Saturday, November 24, 2012

A Recommended Anti-Seasickness Drug

We left Kos late Thursday afternoon, around 4 p.m., and had good strong north winds for our 175 NM sail. We arrived around 1:30 a.m. at night on Saturday.

It blew 20 to 25 knots for much of the ride. Waves were about one to two meters but short and choppy. For stretches, winds would abate to between 15 and 20 knots. We had the main under one reef, the staysail up and a bit of the jib flying. It was a sweet sail plan that allowed Phoenix to gallop along at up to 7 knots at times. Overall, during the 33-hour passage, we made an average of 5.22 knots.

Our crew member, Taylor, got the experience he was looking for. His first night sail and with conditions of an ocean passage. He saw his first freighters at sea up close and personal. We hailed two of them on the radio since we were crossing in front of their bows at about 1 NM. Freighters are happy to oblige us little guys and they altered their courses to allow us to pass.

Taylor was good crew and as a great story teller of his many adventures, great company. His quest to see the grittiest parts of the world on just a couple of Euros a day, is a reflection of his curious mind and adventurous spirit.

Taylor Booth, the indefatigable hitchhiker.
Jennifer and I anticipated the "washing machine" conditions of the passage and took Stugeron. It is a wonderful seasickness drug which is, for some mysterious reasons, unavailable in the United States. (I assume it is a pharmaceutical trade issue, since I believe Stugeron is manufactured by a non-US company.) We readily found Stugeron at the first pharmacy. It is an over-the-counter (non-prescription) drug and cost 1.50 Euro for a package of 50 tablets at 25 mg. each.

Most European sailors are familiar with Stugeron. According to Wikipedia, it is the most common anti-seasickness drug in the British Royal Navy. It is recommended to take a 25 mg dose an hour or two before uncomfortable conditions and then 25 mg every 8 hours. (Or 75 mg per 24 hours.) The unique aspect about it efficacy is that it is the only drug (I know) which works on the causes of seasickness rather than the symptoms. It expands the capillaries in the inner ear, allowing greater blood flow there. Or something like that.

Anyway, it worked like a charm with none of the drowsy, woozy side effects of the American equivalents.

We are off to explore Rethymno.

1 comment:

abbot said...

Real sailors don't need no stinking seasick pills

the real medicine for the sissified affliction is salt spray in the face, and it's a permanent cure... now get out there take another dose