Please select your home edition
leaderboard with question mark E6 launch 2021

Global Solo Challenge - Seasickness, how to deal with it and manage it safely

by Global Solo Challenge 23 Dec 2021 02:55 PST
Seasickness poses major problems when sailing and can become a big risk factor. © Global Solo Challenge

Causes of seasickness

Seasickness is caused by the interaction between the organs of balance, the visual and tactile systems and the brain. While being thrown around a boat, our brain cannot reconcile the messages it receives. It is over-stimulated by conflicting information caused by the continuous acceleration and deceleration.

The result is that the brain comes to the conclusion that you have been poisoned! It therefore induces the body to vomit to get rid of the harmful substances that it imagines have been ingested. It is therefore an instinctive survival reflex, unfortunately useless, because obviously vomiting does not solve the situation in any way.

No one is totally immune, but surely some suffer seasickness more than others. Especially different people react totally differently which is a significant risk factor when sailing with short-handed.

How to avoid it

Avoiding seasickness is possible within certain limits and certainly there are many aspects that can improve or worsen the situation. I'm not talking about what to eat for breakfast or what to do in preparation for a Sunday trip. There are tons of resources that offer diet advice and grandma's remedies. To avoid seasickness you must first understand the causes and act on them.

Only a methodical approach of the skipper and meticulous preparation guarantees the safety of all. When the weather gets bad we are used to seeing stressful scenes, people screaming and a lot of confusion. A trained skipper prevents and never faces these unnecessary additional problems.


There are medicines that work by reducing the sensitivity of the organs of balance. Therefore, with the same movement, the messages sent by this organ to the brain are attenuated. Medicines work but usually those who should take them forget to do it in time, making them less effective.

They also cause drowsiness and often you find yourself with zombies on board totally dazed. Half asleep, they will be unable to stay awake when it is their turn to be on watch, a real problem if you are short-handed. Medicines are therefore not the panacea but they can certainly alleviate symptoms.

Consult your pharmacist for over the counter medicines available in your country.

Continue reading the full article here...

Related Articles

Global Solo Challenge welcomes 48th entry
Gardner LaMaurice was already in the process of preparing his boat to complete a circumnavigation With his entry the young American wants to break the stereotype of sailing only being accessible to rich retired people and hopes to inspire others to follow his example. Posted on 18 May
The coast of Mauritania and the threat of piracy
Even though pirates are known to mainly target cargo ships, attacks on yachts are not unheard of Following winds... a favourable current... the sea helps the skippers move faster… Some sections of the Global Solo Challenge will be pure bliss for its participants. Posted on 17 May
What boats were designed by Finot-Conq?
Taking a look at some of the designers of Global Solo Challenge entries I have taken a look at some of the Naval architects, the designers behind the current list of boats entered in the Global Solo Challenge. Posted on 11 May
What is the passion for ocean sailing?
The sea invokes people's deepest feelings The sea has always been and remains a mystery as attractive as it is impenetrable, a mystery that for most human beings is an ineffable fascination. Posted on 7 May
How long does it take to sail around the world?
The Global Solo Challenge is not a race but rather a challenge with a competitive element The Global Solo Challenge is a single-handed, non-stop, unassisted sailing event by the three Great Capes. Racing Rules of Sailing, however, do not apply, nor any class rules such as IMOCA, Class40 or similar. Posted on 3 May
Global Solo Challenge partners with the IACH
Honoured to work with the International Association of Cape Horners The organisers of the Global Solo Challenge are honoured to announce the partnership with the prestigious International Association of Cape Horners (IACH). Posted on 21 Apr
Global Solo Challenge and the Canaries
Are they the lucky islands? Even when a sailor's eye gets used to the vast horizon, the colours and tones of the sea and sky change every day... the open seas are never the same from one day to the next... Posted on 13 Apr
Ratings in a round-the-world yachting event?
Giving every competitor a fighting chance to win In the majority of sailing events, where different types of boats compete, there is normally a handicap system so as to give every competitor a fighting chance to win. Posted on 11 Apr
Global Solo Challenge partner TÜV Thüringen Italia
Addressing the sustainability implications of running a global event The Global Solo Challenge has decided to address the sustainability implications of running a global event by partnering with TÜV Thüringen Italia. Posted on 9 Apr
Which is the right way to sail around the world?
Volta do mar. The right way around the world. Or is it? "Sailing East and West are a bit like chalk and cheese. They are opposites both figuratively and literally" says Round the World Queen Dee Caffari*. Posted on 2 Apr
J Composites 2020 - FOOTERCyclops 2022 May FOOTERMcConaghy 2022 - MC63p & MC75 FOOTER