

ckgreenman 09-25-2008 03:51 PM

If it weren't meant to be revived then it would be locked :D

Ouch, Alex. Good thing I don't live near Chicago then :)

SailChick20 10-02-2008 02:54 PM


Originally Posted by ckgreenman (Post 374752)
Ouch, Alex. Good thing I don't live near Chicago then :)

Hey...there's more than smelly socks in Chicago...speak for yourselves!

I had this "landsickness" for weeks after first getting the boat...thought it would never go away.

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