Red Wine and Boating


1. Buy large sturdy wine glasses and only 1/3 fill, or stand far away from anyone with a glass in hand.
2. Regardless of your wine credentials, bringing free wine makes you really popular.
3. Don’t drink wine before spotting dolphins bow surfing and going to investigate.
4. Full bottles of wine don’t necessarily float!
5. Wine cures everything! See below…


1. Red wine is a great source of antioxidants, which increases levels of HDL (good cholesterols) and gets rid of the bad stuff (LDLs) more so than white. This means goodbye, heart disease, and hello, unclogged arteries.

2. Red wine also slows the growth of breast and prostate cancer cells while warding off oral cancer.

3. Drinking wine in moderation can decrease your risk of osteoporosis.

4. ‘Resveratrol’ is a key ingredient found in the skin of red grapes, which is known protect your blood vessels. It also gets rid of those unwanted wrinkles, since it protects the body from aging and disease.

5. It is so good for you that evidence has proven that moderate drinking is better for your health than abstaining from alcohol completely.

6. ‘Polyphenols’ are substances found in red wine, which “combat against harmful bacteria” protecting your body from illness and disease.

7. Wine reduces the risks of cardiovascular disease and heart attacks because it “dilates arteries and increases blood flow, thus lowering the risk of clots“.

8. ‘Flavonoids’ are found significantly in red wine, and evidence shows that these compounds will lower risks of many types of cancer.

9. In moderation, wine can help your cholesterol by boosting the levels of HDL (the good stuff) while the ‘phenols’ contained in wine prevent the levels of LDL (the bad stuff) damaging your arteries.

10. Red wine has the ability to reduce your risk of developing certain dementias such as Alzheimer’s.

So next time you’re looking for something to drink onboard, keep these tips in mind and choose the Red!

– David Burt

David heads up our YOTI Race division.

YOTI promotes the responsible consumption of alcohol and never whilst in control of a vessel.

The combination of wind waves and weather can multiply the effects of alcohol and collectively are known as ‘boater fatigue’. Persons with ‘boater fatigue’ are at a greater risk of drowning should they fall into the water and that goes equally for skipper, crew or passenger.

The blood alcohol limits are the same on the water as on our roads. A person in charge of a vessel must keep under the 0.05 blood alcohol limit and for commercial vessel operators and persons under the age of 18, the lower blood alcohol limit of 0.02 applies.