In the "Mutiny a Dawn" thread we have a classic/extreme caricature of the racing skipper who is a yeller. But this feature is not at all unique to this particular boat. In fact it's so common, that it's a stereotype.
I can't tell you how many times I've been told about a captain in this way, "You should go race with Bob. He's a great skipper and don't worry he's not a yeller."
It's so common it seems, that in a two sentence bio, it must be commented on. Why is that? Is there a certain personality type (that has high blood pressure
) that gravitates to sailboat racing? Or is it the position of skipper that somehow turns a normal person into a yelling Napoleon? After all, (with the referenced thread being an exception) it is usually the Skipper doing all the yelling and not the rail-meat or fore-deck.
In our polite society the kind of behavior I've been witness to, and on the receiving end of, on boats would NEVER fly. I know at my organization if even a highly valuable employee had a vein-bulging rage fit they'd be fired that day.
There are some areas of our society where yelling is normal and expected. Drill sergeants at boot camp are one example that comes to mind. Is sailing enough like these areas of the military that it serves a useful purpose?
In families and relationships it seems specific to the family/relationship. In my family yelling was never okay. In other families it is a normal means of communication. As a consequence I probably take yelling more personally than someone from an "Irish/Italian/insert stereotype" yelling family. So at the risk of getting Freudian, is it their upbringing?
So what is it then? Why are so many racing skippers yellers?
Please discuss, and as always....