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 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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YTH 1910 ono ra

With the sun shining, the trainees were straight in the water for their morning swim, into their duties and sitting down for a delicious breakfast before 9:30 am. Once the dishes were completed Liam and Airim completed their Tucker challenge, well done guys! The...

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YTH 1910 Rima Ra

  Ahoy from the Tucker Thompson Despite the howling weather today has been exciting for everyone on board. Our morning started 0730 hrs with a dip in the brisk sea followed by morning duties and Breakfast. After dishes were done we split into 2 groups and learnt...

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YTH 1910 Wha ra

It was yet another beautiful start to the day. The trainees were in for the morning swim, then morning to morning duties, followed by a delicious breakfast. Today was the day for the skipper swap, as captain Kim had things to get done back on the mainland. It was very...

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YTH 1910 Toru ra

With Jack being first in the water this morning, it was straight into morning duties followed by a delicious breakfast. Once the trainees had gathered together some warm clothes and water proof gear, we hoisted anchor, Main, Fore, Gibs and Topsails and went out and...

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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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