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!
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!
We started the morning off with a 0630 start. Nicanor was first in the water followed by the rest of the trainees. Then it was straight into morning duties, had an amazing breakfast of porridge and baked beans before hoisting the anchor making our way towards the...read more
Hello from the Ship! Day 5 for our us on the voyage, another day full of activity! The day started with a bit of a sleep in till 0800 (which many needed after a big day yesterday). Then after the usual morning duties, the trainees raised anchor and took the helm....read more
Today we arrived in the Bay of Islands! Our day started as usual. The trainees gathered to get the weather forecast and prepare a passage plan to sail north. With favourable Sou’westerlies forecasted for the morning, All hands on deck, wasted no time in raising anchor...read more
We started off our day with the normal routine of the morning swim, morning duties and then a scrumptious breakfast of eggs, spaghetti and porridge. We completed a lesson on weather before hoisting the anchor and setting a course for Mimiwhangata bay. During the trip...read more
Good evening friends and family! Tonight we find ourselves in Whangaruru Harbour for the night. Beautiful sheltered calm waters surround the ship as dinner cooks and the trainees play some team building games. We have had a full and interesting day. Being the first...read more
After saying lovely goodbyes to the families of the trainees we hoisted the fore sail and headed towards Urquarts Bay. On our travels we played the name game as a group and then we went through an orientation with the trainees where we told them all about the do’s and...read more
John F Kennedy
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.