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
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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 Annual report released

Our 2018-19 Annual Report has just been released. It’s a great document which not only provides our financial reports but also information about our sail trainees, our people and the Trust generally. Download it from our website and find out more about what we do!

Tall ships race

The date for this year’s annual Tall Ships Race is Saturday 11th January. The Tucker will be racing so book early to secure your place!

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

Tuia 250- Leg 1- Tahi ra to Rua ra

Tuia 250- Leg 1- Tahi ra to Rua ra

Rua Ra - Voyage Tauranga to Gisborne Ahoj from the Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson, sailing along under the Tuia 250 banner.  From the Bay of Islands we hail, Tai Tokerau Kaipuke, voyaging in fresh waters on our way to Gisborne. Departing from the Port of Tauranga...

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Tuia 0 – Wha Ra

Tuia 0 – Wha Ra

Thursday morning, dead calm in Lonely Bay, Cooks Cove near Whitianga. Sunny. Yep, a different day to yesterday. Today we have dawdled our way over to Mayor Island, reaching across a light South Easterly breeze. Chynna made chocolate cake. We saw a minke whale, common...

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Tuia 0 – Toru Ra

Tuia 0 – Toru Ra

  Greta here, writing from the saloon of 'R.Tucker Thompson'. Yesterday we flew downwind from Whangarei Heads to Port Fitzroy, Great Barrier Island. It was the dream sail. We left Smuggler's Cove at dawn, and watched the sun rise over Taranga Island. We saw...

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Tuia 250 – Rua Ra

Tuia 250 – Rua Ra

Ahoy from the Good Ship! We've just gotten underway as I write this, ready for a boisterous sail today. We had a fantastic day yesterday and we'll tell you all about these two days this evening. For now, we'll leave you with this photo.

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Tuia 0: Tahi Ra

Tuia 0: Tahi Ra

Ahoy maties! This is Greta Simmonds, back aboard dear old Tucker for my first passage beyond the Bay of Islands in around 25 years. I was part of the partnership that built the ship back in the 1980's.  I have such a feeling of homecoming. It lifts my heart to stand...

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1908 P2 Toru Ra

1908 P2 Toru Ra

Urquarts Bay, 35*50.790's, 174*31.787'e Good evening family and friends. Today we finished the final coastal leg of this voyage down the coast and are now safely anchored up in Whangarei Harbour. Our day began with sunshine and a swim with Bianca attempting her first...

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