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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

Pirate ship finds gold!

The R. Tucker Thompson is delighted to be awarded Qualmark Gold in recognition of the quality of our experience.

Kiddies Pirate Sail

Back by popular demand, our summer Kiddies Pirate Sail is returning on Saturday 27 January 2018. Book early to avoid disappointment! Book online here.

Latest Annual report released

Our 2015-16 Annual Report has just been released. It’s a great document which not only provides our financial reports but also information about our sail trainees, our people and the Trust generally. Download it from our website and find out more about what we do!

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.

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 1715 ono ra

It was an early start to this morning’s routine. The trainees had a 0600 wake up as we hoisted the anchor and set a course towards the Poor Knights leaving Mimiwhangata bay behind us. To lure the trainees out of bed we welcomed them with toasty hot chocolates and a...

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YTH 1715 rima ra

We began the day with a light sleep in before diving in for our morning swim, completing morning duties and enjoying a scrumptious breakfast of eggs and porridge. After breakfast we learnt about navigation and how to get from A to B. Then it was time for fun and free...

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YTH 1715 Wha ra

Kiaora Tucker friends and family. We woke up to a glassy ocean this morning, not a breath of wind- perfect for our morning swim. However it was not so perfect for sailing, so after chores and breakfast we hoisted the anchor and motored off to Motu Kokako, also known...

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YTH 1715 Toru ra

Ahoj from the Good Ship Happy Birthday Tucker Thompson, in person. I have to say I have had a most enjoyable day , the trainees slept in a little then wished me a Happy Birthday as they went for a swim, there was extra spit and polish with the duties and I was left...

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YTH 1715 Rua ra

First full day on the ship and we’re off to an excellent start! 7am was the time to wake up and go for a wash in our big saltwater bath, Abbey bravely being the first trainee to jump in the water. After a swim, chores were done and breakfast was had. Then trainees...

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YTH 1715 Tahi ra

Ahoj from the R. Tucker Thompson. Day one already done and dusted! Last hugs and goodbyes were had and then we were away, foresail hoisted, heading off into the bay. Number one activity: name games! Then trainees were split into their port and starboard watches and...

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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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