Never sailed before, some questions

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Completed my course now, got my White Sail I/II. Yes, those Escapes were not the best things to be learning with indeed. Climbing back onto them after capsizing was NOT FUN. Especially when your whole body is shivering. As soon as I moved onto the Pirates, it was so much better.

As for an update on what I wore, non-cotton shirt and rainpants (even though it wasn't raining) because I know it'd get really wet. Wore a fleece jacket one time because I was abit worried about windchill on that day (was raining). Especially how you have to get onto the boat while standing in the water.


You are thinking of cotton sweatpants and shirts. Polyester isn't nearly as heavy when it's wet and dries quickly. Take along a windbreaker.
Just because you cut and pasted post 11 of this thread (one of mine, BTW), doesn't mean you've made meaningful contribution. I believe you are attempting to set us up for some spam. Quickest route to being banned.
Going back to the seasickness topic, this is something I researched extensively a while ago. I tend to get motion sickness under certain conditions:

- when my eyes cannot see what my balance system is feeling. So inside a keelboat, with lots of up-and-down combined with side-to-side, and all I can see is the fixed structure of the boat. This is a known cause, related to how your body and brain process information from the three main systems of balance control (your eyes, your balance centers in your ears, and the "proprioreceptors" or position indicators built into your muscles). If the systems report different things, you end up with confusion in areas of the brain you can't control, that leads to illness. When you are on deck, you can see the waves, and generally what you see is immediately felt by your body.

- if there are unusual smells on the boat. For example, gasoline or diesel fuel smells, the odour of cooking down below, strong musty or other "bio" smells, a head that is not working correctly, even perfume or strong sunscreen smells.

- if the motion are very violently up-and-down even on deck

None of these conditions will apply in an open dinghy, because all your systems will be "synced up", odours will be limited to the lake water or smoky smells from nearby campfires (very soothing, actually), your own sunscreen which you can control, etc. Also, they will not let you out in a dinghy under the conditions of up-and-down that are needed for my third trigger.

Being in control of the vessel, even if only the sheet or rudder, also helps as other posters have noted, by taking your mind off the developing illness.

Good luck, and welcome to the sailing community.