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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

Yth 1816- Rua ra

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...

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Yth 1816- Tahi ra blog

It was a beautiful start to the first day of voyage 1816 as we hoisted the fore sail and headed out of the bay towards our anchorage in Sandy Bay on Moturoa Island. The trainees participated in the name game before heading down stairs to unpack their bags. Once that...

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YTH-1815 Rima ra

Greetings from the good ship as we wake up back in the Bay of Islands. We had a short lie in this morning, then everyone was up for the early mineral spa (also known as the morning swim). Breakfast was had, dishes and chores were done, then on to a lesson in...

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YTH-1815 Wha Ra

Our trainees were back into their normal morning routine, with their early morning swim at 0700 - Luci was the first in the water today. Then it was straight into our duties and breakfast before hoisting anchor and setting off on today's passage. After we...

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YTH-1815 Toru ra

Kia ora to everyone back on shore. Here is an update from our good ship received via text and it is a special day for Rosa as it's her birthday! The trainees and crew had an early start, with a wake up call at 0630 and no early swim! The Poor Knights were calling so...

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YTH-1815 – days 1 and 2

Day 2 highlights: For our first morning swim, the first in the water was Luci. After that, chores were done well and Navigation lesson with Jess, Luci, Jerome and Jordan while everyone had a line handling lesson. Our safety officers were appointed - well done Rangi...

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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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