Pixel ID: 403533036647424

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!


Youth Development Voyages


Our 7-day youth development voyages can be life changing

Weddings and events

Special charters are available for weddings, birthdays and parties


New voyage video

Check out our new video, which gives you a glimpse into life on board a tall ship during a 7-day youth voyage. Venture into the unknown… and change your life forever. Lyrics by Maea Shepherd

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.

Pirate ship finds gold!

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!

The Sail Training Trust

The R. Tucker Thompson is held in Trust for the benefit of the people of Taitokerau Northland

Our new Whare

Today was a really special day, one that has been over 30 years in the making. It was the first time that we were allowed to occupy our new home which is being built by Far North Holdings at the end of the wharf. A key driver for the new premises was to be able to do...

read more

Yth 1813 Ono ra

It was an eight o’clock sleep in for the trainees this morning after our late night at the bon fire in Chynna Bay. The trainees were straight into the water once the skipper had woken then slowly made their way to their morning duties which was followed by a delicious...

read more

Yth 1813 Rima Ra

It was a beautiful morning to enjoy our morning swim with Skye being first in the water quickly followed by Terry-Jack. Once everyone was recovered under a hot shower it was straight into the usual morning duties and then breakfast. The breakfast dishes were cleared...

read more

YTH-1813 Wha ra

This morning was a six o’clock wake up to the trainees' surprise. We hoisted anchor and followed the radar out of deep water cove. By the time we exited the cove the sun was coming over the horizon and the trainees came up stairs single-handedly one by one and sleepy...

read more

YTH 1813 Toru ra

Ahoy from the good ship R Tucker Thompson. Today has been a hard earning and stamina building day with blue skies and lots of sun. Our day started off at 0715 with a morning wakeup swim in the brisk ocean lead by Skye, Julian and Connor, shortly after everyone plunged...

read more

YTH-1813 Rua ra

Nga mihi nui from thy good ship to thy land lubbers alas what a glorious day it has been. Our day started like many other trips before, with our first refreshing mineral spa. Ethan taking the plunge followed closely by Connor, Zach, Tamatu and TJ. Once the worst part...

read more

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

Contact Us

3 + 4 =