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Old 04-04-2015, 07:12   #31
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Re: College Students want to Bareboat in Italy

A lot of the Mediterranean countries ask for some formal certificate; that might be a show stopper. I'm not sure about Italy but Croatia, Greece and Turkey ask you to demonstrate it.
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Old 04-04-2015, 08:13   #32
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OP made me laugh. I guess this is what is called helicopter parenting these days?
When I was 15 I travelled from Belgium (where I grew up) to Brittany to go sailing with the French Les Glenans sailing school. That involved a train trip that took a whole day, needed me to change stations in Paris, a city I'd never been before, where they had a different currency, and spoke a language I only knew from school. And I didn't even have a train ticket all the way, as our local station hadn't been able to organise one. I made it to my destination (Paimpol) without much problems anyway.
I had a great time. Sailed on a 9m Herbulot designed plywood centreboarder, without engine, electricity, or even winches. Learned things I still apply today.
So my parents send me off, and two weeks later I was back, with a lot of stories and nice collection of French swear words.
Apart form a post card they hadn't heard a peep from me. That was normal then...
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Old 06-04-2015, 04:31   #33
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Re: College Students want to Bareboat in Italy

I received a text this morning. They had no problem getting a boat out of Genoa. No license, no certification, no proof of competency needed. They left yesterday morning and got as far as Sestri Levante- heading to La Spezia today. Sounds as though they are having the time of their lives.
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Fantastico!
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Hi,
I am Italian and sailed that area since I was a kid. The coast east of Genova (we call it Riviera di Levante) has plenty of ports, marinas and small bays, all the way down to Tuscany and the Tuscany Archipelago (Capraia, Elba, Gorgona, etc). They have chosen a perfect time of the year to sail. In summer it gets too crowded. They just have to be careful about the weather and listen to forecast. It is an excellent area in Italy for sailing.They'll have a wonderful holiday.
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They had the trip of a lifetime. Made as far as Portovenere with perfect weather all week. Even got their damage deposit back!
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Ralstonian - I was fairly certain that they would have fun and somewhat less certain about the damage deposit; but it is experiences like that where one goes outside the normal envelope that form people. I'm also glad that you posted the update, I've been wondering what had happened on the trip.
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They had the trip of a lifetime. Made as far as Portovenere with perfect weather all week. Even got their damage deposit back!
Great! Hard to go wrong with the Med. Glad they had fun.
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