Worse things happen at sea.....part 1
Trip Start Nov 05, 2009
32Trip End Apr 26, 2010
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After making the crossing from Lanzarote to Gran Canaria I can quite see where this saying comes from...it was horrific. Two hours into the 15 hour journey and my plan to test whether I get seasick started to go badly wrong. What was I thinking? Why didnīt I take my pills? 3 - 4 meter swell, high winds and waves coming every few seconds. Anyway 3 major lessons were learnt that night...firstly take seasickness pills...lots of them, secondly donīt throw up on the wind-ward side of the boat because it ends up all over you and the boat (although by that point I couldnīt have cared less) and thirdly make sure your harness line is long enough so that you can actually reach the edge of the boat to vomit.
I did actually make it up onto deck for about half an hour that night and was able to just about appreciate the beautiful stars and the phophoresence as the boat cut through the water
Nic did amazingly well and stayed up on deck all night with Paul as everyone else was too sick to do their watches.As bad as it was it suprisingly didnīt ever cross my mind that I would pull out of the trip, so hopefully I will get through it and actually enjoy some of the ocean crossing. It will certainly be a test but thatīs why I am doing it so just got to try to make the best of it and enjoy as much of it as I can.
Paul is an excellant skipper, really knows his stuff and the boat is incredibly well organised and equipped. His son Tom is now joining us so will be pretty cramped with 5 on board but he knows the boat so should make it easier for us all to learn to sail the thing.