Originally Posted by GTom
That depends on the country, not an EU-wide rule
. Spain in theory
needs a certification according to the skippers passport or residency, i.e. an American should bring ASA
, a Brit RYA certifications, regardless of flag. They also accept ICC (while Spain is not a Resolution 40 signatory) but that won't help much, ICC is usually issued by your home country. And of course local practice may differ from the law.
No! I'm sure!
At sea local practice must comply with the IMO (International Maritime Organization) rules, and can't have rules contrary IMO rules!
If you are sailing in spanish water
(as all EU) you need the certification require by your flag.
The only exception is if you are in Spanish water
and you are a Spanish citizen, you need the spanish certication , regarddless the flag (and this is the same for any other EU country).
If you are US citizien with US flag you need only what US rules indicate.
I.e. In France
for sailing boat under 14m (42ft) you don't need any certification, if you are on a French flag boat you must sailing all over EU water [and I'm quiet
sure also wordwide], without any certifications, regardless of your passport!
Excetpt in the water of the country of which you are citizen (if you are not French), in this case you must hold the certificates require by your passport country rules.