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Re: Future ex-Landlubber
Of the hundreds of people I've sailed with, very few have not gotten over their seasickness. Often just putting someone on the helm can solve the problem, realizing that they are in control and not the ocean seems to do the trick.
From these experiences I've come to the conclusion that most people get seasick because they are uncomfortable in the new environment, not from actual motion sickness. It's amazing how swiftly some get sick when the land dips below the horizon astern.
As captain, I doubt that you will have the problem, except possibly in extreme conditions where you feel you are outside your depth.
As an extreme example, my friend Jerry, who sailed many miles with us in the SoPac and went on to sail with the Greenpeace organization back in the 70's, would ask someone to take the helm momentarily while he fed the fish. If on watch alone, he had his bucket. His love of sailing so outweighed his discomfort from seasickness that he would not allow it to incapacitate him at all.
Put these thoughts of seasickness out of your mind. Your apprehension may well bring on the very thing you fear. Deal with it IF it comes up but don't dwell on it.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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