R. Tucker Thompson Sail Training Trust

Learning for life through the sea

The R. Tucker Thompson is a tall ship based in the Bay of Islands, operated as a not-for-profit, we take Northland’s young people on life-changing 7-day voyages. Over summer, we operate daily sailing trips, profits from our tourism activities are used to fund our youth development voyages.

Nau mai, haere mai, welcome on board!

Youth Development

We run 7-day Youth Development Voyages for the young people (aged 14-18) of Taitokerau Northland. These are life changing experiences, designed to build confidence, create teamwork and develop leadership.

Qualified Deck Crew – Training Course

This 2 week programme has been developed to create a formal training pathway to employment. With hands-on learning, you’ll be ready to jump on the boats ready for the summer season with your Maritime NZ Qualified Deck Crew Certificate.

Summer Sailings

Support the youth of Northland by sailing with us this summer. Experience a day on the water on the R. Tucker Thompson, a traditional gaff-rigged schooner with her own unique history. Choose to make it an active adventure, help hoist the sails, climb the rigging or just relax with a cold drink. 

Charter the Ship

Looking for something different to do for you and your group this summer? Why not charter an entire tall ship? We charter the ship out privately for groups and schools. 

Support us

Your donation can help change the life of a young person. Whether you choose to make a one time donation, sponsor a child, or provide an ongoing commitment, every dollar we raise goes directly to our youth development work.


Check out the latest updates from on board the ship to find out what our young trainees are getting up to.

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