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!

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Youth Development Voyages

Our 7-day youth development voyages can be life changing

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Weddings and events

Special charters are available for weddings, birthdays and parties

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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.

Voyage 1706 Wha Ra

  Hello from the Tucker Trainees and Crew! Day 4 marks our half way point on the voyage.  Today we awoke to a beautiful calm morning in the Cavallis. As it is Mouhnir’s birthday today, all the trainees encouraged him (perhaps a little push) in first for the...

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Voyage 1706 Toru Ra

This morning started off with our ritual morning swim in the warm waters of Whangaroa Harbour. Waking up to such stunning scenery reminds us all how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful place. After swimming it was breakfast and chores and heading ashore to...

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Voyage 1706 Rua Ra

Kia Ora Whanau, As we didn’t have great internet reception yesterday we’ll fill you in on what we did over the last two days. It was a glorious sunny but crisp day yesterday morning as we boarded our trainees for the Far North Holdings Leadership Tucker Voyage. It was...

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YTH-1706 Tahi ra

After a farewell at Opua from friends, family and sponsors Far North Holdings, the perfect weather enticed our good ship north to head for the stunning Cavalli Islands.... what an adventure! Day 1 is always a day for orientation, the time for whakawhanaungatanga or...

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YTH-1705 Ono ra

We awoke to an early start of 0615 embarking on a journey towards the sea where we waited to watch the sun rise. At 0800 we enjoyed a warm toasted breakfast and by 0930 we reached Tapeka point and headed towards our destination at Waitangi where we awaited to welcome...

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Rima Ra

Rima Ra Ahoj from the Good Ship R. Tucker Thompson! Living through the seasons is no hardship to this group of hardy souls. We woke to the rain again and bitter disappointment, as the swim got postponed. But still taking it in their stride, the trainees adapted well...

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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

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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