"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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Last day of Leadership

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 in Voyage Blogs | 0 comments

Last day of Leadership

Good evening all!
We have come to the end of our finial day on voyage 1414. Another full on morning was had. Traveling from Oke Bay to Waewaetorea – all the trainees got fully geared up in their wetsuits and ventured through Waewaetorea Cave! This was enjoyed by all; however the water temp was not so favourable according to some.
We had a nice cruisey afternoon, with the last of our lessons, a walk and games on the beach at Homestead Bay on Moturua and a very competitive game of Scattergories – which Rob, Te A and Jake managed to take out! Well done.
Papahia, Matt and Hine at any spare opportunity putting those fishing lines in the water at attempts to catch us a feed before we return home. We are particularly impressed at Connie and her enthusiastic approach to cooking! Amazing baking. With the help of Hine, they have made two wicked puddings – chocolate self-saucing pud and apple and peach crumble. Yum! As well as just always being there with a positive attitude to lend a hand with any meal. Thanks for helping the Crew girls!
All in all, we are so impressed with every single one of these talented, hilarious, open-minded, free young trainees. The leadership shown, the friendliness and pleasant faces we spent the week with will be missed.
Ka kite ano, hei apopo
God bless
See ya’ll tomorrow!
Before the Cave

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Sailing big seas

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 in Voyage Blogs | 3 comments

Sailing big seas

Day five and still alive!
An early morning was had by all as we set sail for the Poor Knights at 6am this morning. Getting only two miles from shore we made an executive decision to change course and head back in to the Bay, as the seas we not at all in our favour. Our sail as we got back into the Bay was a nice closure to our massive, messy swell. We setting in Urupukapuka Bay for the morning – after breaky, doing a solid 3hr walk around the Pa sites and various beaches around the Island.

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Confused seas and mainland tramps

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 in Voyage Blogs | 1 comment

Confused seas and mainland tramps

Hey hey hey!
An update on the fourth day of Voyage 1414 of our vessel R. Tucker Thompson.
The trainees are getting to know each other back to front now. The joking and the laughs have increased and the teamwork is building! This morning we got through a few more lessons, about Kaimoana, navigation and knots.

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Whangamumu Harbour

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 in Voyage Blogs | 4 comments

Whangamumu Harbour

Day 2:
Kiaora followers! This morning we sailed out of Pipi bay, out past Cape Brett. All trainees really enjoyed and took part in the sailing, especially Jake and Te A. We cruised past the famous Hole in the Rock, a little seasickness hit, but everybody survived the rocky seas.

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Cruising The Bay

Posted on Sep 27, 2014 in Voyage Blogs | 5 comments

Cruising The Bay

Kiaora koutou. Voyage 1414 has begun. It has only rained once so far, let the good weather continue! Today we got straight into climbing aloft. Where Ben, Jake and Taylor not to mention our climber addict Te A, went flying to the very top in no time. We eventually made it to Twin Lagoon Bay for a fulfilling lunch and a bit of a hike up Cooks Lookout.
Upon our departure from Twin Lagoons, young Journee took the wheel and steered us the majority of the way to our overnight anchorage.

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