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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 1813 Tahi ra

  The trainees were first asked to hoist the fore sail after leaving the wharf. Once that was completed the trainees gathered around the helm to play the name game. The trainees then had the chance to unpack their bunks and make themselves at home. Once...

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Sailing on to opportunity

The R. Tucker Thompson has presented this year‘s Tucker Lewis award to Tiahorangi Morgan Edmonds, a 16 year old Bream Bay College student. The Tucker Lewis award is presented by the Trust to individuals who have demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the Trust in terms...

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YTH-1812 Ono ra

Ahoj from the Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson, a day started in darkness and will end the same, fitting it all into the last full day. From Deep Water Cove with stars still above we motored out towards Motukokako, Piercy island, “the hole in the rock”. A side passage out...

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YTH-1812 Rima ra

Ahoj from the Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson, not yet on anchor, on passage to Deep Water Cove for the night. The day started with a swim noticeably warmer on deck with no wind to chill the benefit of the warm shower. Duties before breakfast, then off with the dishes...

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YTH 1812 Wha ra

Ahoj friends and family of the R. Tucker! Today we started off with another classic morning swim, Quintin being the first in the water.  Then it was time again to polish the brass, sweep and mop, clean the head and scrub the decks. Chores out of the way, breakfast was...

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YTH-1811 Toru ra

Ahoj, from the Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson, back at anchor in Orokawa after a hectic day on the high seas. After the swim in morning sun and dry decks they were soon awash with scrubbing and buckets of water, the brasso up on deck to polish up the brightwork for the...

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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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