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.

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-1709 Ono ra

Ahoy! Today has been an action packed day with a total of 8 hours of sailing… upwind. We started our day with the usual morning swim, with a nice icy wind to get everyone out of the water quickly. After morning chores were completed, we had a fire drill which was...

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YTH-1709 Rima ra

Kiaora Tucker family. We had an action packed day today! Waking up at 6:30am, we began our sail out to the Poor Knight Islands with the sun rising over a cloudy horizon. Perfect sailing conditions had us reaching along at an easy seven knots. The wind increased as we...

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YTH-09 wha ra

Today started as usual with a swim and again with a beautiful sunrise. We have been lucky so far this trip. Then after breakfast there was a chance for those who hadn’t done the Tucker challenge. Ruahine, Myah, Katrina, Jessica, and Tama earned their turks head...

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YTH-1709 Toru Ra

Hello Folks! Our third day on the ship began with our normal morning routine, swim, duties and breakfast. Then, with a big journey ahead we set sails and raised the anchor. Nikki, Kyle and Adrian volunteered to be the first trainees to lead a sail raising each for the...

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YTH-1709 rua ra

Kiaora Tucker family. After a rainy night, we woke up to some blue skies and fresh winds for the morning swim. Swim done, chores completed and breakfast consumed, After learning line handling, sails were hoisted and we headed off into the bay with some strong winds...

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YTH-1709 tahi ra

Day one is off with a bang! Starting with a yummy lunch of Mac n Cheese, we picked up our final trainee, Jre, from Russell and headed off into the bay. After we put up sails and had an orientation with the ship, Nikki, Cornell and Adrian were straight up the mast into...

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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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