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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


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

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.

Pirate ship finds gold!

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!

The Sail Training Trust

The R. Tucker Thompson is held in Trust for the benefit of the people of Taitokerau Northland

YTH 1812 Rua Ra

Good evening from all aboard. Day Two of our voyage started at 0730 with a crisp dip into the ocean at Putakokutu all trainees took part in this tradition with some more keen than others! Next we split into above deck and below deck teams to tidy and clean the ship...

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YTH 1812 Tahi ra

Ahoj from the R. Tucker Thompson. Day one is almost over and it’s been pretty chillaxed. After saying goodbye to friends and family, we hoisted the foresail and headed off on our adventure in the Bay. Bags were unpacked, lunch was munched and trainees were given an...

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YTH-1811 Ono ra

Ahoj, from the Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson, activity central, with a busy last full day. The weather on our side for a swim in the sunshine and duties done. Dishes completed while underway for a kai moana morning. Wayne with the wetsuit was dropped on the point for a...

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YTH 1811 Rima ra

Ahoj from the Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson, still at anchor in Whale Bay, where we have been all day, making the most of the day and our surroundings. Woke to rain on the deck and brisk duties before breakfast and time to catch up on class work. The galley filled the...

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YTH-1811 Wha ra

Ahoj from the Good Ship Tucker Thompson, exploring the Bay of Islands, early morning to late at night. This day we reversed a few things due to weather conditions, it was bit damp for a swim to start so we picked up the anchor and did duties on the way to Urupukapuka...

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YTH-1811 toru ra

Ahoj from the R. Tucker. We woke up this morning for another beautiful swim in the clean waters of Mahinepouri. After this refreshing wake up, trainees got stuck into their chores before breakfast was served. As the dishes were being done, we hoisted anchor and began...

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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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