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Sail Wilmington NC

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Address: 221 S Water St, Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone Number: 910 538-8884
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Description: Experienced captain Alan Held guides you on sailing tours, charters and...
Experienced captain Alan Held guides you on sailing tours, charters and lessons on the Cape Fear River. Starting from the Riverwalk in Downtown Wilmington, NC, You will explore the cultural and natural history of the area. A new perspective of the river, downtown and the New Hanover Memorial Bridge make the sunset tour a local favorite tour.
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So much fun!!

We visited Wilmington for the 3rd time last October and decided to go on a sailing tour! We had a great time. Captain Alan & First Mate Kate were very hospitable and let my... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 10, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We visited Wilmington for the 3rd time last October and decided to go on a sailing tour! We had a great time. Captain Alan & First Mate Kate were very hospitable and let my husband sail much of the trip! They were knowledgable of many of the places we sailed by which made for an interesting trip! We had an... More 

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captalanheld, Owner at Sail Wilmington NC, responded to this review

Thanks for sailing with us. It is a pleasure to have a helmsman like your husband just take charge and enjoy the feel of the boat gliding on the waves. I liked watching him master the wheel as much as sailing the boat myself. Capt. Al More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We enjoyed a breezy morning sail on the Cape Fear River on July 11, 2015. Both the skipper Al and his first mate Kate were friendly and knowledgeable about local history and nautical points of interest. My elderly father and my daughter had lots of time behind the wheel, and my daughter also enjoyed handling lines under Al's supervision. We... More 

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We do love having families sail with us. Working the boat together, well it's not work. It is doing an activity together. There is nothing better in my book. Thanks for sharing your family. Alan And Kaete More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

We had an amazing time with Captain Al and 1st mate Kate on the 4th of July! Captain Al gave my son (12) a sailing lesson - his first lesson on a large boat. He was great with the kids and we adults had a great time as well. Super friendly people and very informative. Nice company for our July... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Captain Aland Kaete are wonderful to sail with! We went out for a sunset cruise and had a perfect evening. We took our son and Capt. Al taught him the basics of sailing and let him do most of the sailing. Kaete and Al were a pleasure to spend time with. They were friendly and easy to talk to. They... More 

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captalanheld, Owner at Sail Wilmington NC, responded to this review

Thank you for your comments. We really enjoyed sailing with you and other families. Your son is a good sailor with common sense and will be on top lf anything he puts his mind to. Truly, Kaete and Alan More 

Wilmington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We are locals and just wanted to get a chance to experience sailing thinking we might want a sailboat. It turned out to be one of the best parts of our week of "local vacation things to do". From the time we stepped on the dock until we got off the boat, it was just like joining best friends for... More 

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captalanheld, Owner at Sail Wilmington NC, responded to this review

Well my goodness, Thank you for kind words. We did have a very special evening and some entertaining activity on the river. You just never know what you'll see. Ships, birds, sea creatures and more just seam to pop up here and there. Thanks again, Alan And Kaete More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

My fiance and I went to Wilmington and this was by far our favorite part of the trip! Captain Al and Kaete are so nice and made us feel so welcome on the sailboat. They let us sail the boat and were very knowledgable about the history of Wilmington. They provided snacks for us as well. I wish we could... More 

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captalanheld, Owner at Sail Wilmington NC, responded to this review

It was delightful sailing with you and getting to know both or you. You are at the beginning of an adventurous life and will make the most of all you do. Thanks for sharing your evening with us. Capt. Al and Kaete More 

Sanibel Island, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

We were visiting our daughter in Wilmington for the week. She surprised us with this sailing adventure with Captain Al & his mate Kaete. The weather was great with a light and changing wind. We enjoyed wine & cheese. We all took turns steering the boat and hoisting the sail. We took lots of pictures. The trip was much more... More 

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captalanheld, Owner at Sail Wilmington NC, responded to this review

It sure was a pleasure to share such a special day with your parents who are filled with enthusiasm... Still enjoying life to it's fullest. What a model for us all..never stop doing new things, more adventures... keeps our minds and spirit alive. More 

Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We decided to celebrate our anniversary with a Sunset Cruise. What a nice surprise to be greeted by a "happy anniversary" sign on the boat. Captain Al and First Mate Kaete were very hospitable and accommodating. There was even a little heart "carved" into the hummus. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and my husband was thrilled to be able to try... More 

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captalanheld, Owner at Sail Wilmington NC, responded to this review

Getting out on the water and Sailing on our beautiful river never gets old for us. Glad you liked it. Sail On! We are fortunate to have the Cape Fear River and it's fair breezes so accessible. There are a few boats fishing and a few ships but mostly we have it all to ourselves. How could we be so... More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 via mobile

Had an amazing time with Captain Al and first mate Kaete! We did the breakfast sail, and it was the highlight of our vacation! Captain Al was a great teacher/ sailing coach! We would recommend this to anyone and everyone looking for a little adventure in Wilmington!

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captalanheld, Owner at Sail Wilmington NC, responded to this review

It was a pleasure to have you aboard. The Breakfast sail is usually very relaxing as the wind is normally a bit lighter in the morning. I think the conditions were just right to have coffee and bagels while you were able to take the helm and sail the boat like a seasoned sailor. Keep up the fun factor. Alan... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Sail Wilmington is hands down the best adventure/excursion in town! Captain Alan and first mate Kaete are super personable and provide a fantastic, memorable experience. We 100%, wholeheartedly recommend Sail Wilmington!

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captalanheld, Owner at Sail Wilmington NC, responded to this review

Thank you for your recommendation. It is so thoughtful of you to take the partner of your dreams on a sunset sail. We feel privileged to be a part of your evening. And it was a beautiful sky that night. May you have many more. The best to you, Capt. Al and Mate Kaete More 

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