MRCI is a registered Malagasy NGO focused on conservation, research and community development as well as empowering the young generation through youth development and sail training.
Luna Moon Sailing Academy offers an internationally recognised sail training program in conjunction with International Yacht Training Worldwide, a global leader in international sailing certification of competence (www.iytworld.com). IYT is more recognize and globally supported than any other marine training organisation. MRCI’s experienced sailing training instructors and youth development team leaders are on board and available to guide and assist students 24/7.
MRCI’s 118ft Classic Gaff Rig Schooner – Luna Moon – is based out of Nosy Be, just a short distance from MRCI’s Turtle Cove Camp on Nosy Komba Island.
Who Should Attend?
MRCI’s program will suit any gap year or young traveller wanting to experience the excitement and adventure of sailing a classic tall ship whilst exploring the magical island of Madagascar. This program is for individuals who want to kick-start a career in sailing or the marine industry, as well as for those who want to develop team and leadership skills.
What’s the Sail Training About?
The Luna Moon Sailing Academy sail training curriculum is internationally accepted and set by IYT. The key focus is on ensuring that all students obtain the required level of practical and theoretical knowhow to receive a certificate of competence at the end of the program. Students will be awarded their certificates at Luna Moon Sailing Academy graduation ceremony, which is followed by the now famous Luna Moon Pirate Party. The Luna Moon Sailing Academy course provides the theory of basic sailing, an introduction to navigation, simple weather forecasting, customs and etiquette and the language of sailing.
The practical elements include, helming, sail handling, general crew drills, points of sailing, knots, rope work and anchoring. Become an internationally qualified crew member through The Luna Moon Sailing Academy’s IYT Sail Training Program and be a valuable member of any crew.
In addition to the standard curriculum TheLuna Moon Sailing Academy also offers a number of other additional skills such as small boat handling as well as an introduction to SCUBA diving held at our MRCI Turtle Cove Dive School.
Leadership and Team Building
The nature of tall ship sailing requires that everyone on board participates in order for the vessel to function. It requires small groups of individuals to band together as a team to hoist and lower sails. Without teamwork the vessel will not sail. Sailing activities such as these not only build and encourage teamwork but also to instil a respect for fellow crew members and lifelong friendships are formed.
Each team requires leadership and students will all have the opportunity to take on role as team leader throughout the duration of the program. We encourage and support students to push their own boundaries and to learn and develop on a personal level from those experiences. Sailing is an activity that inspires self-confidence and the acceptance of personal responsibility. It also teaches one to accept your teammates, irrespective of social or cultural differences. Sailing aboard Luna Moon will give you the opportunity to confront many demanding challenges and to push through your fears and your boundaries in a unique environment in an island paradise.
Sail training on a classic tall ship is a positive life-changing experience.
As far back in time as you may wish to go, man has been captivated and fascinated with the moon. In ancient Roman times the deity Luna was described as the divine embodiment of the Moon and was often presented as the female complement of the Sun.
She was worshiped during both the new and full moon phase.
Today we understand the critical effect that the moon has on our planet and the powerful control it wields over our oceans and tides. Even though thousands of miles separate the oceans and the moon, they are inseparably linked – much like a sail boat and the sea.
Our mission is to provide a sailing experience that encourages personal growth, ignites a sense of adventure, develops a sense of teamwork where life-long friendships are formed and delivers our conservation message to all who sail upon Luna Moon.
In 1920, Luna Moon was originally constructed in Holland by the famous Vige’ Werf Ship Yard using the riveted steel method common for that time period. She was designed as a pilot schooner specifically to guide Dutch and French boats in the English Channel. She miraculously survived two World Wars the 2nd World War only due to her owner’s courage and foresight, purposely sinking her in order to ensure that she did not fall into German hands.
In 1949, she was re-floated and refitted with an engine salvaged from the nazi war effort.
In 1989, the internationally acclaimed naval architect Oliver van Meer re-designed her and after an extensive refit she went on to fore fill duty as a sail training vessel in the English Channel for a Belgium sailing school. During this period she was often identified by her famous yellow gaff rig topsails which sported her sponsor’s insignia, the internationally recognised Schweppes brand.
In 2005, Luna Moon gilded in so much heritage was added to the Chapman list of Great Sailing Ships of the World. She later performed duty in the luxury charter industry in the Seychelles.
In 2018, she was purchased and placed under the curatorship of well know South African master boat build and having received an equipment and systems upgrade was once placed into service as a youth development sail training vessel.
To provide a sailing experience that encourages personal growth, ignites a sense of adventure, develops a sense of teamwork where life-long friendships are formed and delivers our conservation message to all who sail upon Luna Moon.
What to bring along
- Light Sleeping bag
- Head Torch
- Sailing gloves
- Fins, snorkel & mask (optional)
- Basic first aid kit (which you can donate at the end of your trip)
- Minimal clothing as dress is casual at all times.
- Do pack some light warm clothing for the cooler evenings.
- Trainers or hiking boots for forest walks
- Personal items
- Bath & beach towels
- Insect repellent
We encourage our volunteers to bring along items that they can donate. These items are difficult for people in remote areas to access and we will distribute them during the Island Outreach Program.
- Books: for children and adults, written in English. These can be from any genre.
- School Supplies: including pens (ballpoint and coloured); pencils (led and coloured); writing books; erasers; chalk (white and coloured); whiteboard markers; stickers; small prizes (balloons, toys etc).
- Medical Supplies: such as bandages; Band-Aids/plasters; triangle bandages; medical gloves; antiseptic/iodine; gauze; hand sanitizer; tooth brushes; toothpaste; cotton-wool balls; tweezers; small scissors; eye-wash; alcohol wipes; medical tape; wound dressings; burn gel.
- Balls: for sports such as basketballs, soccer balls and footballs. They can be deflated – we will pump them up once they are here!
|Every First and Third Monday of the Month|
|May to August
April to August
April to August
|Luna Moon Sailing Academy|
|2 WEEKS||$ 1,200|
|* A discount will be applied if you add an additional program when you sign up *|
Contact us for more information about our Luna Moon Sailing Academy.