Maritime Academy Updates & Publications


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Maritime Academy's New 18-foot Sailing Yacht

Summer 2016 is approaching and we eagerly anticipate Maritime Academy's new 18-foot sailing yacht! Built in Shanghai by Fareast, she is fast and her simplicity is great for training beginner sailors.

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One-Day Offshore Business Administration Seminar

We invite you to participate in a 1-day Offshore Business Administration Seminar organized by Maritime Academy Ltd. and Commonwealth of Dominica International Maritime Registry Hong Kong Regional Office Limited. The seminar includes the following topics: 1. Offshore Business and Taxation 2. Offshore vs. Onshore 3. Offshore Jurisdictions 4. Offshore Companies (International Business Companies) 5. Incorporation of Offshore Companies in Dominica 6. Opening a Bank Account 7. Registration of Ships in Dominica 8. Registration of Yachts in Dominica 9. Incorporation of Offshore Banks, Trusts and Insurance Companies in Dominica 10. Dominica Economic Citizenship Program The seminar will be conducted in the form of free discussion and participants will be able to ask questions during the entire seminar. Lecturers: • Sergiy Yanchyshyn, LLD – Assistant Deputy Maritime Administrator of the Commonwealth of Dominica • Tirzah Yanchyshyn, MBA – Director of Maritime Academy Ltd. (Dominica) Language of seminars: English Each participant of the seminar will receive a Diploma in Offshore Business Administration The fee for attending the Seminar is US$100 per person, paid in advance (refundable if a participant is not able to attend). Tentative Locations of Seminar: • Hong Kong • Macao • Taipei • Tainan • Beijing • Shanghai • Shenzhen • Jeju (South Korea) • Kuala Lumpur • Jakarta Please confirm your interest by booking your place in advance. The number of participants in each seminar is limited to small groups to facilitate free discussion. Our aim is not to make money from seminars but to give valuable knowledge and to share experience. Welcome to the Offshore Business Administration Seminar!

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She's in the Water!

On 2nd June 2016 Maritime Academy's Fareast 18 was put in water. A big thank you to everyone at Dragon Marine, Hebe Haven Yacht Club! It will be a month of rigging and 'test trips' before her first offshore voyage...

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Welcome to Taiwan

In July 2016, we sailed to Taiwan which is one of the biggest manufacturer of yachts in Asia and we hope to cooperate with Taiwanese yacht yards. We have already seen such kindness in Taiwanese people. If you are interested in sail training, welcome to Taiwan!

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Ultimate Typhoon Protection: King Jesus

We are so grateful to our Heavenly Father, Yahweh, for sending His holy angels to guard our yacht! This is not baseless superstition. A typhoon hit Taiwan directly on 27th September 2016 and by forceful winds stones were moved, boats seriously damaged, trees flattened, floating pontoons upheaved etc. Our yacht was one of the few small boats left in the water during the typhoon and it has little to no damages. This is one of God the Father's many miracles. Local fishermen were also so kind: we found that a rope securing the yacht had been retied for us and a lost fender found and then returned to us. Nothing brings people together like shared struggle or shared suffering. We appreciate the good and bad that comes from our Father's hands - His ways are perfect!

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Taiwan Sailing

We will add to this article as our experience grows! Observation #1 about sailing in Taiwan is that having a powerful enough engine is essential for getting your boat in and out of ports. The narrow entrances of harbours magnify waves and it could be a fight to get in and out. Additionally, during our first coastal sail in January 2017, we had good wind (and wind direction) but a strong southward current meant that we couldn't go north where our home port was. Our electric engine is enough for fair weather but isn't suited for fiercer conditions. We asked God for guidance and felt it best to enter the nearest harbour instead. If you find yourself sailing on the west coast of Taiwan: have a dependable engine with enough fuel. You may find it necessary to motor for longer than you would like, especially when making landfall. The weather is fickle. Observation #2: Yachtsmen visiting Taiwan can apply for permission online to stay up to 6 months maximum in a Taiwan harbour. Foreign yachts need to apply for special permission to stay - the longest period given is 3 months, After that you can apply 3 more times - each time for 1 month. The total is 6 months in one year. If you still want to be in Taiwan after 6 months you need to have atleast one of the following requirements: 1. A berth agreement for over 6 months with a marina authority (we signed an agreement for 1 year with a fishing harbour). 2. Written proof by a factory of damages that need to be repaired before you leave Taiwan. The factory needs to state in the letter how long repairs will take. 3. A safety reason like dangerous weather or a typhoon. MAGONG, PENGHU COUNTY (PESCADORES ISLANDS) We (motor-)sailed to Magong Harbour in Penghu County on 20 May 2018 and returned to our fishing harbour in Tainan the next day. As always, we needed to rely heavily on our 15hp Yamaha engine to go northwest against the southward current of the Taiwan Strait. This ever-present current makes sailing northward difficult, even when the sea is almost as smooth as glass. It took approximately 9 hours for us to reach Magong and find a suitable harbour. There were several delays: >4 knots average speed; >Coastguard formalities; >very light wind; >opposing current; >crossing a fairway and therefore having to avoid ships/fishing vessels; >entering an unfamiliar port at night with heavy traffic; >not having any idea where we could actually berth Our home port's Coastguard sent notice to the Coastguard in Magong that we were coming so we were only asked our departure time and directed to Argo Marina for a relatively expensive one-night berth. We pay app. US$40 per month for berthing at a usual fishing harbour whereas we paid US$36 for one night in the marina. Still, the staff was very welcoming and helpful. You can go straight to Argo Marina to handle port entry formalities - no need to go to the Coastguard first. There is a gas station walking distance from the marina. If you speak a little Mandarin, you can find a delicious well-portioned hot meal for as little as US$3 closeby. There are also restaurants at the marina, if preferred. As with any place we have visited in Taiwan, most people will go out of their way to help. The return trip took 10 hours though the current pushed us in the right direction. There were bigger waves and a little more wind than the day before. Our autopilot (Raymarine) helped to steer a steady course that saved fuel and time. Except for sunburn and the horde of mosquitos keeping us awake most the night, we are looking forward to exploring more of Penghu!

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