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Special events and sailings

Annual Tall Ships Race


Tall ships Race – Saturday 12th January 2019

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Join the R. Tucker Thompson at the annual Tall Ships Race! A light-hearted festival of sail between classic boats and tall ships departing from the historic village of Russell at 1200. (The Tucker will leave the dock at 1100, one hour before the start of the race.) Be part of the atmosphere of this special day and afterwards, join the crews of all the boats for the prize giving and enjoy the traditional Russell Boat Club Hangi. With two bands playing, it’s a party night you won’t want to miss! Book early as this date fills up fast!


Key information

There will be NO island stopover and shore trip as we will be racing

  • Departure is 11.00 (not the usual 10.00 sailing) ex Russell)
  • Price: $155 per adult, $77.50 child
  • Includes morning tea and lunch
  • Email reservations@tucker.co.nz or

Public Sail – All Ages Welcome!


About the sail

A 2-hour sailing on board the R. Tucker Thompson for all ages!

Saturday, 26 May 2018 – 10:30-12:30

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sail on a tall ship? This is your opportunity to find out! This sailing is open to the general public – everyone is welcome. Bring your friends, grandparents and partners. The ship will depart from  Port Nikau at 10:30 for a 2-hour sail in Whangarei Harbour. (Boarding is at 10:15.)

Get involved and help us hoist the sails, then once we are underway, sit back and relax while enjoying views of Whangarei from the water. If you’re adventurous, there’s time for you to grab a harness and climb up the rigging or head out onto the bowsprit.



If you’ve missed out, look for us next year – we plan on coming back!