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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 1710 ono ra

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...

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YTH – 1710 Rima Ra

  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...

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YTH-1710 Wha ra

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...

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YTH-1710 Toru Ra

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...

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YTH-1710 Tutukaka

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....

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YTH – 1710 Tahi Ra

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)...

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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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