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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!

Youth Development Voyages

Our 7-day youth development voyages can be life changing

Weddings and events

Special charters are available for weddings, birthdays and parties

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 1711 Ono ra

It was the normal 0700 start this morning, then straight into the morning swim and hot shower. Ryan and Marika were the first trainees in the water this morning. This was followed by the morning duties and then a delicious breakfast. Then time for class. We discussed...

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YTH1711 Rima Ra

Kia ora from the Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson We survived the overnight gales and rain and woke to squalls and showers which prevented the early morning swim. Straight into breakfast and a morning full of class activities, Navigation the main subject, then an...

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YTH 1711 Wha ra

Last night Matua Wiremu gave the trainees a quick class on Polynesian Navigation. He showed the trainees all the relevant stars for navigating and how to use the stars to find your bearings. During his lesson, through the shine of the moonlight some dolphins passed by...

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YTH 1711 Toru Ra

Ahoy!! From the Good Ship R. Tucker Thompson. The 0700 start began with the usual morning swim, hot shower, then straight into morning duties. After an enjoyable breakfast of eggs and left over potatoes we waited for some light showers to clear by doing some class,...

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YTH 1711 Rua ra

Our 0700 start this morning started with an exciting morning swim with Te Werawera being first in the water. This was shortly followed by morning duties and a scrumptious breakfast of eggs and porridge. We then educated the trainees on Belaying so when it came to...

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YTH-1711 Tahi ra

What a first day! After leaving all the friends and family in opua and setting sail, we meandered out into the bay while everyone unpacked their bags and settled into their home for the week. A friendly pod of dolphins stopped by to say hello before we headed into Wai...

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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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