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Great effort for all that competed,well done. Hi res pics from north head here -

 

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ptxzinmhp6hwgdg/-uwcxWm10k

 

Fill yer boots, right free, apologies to those I missed.

 

Re seasickness - most often caused by disassociation of what you see and what your inner ear figures you feel. Some say look at the horizon but the real trick with that is keep a tiny bit of the yacht in your field of view while you do it, that way you have a reference point for what you are feeling vs what you are seeing. You will get it sorted Ash.

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Another thing with the Stugeron - it is likely half a pill will be enough especially if you take it early. One pill is also ok but may make you a little drowsy.

 

Sturgeron is good, have had no problems importing it from the UK. One other thing to note is that it doesn't mix well with alcohol - made me really drowsy once we had finished the race and started drinking. Didn't make me drowsy while racing but does stay in the system for awhile and can knock you out pretty quick once the party starts!

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We enjoyed the race. Usually do although the lack of the SW sling shot at the start means a later arrival at the cape and..... A dreadfully slow beat to Tapeka. Really found the groove with the code 0 after the front went through. Nice sail to have. The Ant got close on one cross after the cape but it was fickle and we managed to wriggle away again. Great prizes! Second time in three years that I have won the outboard draw. Cool- new sail.

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Paihia Bombs put me to sleep. I literally can't stay awake for hours after I take them. The only thing that works for me is Scopoderm patches but I have to put the first one on the day before I get on the boat for it to be effective. And by the end of Day 2 at sea, I am having major hallucinations.

 

So I wouldn't be a contender for the Solo Tasman!

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I think some folks find the Paihia Bombs brilliant but others ... not so much. The Blockhouse Bay Pharmacy in Auckland were doing something similar to the Paihia Bombs but they were an all-in-one capsule which made things a bit easier (can't forget to take the 2nd one).

 

My understanding of the Paihia Bombs (and Blockhouse Bay Pharmacy meds) is that they use an antihistamine to block the signals from your inner ear to the nausea centre in the brain. This is the bit that makes you feel like crap when your inner ear gets confused. The problem with this is that antihistamines make you drowsy .... so the 2nd part of the med is an "upper" to bring you back up to something like normal. I think the Paihia Bombs use caffeine as the "upper" med, and I'm not sure but I think the Blockhouse Bay meds use a pseudoephedrine product as the "upper" (basically an amphetamine).

 

I've used the Blockhouse Bay Pharmacy meds to great effect .... on one quite rough trip (NZ to Fiji) I didn't have any problems with seasickness and didn't feel either drowsy or excessively perked up. In that case they worked well for me .... but then again on another occasion (Fiji to NZ) they didn't work as well. In a bit of a confused sea state, I felt like crap but I only threw up once, never missed a watch, did everything I needed to do on the boat (and more) ..... just felt nauseous and didn't want to eat for 3 days. After 3 days I felt fine ... though I was still stressed about the incompetent skipper and 1 dangerous crew member and couldn't wait to get off that boat as soon as we hit Opua (long story). I suspect the meds helped and took the edge off, but didn't stop it entirely.

 

So, the short answer is different things work for different people and they don't all work all the time. You need to carry a couple of different types of seasickness meds that you know don't screw you up badly and use your favourite but be prepared to go to plan B (or C or D) if needs be.

 

The only sure fire, 100% effective seasickness remedy is to go sit under a tree for a while.

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The ingredients are 100mg of Caffeine (Paihia bomb white tablet) and 6mg Polaramine (Paihia bomb blue tablet). Dexchlorpheniramine (Polaramine) is an antihistamine.

On the commercial versions it says, take the white one half an hour before the blue one, once a day. I purchased No Doz tablets which are 100mg of caffeine and 6mg polar-amine, in this form they are both white tablets and available from a chemist. In the Solomon islands they did not have the brand Polaramine they had a generic brand of chlorpheniramine which I purchased hoping that they would work, and yes they did, so by this one would ascertain that its the chlorpheniramine in the polaramine that makes these tablets together work.

 

I cut that from a fishing website, Stugeron also use an antihistamine but of a different name which makes me think that hay fever tablets might have been working for years for people who have hay fever and can't work out why one day they were fine on the water and the next time they were sick all over the place. I used to use stugeron until one trip when I was 14 I had the worst puking of my life and since then I've taken nothing and monitored myself really closely and bit by bit git it under control. In our family growing up there was no option of not going sailing.

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I get seasick. Usually at the beginning of a coastal or offshore passage. I usually use a scopeaderm patch, which helps a lot. Gives me a slightly metalic taste on my mouth, but I've not had the problems with them that some have.

 

I reckon I've tried them all, sealegs, patches, bombs, wrist bands, oils .. etc. You just have to experiment and find what works for you. There is nothing wrong with taking something, being badly seasick is REALLY nasty, and sometimes dangerous. I find it worse if over tired, or a bit sick already before the voyage begins.

 

When singlehanded, you just have to man up and get on with it. I usually feel better after a day or two...

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Coastal Classic. First time I've ever gotten sick on a boat. (other than fish, chips and lots of lion red once when I was 16 - but that was obviously the red - evil sh!t)

My hayfever has been quite mild so far this year so no antihistamines... I'm going to have to re-think my own body! :think:

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Dear David

PIC Insurance Brokers was proud to be associated with the 2013 Coastal Classic. Seeing the better part of 150 boats out there at the startline wearing the PIC logo on their bows, was truly inspiring for our team.

Congratulations to all the crews that took part and made it up to Russell (and back again) in one piece. This year’s event was one of the more challenging races with the difficult weather conditions.

PIC Insurance Brokers are specialists in the Marine Insurance industry and many of the boats that were out on the course, are our clients. The focus of our message to entrants this year was to promote the importance of insuring your life, loved ones and business partners. It is an area of insurance that is often overlooked particularly when boats are owned in a partnership - where the boats are usually well insured, but the person at the helm often isn't. This type of insurance is minimal compared to actually the costs of owning and maintaining the boat.

So make sure you are not sunk by the unexpected! We cover all types of insurance from Business to Home & Contents, Life to Health, Travel and of course Marine. Contact us today for some free advice on your insurances. Phone 0508 742 742 or insure@pic.co.nz, visit our website www.pic.co.nz - or just reply to this email.

 

Best regards,

 

 

Daniel Garner and the Crew at PIC Insurance Brokers

 

PS We had such a great time this year, that we have already committed to being back as major sponsor of the Coastal for 2014. See you next October!

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