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!
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!
We are delighted to welcome Tiaho Morgan Edwards on board our good ship! Tiaho is our second cadet who joins us for a 12 month period to learn the ropes and end up at the end of his year with a qualification which will enable him to get a job in the Maritime Industry....read more
Another beautiful day was ahead as we arose to crystal clear waters in Paradise bay. The trainees leapt straight into the morning swim followed by a blanket of warmth under the shower and into morning duties. This was followed by breakfast then we moved around the...read more
Ahoj from the Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson, at anchor tonight in Paradise Bay. Nearing the end of our adventure but with still one whole day left to fill in the gaps. Has been a day, better than it started off with overcast, low cloud taking from view the hills...read more
Ahoj from the Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson, safely at our overnight anchorage in Omakiwi, eastern Bay of Islands. Another great day in the bay, the morning swim in sunshine and no breeze across the decks for the warm shower, then into duties and breakfast. The no wind...read more
It was a beautiful start to the morning of day 3. The trainees enjoyed a quick dip in the ocean, a few seconds in a warm shower followed by morning duties and an enjoyable breakfast. A few lessons in class were under way for the trainees then we hoisted anchor and...read more
Ahoj from the Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson, the first full day behind of industrious and indefatigable activities. The morning swim awaiting the rising sun with the warm deck shower easing up on some of the surprise of the plunge. Then duties of cleaning the ship above...read more
John F Kennedy
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.