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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!


Youth Development Voyages


Our 7-day youth development voyages can be life changing

Weddings and events

Special charters are available for weddings, birthdays and parties


New voyage video

Check out our new video, which gives you a glimpse into life on board a tall ship during a 7-day youth voyage. Venture into the unknown… and change your life forever. Lyrics by Maea Shepherd

Kiddies Pirate Sail

Back by popular demand, our Whangarei Kiddies Pirate Sail is returning on Saturday 26 May 2018. Book early to avoid disappointment! Book online here.

Public Sail in Whangarei!

Now is your chance to go sailing on a tall ship! Join us on our public sailing in Whangarei Harbour for a 2-hour sail on Saturday 26 May 2018. Details here.

Pirate ship finds gold!

The R. Tucker Thompson is delighted to be awarded Qualmark Gold in recognition of the quality of our experience. For the second year in a row, we have undergone the Qualmark assessment under the new criteria, and we have retained our Gold standard.

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

Yth-1801 Wha ra

Ahoj from the Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson after another full day in the Bay. The usual swim in calm waters and morning sun with a warm rinse then duties. The ship is in good hands with the brass gleaming as breakfast is steaming on the table. Soon we were sailing,...

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YT 1801 – Toru Ra

Ahoj from the tucker Thompson! This morning started off with our usual morning swim then straight into morning duties followed by eggs and spaghetti on toast for breakfast. Gautier was first up to complete the tucker challenge, followed by Erikka, Julie, Maja,...

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Yth-1801 Rua ra

Rua Ra Ahoj from the Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson, after a full day of activities the trainees and crew are getting into the rhythm of life aboard. After an un expected quiet start to the morning we soon had all swam and showered and full into cleaning duties. Then it...

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Tahi ra YTH- 1801 blog

After saying goodbye to everyone’s loved ones we set sail and headed towards army bay for our first anchorage of the week. We began by playing a name game to get to know each other a bit better before unpacking our bunks and making ourselves at home. Along the way we...

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YHT 1716 Ono ra

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...

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YTH-1716 Rima Ra

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....

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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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