Yachting Boating World: Changes to visa regulations for non-EU boaters are being sought in a bid to boost the economy. Cruising Association member Kingsley Ross believes changing visa regulations for non-EU boaters will help boost the economy.
With sailors from outside the EU limited to cruising in EU waters for just 90 days out of every 180, Cruising Association member Kingsley Ross believes this is forcing boaters to spend more money in countries outside the Schengen area.
A proposal to introduce a touring visa that allows visitors to remain in the EU for longer periods of time solely for tourism purposes was proposed by the EU, however legislation was never passed.
Kingsley Ross has started a survey to find evidence of the number of people affected and the potential financial loss to EU countries.
“The survey is not for people who have yet to cruise in Europe even if they plan to in the near future and it does not collect any identifying information/
“A major motivation for creating the touring visa is the revenue that increased tourism will bring. This survey is intended to help establish what cruisers are spending in and around Europe. Based on our current information, the adoption of this proposal will not occur before 2016.”
If you are affected by the changes, you can complete a copy of the survey here
Motorboat & Yachting: Three men were arrested last week after sneaking into the country on board a brand new Broom 35 Coupe.
Bushnells Marina was the site of a dramatic escape last week, when three stowaways fled from a brand new Broom 35 that was being delivered.
Two men in their 20s from Pakistan and a man in his 30s from Iran leapt from the coupe when the transporter lorry stopped outside the West Berkshire marina.
The driver immediately called Thames Valley police who successfully tracked down and arrested the suspected illegal immigrants.
It is believed that the men snuck on board the brand new Broom 35 while it was being transported across the channel on a car ferry.
Broom have promised to take the boat back to their Brundle facility to be cleaned up and returned to pristine condition, after drugs and dirt were found on board.
New owner Ian Tritton told the Henley Standard that although he was satisfied with Broom’s reaction to the incident, he was “annoyed” that Border Control had allowed this to happen in the first place.
“Given the situation in Calais, these guys have obviously been spreading around ports in France looking for a way to get across,” Mr Tritton told the local newspaper.
“It’s a very sad situation for them and we feel for them but in this case we are annoyed at the various people involved, like the boat’s transporters and Border Control,” he added. “They need to be much tougher. Our private space has been violated.”