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 Goddess 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, waves and tides. Even though thousands of miles separate our 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.
Luna Moon Sailing Academy
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 recognize and globally supported than any other marine training organisation. Our experienced sail training instructors and youth development team leaders are on board and available to guide and assist students 24/7.
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 also for individuals who want to kick-start a career in sailing or the marine industry, as well as for those who are wanting to develop teamwork 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
Luna Moon Sailing Academy offers 3 training certificates as well as 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. We also host children from the local schools, villages and the local sea scouts 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 sail yacht. Training onboard a classic vessel such as Luna Moon has added advantages not found on regular much smaller sail training yachts. With no winches or electrical gear to assist with the hoisting of sails students quickly come to terms with the power and driving forces the wind can provide. 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 forging 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. 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
Book your voyage with the Luna Moon Sailing Academy today!
Watch this space or email us for more information on our 2020 Expeditions
* Listed dates my vary due to uncontrollable circumstances such as weather *
Included in the program fee:
Accommodation aboard Luna Moon
All meals on board
Course training materials
Not included in the program fee:
IYT Certificate (where applicable)
All our courses operate on the internationally acclaimed, IYT curriculum. Our key focus is on ensuring that all students obtain the required level of practical and theoretical knowhow to enable them to receive a certificate of competence at the end of the program. Students will be awarded their certificates at The Luna Moon Sailing Academy Graduation Ceremony, which is followed by the now famous Luna Moon Pirate Party.
WHAT TO BRING
Light Sleeping bag
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
Bath & beach towels
We encourage our students to bring along items that they can donate. These items are difficult for people in remote areas to access and they will be distributed throughout our voyage.
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!
Magical Madagascar remains one of the last truly unexplored surfing destination on earth. With a land mass two and a half times the size of Great Britain, Madagascar is the 4 largest island in the world and is your true adventure surfing destination with thousands of miles of beaches, islands and surf breaks.
Already world famous for surf breaks such as Jelly Babies, Flame Balls, Pete’s, Googles and many more. Madagascar is waiting to be explored and there is no better way to experience Madagascar than aboard the 118ft Gaff Rig Schooner, Luna Moon.
Luna Moon will be on location off Anakao inviting guests to enjoy 18 of Madagascar’s best uncrowded breaks.
In order to reduce overcrowding, the numbers of guests will be limited to 14 guests per 14 day surf safari:
· Watch this space or email us for more information on our 2020 Surfari charters
*Dates may vary by one day depending on scheduled flights*
The cost is calculated on a per night basis at a 120 Euro per night for 13 nights.
There are 8 guest cabins on board each with their own wash basin. We also have 3 guest bathrooms with toilets and showers in the accommodation area.
Luna Moon has expansive deck space as well as a large dinning and chill out areas. All meals are provided as well as bottled drinking water and there is a cash bar selling snacks, cooldrinks, beers and local rums.
Guests will be picked up and returned to Tulear Airport on the scheduled arrival and departure dates. Transfers to and from Luna Moon are included.
The Luna Moon tender will drop guests at the various breaks for the morning surf sessions and return to the vessel for lunch. Afternoon trade winds often allow for some epic kiting in the afternoons.
The southern province of Tuléar (Toliara) offers favourable conditions to surfers, kiters and windsurfers alike.
Anakao is a two hour sail south of Tuléar and offers a clean, hollow left hand break over a fairly exposed fire coral reef aptly named Flame Bowls (or Flameballs). Flame Bowls is a world-class kitesurfing wave. The wind, mostly cross-offshore SE from the left, kicks in around midday and is usually around 15 to 20 knots which is still very surfable. Conditions at Flame Bowls work best later in the day and there are several other left and right hand breaks to surf in the mornings. Mornings often start out at TT’s, a sheltered reef break working best in offshore easterly winds, which delivers a winding left-hand wave that reels off a horseshoe reef for approximately 200 to 300 metres. There is also a classic right-hand wave on the other side of the reef called DeansInnersand about 5kms further out another good right-hand wave called Outers.
Jelly Babies is another right hand reef break that works best when the wind is offshore.
Chefs, also in the Anakao area, is a left hand wave over an exposed point reef break that provides pretty consistent surf with offshore winds from east to north-east.
Puss-Puss is a seriously fast, hollow and dangerous wave over exposed reef ideally surfed on a full tide with good swell and NE-NW winds.
Resort works on offshore winds from the SE with a left and right hand break over exposed reef.
Ifaty, another great spot on the south pass of Ifaty to the north of Tuléar delivers a left and right break on either side of the pass. Its be`st surfed in the morning on outgoing low tides with an offshore easterly wind.
There are approximately 18 spots in and around Tuléar which are all included in the charter itinerary.
Captain Dan Edwards has always had a love for the sea having grown up in the historic seaside town of Port Elizabeth. Besides being a qualified ship’s captain and sailing instructor Dan is also a qualified deep sea commercial diver. Dan has not only worked on super yachts in the Mediterranean he has also sailed large dhows in the Indian Ocean. Friendly, competent, fair and always willing to assist others best describes Captain Dan.
Aaron Harrison or otherwise known as MacGyver is the vessels engineer and maintenance officer. Seldom see, but a crucial member of the crew MacGyver is everyone’s go to guy when something stops working. Born with a spanner in his hand Aaron has always enjoyed building and tuning race cars as well as repairing anything that’s broken.
Natalie Marais is a well-travelled adventure girl who loves any outdoor activity. After completing degrees in both commerce and law, Nat left South Africa to teach English to young children in Thailand. Nat is passionate about conservation and is one of those people that is always eager to assist others. Nat has also recently completed her STCW course in Cape Town South Africa.
Courtney Bailey is our dedicated Media Manager. She graduated with a B.A. Degree in Visual Communication from the Stellenbosch Academy of Design and Photography in South Africa. She has always been interested in conservation and community development and is passionate about using her skills to make a positive impact.