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!

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Youth Development Voyages

Our 7-day youth development voyages can be life changing

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Weddings and events

Special charters are available for weddings, birthdays and parties

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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.

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. Details here.

Kiddies Pirate Sail!

Back due to popular demand, we will be offering another Kiddies Pirate Sail in Whangarei on Saturday 27 May 2017. Book your places here.

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.

Ono ra

Today we had a super action packed day. We woke up at 6:15am, raised anchor and set sail. With a hot choccy in hand, we watched the sun rise, accompanied by a lone dolphin looking for some friends. After completing our morning chores while underway, we had a yummy fry...

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Rima Ra – Moturoa

We began the day to the sun shining and the trainees once again eager to enter the deep blue known as our backyard for the week. After a hot shower, morning duties and an amazing breakfast the morning was spent teaching the trainees all we know about navigation, here...

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Wha Ra – The Cave

Hi all! As we anchored last night in darkness, we had the fun of waking up to a new view, and a refreshing (for some) swim. The trainees are working in very well, and we were able to depart our anchorage early - heading for Waewaetorea Passage, under motor whilst we...

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Toru Ra – A Big Day

We awoke to a line of eager trainees ready to start the day with the morning swim. The morning duties were then put into place after everyone enjoyed a nice warm shower, followed by breakfast. The trainees took charge and hoisted the sails with the leadership of Ben,...

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Ra Tahi – Passage to Motu Rua

Hello Family and Friends! I am writing to say we are all well on board. There will be no reception to send this at our destination later today. We are currently under sail, using the Mainsail, Foresail and both Headsails, averaging 4 knots, on the way the shelter of...

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Tahi ra

Today we welcomed our new trainees on board! After saying goodbye to all the families, we set sail towards Te Puna inlet in the rain with Emma taking the helm and the rest of the trainees hoisted the mainsail, foresail and the inner jib (headsail). While we sailed we...

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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

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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