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!
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
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.
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!
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
John F Kennedy
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.