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crossing the english channel from uk

Hi, im am very new to sailing and wondered wether somebody could tell me wether i would need permission to cross the the english channel in a private skippered yacht? do i need to obtain permission from Uk Border controll, i am a british citizen.many thanks
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Hi, im am very new to sailing and wondered wether somebody could tell me wether i would need permission to cross the the english channel in a private skippered yacht? do i need to obtain permission from Uk Border controll, i am a british citizen.many thanks
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For European Union members, EU regulations apply. Vessels arriving from another EU country do not need to clear customs, they must however report to Immigration. Vessels registered in countries falling under the Schengen Agreement, (i.e. vessels from Spain or Italy) do not need to clear immigration.
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Does sailing in Britain require holding a license? In France they look dimly on boats in the "small" category going too far from shore, and call for people to hold licenses of various sorts for doing different things (centerboarders, cruisers, offshore cruisers, etc.) A better source for you would be an English site.
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For European Union members, EU regulations apply. Vessels arriving from another EU country do not need to clear customs, they must however report to Immigration. Vessels registered in countries falling under the Schengen Agreement, (i.e. vessels from Spain or Italy) do not need to clear immigration.
Im not quite sure how this applies as England is not part of the EU, and didnt sign the Schengen Agreement?
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Im not quite sure how this applies as England is not part of the EU, and didnt sign the Schengen Agreement?
WTF are you talking about? The UK is clearly part of the EU...

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total brain fart. just thinking that they dont use the euro.... egad where is my coffee.
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total brain fart. just thinking that they dont use the euro.... egad where is my coffee.
but you were correct in that they did not sign the Shengen agreement....

I don't think you need any licence to go offshore from the UK.

YBW would be a more logical board for the question.

Oh yes, we are probably just talking amongst ourselves as the OP has not even been back to see if there were any replies.
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This has been discussed extensively on ScuttleButt (YBW).
The same rules as in the flag country applies - Unless sailing on inland waters in which case you need a CEVNI certification.
So you need to bring Your Passport and the French might ask for proof of ownership / VAT documentation etc. but no permit needed.
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Thanks for replies, so basically i dont need any sort of approval from any "authority" as such, i can just sail across the channel? whats the minimum qualificatioon a yach company will ask for before lending me their yacht in the uk to go across th channel? will the Dy skipper course suffice or do i need domethin like the yachtmaster offshore certificate?
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Thanks for replies, so basically i dont need any sort of approval from any "authority" as such, i can just sail across the channel? whats the minimum qualificatioon a yach company will ask for before lending me their yacht in the uk to go across th channel? will the Dy skipper course suffice or do i need domethin like the yachtmaster offshore certificate?
mant thanks again
Does anyone charter small sailing boats for cross channel use ? It would surprise me if they did but you never know I guess. As mentioned earlier, you'd be better off to put this to the folk over at YBW forum which is an Englisg oriented board. Yacht racing, sailing news, events and blogs | Yachting World.
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