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Special events and sailings

Kiddies Pirate Sail


About the sail

A light-hearted 2-hour sailing on board the R. Tucker Thompson!
Saturday, 26 May 2018 – 13:00-15:00

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 Whangarei 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!

Go on, indulge your inner pirate!



Booking information

How to book

    • Price: $27.50 per pirate regardless of age (maximum of 1 adult pirate per pirate child – this is for the kids!)
    • Pay online with credit card using Paypal with the Buy Now button
    • Email reservations@tucker.co.nz for information on how to do a bank transfer or
    • Phone 09 402 8430 to get our bank details

To err is human, to arr is Pirate!


There are still places available. Last minute bookings can be purchased via PayPal below. Confirmation email will not be sent but the Master will be notified by text.

NB: Adult pirates must be appropriately attired


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!

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!