Come sailing with us - for an experience you won't forget!
Regardless of age or ability, the R.Tucker Thompson has created memories and friends for thousands of travellers over the years. Throughout the New Zealand summer, she provides the opportunity for visitors to the Bay of Islands to experience a working tall ship with her own unique history.Find out more
The R.Tucker Thompson provides life changing experiences for youngsters of all ages, from our 7-day youth development voyages through to our Russell Kororāreka field trip which is ideal for school groups of all ages.Find out more
The R. Tucker Thompson is operated by a not-for-profit trust which is a registered charity. All income derived from our tourism sailing activities are used for her maintenance, as well as providing a contribution to help Northland youth access the sail training voyages.Find out more
Former New Zealander of the year and eminent scholar Dame Anne Salmond has been appointed as Patron of the R. Tucker Thompson Sail Training Trust.
Dame Anne, whose research and teaching draw inspiration and insights from engagement between the differing ‘worlds’ of New Zealand, Pacific and European societies, has a keen interest in exploration and voyaging in the Pacific as well as a desire for Māori and Pacifika students, particularly from those who come from low income families, to fulfil their potential through education. Among her many other roles, she is also Trustee of the Te Haa Trust, responsible for organising the 250th anniversary in 2019 of Captain Cook in New Zealand.Read More
Woke up to a beautiful day in Paroa Bay. We had breakfast then did our usual chores. The trainees are now onto what needs to be done and get stuck in and got Tucker ship shape in no time, washing all the blood and bait off the boat from last nights fishing. Today the trainees are in charge of all sailing duties so after our course was plotted the skipper and crew were assigned their positions.Read More
Another fabulous day!
We awoke in Indigo Bay where the girls (and Tona) enjoyed their first mineral spa. After chores and breakfast we upped anchor to make our way to Captain Steve’s secret scallop spot. TK, Ducatti and Caleb helped the crew to find the scallops while everyone else stayed on the ship enjoying the rope swing and cracking some bombs!
We woke up in the beautiful Paradise Bay for our morning swim. The sky was overcast, a promise of the rain to come later in the day. After breakfast the boys were happy to get chores done and packed before a great sail to Rawhiti. We landed in the dingy and had a great hakiri at the marae, what a fantastic variety of kai. We were lucky enough to have a performance of a haka that was really powerful and strong.Read More
Awoke this morning to another beautiful day, this time in Whangaruru. The boys were really keen on their swim and in the water before 7am. A few did bombs off the boat before morning chores. We headed off to the hole in the rock, Motukokako, and on arrival went through in wild water in the inflatable. We had the wind in our sails and made good headway to our next port of call the Island of Waewaetorea.Read More