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 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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YTH 1908 P2 Rua Ra

YTH 1908 P2 Rua Ra

Ahoy from the Tucker T Another lovely day enjoying the sunshine and making our way down the coast Our morning started at 0730 hrs for a morning swim in the ocean. Shortly after followed morning duties and breakfast. Once dishes were done we journeyed ashore in the...

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YTH1908 Part 2 Day 1

YTH1908 Part 2 Day 1

Admirals Bay, Whangaruru.  35*22.21’s ,174*21.23’e Good evening to those ashore! We have just dropped anchor in the serene Whangaruru Harbour. All Aboard are well and the evening is has a beautiful golden glow.   We departed Opua today, for the second time for...

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Yth 1913 Ono ra

Yth 1913 Ono ra

7am start with a fresh dip in the pool. Straight to morning duties before devouring a delicious breakfast. We hoisted anchor and set a course for the hole in the rock. On arrival we launched the tender and gave the trainees an up close tour of the hole and the cave....

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YTH 1913 Rima Ra

YTH 1913 Rima Ra

Ahoy from the R tucker Thompson Another 7oclock start this morning with a swim in the ocean followed by duties and breakfast. After dishes we raised anchor and motored our way to Roberton Island. Upon arrival we laid anchor and enjoyed some free time while the sun was...

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