Drinking is a social activity that has been around since the jolly days of the pirates. When I first came to the industry I was amazed by the significant role that drinking behavior plays in this industry.
I don’t know any other line of work that it is acceptable to get your job in a pub over a pint (or two or three). In every major yachting centre there is a pub just for yachtys to mingle, get to know other crews and catch up with old friends.
Now I have to make a confession- I’m not much of a drinker myself, I can enjoy one or two beers but I’d rather be hired by my talents and experience than by how well I can burp the abc.
I can really understand how drinking as social behavior can be fun and nice but my personal experience with drunken yachtys wasn’t so great: respectable captains and mates making a fool of themselves, sexual remarks and bar fighting is pretty common (at least in Europe but I presume it’s the same all over).
But maybe I’m missing something; do you think that drinking is a problem or just a harmless hobby in the enclosed world of yachting? I would love to hear your opinions
Someone really needs to make a social study on the yachting world one day…