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Old 08 October 2005, 16:16   #11
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what amazed me was that over half the people on the course didn't have a boat and weren't even thinking of getting one!!!!
so were you one of them?

sorry couldnt resist
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Old 09 October 2005, 06:49   #12
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I would not want to contradict you Andy - but I think the French will insist on you having an ICC.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

I would be *so* surprised if they did. I don't know if the situation is different for a powerboat, but I have *never* heard of anyone in a yacht being asked for their Day Skipper certificate or whatever.

Just wouldn't work in practice.
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OK I have only done 2 foreign trips, but have only ever been asked for ships papers and passports when we were in Calais. We carry the full plethora of paper and certificates but all they wanted was our SSR!. Mind you if you did upset them somehow I bet they would insist on checking everything.
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From memory, this all came about some years ago when the French refused to accept any RYA certification at face value, when they decided they could hound les Anglais in other ways than blockading ferry ports with fishing boats. The compromise was the ICC which they accept pretty much without question. You should always carry your full ships papers, insurance in French, your personal VHF licence, and VHF set licence, and the ICC. You may never be asked for them, but i do know some guys who were fined on the spot and denied port entry for not having them. It is probable they upset les garcons en bleu and this was the response, but even so it pays to be prepared when dealing with Les Francais.

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RIB hire in French med was fine with RYA level 2... that was last week.
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this was the response, but even so it pays to be prepared when dealing with Les Francais.

In the hope of not stirring up international hostilities, I must confess I have never had problems with " Les Francais"- even when I have been blatently wrong!!!
(got caught at 200 kph in my youth- and got away with it FOC. Perahps that was when men were men and the law open to discussion!!!!
The other time was when testing my boat - went to Calais and entered without port permission and got slung into jail and they took 3 hours to check me out- but they were right and I was wrong.However, I find them courteous and not out to make trouble. They do appreciate people who try to speak their language...but they cant make me out.. There is a slight quebec accent coupled with some Belgium slang.. Garish would go down fine with them!!!!!!!!!!!

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Garish would go down fine with them!!!!!!!!!!!
I've got some yellow waterproofs. Will I be OK then?
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I've got some yellow waterproofs. Will I be OK then?


Don'k know Dicky - you come over as a stubborn sort of Brit-- that means directement La Bastille or L'oubliette!!!!!!!!

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Don'k know Dicky - you come over as a stubborn sort of Brit-- that means directement La Bastille or L'oubliette!!!!!!!!
Given a choice, I'll opt for L'oubliette it looks like it does good food in a pleasant ambience!
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Given a choice, I'll opt for L'oubliette it looks like it does good food in a pleasant ambience!
very, very , very good/ how the hell did you find that so quick?

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