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!

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Youth Development Voyages

Our 7-day youth development voyages can be life changing

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Weddings and events

Special charters are available for weddings, birthdays and parties

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Late Afternoon sailings!

If you are short on time or don’t wish to do a full day sail, try our Late Afternoon Sailing! Departs 4.00 pm and returns at 6.00pm.

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.

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.

Pirate ship finds gold!

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

toru ra

Kia Ora all,   The trainees were eagerly waiting on deck at 0700 hours this morning for their refreshing dip. After chores were completed and a hot breakfast was devoured we went straight into some lessons. We split the trainees into 2 groups where we filled...

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rua ra

Kiaora Whanau Our first morning was warm and sunny, compared to last night’s wet and cloudy evening. Mataora couldn’t wait to be the first in the water and everyone followed behind fuelled with adrenaline and excitement, Jay enjoyed having the rope swing to himself....

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Tahi ra

Kia Ora Whanau, The weather was stunning as we cast off of Opua wharf at 1200 hours with 11 fresh trainees to start the winter youth season. With the foresail raised, we made our way down the channel towards Moturua Island. Along the way we broke the ice with a name...

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Sailor of the Year award

It's not every year that a ship wins the sailor of the year, but then the R. Tucker Thompson is no ordinary ship! In March the Trust and Trustees were awarded the Northland Regional Council's Sailor of the Year award by Council Chair Bill Shepherd. Accepting it on...

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Pirate ship finds Gold

The R. Tucker Thompson has been assessed by Qualmark under the now, more stringent criteria and has been awarded Qualmark Gold for their organisation. Since being wholly owned by Tourism New Zealand, the Qualmark criteria have undergone a major overhaul. Previously...

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Final Post for 2016 voyages

Our final night on the ship; Pork roast is cooking for dinner, The trainees are cleaning the deck after a long day of island hiking and diving for kina and mussels, The last of the long summer-like sun is fading into the west. Soon all will gather for class and fill...

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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

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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