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!
By now we are getting used to our early morning swim, Pierres feet were the first to hit the water and, spurred on by the hot shower running on deck, we all followed. After breakfast we learnt how to tie five important knots – a bowline, a clove hitch, a reef knot, a...read more
Ahoj friends and family of the Tucker. Today everyone dusted out the cobwebs with a cold morning wake up swim, Faye being the first in the water! After the swim, we had morning chores to do- scrubbing the deck, cleaning the head and polishing the brass. After...read more
Ahoj! from the good ship R. Tucker Thompson. Voyage 1806 has begun! Our 11 new trainees are already bonding well and joking around. After leaving family and friends in Opua, they set their hands at setting sail for the first time. Chief and Cyrus providing some speedy...read more
Ahoj from The Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson. Yes we are still here, well anchored in Te Hue with not a lot to report. The day started with howling winds across a dry deck so we skipped the swim and got straight into duties. Everyone was happy with that. Then class work...read more
Ahoj friends and family of the R. Tucker T. Portia was first swimmer into the water this morning. First person in the water equals first person in the shower. After a quick icy dip and a warm up shower, trainees completed their morning chores. Then Wayne cooked us a...read more
Ahoj from the Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson, back in home waters of the Bay of Islands after an adventurous day at sea and shore. It began at 0500 with awakening for some star identification of what had happened overnight while we were sleeping. Wiremu indicating what...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.