Boy - Girl Talk
Jack Durish (email@example.com)
Thu, 26 Jun 1997 20:05:56 -0700
I am personally delighted with the correspondence that I have been
reading in response to my initial request for advice regarding the
advisability of recruiting girls and returning to the ranks of co-ed
ships. The discussion has been mature, reflective, and enlightening. I
hope to read more. However, the sidebar discussion regarding the
relative strengths and weaknesses of boys versus girls has prompted me
to add my own observations.
For three years, I sailed as a volunteer crewman on the Brig Pilgrim of
Dana Point, California. Unlike many "modern" squareriggers, the Pilgrim
is sailed according to custom and practice of the early 19th century.
There are no grinders or motorized sail handling gear. Crewmen lay aloft
and drop the sails into their rigging. All hands clap on and haul yards
to spread the canvas with little mechanical advantage.
Interestingly, during my three years the crew was fairly mixed
male/female. The odds were even that the shipmate at may elbow could be
of either sex.
When someone advocates that their peculiar little scow is more than a
match for the girls, I have to smile.
SES 935 - Buccaneer
Mission Viejo, CA