7.01.2011

Alaska Eagle: Acapulco to Cabo San Lucas


This is the last picture I took before Alaska Eagle pulled into port at Cabo San Lucas. Unfortunately, this is a picture of us leaving Acapulco and it took five days to get to Cabo. I didn't have technical difficulties or bad weather; no.....I got sea sick.

Before our trip when T and I would tell people about Alaska Eagle, they would always ask, "Do you get sea sick?" and I would reply, "I hope not". We had tried to be preventative and brought ginger chews and pressure point bracelets. I had a bad experience with Dramamine on a previous boat trip and try to steer clear of pills if I can, so these "natural" preventives were all I had.

As the boat left Acapulco, I settled in and Sheri mentioned we should put on sunblock. I went below to our room and instead of putting on sunblock had this overwhelming urge to crawl into my bunk and sleep. And that's what I did. At one point I remember T coming in and saying pizza was ready if I wanted to eat. I stumbled out of my bunk (I was on the top bunk), grabbed some pizza and went on deck.

I am not sure if there is a normal feeling when one is sea sick, but I can let you know I was feeling really strange. First, I couldn't really think straight. My body was controlling what my mind would do. For example: I ate a piece of pizza in the forward cockpit of the boat. There was a lot of sun in the forward cockpit. In the back of my head I was thinking (sun, bad. need sunblock) but what I did was lay down on one of the seats and try to go to sleep. My head was killing me. It felt like someone was squeezing it and opening my eyes made things worse. I was foggy. Really foggy. And slow to react to things.

After a while I realized I was going to be sick, as in, over the side of the boat. Well this boat trip was not what I had envisioned!

Throwing up is never fun , but throwing up over the side of a boat is awful. First, you have to make sure you don't go overboard. Second, the boat (in my case) was moving and I had to wedge myself somewhere to make sure I spilled my guts OVER the side of the boat and not in my lap. Third, when you throw up on a boat you throw up off the back of the boat for obvious reasons. Alaska Eagle is steered from the back of the boat (the aft cockpit) so privacy is really not something you are going to get.

The only good thing about throwing up is that for a few minutes afterwords you feel better. I used these few minutes to go back to bed, where I stayed for the next twenty hours.

The next five days were not fun for me. I was sick and useless. I was supposed to stand my watches with T but was only able sit through them. The only food I could keep down was canned peaches. If I was awake I was on watch, other then that I was sleeping. I was so happy when we made it to Cabo because when the boat stopped moving I was perfect.

Here are a few pictures T took between Acapulco and Cabo.
Notice me on the left laying on the boat

Here I am steering the boat. Don't be fooled by my award winning smile, I was using the wheel to keep me standing.

David and the Happy Hour spread

Taylor working on his tan

T steering the boat

Rich and Sheri

I have never done a boat delivery before and here are a few things I learned:

1. Even though we were on a sailboat, we did not sail back. We used the motor and had the main sail up to keep the boat from rocking side-to-side. Having the sail up helps to control the movement of that boat and gives the boat a boost in speed if the wind is right.

2. When you do a boat delivery you "sail" around the clock. We each stood watches that were broken up into 4 hour (day shifts) and 3 hour (night shifts) sections. The breakdown was:
8am-12pm
12pm- 4pm
4pm-8pm
8pm-11pm
11pm-2am
2am-5am
5am-8am
Start over....
Two people stood each watch and you steered the boat for 30 minutes on, 30 minutes off. Rich or Sheri were always on watch.

3. In a boat delivery everyone does everything (unless you were me and sick as a dog). This means everyone steers, cooks and cleans and watches the radar and fills out the ships' log. On the trip to Cabo I was pretty useless and could barely steer the boat once on each of my watches.

4. Happy Hour is everyday at 5pm

T took this picture as we were pulling into the Cabo San Lucas. I told the crew to ignore me if I got off the boat and kissed the ground. I was so happy to have made it to Cabo.

Coming next:
Alaska Eagle: Cabo San Lucas

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