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 excellence.

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.

Navigation Master

$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.

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
  • Airport pickup
Not included in the program fee:
  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • 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. 


  • 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
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent


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!
Join us for an adventure of a lifetime. 

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