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!

Tourism sailings in the Bay of Islands

A sail on the R. Tucker Thompson is often voted the best day of any holiday!

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Youth Development Voyages

Our 7-day youth development voyages can be life changing

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Weddings and events

Special charters are available for weddings, birthdays and parties

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Latest survey into voyage outcomes

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.

Sailor of the Year award

The R. Tucker Thompson has been named the NRC sailor of the Year in recognition of the work it has done with over 1300 young people.

Pirate ship finds gold!

The R. Tucker Thompson is delighted to be awarded Qualmark Gold in recognition of the quality of our experience.

YTH-1707 Ono ra

We started the morning off to a light rain shower, but despite that we all eagerly wanted to do the morning swim. We finished the swim with hot showers all round and then headed off to start our normal morning duties. After breakfast we motored to Otiao Bay, launched...

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YTH-1707 Rima ra

Ahoj from the Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson, we have enjoyed a rain less day with lots of adventures squeezed in after all the class room activities of recent days. Morning swim in calm conditions for the first time and the hint of ra through the high cloud. Anchor up...

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YTH-1707 Wha ra

This morning was yet again, a wet start to the day. Instead of the normal routine morning swim we went straight into morning duties.This was shortly followed by a large breakfast to fuel the trainees' minds and have them ready to start the day’s class session. We...

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YTH-1707 Toru Ra

Kia Ora Whanau. The day started with the trainees enduring their first refreshing dip in the cool waters of Opunga Cove. Chores were completed with Logan and Kaea spending some extra time ensuring the brass was super shiny. After breakfast was scoffed and the dishes...

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soggy sailors

Kia ora whanau from the good ship to thy land lubbers…. Today started with no morning swim much to everybody’s disappointment due to prevailing weather conditions, so was straight into chores breakfast and dishes. Once completed we then weighed anchor making haste to...

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YTH-1707 Tahi ra

Ahoj from the Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson. A bit of a wet start but not with the enthusiasm of the trainees. Leaving Opua we rolled around Tapeka Point and into the Bay of Islands. Anchoring up in Wai iti for lunch, a warming soup with fresh scones and then an...

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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!

The Sail Training Trust

The R. Tucker Thompson is held in Trust for the benefit of the people of Taitokerau Northland

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.

John F Kennedy

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