Re: Is Sailing Sexist?
My experience has been that MEN are the majority. And SOME boats/owners/crew are patronizing towards women crew. Hot stuff race boats are more often than not the culprits here. Sometimes this gets better once the female has proved herself.
Other boats, (mine, most of the people I hang w/) aren't like this; if you know what you're doing, then you've got a job. I'm not going to step in and "help the little girl" grind/tail/etc. unless she's doing it wrong. But that applies to anyone.
Admiral is more than willing to take on galley duty, but only b/c sometimes that's what's needed and she can do it well. I also try to get her to do as much of the actual sailing as possible; she stood watch at night, offshore by herself! Okay, I was sleeping in the cockpit, but still....
Bottom line is if a woman wants to sail and has the desire she'll find a boat that will take her on as an equal. Just don't get offended when we whiz off the stern.
CS 36M DIANTHUS