Catalina 310 SF
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: San Francisco
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Don't neglect stomach acid!
Okay, I want to get credit for this one, since I've read (and taught) a lot about seasickness and suffered my share of both car and seasickness under certain conditions.
For me, stomach acid is the single largest contibutor to my experiencing seasickness. My stomach acid rises precipitously with lack of sleep, nervousness, stress--and of course all the other things typically discussed in instructional texts (alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, citrus, tomatoes and tomato sauces, spicy foods).
An important and highly effective seasickness preventer for me is taking both an anti-acid and an acid preventer/reducer. I have had great experience with Pepcid Complete (that's the combination Pepcid AC and anti-acid in a chewable tablet).
I keep a bottle on board and take one if I've been running short on sleep or am otherwise feeling stressed about the conditions or keeping to a particular schedule (both can happen to me preparing for a departure on a longer trip).
Also, make sure that when you lie down, your head is at least a bit higher than your feet. One time I was sleeping athwartships in the aft berth and when we changed tacks I could literally feel the rush of stomach acid hit the top of my stomach.
Paul V. Oliva
Skipper and ASA Instructor
Catalina 310 Time & Tide, San Francisco