The Spirit of Mawson - Australasian Antarctic Expedition 2013 - 2014

Australasian Antarctic Expedition

Day 2 – Symptoms, Diagnosis, Cure

Posted by Taylor - 9 December 2013

We’re well on our way to Macquarie island and no time is spared – the only thing remotely reminiscent of Mawson's woes of the high seas are the Nor’Easterly swells that batter the boat. Rolling the occupants like we’re on the pirate ship ride at the easter show. The powerful waves tower over the boat like moving mountains of water, each breach like claiming a first ascent and we haven’t even come close to being amongst the worst of it yet. The screaming sixties lay ahead - a three day onslaught of some of the strongest winds and swells in the world. Renowned for turning Able Seamen, into un-Able Seamen, sending them to the railings - reeling with uncontrollable vomiting and nausea.

Symptoms; Nausea, sore stomach, headaches and general tiredness.
Diagnosis – Sea Sickness
Cure – Time, patience and pain

No the sea sickness tablets don’t work, no the sea sickness patches don’t work, not even the acupuncture wristbands work. The only thing that does work, is well… vomitting. Whether it be impromptu, planned or expertly timed it normally happens just after breakfast, just after lunch and if you're lucky just after dinner. But the foods so good that I’m going back for seconds.