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!
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.
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!
Another day began as we awoke at 0730 ready for the morning swim, duties and breakfast. After breakfast dishes were completed we had everyone on deck ready to begin our large voyage to Tepuna Inlet. With large gale force winds coming from the west we decided to reef...read more
This morning we awoke to a grey sky but all leaped in the water for our daily swim. After breakfast duties and we went ashore onto Motu Rua Island to take in the forest and hopefully see some birdlife on the island...read more
We awoke at 0730 ready to start the morning swim, duties and breakfast. After having an amazing fry-up breakfast we enjoyed a line chase game where we separated into port and starboard teams, lining up on each side of the ship, we called out the many possible sail...read more
Day 3 started before the dawn at 0630 to get underway towards a very special place – the Poor Knights Islands. No morning swim, instead strait to sail stations setting the Main, Fore and Head sails. Aaron, Sebastian and Spiritual helped bring the anchor up. Monet and...read more
Hunter was first in the water this morning for the refreshing dip in the cool waters of Peach Cove. Morning chores were hastily completed before we enjoyed a hot breakfast in the saloon. A lesson on line handling was done to prepare us for our sail towards Tutukaka....read more
Kia Ora everyone! We left Marsden Cove today with the most beautiful winter day above us. With glassy flat seas, only the most gentle of breezes and lots of sunshine!!! The trainees soon got to know each other by raising the sails (Mainsail, Foresail and Jib sails)...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.