"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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Hole in the Rock

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 in Voyage Blogs | 0 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 | 0 comments

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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Sheltered from the storm

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 in Voyage Blogs | 2 comments

Sheltered from the storm

A blanket of cloud covered the sky this morning as we enjoyed our daily dip in the ocean. To take advantage of the NE winds we upped anchor to set the mainsail, foresail and both the inner and outer headsails for a nice rock’n’roll sail to Opunga Cove. We completed our chores along the way before we dropped anchor and enjoyed a hot hearty breakfast. After the morning dishes were done we gathered in the saloon to fill our heads with knowledge on buoys and beacons and tides.

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A day in the water

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 in Voyage Blogs | 3 comments

A day in the water

Kia Ora Whanau, clear blue skies greeted us for our refreshing swim this morning at 0700 hours. Chores were completed and breakfast was demolished before we started our first lessons for the day on chart work and navigation. After our lessons we upped anchor to make our way to Black Rocks for diving and fishing. Despite the Arctic temperatures and cloudy visibility, our keen aquanaughts soon filled our catch bag with fat juicy mussels and hedgehog sized kina. We returned to the ship and a welcome bone warming shower was enjoyed by all.

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