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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

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.

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-1807 Toru ra blog

Today started with the usual morning swim, morning duties and then straight into breakfast. Wiremu, Tomas, Mahina, and Manaakitia completed the checks before starting up the engine. We then hoisted anchor and headed towards our days destination in Waiiti bay. With...

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YTH 1807 Rua ra

Ahoj friends and family of the Tucker. Day 2 started off with a splash, Eden being the first in the water for the morning swim. Next, the morning chores were completed- scrubbing the deck, polishing the brass, cleaning the head and mopping the floors. After that we...

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1807 Tahi Ra

Evening all, from the R. Tucker Thompson on our first day of the Far North Holdings Leadership Voyage. We started the day in brilliant June sunshine and mirror like seas. After leaving Opua, the Trainees helped set the fore sail as we departed. Tomas and Wiremu hauled...

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1806 Ono Ra

Our last full day on the ship today started like every other with a morning swim, duties and warm breakfast. The morning was spent in class having lessons on road rules at sea, weather systems and the phonetic alphabet. Only today left to impart knowledge to the...

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1806 Rima Ra

Ahoj again! We send you well wishes from Paradise Bay on our fifth day of the voyage. Today the ship did not move. Instead, everyone went ashore to help the Project Island Song plant trees. So, the usual morning routine was carried out with particular speed in order...

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Yth 1806- Wha ra

This morning’s routine started with the usual morning swim, Morning duties and breakfast. After breakfast we Hoisted anchor and set the main sail, fore sail and head sails and set a course bound for the hole in the rock. The trainees plotted a course to reach 3...

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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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