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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! The tall ships race will be held on Saturday 9 January 2021. Book early to avoid missing out!


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: $159 per adult, $77.50 child
  • Includes morning tea and gourmet sandwich lunch (no BBQ) 
  • Email reservations@tucker.co.nz or

Kiddies Pirate Sailing


About the sail

A light-hearted 2-hour sailing on board the R. Tucker Thompson!

Our next Kiddies Pirate Sailing is likely to be in the 1st half of January. If you are interested in registering your interest, please email us so we can contact you when we have dates confirmed.

Youngsters (and their adults) get to dress up as pirates and enjoy a special pirate sailing on board Northland’s own tall ship on a 2-hour sail in the inner Harbour. Let your inner pirate go wild and get creative for this fun-filled sailing. It’s a chance to “argh!” and “shiver me timbers” while the children can have some fun and play at pirates.

All passengers should be appropriately attired – adult pirates included. Failure to wear appropriate dress could lead in being asked to walk the plank!

This sailing is a fundraiser and the proceeds from all tickets will go towards funding a place for a young person from the region on a winter youth development voyage. If you want to find more about how to support or make a donation, please click here.

Go on, indulge your inner pirate!
Kiddies Pirate

To err is human, to arr is Pirate!