Come sailing with us - for an experience you won't forget!
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
And we’re off! Our first youth voyage departed around midday today. There was excitement in the air as the crew busied themselves with the various jobs that need doing to get underway. Last minute supplies, fishing bait and hooks, a good smell wafting from the galley of soup for lunch…. and brilliant sunshine to see them on their way.
Thanks to the modern miracle of our AIS tracking system, newly installed thanks to a generous donation last year, we can now track the ship on her every movement!!!! There are no secrets any more. So we know that they have left the Bay of Islands, rounded Cape Brett and are safely anchored for the first night in the beautiful Whangamumu Harbour. There is usually no cellphone coverage out there so we won’t expect a blog update tonight.
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The Sail Training Trust has been generously donated a beautiful West Wight Potter 19ft sail boat to auction in order to raise funds for our youth development voyages!
The Potter 19 is a sweet little boat which is deceptively spacious inside and offers ultimate flexibility. With its four sleeping berths and seating for five, it provides comfortable overnight cruising, with its retractable keel it is perfect for going ashore, yet can be easily taken home on its trailer for storage. Extremely stable, the sail boat has closed cell foam flotation fore and aft, and is virtually unsinkable. She is the ideal boat for a couple or young family looking for a practical and versatile family holiday option.Read More
UPDATE: the telescope fetched an amazing $4,610 which will be put towards our sail training voyages. Our huge thanks to Nygllhuw!
When Nygllhuw (Nigel) Morris came sailing with us in early January he liked what we were doing so much that he asked if he could support the Sail Training Trust by auctioning off a unique and unusual piece of NZ maritime history that he owned, the telescope of the Late Capt Martin Jensen dating around the late 19th/early 20th century.Read More
Every Tuesday afternoon in January, the Tucker Crew are giving demonstrations of knotting and marlin spike skills in the beautiful heritage gardens of Pompallier Mission and printery.
There you can see how to make the “badge of honour” Turks Head ankle braclets, normally only awarded to sail trainees who conquer their fears and climb the rig during their 7-day youth voyage. You can also learn how to make Monkey Fist keyrings and also how our Baggy Wrinkles (the fluffy things in our rig) are made.Read More
Our huge congratulations and arohanui go to our Youth Development Manager and Master Captain Sophie Camplin together with her partner Stuart Mealor on the birth of their daughter Emily Cassiopeia Mealor. She was born on Boxing Bay and is now safely back home with both her parents. She is an absolute treasure and the best Christmas present ever!Read More