27. Can I Drink Alcohol On A Yacht Sail Training: Sail / Power Course?

We recognise that customers may wish to combine their RYA Training Course with a charter Holiday to make an enjoyable sailing experience, and that the responsible consumption of alcohol, in moderation, can be part of that experience.  There are also many bars, cafe’s, restaurants and wineries in the sailing area that you may wish to visit during your RYA Course.

It is important to note, however, that during an RYA Course, RYA trainees are not classed as ‘passengers’, and are therefore subject to legal alcohol restrictions in the same way as our RYA Instructors are.    This means that you should not exceed your intake, currently set at 35 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

This limit is set by law for safety purposes and, whilst our RYA Instructors take a sensible approach to customers drinking alcohol, drinking to excess – i.e. becoming intoxicated or being under the influence of alcohol whilst around the water, on-board, underway or in marinas / harbours – is not permitted.

For any powerboat courses or experiences customers may not consume, or be under the influence of, alcohol at any time.

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