Pirate ship finds Gold

Pirate ship finds Gold

The R. Tucker Thompson has been assessed by Qualmark under the new, more stringent criteria and has been awarded Qualmark Gold for their organisation. Since being wholly owned by Tourism New Zealand, the Qualmark criteria have undergone a major overhaul. Previously...
Tucker’s Story

Tucker’s Story

Tucker’s story by Anita Thompson: Tucker was born Robert Tucker Thompson in California in 1928 and was always called Tucker. His mother died when he was three years old and his father worked as a film processor in the movie industry. Tucker attended North...
A family reunion

A family reunion

We had a special family reunion on board today! Tucker Thompson’s two daughters Kelly and Karuna, along with Karuna’s husband and children, came sailing with us. It’s been over 12 years since they stepped on board the ship that bears their...
Bending the Mains’l

Bending the Mains’l

Our new Mains’l  arrived a couple of weeks ago, but rather than put it on straight away, we wanted to getting the blacking of the standing rig to dry properly to prevent tar getting on the new canvas and well as replace some of the leather chafe gear to protect...
New Mains’l underway

New Mains’l underway

While the storm raged last weekend, something exciting was happening inside the Emirates Team New Zealand sail loft down in Viaduct Basin. The Tucker’s new mains’l was being cut and stitched. This unusual turn of events was thanks to Ross Blackman, who is...
Rain, rain, go way!

Rain, rain, go way!

We half way through maintenance and it would be fair to say that the weather has not been kind! Yesterday was the first day in recent memory that we had blue skies and sun all day. It gave our crew member Marsha Baker the chance to some work in the rigging. Otherwise...