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

Bay of Islands Sailing

Ever wonder what it’s like to sail on a tall ship?

Now is your chance! Join us on a 2-hour public sailing in the Bay of Islands on 29 June 2019 Click here for more information and to book.



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…. Karawhia! For more information check out here or go to Tuia 250 to learn about what’s happening in October.

YTH-1906 Toru ra

With blue skies shining through the cabin top windows it was an 0745 start this morning - Aaliyah being the first trainee in the water followed by Chevvy, Travis and Javed. It was a slow beginning to get to the morning duties but as soon as they smelt breakfast...

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Yth-1906 Rua ra

It was a rainy start to our day here out on the good ship. As the trainees could hear the rain falling against the roof above their heads, everyone was rather slow to get out of bed. Breakfast was served, which the trainees happily helped themselves to. The morning...

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Yth-1906 Tahi ra

Kia ora From thy goodship to thy land lubbers… On the dock before leaving for the voyage we played some icebreaking games. Travis was last standing in captains coming before we left and raised the fore sail. We set a course for Moturua Island. Along the way the...

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YTH-1905 Ono Ra

From the Good Ship R. Tucker Thompson, sheltering from the storm then enjoying the afternoon with a good sail and island visit. We awoke with 15 knots across the deck, swim definitely optional. Ethan first in followed by Te Aroha, Adina, Petra, Isla, Pohatu. Somehow...

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YTH-1905 Rima Ra

From the Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson, back in Pipi, Awaaroa on Moturua, a day of favourable winds and fun times and yes sunshine on the deck for the swim and shower. After the sole was swept and mopped, the head cleaned, teatowels washed, rinsed and hung we had a...

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YTH 1905 – Wha Ra

Wha ra 1905 From The Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson, anchored in the calm of Pipi Bay, Ipipiri, back in the Bay. After all the wind from yesterday we woke to a calm swim and shower. Trainees enjoying the quick dip and warm shower to refresh. Breakfast and dishes then...

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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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