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Getting Your Sea Legs - Then Your Land Legs
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Getting Your Sea Legs   -   Then Your Land Legs

The trouble short sea journeys is that when you have just gotten your sea legs the trip is over and you have to get use to walking on land again.

For some sailors this is no big deal but for others it often is a bit of a problem, sometimes lasting for a few hours or a day.

A Short Trip

After a great trip and you have safety arrived at your destination, the first thing sailors do is to go and have a few drinks at the boat club and meet with the locals. These locals are usually great listeners and will pay attention to their guests’ tales about their exploits as mariners without interruption, especially if the drinks are free. Some of these fellows may even offer an opinion after the third freebie.

Land Legs

But before the drinks, especially after a short two to three day trip everyone is desperate for a shower. Walking from the dock can be for some, a little problematic. The reason is that the narrow floating docks and even the roads and pathways suddenly seem to start swinging all by themselves even though it is calm everywhere else. While scrambling to grab hold of something to steady things down, things revert back to normal and so off they go again.

Drunk Legs

This jerky un co-ordinated stop - go amble will have many club members who recognise the walk in hysterics. Many land lubbers will reach the immediate conclusion that the sailor must be drunk. May be this is not so far off the mark because in about another hour or two it will probably be hard to distinguish between land legs and drunk legs.

Many sailors do not have this drunken walking problem and will leave their boat striding briskly, like real salty sea dogs in complete control, straight to the showers. While standing in a shower cubicle enjoying a well-deserved spray of warm water the place unexpectedly seems to come alive, swaying at a nauseating rate.

The poor sailor while hanging on to the faucets is trying to figure out what's happening as things inexplicitly seem to be moving about. The sensations do not last long but do repeat themselves a few more time , then fade away as their land legs finally taken control.

Sea Legs

Sea legs according to the Oxford Dictionary, means having the ability to walk on a deck of a rolling ship. Unfortunately before they can reach this ability many sailors must first suffer going through a phase called sea sickness.

I know of many sailors who when going to sea endure this two-step process every time. The strange thing is that when they finally get to shore for many of them there is hardly any sea to land leg adjustment.

Lucky Legs

The mariners who do not get sea sick and find their sea legs almost immediately when setting sail, often have to go through the sea back to land leg adjustment when going ashore.

These lucky land leg seafarers do not have to go through a land sickness phase.


Street Talk

The beauty is we can do it again and again!!!

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  about 1 decade ago

I don't get seasick and gain my sea legs quickly however after a long time at sea I do walk like a drunk when first hitting landfall. And you're right. After a couple hours and a few drinks it's hard to tell the difference

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  about 1 decade ago

Me to!

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  about 1 decade ago

I have sea brain after that, lol

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  about 1 decade ago
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