more information regarding the new law that come out in 2014:
On the Noonsite it is said that in Spain
, or any other licence is not needed on a foreign yacht sailing their waters. That is wrong and a bit odd since Noonsite is generally accurate.
is entitled to demand the qualification it seems adequate to all pleasure boats sailing on their waters, Spanish or foreign so just to be sure let's look at the Spanish relevant legislation, the "Real Decreto 875/2014, from 10/10/2014:
Regarding foreign yachts sailing in Spanish waters:
"Disposición adicional quinta. Exigencia de titulación para el gobierno de embarcaciones de recreo abanderadas en otros Estados.
1. Toda persona que gobierne una embarcación de recreo, abanderada en otros Estados, que navegue por aguas en las que España ejerza soberanía, derechos soberanos o jurisdicción deberá estar en posesión de una titulación que le habilite para realizar dicha navegación.
2. A los efectos previstos en el apartado anterior la titulación exigible, en aquellos casos en los que la nacionalidad del patrón coincida con la del pabellón de la embarcación, será la requerida de acuerdo con la legislación del país de nacionalidad del patrón;..."
It is clear on point 1 that all that sail a boat with foreign banner on Spanish waters has to have a licence that shows competence for doing the type of navigation
that he is doing. On point 2 they say that the licence should be the one that provides that competence on the Skipper's country.
The point 2 raises a doubt: What happens if on the skipper's country boat licences are not mandatory? Two possible answers, those skippers will not be allowed to sail on Spanish waters (since they don't have a licence that attest their competence) or they will not need any licence. Another possibility is the Spanish authorities, on those particular cases, to establish what are the minimum certifications.
Legally speaking the point one has always precedence over point 2 so the last solution would probably not be possible but on the Annex IX that regards valid licences issued for other states we can see that they took a similar solution as Croatia
referring the accepted licences or certifications on the case a country does not have mandatory licences.
For instance in what regards UK citizens the accepted licences are the ones from the RYA starting only with COASTAL SKIPPER
and going till YACHTMASTER OCEAN with commercial
endorsement. The ICC
is equally accepted.
I can see that lesser licences (in several countries) are not accepted (and in that regards the ICC does not make sense).
On the Decreto are also mentioned the fines, case the boat is sailed without an adequate licence.