Seasickness. To the French, it’s known as “le mal de mer;” to the Spanish, “la enfermedad del mar;” even “bahari ugonjwa,” as uttered by our nautical brethren in Swahili. These are some of the most dreaded words that mariners understand regardless of the language. It can bring most sufferers to their knees in humbling supplication to both the captain on the bridge and the heavens above to please, please, get them back to dry and solid terra fi rma post haste, if not sooner, with the absolute and irrevocable promise of never, ever doing this again.
Besides possibly getting a good whiff of early morning diesel or gasoline exhaust combined with the previous night’s imbibing of copious and varying amounts of dissimilar adult beverages and just having to go for that last serving of lasagna, the often multi-directional pitch, roll and yaw of a vessel underway, even in relatively calm conditions, can bring on the debilitating symptoms and resultant end product of the dreaded malady.
The physiological causes of sea sickness are complex—involving the sensitive organs of the inner ear and our brains, which can be dealt with somewhat by using an assortment of pills, remedies, and homeopathic and placebo-based therapies. The key to a sure-fi re cure is getting your boat to stop, or at least signifi cantly diminish, its up-and-down and side-to-side movement, which often occurs at the same time.