MCA Certified

Unlike most other yachts offered for charter, Regina Laska is coded by the MCA. Cruising in Safety, Comfort and Style is a commitment, where Safety plays the major roll.


This means that Regina Laska will annually be surveyed by the MCA following the stringent MGN-280 rules for Area-1 offshore sailing.

Regina Laska is checked annually by two different authorities (MCA and RYA). The extremely high standards of safety must be fulfilled for offshore sailing at all times. Charter guests do not notice the rigorous safety measures (and don’t need to think about it either) but might find it re-assuring that the safety standard of Regina Laska is very far reaching and not comparable with most other bare boat charter companies. Every hatch, every pipe, every air ventilation system, every cable follows the stringent rules of the MCA area 1.


Some examples:


– All nine high-end automatically inflatable Spinlock life wests with 3 lights (of which one SOLAS approved), spray-caps and AIS emergency position beacons (PLB’s) are tested and repacked annually by a professional survey station.

– Thermal Protective Aids (TPAs) are available for all onboard.

– The life raft is inflated, repacked and checked annually (and not every 4 or so years as stated by the manufacturers). The life raft is not a standard ISO or ISAF-raft, but follows the strict rules of SOLAS-A (Safety of Lives at Sea), similar to the rafts used by ferries, cruise ships etc.

– All fire extinguishers onboard (7 in total plus fire pump und fire buckets) are surveyed annually by a professional fire expert.

– The propane gas system is completely new since 2013 and essential parts replaced again in 2017 and is surveyed annually by a gas expert. The installed gas alarm does not only given an alarm sound, but also automatically shuts of the gas at the bottle, which is stored in a ventilated deck storage.

– There is an CO (Carbon Monoxide) alarm installed

– Alarms for high bilge water including an automatic bilge pump is installed

– There are 5 bilge pumps onboard: One running on 230V, two on 24V, one on the 12V emergency power system and one manually operated high capacity pump.

– There are smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and flash lights in each cabin

– The engine room is fully fire proof, has its own fixed CO2 extinguishing system and dedicated fire-alarm.

– The boat is built according und under the supervision of Germanischer Lloyd  and carries the GL 100-A5 certificate

– The entire boat has undergone a rigorous individual stability test and carries a Stability Booklet proving its seaworthiness under all conditions of loading and wind forces. A Freeboard Mark is existent.

– Regina Laska has three individual electrical power systems (24V, 12V and 230V) whereby one solely dedicated as emergency power system for essential lighting, navigation and communication (12V). The main batteries are of the modern Li-Fe type (new 2018) and will always offer ample power.

– There are three independent heating systems onboard, two by Webasto and one by Ebersprecher.

– A lighting protection system is installed to protect crew and guests against lighting storms

– The operation is supported by an extensive documentation, such as a Training Manual, an Instruction Manual, a Defect Booklet, an Accident Reporting Routine and numerous Safety Checklists and Nautical Publications. These are all annually checked by the classification society.

– There are several sophisticated MOB-systems onboard, e.g. the Jonbuoy Recovery System by Ocean Safety (new 2018), fixed horseshoe buoys and Danbuoys with light as well as a SwedeBuoy Recovery system.

– There are three MOB-Lines carried on deck for quick line throwing

– There are three anchors onboard: A 33kg Rocna with 80m stainless steel stress-tested chain, plus a Fortress FX85 (also used as the main anchor by the US coast guard for its 87 feet/91 tonnes ships) as storm anchor plus a Bruce 15 kg kedge.

– The navigation system is the latest Furuno-equipment and is redundant in all major aspects, e.g. with two plotter/PC systems, two autopilots, four fixed GPS’s plus two handheld ones (one in grab-bag and one stored protected against lighting). Further to the annually deviated main compass, there are three electronic heading sensors onboard (one satellite compass plus two electronic fluxgate compasses). In addition to the two redundant navigation systems, we use SeaPilot with official S-58 ENC charts, which is connected to the onboard navigation system via a Multiplexer.

– The state-of-the-art communication equipment consists of  two types of satellite communication equipment (Iridium plus Inmarsat), Sailor SOLAS classed MF/HF SSB with DSC shortwave radio and four VHF-radios (one fixed with three receiver stations onboard, plus three handheld radios, of which one is a SOLAS classed GMDSS radio for the life raft).  Emergency transmitting units are: Two 406 MHz EPIRBs, one SART (Search and Rescue Transponder) plus the above mentioned VHF with DSC, GMDSS MF/HF with DSC (medium frequency and high frequency via SSB), Inmarsat C, Iridium Satphone and the three handheld VHFs

– Further to 900 liters of water in the tank and emergency water bottles, Regina Laska has two watermakers: One 145L/h high capacity watermaker and one emergency hand-driven watermaker. Emergency food is also carried.

– Each cabin has two exits, one through the door and one through an individual hatch. This is seldom found on production boats these days, unfortunately, where many cabins only have a window or a far too small hatch that could not be used as an exit in case of fire.

– The dinghy is a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) providing save and comfortable transportation from and to the anchored Regina Laska. Special handrails and side ladders provide safe and comfortable boarding

– The dinghy is carried in Davit and not on deck, where it would block the emergency exits from the cabins

– The ship’s medical store carried onboard fulfil the stringent rules of MSN1768 for area 1 offshore sailing and are annually checked and updated by a dedicated pharmacy familiar with stocking up medical stores on commercial ships

– The skipper regularly renews his safety training where the 14 days safety training includes a 9 days intense medical care course in accordance to STCW (IMO’s Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers)

– The skipper has the qualification of an RYA Yachtmaster Ocean instructor (renewed and assessed every 5 years) and has sailed well over 60,000 miles and has years of experience in charter- and sail training.


The above safety equipment are some examples to illustrate how Regina Laska is operated and how she differs from most boats used for bareboat or skippered charters or sail training vessels. They will hopefully never be used and hardly be noticed by most guests. It’s just a good feeling that safety is playing an equally important roll as on a cruise ship or ferry.

Finally, please also note that your skipper, Leon Schulz, has the following qualifications and experience that are being assessed, updated and renewed regularly.

  • 40 years and well over 60,000 miles of sailing experience
  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Instructor
  • Medical Fitness Certificate in compliance with ILO/IMO, Merchant Shipping Directorate
  • STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities Certificate
    (IMO Regulation IV/1, paragraph 1 and Section A-VI/1, paragraph 2.1. of the STCW Convention and Code as amended)
  • STCW Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting Certificate
    (IMO Regulation IV/1, paragraph 1 and Section A-VI/1, paragraph 2.1. of the STCW Convention and Code as amended)
  • STCW Survival Techniques Certificate
    (IMO Regulation IV/1, paragraph 1 and Section A-VI/1, paragraph 2.1. of the STCW Convention and Code as amended)
  • STCW Security Awareness Certificate
    (IMO Regulation IV/1, paragraph 1 and Section A-VI/1, paragraph 2.1. of the STCW Convention and Code as amended)
  • Elementary First Aid Certificate
    (IMO Regulation IV/1, paragraph 1 and Section A-VI/1, paragraph 2.1. of the STCW Convention and Code as amended)
  • STCW Certificate of Proficiency in Medical First Aid Certificate
    (Regulation VI/4, paragraph 1 and Section A-VI/4, paragraphs 1 -3 of the STCW Convention and Code as amended)
  • STCW Certificate of Proficiency in Medical Care Certificate
    (Regulation VI/4, paragraph 1 and Section A-VI/4, paragraphs 1 -3 of the STCW Convention and Code as amended)


Before joining a charter or sail training boat I would strongly recommend to require that the boat as well as the skipper’s qualifications follow the MCA or any other respected society and ask to see a certificate stating the area the boat is allowed to sail in – and not just under racing rules. And even if the boat fulfils national rules, it is good to compare these to the stringent MCA MGN-280 rules. The fact that a skipper as many years of experience or has sailed many miles is good, but would not be sufficient if the vessel is coded by the MCA, which has very stringent rules on the skipper’s regular assessments and examinations, keeping up with the commercial endorsement which is necessary if you skipper with paying crew.

The fact that the boat would be insured for a wider area is not relevant, since an insurance helps little when the actual situation strikes.





MCA Stability Booklet – REGINA LASKA

RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Instructor certificate of your skipper Leon