This is about seasickness and food in general and the upcoming trip to the old World, Europe.

It will be 12 days without land. 12 days and 12 nights. Our bodies are exposed to a particular strain. The crossing from the Caribbean to Gibraltar and then to Spain. We live on a sail boat with 2 masts, 52m in length. In some ways, the Atlantic crossin is a tour de force for the body and spirit. With the pitch and rolling, heeling and tacking. And many parts of the vessel with no external view and keeping upright on a 20 deg inclination. Exerts an extreme stress on the body.

With the constant movement and sway, there is a permanent effort to keep the balanc. The body is always active and restless. Even during sleep, muscles and brain do not relax. The brain in the head
swims in the restless rhythm of the sea. Day after day. The art is to conquer the fatigue resulting from seasickness. The brain response with headaches, apathy, disinclination to work and spiritual emptiness wich therefore increases the level of stress hormones. This in turn, keeps your mind in a concentrated state.
One has no appetite, so only the bare minimum needs are met, such as hunger and thirst. To avoid Dehidratation regular small amounts of water needs to be consumed. Coffee consumption depends on the state of health (coffee stimulates the nervous system unnecessarily), which can lead to excessive stress and nausea.

Every person can be affected by seasickness at any stage of their life. Even experienced sailors who have been at see for years, can suffer from it.
The reaction varies mostly, according to the main axis of movement. Vertical movements are less well tolerated than horizontal movements.
The cause of motion sickness can be also explained by the fact that the senses provide incorrect information on the spatial location and movement of the body.


Ensure the body is suffisiently nourished with fluids and food before the start of the journey. By providing sweetened hot drinks and soups in thermoses for the ride, it is all part of planning. The use of alcohol is strongly discouraged. Alcohol reduces the ability to balance the conflicting information. Stay away from fat or proteinrich food that is hard to digest. Food should be constructed mainly on the basis of easily digestible carbohydrates, such as potatoes, cereals and pasta.


Placebo controlled studies have shown, that ingestion of 1-2 g ginger can reduce the incidence of seasickness.

Have a nice trip

 Tom Voigt