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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

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.

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 1712 Ono ra

Ahoy friends and family, from the R. Tucker Thompson. The last day has gone so quickly! We started the day with a sleep in and even skipped the morning swim- the cold Southwesterlies made the water look very unappealing. Chores done and breakfast had, we headed off to...

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YTH 1712 Rima ra

Ahoj from the good ship R Tucker Thompson. Today was an early start, with trainees woken by the engine revs at 6am. The morning started off beautifully, with the sun rising over the horizon and everyone with a hot choccy in hand we headed out of Whangaruru and back to...

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Youth 1712 Ra Wha

Ahoy from the happy ship R. Tucker Thompson. Bright blue skies and flat seas welcomed the sunrise and made perfect conditions for our morning swim, everyone jumped in with a minimum of grumbling and then we all tucked into our morning duties. How the brass gleamed in...

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YTH-1712 Toru Ra

Kia ora from the Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson, safe at anchor well to the south, tucked in under Paparahi. With the winds last night howling through the halyards and rattling the ratlines we awoke this morning to calm, sunshine and extensive blue skies with the promise...

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YTH 1712 Rua ra

Ahoj from the Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson anchored up in Orokawa for the night after a busy day. Up with the sun for the morning swim and quick deck shower then into duties as the breakfast was prepared. A fine feed to set us up for the day, the Tucker challenge was...

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YTH 1712 Tahi Ra

Kia Ora everyone! Day one has been a busy and productive day. Leaving friends and whanau at Opua wharf, we sailed out into the bay heading for Moturoa Island. While we sailed along, everyone became more familiar with their home for the week, going over an orientation...

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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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