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why it's so difficult to get a job for a french captain on the "cote d'azur"
Posted: Monday, May 11, 2015 1:36 PM
Joined: 26/09/2014
Posts: 1

Hi, it's very difficult to get a captain's job when your are french , why ?

ok, so many crew agency are english, but you can imagine the number of crew member who's don't speak french, 

I opening a good topics here.


Posted: Tuesday, May 12, 2015 8:40 PM
The obvious answer has to do with the language of the owner and guests. The owner in particular would prefer to converse in the language he thinks in. This doesn't always follow but it's a good rule of thumb. English is the internationally accepted language for communication between persons in control and management of vessels. Fluency in English is, I think, a pre-requisite for a command position.
Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 8:15 AM

Unfortunately today is difficult to find a captain job for everyone that is not from the Commonwealth

And doesn't matter if you are able to communicate in a perfect English language.


Posted: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 9:03 AM

Dear Bruno,

as mentioned above, for obvious reasons the english language is required in the yachting industry. An other reason is the registration of the vessel. A large tonnage of the yacht fleet is registered with commonwealth countries. 

These flag states, insurances and management companies are often processing paper work in english. The problem you encounter is not only about french captains but many masters not holding a CoC/CoE (I dont know if this is your case). Today the MCA remains the principal authority in the yachting regulation(since large number of yachts show a "Union Jack"). If you are holding a MCA certification things tend to be easier, if not you will still have to endorse your certificate with the yacht  flag state. Not hassle-free and time consuming for the owner. 

You can see how easy it is to hire a crew that speaks english like a native and have an english certificate.

This set a side, there is number of french captains who have found a position without difficulties (feeling discriminated) with the right references and experience.


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