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. IYT is more recognized 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?
Luna Moon Sailing Academy training programs are held in Madagascar aboard our famous 118ft gaff rig schooner Luna Moon. We also offer passage courses, where students can log valuable sea miles and experience. We are an internationally recognised sail training academy and our IYT syllabus is accepted by all major charter and insurance companies. All our courses comply with and carry the IYT (International Yacht Training Worldwide) seal of excellence.
Luna Moon Sailing Academy offers 3 training certificates and a practical sail training program designed to build sea miles and on water experience. Our courses include a cultural immersion experience, whereby students are taught how to sail traditional Malagasy Dhows and pirogues by local skippers, as well as hosting children from the local schools and villages aboard Luna Moon for an afternoon sail in the bay.
International Competent Crew
$1200 // 14 DAYS
Seeking a career on super yachts or in the marine industry? This course will provide you with the grounding and basic seamanship needed to crew onboard a motor boat or yacht. Training onboard a classic vessel such as Luna Moon has added advantages not found on regular much smaller sail training yachts. Besides sailing between the several tropical islands and building your all-important sea miles, the Luna Moon Sailing Academy will teach you leadership and teamwork skills, all while making new friends.
$425 // 5 DAYS
This add-on course is designed to enable the more capable sailor to navigate extended passages. It includes practical navigation exercises and sample chart work and calculations. It is recommended that you complete the International Competent Crew course before starting this course. We recommend that you complete this course in conjunction with the practical sailing and mile building course.
Marine Communications VHF
$170 // 2 DAYS
Every member of the crew should know how to operate the onboard radio for safety reasons and this add-on course is designed to ensure that you acquire a thorough understanding of marine radio communication at sea. This course can be done simultaneously with the Competent Crew or Practical Sail Training and Mile Building course but requires attending class after normal hours.
Practical Sail Training & Mile Building
$600 // PER 7-DAY WEEK
To crew or captain a vessel safely requires practical training and experience at sea. There is no better way to gain this experience and build sea miles than being aboard the classic gaff rig schooner Luna Moon. Sail the west coast of Madagascar and across the Mozambique channel to South Africa. Click here for dates. All our offshore passages will add a minimum distance of 600 nm to your log per leg. Build your sea miles at an accredited maritime academy aboard a 99-year-old schooner, join us today.
STARTING DATES FOR THE 2019 SEASON
Nosy Be to Tulear: 8th September 2019
Northern Madagascar to Southern Madagascar, with an estimated duration of 14 days
Tulear to Port Elizabeth: 5th November 2019
Southern Madagascar to South Africa, with an estimated duration of 10 days.
* Listed dates my vary due to uncontrollable circumstances such as weather *
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.
About Luna Moon
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!