Imagine a light breeze, turquoise waters and vibrantly green islands. Now imagine you are on a tall ship, with all her sails raised, cutting through the watery landscape. This is the R. Tucker Thompson. And that’s the Bay of Islands. And you can make this scene a reality by coming aboard our good ship and allowing us to show you the art of old fashioned sailing in a beautiful environment.
The R. Tucker Thompson was built and launched in Northland. She is a local icon. Her story is a fine example of the Kiwi can-do attitude. A few passionate souls, led by Tod Thompson and Russell Harris, took it upon themselves to build this ship and introduce folks from all walks of life to come aboard and experience New Zealand’s coast from the water.
Nine years ago, the ship was turned over to a Trust. And this Trust has worked hard to build a program for young adults in the Northland region. This winter, we offered 16 7-day youth development voyages to young adults aged 13 to 18. On these voyages, we challenge our young crews to practice leadership and teamwork. In return they leave the ship with memorable stories and lifelong friendships.
During the summer, we offer visitors to New Zealand the opportunity to sail aboard the R. Tucker Thompson. The R. Tucker Thompson is a square top’sl schooner. When passengers come aboard, the crew encourages them to participate as much as they want. There are opportunities to help raise sails and take over the helm. The more adventurous souls can climb the rigging or go out onto the bowsprit under the watchful eye of the crew. Understandably, not everyone wants to participate in this way, and there is plenty of room to relax, enjoy the scenery, and even indulge in a glass of wine or a beer. (Cash bar is available for both day sails and late afternoon sails.)
When passengers come aboard for a daysail, they are treated to a lovely sail around Tapeka Point, while underway, the crew serves up morning tea, with freshly baked scones from our galley. Around midday, the ship will anchor of an island and passengers are welcome to leap off the ship for a swim, or the crew can take people ashore who wish to go beachcombing or for a walk up the path to a viewpoint. After everyone has worked up an appetite, the crew will have prepared lunch for everyone – Barbecued chicken with salads and fresh bread. A cash bar is available for those who want to indulge. The day ends with a sail back to Russell.
For those who just want a taste of sailing aboard, but are looking to relax. They can do just that. There’s plenty of room aboard to sit back, look at the scenery and enjoy a relaxing sail steeped in history. Come sail with us, you won’t be disappointed!
Call us at 0800 TUCKER (09 402 8430)