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

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


Tuia 250

Be part of this amazing adventure…. Karawhiua! For more information check out here or go to Tuia 250 to learn about what’s happening in October.

YTH 1911 Ono ra

Last full day on the R Tucker Thompson, It started like most days, with the sun pointing its head over the hill, the soft lighting, and the famous morning swim followed by a steaming hot shower. This photo illustrates perfectly what our mornings look like on deck....

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YTH1911 Rima ra

Greetings from all of us on the R Tucker Thompson, A unanimous decision was made last night about having a half hour sleep in, this morning, so it gave the sun enough time to shine on deck from behind the hills around Paradise Bay. So at 8am, the trainees slowly rose...

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YTH 1911 Wha ra

Greetings from the good ship, It’s been another beautiful day in paradise, with loads of sunshine, loads of fun, but very little wind. The morning swim was a bit cold as we jumped into the day, but it warmed up quickly as we did our lessons about weather patterns down...

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YTH-1911 Toru ra

Good evening from the R tucker Thompson, We had good weather today, not much wind but lots of sunshine. Waking up in Whale bay, the day started with morning swim, duties, breakfast as per usual. We then sat around the table for a lesson on Points of sail and rules of...

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YTH 1911 Rua ra

Waking up from our first night on board the R tucker Thompson, all trainees were ready for their morning swim and a warm shower before starting on the cleaning duties. Deck was scrubbed, floor was swept and toilet cleaned, just in time for breakfast to be served. The...

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YTH 1911 Tahi Ra

News from the R Tucker Thompson, After waving you all goodbye at the Opua wharf, we hoisted the foresail and away we went! The name game was played to introduce ourselves and get to know each other. Today we focused on familiarizing ourselves with the ship, after a...

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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

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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