Join Date: May 2012
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Re: "Operation Dry Water" Don't BUI this weekend.
So they say 17% of boating fatalities are alcohol related? I am actually surprised the number isn't higher, but of that 17% I wonder how many were sailing? I'll wager very few!
When I am just cruising in open waters I will crack the occasional cold one, and I don't consider it to be dangerous at all.
Racing is a different story. I prefer to sail on boats that are dry until the racing is over. I have raced on boats where the drinks start when we leave the dock, and some people are drinking steadily all day. Not only do you end up with spilled beer everywhere, but the crew work gets sloppier and sloppier as the day goes on. Way too much goes on at a busy mark rounding, and everybody has to be on their game or someone WILL get hurt.
Having said that, I think the real hazard are the drunks in the wakeboard boats or PWCs. By all means, crack down on those guys, but don't hassle the sailor that is enjoying a cold one as he sails along at 5kts!
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