Cap or Skip
Over the years, I have noticed that the people who work in boatyards and marinas always refer to me as Cap (Captain) or Skip (Skipper). They do that when I am alone, and also when I am with Rebecca.
It’s obviously difficult for the average worker to learn every customer’s name, so to overcome that, they have learned to use these terms. Interestingly though, they only address the guys in this way. The problem is, they are working on the assumption, in some cases a false one, that the male is the Captain. Even when they are right though, they don’t have a word to address the females, which, to me at least, often seems a bit rude. I know it’s not intentional, but they just don’t have a word to use. Please don’t suggest Admiral, Rebecca hates that term!
We know at least one cruising couple where the female half is the Captain. We also know several single-handed female sailors, which, by default, makes them the Captain. I wonder what their thoughts and experiences are on this.