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!
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
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.
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!
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
John F Kennedy
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.