Baha wrote:Anybody that wants to take the RYA courses could always come stay with me...it's going to take you at least 2-3 weeks to do the Competent Crew, Day Skipper shore based, and Day Skipper Practical. The first and last are on the boat...a real blast! Take them up in Suffolk so you can deal with tides and currents. I do feel the training I got is probably some of the best out there.
That's a very kind offer, Baha. In case others are unaware of the situation yonder "across the pond", a quick reading of Zuzana Prochazka's July 20, 2016 article, "What You Need to Know Before You Go Chartering in Europe
" in Sail
magazine will describe how some newer and still forthcoming regulations concerning required sail training and certifications might affect any of you folks who, like me, might one day like to do a bareboat charter, sail the Med, anchor off of Roman ruins and perhaps get all "sloppy and reeking of licorice
" with Greek fisherfolk (Cue the bazoukis!
In short, it seems that the new required International Certificate of Competence (ICC)
for chartering over there has no recognized American equivalent, so neither those ASA courses nor the International Proficiency Certificate (IPC)
that one may obtain thereby will necessarily take the place of a required ICC. So, although ASA offers the IPC for a small fee to any students who have completed coursework through ASA Bareboat 104 and US Sailing also offers an IPC after completion of its bareboat handling courses, the IPC and ICC are not
interchangeable in the eyes of European governments in all instances. What this all means is that you may show up for a bareboat charter some day on the Adriatic and suddenly learn that you have to hire a very expensive captain to hold your hand the whole cruise, assuming one's even available.
But here's where Baha's kind offer comes into play: The "RYA" he mentions is short for "Royal Yachting Association
," and its RYA Day Skipper
designation is sufficient to attain the ICC
. While there are some training options in the States
through schools somehow affiliated with the RYA, one could probably save a lot of money doing the Theory portions of the RYA's Day Skipper Course online (there's a 20% discount for this found here
), and then wrap up the required Practical testing over there in Suffolk where Baha dwells and "The Broads" are completely different than the ones you might be used to.
At the moment it's mostly Europe embracing this new ICC regime, but it's said that soon many Caribbean countries are likely to follow (Belize is already on board), so I just thought you all should know that Baha's gracious offer of hospitality, apart from likely being a hull of a nice vacation, might also portend some very practical benefits for those of us ever hoping to charter a bareboat.