May 7, 2013, 6:15 PM
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Re: [exbn] PROFESSIONAL SAILING
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What is a BN? The polite family oriented definition that I came up with years ago was "BUMMUS NAUTICALUS".
Well, the "B" means "boat". I ran into the term at the '71 SORC and, as a midwesterner, thought it was a southern term and balked at using the 2d word. After spending over a month hitching rides from race to race and getting to know the professional captains (their job was to say "yes" when the owner flew in and asked "boat ready?"), I began to see that it was a serious honorific.
BNs were, for the most part, the real seamen on the Circuit. True, some did more drinking than was good for them, but all could hand, reef, steer, splice, rebuild a winch, maintain a head, and usually out-sail the hotshots who flew in for the race then flew home.
Yes, I am still uncomfortable seeing it, do my best not to use it, recognize that (to an extent) it trivializes what a large portion of our population goes through every day. But the folks who nowadays have appropriated the term "professional sailor" may or not match up to the level of expertise demonstrated by the BNs I used to know.