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!
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.
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!
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.
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
Busy was our day after a gorgeous, clear night spent in Mahinepua, gently rocked to sleep by the lazy swell rolling in. Hunter led the mineral spa jump off the side this morning, followed by the rest who weren’t quite brave enough to be the first one in the water....read more
Evening Family, Whanau and Friends, Today we had another day of special meetings and exploration. After the usual morning routines, we went ashore near where we were anchored, a place called Butler’s Point. Tim had organised for us to meet the caretakers at the Museum...read more
Kia ora whanau We are again now anchored for the night in Mangonui Harbour after a beautiful and inspirational day. It started in the morning with our usual routine of swimming, cleaning and breakfast but we had big plans. So after breakfast, we left the harbour to...read more