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.

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-1708 Ono ra

Ahoj from the Good Ship R. Tucker Thompson. Waking in Awaawaroa bay was a little chilly, in the shade for the morning swim. Duties were soon completed, breakfast consumed, anchor up mainsail hoisted and out into the brilliant sunshine and a good looking day. We were...

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YTH-1708 Rima ra

Ahoy friends and family, from the R. Tucker Thompson. Today has been an action packed day starting off with the usual freezing morning bath in the ocean. Chores completed above and below deck, and breakfast devoured, we set off out to sea to drop our scraps past the 3...

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YTH-1708 Wha ra

Ahoy from the Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson, the morning swim was the best start to the morning of the week, calm and cool with the sunrise and promise of blue skies. After a nice toasty shower, the morning duties and a hearty breakfast the trainees were ready to begin...

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YTH-1708 Toru ra

We awoke to the normal routine of the morning swim, before the bad weather arrived then gathered into our cleaning duties which was shortly followed by breakfast. Throughout the day we taught safety at sea, learnt the ropes of the ship, found out a lot about the R...

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YTH-1708 Rua ra

Ahoy from the Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson, cosy up at anchor ready for a wild night and wet day to follow.  We stretched the day out to the maximum, starting with a morning swim in the calm of the sunrise over Pukehuia. Duties and breakfast and anchor up and heading...

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YTH-1708 Kotahi ra

Today has been a really good start to the voyage. With calm seas and sunny skies, we set off from Opua and played a name game on our way over to Moturua Island. After the anchor was dropped, we had a yum lunch of mac’n’cheese to fuel us for our walk around the island....

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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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