Personally I don't have JUST one tandem partner, in fact i ride my bike with many people some of them Male many of them Female, some of them super strong some of the weak, some Blind, some not exactlly to sharp...
In fact I have 3 females that ride in the front of the bike as a captain (I wish the ibis was smaller and more woman can fit the really tall toptube)
in my Opinion is Nothing better than being in the back seat when you have a dear and skillful friend in front of you, i think i love the fact of "Giving the control" to somebody you trust plus the ride is very enjoable since ussually the view of their beatyful neck & shoulders and hair moving in the wind is extremlly calming and nice..
I do know about weight distribution since most ladys are lighter than guys, and yes is a little of a handcap but is not so bad if you compare the collateral benefits..
so is anybody else here that ride,,female Front, Male back...??