Motion sickness incidence during a round-the-world yacht race

Aviat Space Environ Med. 1995 Sep;66(9):849-56.


Motion sickness experiences were obtained from participants in a 9 month, round the world yacht race. Race participants completed questionnaires on their motion sickness experience 1 week prior to the start of the race, during the race, and following the race. Yacht headings, sea states, and wind directions were recorded throughout the race. Illness and the occurrence of vomiting were related to the duration at sea and yacht encounter directions relative to the prevailing wind. Individual crewmember characteristics, the use of anti-motion sickness drugs, activity while at sea, and after-effects of yacht motion were also examined with respect to sickness occurrence. Sickness was greatest among females and younger crewmembers, and among crewmembers who used anti-motion sickness drugs. Sickness varied as a function of drug type and activity while at sea. Crewmembers who reported after-effects of yacht motion also reported greater sickness while at sea. The primary determinants of motion sickness were the duration of time spent at sea and yacht encounter direction to the prevailing wind.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Disease Susceptibility
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Motion Sickness / drug therapy
  • Motion Sickness / epidemiology*
  • Ships*
  • Sports*
  • Time Factors
  • Wind