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the ICC. The Royal Yacht Association issues the ICC (International Certificate of Competence). But both US Sailing and ASA issue ICC-equivalent xdocuments called the IPC (Inter national Proficiency Certificate). Both organizations require completion of a bareboat cruising course. I believe the ICC is valid for five years, but I'm not sure about the IPC. I have an IPC issued in January 2011 by US Sailing. No charter company has ever challenged it. Below are relevant websites: RYA: https://www.rya.org.uk/knowledge-advice/boating-abroad/icc/Pages/ hub.aspx. US Sailing: https://www.ussailing. org/recreation/ipc. ASA: https://asa.com/internationalproficiency-certificate. NauticEd (and I'm sure many other companies) offers a path to earn an ICC equivalent: www.nauticed.org/ sailing-blog/how-to-get-the-internationalcertificate-of-competence.
— rod witel Thanks Rod. Who knew you could even sail in some of those places?
Ah, Croatia. What a wonderful playground for vacationing sailors! But you can't charter there without proving your prowess.
The following countries require a certificate (info as of 1/3/2018): Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom. The following countries may require a certificate for use within their territory (check with your charter operator): Moldova, Russian Federation, Serbia,
Charter Notes While we're on the subject of chartering in foreign waters, there's another issue we'd like to throw out at you. The bareboat charter biz is highly competitive, so most companies are careful not to do anything that would earn them a bad rep with their clients. Still, problems and disputes do sometimes occur where a charterer might want to seek legal recourse. This is why some bareboaters we know only do business with firms that have US offices or bona fide US representatives. Then again, if a foreign firm is offering respectable boats at unbeatable prices, some sailors are willing to roll the dice and hope for a trouble-free cruise. In any case, the 'recourse' issue is something to consider when making plans to charter in far-flung destinations. — andy
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