The R. Tucker Thompson is operated by a not-for-profit trust which is a registered charity. All income derived from our tourism sailing activities are used for her maintenance, as well as providing a contribution to help Northland youth access the sail training voyages.
In this way, the ship can continue to provide pleasure and learning to people of all ages; young and old, Māori and Pākehā, visitors and Northlanders alike.
The ship was originally owned in partnership by Tod Thompson, Greta Simmonds and Russell Harris until 1992, when Russell purchased Tod and Greta’s shares in the ship. On reaching retirement, Russell wanted to protect the future of this Northland icon and transferred her into a Trust for the benefit of the people of Te Tai Tokerau Northland.
Russell still remains involved on the Board of Trustees along with 7 others who contribute their time willingly so support the Trust.
Well actually it’s more like Tucker Fortnight! Around the end of January and early February, we traditionally do a few things to showcase the ship, raise some funds for our youth voyages and generally try and have a bit of fun. This year we have a few events lined up with hopefully something suitable for all ages: Saturday 26 Jan 13: Kiddies Pirate Sailing 4-6 pm $25 per head, includes lemonade or ginger beer Sunday 27 Jan 13 : Movie on the Sails – Russell 8.00 pm Open ship and sausage sizzle, Movie showing at 9.00. Monday 28 Jan...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
The 2011-2012 Annual Report from the R. Tucker Thompson Sail Training Trust can be downloaded here Annual Reportread 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or ph 0800...read more
Michael Wallace Simm Mike is a professional company director and was executive director of Fullers Bay of Islands from 1984 to 2001 and a director for the NZ Tourism Board from 1997 to 2000. He is deputy chair of the Top Energy Group, Chairman of Brightwater Engineering and chairman of several other private companies. Mike was previously a chair of Enterprise Northland, Destination Northland and is involved with a number of initiatives to targeting lifting the performance of the Northland region.read more
Dates have been confirmed for the Tucker to visit Whangarei in October. Between Tuesday 16th October to Wednesday 24th October. The ship will be available for 2-hour school trips as well as Late Afternoon charters for businesses. During the week in Whangarei, the ship will be available for sailings as follows: School sailings Times: 0930 – 1145 and 1230 – 1445 daily Cost: $20 per head regardless of age Departure: Onerahi Wharf Minimum numbers: 20, Maximum: 47 Corporate Charters Take your clients for a sail on Whangarei Harbour or...read more
Michael Walter Daniel (Chair) Mike W Daniel B.Com.Ec was appointed to the Board in June 2009 and invited to be Chair. A former stockbroker and merchant banker he has held Directorships with the following organisations: GSB Supply Corp Ltd, Force Corporation Ltd, Northland Health Ltd, Northpower Limited, SKYCITY Leisure Limited, Elders Norstock Limited (Chairman) and Northland Port Corporation Limited (Chairman) He is presently a Director of Airwork NZ Limited and Pan Pacific Petroleum NZ Limited. He also a keen surfer and enjoys...read more
Welcome to our winter newsletter and an update from the R.Tucker Thompson. We are just finishing our first batch of youth voyages for 2012 and what a busy time we have had! Since the end of April, we have delivered 9 voyages and taken 98 sail trainees on great life changing adventures. We just have one more voyage departing this Sunday before we have a break for our winter maintenance. It will hopefully give us time to pause and have a short break. We couldn’t have done it without all the support and help we have had from our sponsors,...read more
At our December board meeting, Trustee Mariao Hohaia stepped down as his workload had been steadily increasing over recent months. However, with all good succession planning, he had identified a suitable replacement and Trustees were pleased to confirm the appointment of Kelly Yakas to the Trust. Kelly brings with her a wealth of skills. Kelly is of Ngaphui, Te Arawa descent and passionate about youth. She currently manages the Stars and Kiwi Can programmes in Kaikohe for Te Runanga A Iwi O Ngapuhi and the foundation for youth development. She...read more