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Cabin Fever

I may have not got Coronavirus but I have got a bad case of Cabin Fever. The definition of this disease which has symptoms that go from mild to severe is:
“a distressing claustrophobic irritability or restlessness experienced when a person, or group, is stuck at an isolated location or in confined quarters for an extended period of time.A person may be referred to as stir-crazy, derived from the use of stir to mean ‘prison’

A person may experience cabin fever in a situation such as being isolated within a vacation cottage out in the country, spending long periods underwater in a submarine, or being otherwise isolated from civilization. During cabin fever, a person may experience sleepiness or sleeplessness, have a distrust of anyone they are with, or have an urge to go outside even in adverse conditions such as poor weather or limited visibility. The concept is also invoked humorously to indicate simple boredom from being home alone for an extended period of time.

Cabin fever is not itself a disease and there is no prognosis. However, related symptoms can lead the sufferer to make irrational decisions that could potentially threaten their life or the life of the group with whom they are confined. Some examples would be suicide or paranoia, or leaving the safety of a cabin during a terrible snow storm that one may be stuck in.”

A perfectly non-threatening episode can set it off. Like a twitter post from Porto Mirabello in La Spezia. Italy, saying they were open for business. Mirabello Non Si Ferma. I replied, in full cabin fever mode: cretini. I was like: WTF, everybody going stir crazy locked up for weeks on end, with the cops stopping us if we go 300 metres from home just to go to a virus-infected supermarket, and you are proclaiming everything is just fine where you are, with your superyachts and concierge services. Insensitive or what? That got the Superyachtdigest on the case and the head man of Porto Mirabello Allesandro Menozzi,  gave a perfectly rational explanation why the marina is still open.

Scusa Alessandro.  How do you say cabin fever in Italian? Febbre di  cabina? Angoscia, nevrosi, smania?  But that is the point of cabin fever. It is irrational, illogical. Even the sound of your partner’s eyelashes blinking can set you off. Like the saying ‘don’t drink and dial’, if you get a bad case of cabin fever, turn off your iPhone, iPad, tablet, PC, whatever. Practice deep breathing. Meditate. Tune into the stars and the cosmos. Think of Capri, Ischia, La Costa Smeralda. It will all be over soon. Don’t say or write something that you regret later.

In the film Cabin Fever, the by-line is: They’re all going to get it.  I got it. The crew on the yachts have got it. Today, in Nice five crew members of a big ol’ superyacht went stir crazy,  skipped quarantine and got fined 130 Euros for exercising on the dock, without the captain’s registration certificate. You may get it tomorrow when you least expect. Cabin fever creeps up from behind and grabs you by the throat. There is no immunity.

The strange thing is today we got a job to collect some cargo from Porto Mirabello and transfer to Antibes. Just as well the marina is open.#mirabelloneverstops!




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