Crew

Dave Bird
Captain

Started sailing dinghies at a young age on the Red House River near Port Elizabeth and progressed to ocean-going catamarans completing 9 transatlantic crossings and a sailing adventure up the mighty Amazon River retracing Sir Peter Blakes tragic route. David now enjoys captaining Luna Moon to new destinations and passing on the experience that he has gained on his 150 000 nautical mile journey to young developing sailors.

Aaron Harrison
Engineer

Is the vessels engineer and maintenance officer. Seldom seen, but a crucial member of the crew Aaron 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. Aaron has been with Luna Moon since 2018 and holds a Marine 1 Engineers certificate and has over 4000 miles aboard Luna Moon. Aaron also holds a 40-mile skippers’ ticket.

James Marais
Senior Crew

Is an avid bodyboarder and surf lifesaver who holds a number of sailing qualification including STCW  (including PDSD), powerboat level 2, tender operations, AEC1, PWC, PWC instructors, RYA Radar, RYA Diesel engine course, crowd control, yacht rating course, RYA VHF license, valid ENG1 medical. James has also completed a season in the Med working on superyachts and charter catamarans.

Amand Botha
Dive instructor & Bosun

Enjoys scuba diving and is an accomplished PADI dive instructor. In addition, Amand has his STCW, powerboat 2 and his jet-ski ticket as well as his category C skippers ticket. Amand has been onboard Luna Moon from Richards Bay.

Collin Ellis
Project Manager

Has been building and repairing boats his entire life and has an in-depth knowledge of all marine systems. Collin has given much of his free time to volunteering for the NSRI where he has played an important role in many sea rescues. Collin has also logged many miles at sea onboard catamarans and commercial fishing vessels.

Luke Bossoff
Master Carpenter

Recognized for his contribution to conservation and for a lifestyle dedicated to lowering his carbon footprint resides in a true full off-grid mountain log cabin deep in Southern African’s wilderness. Luke has been actively involved in anti-poaching task teams reducing the numbers of rhino and elephant being slaughtered in South Africa. At one with nature and with mountain leopards as company Luke has developed the art of carpentry. As master carpenter, Luke is responsible for the internal refit of the vessel. Prior to joining the Luna Moon crew Luke built sets for the local and Hollywood film industry. Luke is also an experienced sailor having sailed from South Africa to Brazil and up to the Caribbean as a young boy.

Albert
Crew Member

Was born in a small village on Nosy Be island in Madagascar. Growing up he built wooden traditional pirogues and fished and dived every free moment. Prior to joining the crew of Luna Moon in Madagascar Albert worked at one of the main tourist hotels. Albert is now an accomplished sailor having obtained his International Crew Certificate.

Gino
Crew Member

Was born in the sea side town of Mahajanga on the north western shore of Madagascar. Prior to joining the crew of Luna Moon Gino worked in the construction industry but his love of the ocean saw him fishing and sailing small pirogues on the weekend. Gino has also successfully completed his International Crew Certificate.

Red
Chef

Whose real name is Fred but due to language difficulties the day he was introduced to the captain and the fact that he was wearing a red t-shirt that day has led to him being called Red, the name stuck. Red is a partially self-taught chef specializing in seafood and traditional Malagasy meals.