General Interest

All About the ICC

We've recently had several students ask about the ICC (International Certificate of Competence). It's a little complicated but here are the answers to the most common questions. The International Certificate for Operators of Pleasure Craft is more commonly referred to as the International Certificate of Competence or simply ICC. An ICC provides the holder with evidence of [...]

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Adoption of Resolution 40

This table shows the countries that have adopted UN Resolution 40. These countries have implemented the International Certificate of Competence for Pleasure Craft (ICC), and the table gives the name of the authority that you should contact to find out how to get your ICC if you are a citizen of that country. If your country is [...]

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How to get into a dinghy …

Thought I'd share this great little youtube video with you. If you're over 50 you may struggle to climb back into a dinghy from the water. Here's a suggested way to do it: I'm offering a prize of a nice RYA sailing book to any of our students over 50 who can prove with a [...]

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Worried about the Refugee Crisis?

A couple of people have expressed worries about how the refugee crisis might impact on their sailing holiday. It is a serious concern which I completely understand. I hope this post will give you some facts on which to base your decision about sailing here this year. As you're probably aware, refugees who arrive from Turkey [...]

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Important Change to Day Skipper Certificate

One of the key announcements at the recent RYA Yachtmaster Instructors' Conference was that, from 2017, there will be a single RYA Day Skipper Practical certificate. The distinction between Tidal and Non-Tidal Practical courses will end. This brings the RYA in line with other international sailing schemes who do not differentiate between the certificates obtained [...]

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Nektarios of Aegina & the Ship’s Engine

On Monday 9 November the island of Aegina, where we are based, was buzzing. Thousands of people visited for one of the last great holidays of the year - the Feast Day of St Nektarios of Aegina. The day always seems to be sunny for the procession and this year was no exception. So what's [...]

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Calling All Would-Be Catamaran Racers!

Join us on a 38ft catamaran and participate in the 6th International Catamaranscup Regatta, 24 - 31 October 2015.   The catamaranscup is an international regatta for cruising catamarans, organised by Istion Yachting. It combines a sailing race with a holiday in the Greek islands. There are many side events such as cocktail parties, beach barbecues, dinners [...]

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Five Gift Ideas for Sailors

If you're looking for a present for a sailing friend or partner, here are five ideas that can all be ordered online. I've included links to Amazon or other suppliers to help you shop quickly. 1. Monocular A monocular has some advantages over a pair of binoculars. You only need to focus one eye so the [...]

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Sail the Southern Ocean – from your tablet!

Do you want to race across the Southern Ocean or around the world ... but without taking leave or getting wet? Join THE GAME, the Barcelona World Race virtual regatta. THE GAME is an online sailing simulation game. The main objective is to compete against other players to try to win the round the world regatta. Players [...]

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Travelling Alone? You’ll Have A Great Time…

Are you considering a sailing course but are worried about coming alone? About a third of our students come sailing by themselves, so it isn’t unusual, but I can fully understand it may seem a bit daunting, especially for females. This video features a couple of ladies who came on a Competent Crew alone. They [...]

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