Single handed transatlantic yacht race
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
The Lancet, Volume 302, Issue 7832, Pages 747 - 754, 6 October 1973
doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(73)91036-2Cite or Link Using DOI
MEDICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS IN THE 1972 SINGLEHANDED TRANSATLANTIC YACHT RACE - Original Text - Glin Bennet
The performance of thirty-four of the fifty-five competitors in the Observer sponsored 1972 singlehanded Transatlantic yacht race was studied by means of a daily record of activity, progress, and subjective state and/or a semistructured interview at the finish.
Sleep patterns, and general medical problems are described.
The frequent psychological reactions—forgetfulness, errors in navigation and handling the boat, auditory, visual, and spatial hallucinations, mood changes—were shown to bear a time relationship to adverse circumstances in the external environment.
The importance of early detection of impairment of function for the ever- increasing numbers engaging in outdoor activities, and others who need to sustain a high level of vigilance and decision-making ability in the course of their work is stressed.
Department of Mental Health, University of Bristol, Bristol BS2 8DZ, United Kingdom
The source of the experienceExplorer or adventurer unnamed
Concepts, symbols and science items
Activities and commonsteps
OverloadsBeing in extremely inhospitable surroundings
Loneliness and isolation
Sleep deprivation, insomnia and mental exhaustion
SuppressionsRocking, swaying and swinging
Suppression of learning