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post #50 of Old 01-17-2010
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dear Capt. Denise,

Oh dear, I have been wondering about getting into this! After 15 years of "skippering" my own boats in the Caribbean and across the Atlantic being called Captain was something I had to accept clearing in and out of customs. Having grown up in England it was a bit embarrassing to be referred to as Captain. A friend I crossed the Atlantic with twice usually referred to me as Skipper, it was just so much easier that way!

The funniest experience was coming into Cruz Bay in the USVI one day. My male crew was standing next to me feeling lost and I was in line to speak to the young and inexperienced new customs officer. He immediately started addressing my crew as Captain. The large and extremely fierce female immigration officer fixed him with a glare and said "SHE'S THE CAPTAIN!!!!!!" I kept my grin to myself as I was pretty afraid of her too!

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