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R. Tucker Thompson Sail Training Trust


The R. Tucker Thompson is an iconic tall ship based in the Bay of Islands. Operated as a social enterprise, we run tourism sailings over summer, with profits used to fund youth development voyages over winter. Do join us!

Tourism sailings in the Bay of Islands


A sail on the R. Tucker Thompson is often voted the best day of any holiday!


Youth Development Voyages


Our 7-day youth development voyages can be life changing

Weddings and events

Special charters are available for weddings, birthdays and parties

Pirate ship finds gold!

The R. Tucker Thompson is delighted to be awarded Qualmark Gold in recognition of the quality of our experience.

Latest Annual report released

Our 2016-17 Annual Report has just been released. It’s a great document which not only provides our financial reports but also information about our sail trainees, our people and the Trust generally. Download it from our website and find out more about what we do!

Sailor of the Year award

The R. Tucker Thompson has been named the NRC sailor of the Year in recognition of the work it has done with over 1300 young people.

Bay of Islands Sailing

The best day of any holiday in New Zealand!

Youth development voyages

Venture into the unknown and change your life forever!

The Sail Training Trust

The R. Tucker Thompson is held in Trust for the benefit of the people of Taitokerau Northland

YHT 1716 Ono ra

We started the morning off with a 0630 start. Nicanor was first in the water followed by the rest of the trainees. Then it was straight into morning duties, had an amazing breakfast of porridge and baked beans before hoisting the anchor making our way towards the...

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YTH-1716 Rima Ra

Hello from the Ship! Day 5 for our us on the voyage, another day full of activity! The day started with a bit of a sleep in till 0800 (which many needed after a big day yesterday). Then after the usual morning duties, the trainees raised anchor and took the helm....

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YTH 1716 Wha ra

Today we arrived in the Bay of Islands! Our day started as usual. The trainees gathered to get the weather forecast and prepare a passage plan to sail north. With favourable Sou’westerlies forecasted for the morning, All hands on deck, wasted no time in raising anchor...

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YTH 1716 Toru Ra

We started off our day with the normal routine of the morning swim, morning duties and then a scrumptious breakfast of eggs, spaghetti and porridge. We completed a lesson on weather before hoisting the anchor and setting a course for Mimiwhangata bay. During the trip...

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YTH 1716 Rua Ra

Good evening friends and family! Tonight we find ourselves in Whangaruru Harbour for the night. Beautiful sheltered calm waters surround the ship as dinner cooks and the trainees play some team building games. We have had a full and interesting day. Being the first...

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YTH 1716 Tahi ra

After saying lovely goodbyes to the families of the trainees we hoisted the fore sail and headed towards Urquarts Bay. On our travels we played the name game as a group and then we went through an orientation with the trainees where we told them all about the do’s and...

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We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch, we are going back from whence we came.

John F Kennedy

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