The ship has a full sail wardrobe of 8 sails, not shown on this image is the Flying gib or Storm gib which is a small gib used in heavy weather.
Most of them are made out of Oceania canvas but on the odd occasion we have had to source Dacron instead. Our preference is for canvas as that is more in keeping with the tradition of the vessel.
Below is the layout of the ship above and below decks. Below decks there are two double cabins, the Master’s cabin(aft) and the Owner’s cabin (for’ard).
On 9th January 2013, the new Rainbow Warrior arrived at Matauri Bay to pay respects to the original Rainbow Warrior sunk by the French back in 1985. She now lies off the Cavalli Islands, and Ngati Kura are her kaitiaki (guardians). As kaitiaki of the original vessel it was only fitting that they blessed the new Rainbow Warrior to continue the work of Greenpeace. The R. Tucker Thompson was there too. The Tucker’s history with Greenpeace is long and in 1995 we headed up to Mururoa with Rainbow Warrior II as part of the peace flotilla to...read more
We had a special family reunion on board today! Tucker Thompson’s two daughters Kelly and Karuna, along with Karuna’s husband and children, came sailing with us. It’s been over 12 years since they stepped on board the ship that bears their father’s name and they were impressed with the amount of work that’s been done over the past 5 years or so to keep the ship in good condition. Sadly Tod wasn’t on board today but we all remarked on the family likeness. And although Tod wasn’t there we did have Riley...read more
Yesterday we were given an amazing gift, a true taonga or treasure! Norm and Donna Lewis are regular visitors to the Bay and friends of the ship who often sail with us. Donna’s Dad grew up here in the Bay, sailing down the Kawakawa River, before he headed off to Auckland but his family still live here. As a child, she regularly visited and although she and Norm live in Queensland, she hopes one day to return here to live. Norm is a scrimshaw carver, very talented and seems quite at home here too! He has been supplying Captain Uncle Steve...read more
This Labour Weekend’s trip to Little Munro Bay was a momentous milestone in the Tucker’s logbook. After Robert Tucker Thompson’s untimely death in 1978, our ship’s hull laid unfinished here for four years. Russell Harris and Tucker’s son, Tod, famously moved the hull to Mangawhai and built it into the ship we know and love today. After 30 years and much adventuring around the world, the Pacific and New Zealand’s waters, the R Tucker Thompson made her first return visit to this, her conceptual and spiritual...read more
Well, we have been having heaps of fun in Whangarei this week! Whangarei Heads School children turned up all dressed as pirates (awesome, guys), our coffee run was with brisk sou’westerlies so we screamed down the harbour at over 9 knots, and last night’s sail with the team at Northport was great fun as well. If you haven’t booked your Christmas party, it’s not too late as we still have a few dates available. A huge thank you to Andy from Flutes and his cohorts for organising a lot of the Whangarei end of things –...read more
Come Sailing on a Square Rig! Join Northland’s own tall ship on her visit to the Whangarei Harbour Whangarei 16-24 October 2012 A number of opportunities to join the R. Tucker Thompson on one of our Harbour sailings! Available sailings: “Coffee Run” – 9.30-11.30am Friday 19 October 2012 @ $20 *** FULL *** “Sunday Sail” 1-3pm 21 October 2012 @ $20 ** * FULL *** “2 Hour Charters” – 4-6pm – min 30x pax –$20 Book Now: email@example.com or ph 0800...read more
Our new Mains’l arrived a couple of weeks ago, but rather than put it on straight away, we wanted to getting the blacking of the standing rig to dry properly to prevent tar getting on the new canvas and well as replace some of the leather chafe gear to protect the new sail. So yesterday Captain Uncle Steve took it down to the ship and what a beautiful clean, creamy large sail it is! Somewhat serendipitously, at the same time Ross Johnson turned up. Ross is the son of our long-standing sail maker Rick Johnson who sadly died suddenly a...read more
As always it was a massive effort getting maintenance finished in time for the first youth voyage of spring. This year was no exception but it did appear that the work had been completed …. a far cry from 2010 when we ran out of time to reinstate the aft seating and they set to sea with no seats behind the helm! We had limited funds this year but we seem to have done an amazing amount of work given the money available and some wonderful help from a number of volunteers. Here’s what’s been achieved: We’ve replaced the...read more
While the storm raged last weekend, something exciting was happening inside the Emirates Team New Zealand sail loft down in Viaduct Basin. The Tucker’s new mains’l was being cut and stitched. This unusual turn of events was thanks to Ross Blackman, who is not only part of Emirates Team New Zealand but also Chair of Far North Holdings Ltd, sponsors of a youth development voyage. When he came on board to meet the youngsters after their 7-day voyage, he noticed the very poor state of our Mains’l. As a professional sail maker...read more
We half way through maintenance and it would be fair to say that the weather has not been kind! Yesterday was the first day in recent memory that we had blue skies and sun all day. It gave our crew member Marsha Baker the chance to some work in the rigging. Otherwise we have been bombarded by squalls and whipped by wind. Despite this, a canopy has been set up so that work can continue on the hatch repairs and cabin top replacement. This is progressing slowly but looking good as the inevitable cold and wet weather delays drying of glue and...read more