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.

Public Sail in Whangarei!

Now is your chance to go sailing on a tall ship! Join us on our public sailing in Whangarei Harbour for a 2-hour sail. Details here.

Kiddies Pirate Sail!

Back due to popular demand, we will be offering another Kiddies Pirate Sail in Whangarei on Saturday 27 May 2017. Book your places here.

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.

Ono Ra

Hello Everyone, Day six and our last full day on the ship. Sadly we had to say an early good bye to Chantelle who was feeling quite unwell and she got the best service fast ride back to her family onshore. We hope to see her again someday. Today, snorkelling in the...

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Rima Ra

Hello Family and Friends, Our fifth day out and finally we see the sun again! We set sail after the normal morning routine. The trainees are becoming well skilled at hauling the anchored, checking the engine, and raising the sails. By the time we rounded Okahu Island,...

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Wha ra

We decided the trainees could have a slight sleep in today due to the gloomy weather. As everyone awoke it was only seconds before they got into the water, excited to have their nice warm morning shower. We continued with the morning duties before our delicious...

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Toru Ra

We awoke at 0700 hrs to grey skies with a bit of swell. The day got under way with a refreshing morning swim followed by a hot shower, then it was taking care of ”house keeping” with the rostered trainees scrubbing the ship above and below decks with Chantelle setting...

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Rua Ra

The sky was a crimson red as we awoke at 0700 hours for our first morning swim. Samuel was first in off the rope swing. Chores were eagerly completed by everyone with Ben and Te Aorewa ensuring the brass was immaculate! After breakfast was devoured and the dishes put...

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Tahi Ra

Good evening friends and family! Our first day on the ship has nearly finished. The Trainees have learned a lot in the first few hours on board. After leaving Opua Wharf, four sails were set under the guidance of the crew. Then it was all learning about the ship and...

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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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