Thu, 19 Jun 1997 22:56:39 -0400 (EDT)
okay, i hope i don't end up offending people like i did with the last thing i
said, but i'm just gonna post my opinions and experinces with co-ed ships and
how well they work
i'm on a co-ed ship, with 4 girls and about 23 boys.... i enjoy it more than
my old all girl ship 'cos we take things more seriously. i think that co-ed
ships are really good, and all the kids on the ship are really close, in a
brotherly-sisterly type way, with only a few exceptions. we have 2 "couples"
on board (here's where i go into my opinion of couples on co-ed ships). i
think that whether or not it works to have couples on board depends on how
they work it. the couples on our ship work because, although everyone knows
that they are a couple, it doesn't interfere with anything on the ship (their
duties, their relationships to other crew, etc.).
another thing i wanna say about coed ships is that the way the officers deal
with the kids is really important. one of the officers on my ship constantly
refers to me as "angelface", "baby", and "little girl" (e.g. " someone help
the little girl with the sail" or "let me take the helm for you, angelface"
or "you should be down in the little girls cabin letting the boys sail the
boat" or "it's a shame that you have to do this, baby, with all these strong
boys on the boat"). that definently doesn't help anything. none of the other
officers are used to having girls on their boat either. my advice is to
treat the girls the same way that you treat the guys. give us a little
credit. maybe you'll discover that we can do a lot of stuff just as well as
the boys. i ignore a lot of what the officers say, and i sail the boat and
work on the boat with the guys; i'm the one who goes up the masts to varnish
them and fix dry-rot; i'm the regatta cox'n, etc... but a lot of the other
girls don't take as active of a role in the boat, which is sad. so,
yea...that's my officer rant. i like my officers, just some of the stuff that
some of them do bothers me. so this was for the officers of co-ed boats to
um...what was the last thing i had to say? i really like being on a co-ed
boat, and i think that the benefits definently outweigh the detriments (is
that a word?)..so, yea... go co-ed...go sailing...yea...