Re: Physical reality in co-ed ships
William H. Sills (email@example.com)
Fri, 20 Jun 1997 08:59:04 -0500
> If you're using brute physical force to do it, you're probably doing it
> We all know the girls make better sailors - they are less hampered by the
> male macho syndrome, pay attention, and learn faster.
> Every cruise I've been on we've always had a "snake wake" (nickname), and it
> is always one of the boys.
> Warren Smith
> SES 1836
> Spirit of Texas
> Houston, Texas
Responding to Warren's comments:
Class A & Class Inland Lake Yachting Association Scows require
brute physical strength becuase of the way they've been designed and,
especially, the way mechanical devices have been limited by their
scantling rules. Yes, most boats do not have the same physical demands
but, it is arguable, most boats aren't even close to the speeds
attainable by ILYA scow classes. Certainly, there's no boat yet designed
that can even approach an A scow's theoretically infinite maximum speed.
Our female racers also have trouble with Class E skeeters, These fast
iceboats have no winches and no snatch block, the incredible forces are
completely hand served. Also, in fifty+ years of racing, I have NEVER
seen a female Class A iceboat skipper or crew.
It's simply not fair to force women into positions where they'll do
poorly or possibly even fail through no fault of their own. I first
sailed on an A scow in 1941, In all of that time, I have known of only
eoght female sailors. THREE of which were my own crew members! None of
them could hold main and only one could hold jib and even then for just
a short time in light to moderate winds. Hoever, they could all have
probably taken my job (skipper) with ease and one did! <VBG>
Well, I'm off to the NOOD jury, so my controversial and
traditional voice will be silenced until Sunday night.
Yours In Sea Scouting;
National Sea Scout Fleet