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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


New voyage video

Check out our new video, which gives you a glimpse into life on board a tall ship during a 7-day youth voyage. Venture into the unknown… and change your life forever. Lyrics by Maea Shepherd

Kiddies Pirate Sail

Back by popular demand, our Whangarei Kiddies Pirate Sail is returning on Saturday 26 May 2018. Book early to avoid disappointment! Book online here.

Public Sail in Whangarei!

Now is your chance to go sailing on a tall ship! Join us on our public sailing in Whangarei Harbour for a 2-hour sail on Saturday 26 May 2018. Details here.


LIVE DAY in Whangarei!

On Sunday 27 May 2018, in collaboration with the Whangarei Lions, we will be hosting a “Live Day” in Port Nikau, Whangarei. Visitors are welcome to come take a look at the “Tucker” at the dock, between 10:30 and 15:30.

Did you ever wonder what this tall ship looks like down below? Where do people sleep? Eat? Shower? What about climbing the rigging as sailors do? We’ll teach you a few knots and sailors’ tricks while you are aboard and answer any questions you may have.

Dress up as a pirate and you could win a prize! There will even be a sausage sizzle, buy yourself a sausage and let’s have a chat about our fantastic youth programme.

Admission is by donation


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

Yth- 1804 Ono ra blog

Ahoj from the Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson, powering our way to the final day of the Tai Tokerau Challenge. What a week of competition and comradeship, as we wind down to the final event and tally up the points. Today the trainees woke to the engine starting in...

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Yth- 1804 Rima ra blog

Ahoj from the R.Tucker Thompson, day five of the Tai Tokerau Challenge, hunkered down in Paparahi out of the rolling seas and gales. Another adventurous start to the day with trainees awaiting the skippers arrival on deck before plunging into the bay, ladderless,...

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Yth 1804- Wha ra blog

It was a fast start this morning. With the trainees enthusiasm to be the first in for the morning swim everyone jumped in before the ladder had been placed in the water. It was very hard to tell who was first in the water for the winning point but we came to the...

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Yth 1804- Toru ra blog

This morning once again Boston and Jonathan were first in the water for the morning swim, after everyone enjoyed their nice warm showers it was straight into the morning duties followed by breakfast. Once breakfast was devoured the trainees sat in for some classes of...

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Yth 1804- Rua ra blog

Rua ra Ahoj from the Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson, a swimming, sailing, sporty, swinging day. With an increase in competition of the Tai Tokerau Challenge. There was a stiff breeze across the deck for the morning swim but Jordan and Campbell went for the points. About...

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Yth 1804 tahi ra

Today is the start of the R tucker Thompsons Tai Tokerau Challenge – youth voyage 1804. With a very interactive start the trainees made new friends very easily. As we left the dock, we hoisted the fore sail and gathered round the helm for a name game. The trainees...

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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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