Hornet News

Alcohol and sailing

Campaign for sailors

The Merchant Shipping Act 1995 states that sailors can be prosecuted if they are under the influence of alcohol and endanger other vessels, structures or people. Most harbour authorities also have local by-laws, which allow boaters to be prosecuted if they are under the influence of alcohol whilst in charge of a vessel.

The dangers of sailing and drinking excessive alcohol are to be highlighted in a new campaign by the Department of Transport.

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch revealed that between 2006 and 2012 45 people died in accidents involving recreational boats in the UK where alcohol was a factor.

Make sure that you use the Hornet Services Sailing Club bar facilities when you have finished sailing !!