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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
We are frequently asked do we have any sail training voyages for adults – they want to experience what our sail trainees do…. although we wonder if they really, really want Captain Uncle Steve waking them at 0700 for their early morning swim!Read More
Kia ora whanau,
This morning we awoke to a beautiful but windswept day in Outu bay. The trainees were keen to get straight into their morning swim and equally keen to shower and get dry again as the sou’wester whipped through and chilled them to the bone. Morning chores were rapidly completed and we tucked into our hearty breakfast. After breakfast the trainees ripped through some more lessons on navigation and were just starting to learn about the weather when the weather turned up to teach us all a few things.Read More
Well the wind had got up and we have set our course out of the bay, heading south for a wee coastal adventure.
Day two started in the traditional way, swim , chores, then breakfast. Aroha was first in the water this morning, with everyone else close on her tail.
After a good chunk of navigating, and passage planning, sorting out the plan for the day, a few keen crew geared up in their wetsuits, and head out for a dive at Howe Rock and beyond. They came back with a good booty of muscles, kina and a couple of nice crayfish for the pot.
The muscles went straight into a hot chowder, with some fresh hot bread to mop it all up.. Yum….
Kia ora koutou. Voyage 1413 is underway and off to a flying start today. The sun was beaming hot and the breeze blew up to a consistent 15knots this afternoon.
Once the docklines were thrown, we head out into the bay for a fantastic sail. On the approach of dusk, it was all hands on deck to strike the sails, and into whale bay we head. Aroha, Te Are and Ben, Kaya, and Phoebe dared the cool water for a quick dip before dinner. And as I write the boys are doing the washing up, and being serenaded by Te Are on the baritone ukulele (thanks Joff).
The spirits are high and the ship is warm. Everyone is looking to make the most out of this week and their time on board.. cheers!!Read More
Kia Ora Whanau, today we have traveled many miles, braved huge waves and evaded a Kraken on our return to the Bay of Islands from Whangaroa Harbour. Well that is one version of the story anyway.
After a blustery night we awoke to blue skies and little wind. Some of the trainees were a little reluctant to take the morning plunge and by the time everyone had been in, the showers had arrived. Over breakfast captain Rob listened keenly to the weather forecast and it was decided to head for the bay before the swell got ugly. The trainees were briefed to prepare for a rough ride with sea-sickness medication, wet weather gear, harnesses and lifejackets issued as a precaution.Read More
Kiaora koutou. Day three of the Otamatea sports leadership voyage, we awoke at the beautiful Cavalli Islands. Calm seas and a hint of sunshine was enough to get all trainees in for their morning swim quick smart, and enjoy the hot shower on deck before chores and breakfast.
Our morning was spent getting familiar with the ships safety equipment, and having a look at the chart to plan the days sail from Waiti Bay, to Whangaroa Harbour. There were a few prayers for calm seas, as there was a fair amount of seasickness in the last days travel up from the bay.Read More