To charter a sailing boat in Greece, specific qualifications and experience are necessary to comply with local regulations and ensure safe navigation. Requirements might vary based on the type of boat, its size, and the area of operation. Here’s a general overview:
Having a recognized sailing certification is required to charter a sailing yacht in Greece. Licensing requirements for bareboat charters in Greece are summarized to those applicable for offshore, open sea sailing (>12nm) during day & night. Subject to applicable Greek legislation, qualifications are to be approved by the local Port Authority on the day of departure. Charterer is at all times liable for suitability of his qualification and certification. The most widely accepted certifications include:
International Certificate of Competence (ICC)
Recognized in many countries, including Greece, the ICC is issued based on a practical assessment or through accredited training courses. It demonstrates your competence in handling a sailboat.
RYA (Royal Yachting Association)
The RYA (Royal Yachting Association) offers a range of sailing courses. Certificates from RYA are widely accepted in Greece. The RYA Day Skipper is not always accepted as it has limitation of daytime navigation, but any RYA Day Skipper certificate holder can obtain their ICC from the yachting association that issued their Day Skipper certificate and the process usually requires nothing more than a simple application. Higher certifications are typically sufficient for chartering boats.
International Proficiency Certificate (IPC)
IPC (International Proficiency Certificate) from American Sailing, will certify you to bareboat charter in several European countries.
National Sailing Certificates
National sailing certificates can be recognized but a sailing experience declaration may be required by the local Port Authorities for the skipper and co-skipper. Please get in touch with us to get more information.
A copy of all sailing certificates must be sent to the base office and received at least 4 weeks before the start of the charter. It is also required that skippers take their original copies of certificates with them, as they will be asked to present them with their boat paper to the port authorities on arrival.
The prerequisites to bareboat charter a yacht from sail2day.com is at least 10 days or 200 nm as skipper on an equivalent size yacht. The skipper should be competent at handling a yacht in close quarters, anchoring and mooring in varying conditions and be able to use navigation and pilotage skills to plan the day’s sailing and know boat’s position at any time.
The skipper should be assisted by at least one member of the crew with boating experience. This assisting crew member should be 18 years or older. The skipper must also fill out a Declaration of Honour to provide a legal declaration to the Greek Port Authorities that said crew member is competent to crew aboard a chartered yacht.
Ensuring that you have the necessary qualifications and experience will not only meet legal and safety requirements but also contribute to a smooth and enjoyable sailing experience in Greece.