Moya Sailing

Sailing in Rio de Janeiro

So you think Rio de Janeiro is most beautiful from above? Get a new perspective on the “Marvelous City” and check out the amazing view of Rio de Janeiro from a sailing boat! Not only will you see the Sugarloaf, Christ the Redeemer and city skyline from another angle, you will also be able to enjoy the peace and tranquillity that comes with being on the water. Sailing on Moya – a 36 foot Samoa sailing boat with a large cockpit and two steering wheels – provides ample space and comfort for all ages.

What to bring: A jacket because it might get windy, bikini/sunga, canga and sunscreen, camera (!), snacks and drinks (but you can also ask to have snacks and drinks waiting for you on board).Cost: 900 BRL for the whole group, independently of group size (food and drinks at extra charge if wanted)Duration: Usually a day trip lasts about 6 hours

Capacity: Ideal for all groups up to 8 people

How to get to Moya Sailing

The first step is to arrange the trip with Raphael (061 9945 0027 or Pick-ups can be made from the Iate Club in Urca or from Marina de Gloria.

Iate Club Urca:

Urca HarborAddress: Iate Club in Urca, Avenida de Pasteur 333.
By bus: 511 from Ipanema, 513 from Botafogo
By car: Parking possibility at the Sugarloaf parking lot (usually pretty crowded) – or take a cab.

Marina de Gloria:

Address: Avenida Infante Dom Henrique, s/n – Glória
By bus: 157 from Ipanema
By metro: Metro station Glória
By car: There’s a parking lot at Marina de Gloria

Captain GurugaThe boat is skippered by English speaking professional sailors, sometimes by Raphael, a Navy officer and the owner of Moya, but mostly by Guruga. Guruga was part of the Brazilian sailing team in the Olympics of Seoul (1988) and Barcelona (1992) and has some very interesting stories to tell, you couldn’t wish for better captains!

If you haven’t already decided where to go, now is the time to make your choice. For a day trip there are several sailing destinations, such as:

  • Ilhas Cagarras – off shore from IpanemaRioforYou_9_small_043
  • Copacabana – great for swimming
  • Niteroi – have lunch at the British sailing club and see MAC from the sea
  • Ilha de Paquetá – special day trips can be arranged to this beautiful island famous for not having any cars
  • Also worth a visit: Itaipú beach (on Niteroi side) Jurujuba (a fisherman village), Adão e Eva beach, Ilha Fiscal and many others.

Rio de Janeiro SkylineSailing out of the harbor is already quite an experience. The further you get out into Guanabara Bay, the more you will be able to distinguish the different peaks of Rio de Janeiro: Dois Irmãos, Pedra da Gavea, Corcovado (and Christ), Bico do Papagaio and the other peaks of Tijuca National Park. If you chose to sail towards the Copacabana islands or Niteroi, you’ll also get a stunning close-up view of the Sugarloaf in many different angles with the Christ in the back. Don’t miss this photo opportunity!

Sugarloaf and ChristSpeaking of photo opportunities, do bring a good camera, the sailing boat itself is a beauty and the changing coastline of Rio de Janeiro deserves a proper camera. Not to forget that the ocean itself offers many photo opportunities, too: Picturesque fisher boats, big container ships, the Niteroi bridge and if you’re sailing towards the open sea, the old fortresses at the bay entrance – you might even get lucky and spot some dolphins!

Moya Sailing BoatSo prepare yourself for a memorable trip with many new insights. And if you’re hungry for more, do inquire about the other activities they offer: sailing lessons, romantic dates at sunsets, overnight sailing trips or sailing holidays to Ilha Grande, Angra, Paraty or Buzios. Catering available upon request.

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