I am an experienced sailor looking to charter
(or possibly another Med location). I have family
located around the world and we'd like to assemble in a central place for a family
I have just heard that some/all countries require licensing to sail in their counties. It is required either to clear in on your own boat
or to charter
. If so, that would be a problem for us.
Quick background - I have been sailing for 40+ years on many of the waters of the world (including the Med). I have well over 50,000 nautical miles under my keel
including a circumnavigation
I earned a USCG 100 ton captain's license
with sailing and towing endorsements because I wanted the learning
experience. Because I actually never needed it, I allowed it to expire.
I have owned and sailed several boats throughout the years including mono and multihull
vessels. I currently own a 41 foot cruising catamaran
which I keep and cruise
in the Caribbean
. I have owned 3 such catamarans over the last 20 years including the one I sailed around the world.
So, now I may need an ICC
(International Competency Certification) to sail in the Med. I understand the desire, by the government
, to ensure some level of seamanship. However, an ICC
is very difficult to obtain in the US and, especially so, simply in order to qualify for a one week vacation
Does anyone know a) Is the above true? b) Is there anyway around it? c) Is there any "easy" way of obtaining an ICC from the US in advance of a charter trip?