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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.Find out more
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.Find out more
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.Find out more
It’s the festive season and we’d like to thank everyone who has supported the Trust in any way over the past 12 months. Hope you have a joyous Christmas!Read More
Apologies blog watchers, but since the last blog we have sailed the seven seas in search of adventure and tallships on the high seas. First rule of the pirate code “ Adventure comes first ! “. No coverage on our journey so please forgive the brief post, but through the photos share with us the joy of :
The wind this morning was just wild and the ship was racking and straining at the anchor as the waves rolled past. Yet there was still a race to be first into the sea for the mineral spa, the first two trainees in earning a chocolate fish. Tela and Casey beating the boys into the water again. By now most of us are beginning to wonder if Tela is part fish as she always seems to be first in the sea and the last out, as if it were her natural element !
Today we planned to complete as many lessons as possible whilst the weather was raining hard so that tomorrow it’s all play and no work as we journey up the coast. The weather gods were kind today as by the time the trainees were mentally saturated the sun came out and we headed out into the bay to play.
Greetings from the good ship to thy land lubbers this morning 0700 hours our trainees experienced their first refreshing mineral spa with Ash being first of the trainee’s in closely followed by Casey and Anastasia (Stars). The boys were, it has to be said, somewhat lacking in courage compared to the girls. Despite the water being 17.8 degrees C and almost tropical.
First stop of the day was Moturua Island and Pipi Bay. The track around the island provided the most superb opportunity for the bush men onboard to show their skills. William in particular hiding in the forest and leaping out at the trainees giving them a fright, almost invisible they were in their full camouflage gear. It’s quite noticeable on our regular visits to the islands now that the bird song is really increasing now.Read More
The flags were straining in the breeze as the Good Ship left the dock to go voyaging once more. Last minute waves to the folks completed, then it was straight down to the serious business of getting ready for sea.
Kit packed away and safety stuff completed we ventured forth to Moturoa Island and the Black Rocks. Chance for a run ashore, and a bite to eat with Janna’s yummy soup. Along the way the trainees braved the rig for the first time venturing aloft. Straight away Anastasia and Ashley made it to the upper topsail yard looking for all to see as if they had done it all their lives.Read More