I wrote a post a few weeks ago about the need to wear gloves to protect your hands when sailing - or to have very hardened hands. Most of the commenters to this post agreed that sailing gloves are advisable at least in some situations - except for one sailor going by the name of scheherazade who presumably is some bewhiskered old salt with leathery palms hanging out at the yacht club while simultaneously pouring scorn on the young folk who wear sailing gloves and boring them with stories of rounding the Horn on a clipper in a force 10 storm.
Or perhaps sailors who don't use gloves have a different strategy? I discovered today one method used by professional athletes to toughen their hands in this article entitled Why Athletes Pee on Their Hands.
Eeeuggh! Never shake hands with a sailor who doesn't wear gloves.