I have fallen a bit behind schedule. It’s 2130 (9:30 p.m.) and I am just getting to today’s blog. We spent the day on maintenance and office work again today. It rained almost all day and we are getting our tails kicked on the dock. I have tried to describe this before, but the boat is jerking against her dock lines so hard right now that it is a challenge to hit the right keys on the computer keyboard. The wind has been out of the north northwest at over 30 knots for most of the last hour to 90 minutes. I spent the last 15 or 20 minutes on the dock with Captains Rich Beliveau, Carol Chapman, Tom Gaunt and Bob Hughes adjusting dock lines and fenders on various boats. It will be a challenge to get much sleep tonight. The current forecast calls for the winds to maintain this velocity until about dinner time tomorrow. Plus it’s going to be “cool” tomorrow.
It is rough enough to get seasick sitting here at the dock. I have read a lot about seasickness and there is one thing that most researchers and authors seem to agree on – seasickness is frequently a mind game. A trick I use to keep from being overcome while in current conditions is to convince myself that we are underway. Motion is normal when underway. And the crew usually sleeps in shifts while underway. So the rocking and jerking motions are not unusual while underway and my brain seems to be okay with that. However, if I focus on how hard we’re bucking just sitting in the slip, my mind doesn’t seem to like that and the queasiness begins. Stay hydrated, cool and one step ahead of your mind and all seems to be well for me.
So I am headed to bed. I hope you have a good night.