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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

Latest survey into voyage outcomes

Our latest survey for 2016 into the effectiveness of our Youth Development Voyages has just been released. It makes interesting reading and we are proud to be making a real difference for our youth.

Pirate ship finds gold!

The R. Tucker Thompson is delighted to be awarded Qualmark Gold in recognition of the quality of our experience. For the second year in a row, we have undergone the Qualmark assessment under the new criteria, and we have retained our Gold standard.

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 1811 Tahi ra

Kia ora friends and family of the R. Tucker Thompson! Day one has gone off with a bang. Already there are loud voices and laughter coming from the saloon, with all the trainees teaching each other the ‘correct’ rules of last card and some busy trying to tune the...

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Yth 1810 Ono ra

After a windy and rainy night, we awoke at 8 am to clearing skies and chirpy faces so it was decided we would have a morning swim, with Hunter once again being first into the water. Once morning duties were completed and our delicious breakfast was devoured the...

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Yth 1810 rima ra blog

Ahoy from the good ship R Tucker Thompson. Today has been an action packed day, with the wind and seas picking up it was a day that everyone on board will remember. Our day started off with a 0730am morning swim shortly followed by morning duties and scrumptious...

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YTH-1810 Wha ra

This morning we started with an early 7am start, No morning swim or morning duties today, we begun with a sunrise sail. Once the jug was boiled it was hot chocolates for everyone. Brooklyn and Minaia were first to take the helm this morning, and set a course for the...

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YTH 1810 – Toru Ra

Ahoy from the good ship R Tucker Thompson. Once again another successful day with smiles and laughter all around. Reflecting on last night’s activities we are happy to say that we all had an amazing night on shore. We started off making our bonfire while all the...

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Yth 1810 Rua ra blog

Ahoy!! From the good ship R Tucker Thompson. Today has been a full on, entertaining and adventurous day full of laughter and fun. Our day started off at 07:15am with a morning swim in the brisk ocean followed by morning duties of cleaning the ship – sweeping, moping,...

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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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