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

Kiddies Pirate Sail

We’re back in Whangarei on Saturday 4 May for our Community & Pirate sailings! Click here for details & booking.



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 Annual report released

Our 2017-18 Annual Report has just been released. It’s a great document which not only provides our financial reports but also information about our sail trainees, our people and the Trust generally. Download it from our website and find out more about what we do!

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.

1901 – Ono Ra

    Kia Ora from the good ship R Tucker Thompson. Today has been a packed day full of laughter and joy. Our day started off with a morning swim in the ocean followed by morning duties of sweeping, moping, scrubbing the decks and polishing the brass. After...

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Yth-1901 Rima ra

  Rima ra It was a beautiful sunny morning to wake up to. We completed our morning swim and duties followed by a delicious breakfast. Helmi, Maxime and Ethan completed the safety officer duties- which included the morning engine checks, while Darius and Lucy got...

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YTH 1901 Wha ra

Ahoj from the Tucker T. Another swim done bright and early this morning, with Winni first in. Chores and breakky out of the way, we hoisted the anchor and went round the corner to Waiwatorea in search of the Easter bunny. Once ashore, trainees had to identify and...

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YTH 1901 day 3

Ahoj Tucker whanau, Today has been an action packed day. This morning Max was the first in the water for our daily wash. Chores were completed, breakfast was devoured and then we were ready to go! Ethan and Winni flaked the chain, while Max and Jazmin helped to bring...

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YTH 1901

Kia ora friends and family of the R. Tucker, First morning swim of the season done with Winni first in the water. All got in the water soon after without much fuss and then morning chores were completed. After a big breakky, trainees had their first lesson of the day,...

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Yth-1901 Tahi ra

Tahi ra 1901 After a warm welcome onto the Tucker, the trainees became rather comfortable with the ship very fast. We completed some games and said our goodbyes before boarding onto the ship and motoring out into the bay for seven days. The trainees had the...

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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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