"R. Tucker Thompson Sail Training Trust"

Come sailing with us - for an experience you won't forget!

Sailing in the Bay of Islands

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.

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Youth Voyages

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.

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Sail Training Trust

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.

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Adults sail training voyage

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 in Special Interest | 6 comments

Adults sail training voyage

We are frequently asked do we have any sail training voyages for adults – they want to experience what our sail trainees do…. although we wonder if they really, really want Captain Uncle Steve waking them at 0700 for their early morning swim!

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Maintenance underway, and Dewy returns!

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 in About the ship | 0 comments

Maintenance underway, and Dewy returns!

The ship is pulled apart and maintenance is underway. And we welcome back the incomparable Dewy Buttonshaw who has generously flown over from Melbourne to give us a month of his time and knowledge to help us with our maintenance.

Dewy arrived in the Bay of Islands on board Tecla, one of the Dutch tall ships that was circumnavigating the world and heading to Auckland with the fleet. Blown away by the welcome he received here in the Bay, Dewy headed back north after the Auckland festival and we found him, literally, exploring Matauwhi Bay in Russell. Having established that he had formerly been Captain of Pallada, a Russian tall ship we sailed with in 2005, we invited him on board the Tucker. He’s been a good friend ever since, returning on a couple of occasions and now to help us with this year’s maintenance. With his shipwright skills, his tall ship experience, and genial nature he’s a wonderful asset for our project!

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Hole in the Rock

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 in Voyage Blogs | 3 comments

Hole in the Rock

This morning we awoke in Oke Bay to yet again clear blue skies to greet us for our daily dip. Chores were completed in record time and breakfast was quickly devoured so we could up anchor and make our way to Deep Water Cove for a morning dive on White Reef. Our friendly finned friends amazed our trainees as they hand fed and played with the many species of fish there.

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Fine weather adventures

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 in Voyage Blogs | Comments Off

Fine weather adventures

Yesterday morning we awoke to clear blue skies and a beautiful sunrise while we took our morning plunge in the refreshing waters of Parekura Bay. Our chores were easily completed and a hearty breakfast went down well. After a lesson on nutrition we listened to the weather report so we could plan our day. Our navigators made a voyage plan to Waewaetorea Island where we could take advantage of the sun on the gorgeous white sandy beach.

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Exploring Urupukapuka

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 in Voyage Blogs | 1 comment

Exploring Urupukapuka

Kia ora and welcome everyone to another edition of the tales and adventures aboard the R. Tucker Thompson.  The bad weather eased a little this morning and our daily swim took place with patches of blue skies and light breezes,  which made the cool dip a bit more bearable. The trainees are now well accustomed to the routine of the ship so the swims and chores are completed in record times. It just maybe, however, the smells of a hearty breakfast cooking is encouraging them to work faster.

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