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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

Kiddies Pirate Sail

Back by popular demand, our Whangarei Kiddies Pirate Sail is returning on Saturday 26 May 2018. Book early to avoid disappointment! Book online here.

Public Sail in Whangarei!

Now is your chance to go sailing on a tall ship! Join us on our public sailing in Whangarei Harbour for a 2-hour sail on Saturday 26 May 2018. Details here.

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 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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YTH 1714 Ono ra

Kiaora from the Tucker! Today was business as usual on board the good ship. 0700 wake up, swim, brekky and chores done, we went ashore for a walk along Urupukapuka Island. Everyone had a go on the mega swing set we found on a tree and after a look at the pa and the...

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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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