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Sail Wilmington NC

221 S Water St, Wilmington, NC 28401
910 538-8884
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Ranked #1 of 36 Activities in Wilmington
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours
Owner description: Experienced captain Alan Held guides you on sailing tours, charters and lessons on the Cape Fear River. Starting from the Riverwalk in Downtown... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Captain Al and first mate Kate were great. We had a great time sailing with them. Despite a slight scheduling mixup which ended up having us share the boat and cost of our sail with a couple of other couples, we had a wonderful time. Having the others on the boat with us was actually quite nice. I got to... More

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

You were wonderful guests and a very good helmsmen too. The bimini top keeps us mostly dry in those showers. Sometimes the wind even gets better. It is important for sailors to check in a day or 2 ahead for weather, cancellations or change of plans. You were so kind and adaptable. Thanks for sailing with us. Your crew, Kaete... More

Eau Claire
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Captain Al and his First Mate Kaete were the perfect host and hostess. They made the "voyage" fun and comfortable for everyone on board. Each of us got to "things to do" in North Carolina.

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

We are so glad you found us I am assuming on "Things to Do" in Wilmington. It's also interesting that many people have SAILING on their bucket list. Thanks for coming out sailing with us. Capt. Al More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

Captain Alan & Kate were amazing! We took the sunset trip it was amazing great weather great value! We will be back!

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

You and your lovely wife and talented daughter were a pleasure to be with. Your daughter was the best pirate ever! She should try out for a movie part. We enjoyed discussing the benefit of enjoying the Journey Now. And we wish you many happy years of marriage with your renewing your vows and commitment to each other! All the... More

Damascus, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Captain Alan and Kaete provided an OUTSTANDING adventure for our family. With our family's wide variety of sailing experience, Al & Kaete gave a great experience tailored to each of us. Time at the helm, assisting with hoisting the sail, and some of us just along for the ride ... the friendly hosts put everyone at ease and provided an... More

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

It is so wonderful to have a family doing something all together. The perfect team... Thanks for letting us be a part of your day. We are glad that you enjoy sailing and maybe HOOKED on the feeling of boat under sail !! Your Captain and 1st Mate, Alan and Kaete More

Richmond Hill, Georgia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This was a wonderful experience for our family. Captain Al and Kaete were fantastic. They were kind and very flexible. Kaete even took time to help entertain our two year. After our little one got tired of sailing, Kaete took her below deck and colored with her. Although our sailing was limited by a very light breeze, Captain Al made... More

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

Hi. It is fun to see that some children just like hanging around below deck on a boat as a mimi "Home" They couldn't care less where they are they just make themselves at home where ever they are. We are happy that they feel that way. Kaete was an excellent Art teacher and loves children. Yours was quite the... More

Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Al and Kaete were wonderful. We were there in May and had the best experience. They gave us a great history lesson of the area and were able to answer all of our questions. I would recommend them to anyone looking for an enjoyable sail.

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

Thanks so much for your review and recommendation. Salt Lake City is a wonderful city and the Wasatch Mountains were my play ground while going to college at U of U. My Dad wondered how I got my studies done between hiking , biking and skiing. My priorities are still a little mixed up. You'all come back now, Remember. We... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Captain Alan and First Mate Kaete are friendly and provided us with a pleasant experience while we were in Wilmington celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary. They shared interesting stories about the current local industry and the history of sites in the area. We even had the opportunity to steer the boat! This is a must due activity while visiting Wilmington!

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

Thanks so much for taking time out to write us such a nice review. Our 20th anniversary just came up and it was like celebrating again with you. You are such a wonderful couple. We wish you many , many more happy years together. Captain Alan and Mate Kaete More

Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

The sunset cruise was fantastic! Al and Kate are the best: friendly, laid back, and soooo much fun to be around. They were the perfect hosts for our evening on the river. If you do NOTHING else while you are in Wilmington, make sure you go out on their boat for a memorable evening on the Cape Fear River. We... More

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

It was a super pleasure to meet you and your family. Watching your children get excited about sailing and the water made our day. Thanks so much for coming out with us. We do hope to see you again. Truly, Kaete and Al More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

My husband and I took his mother out on Sail Wilmington on a Friday afternoon. What an adventure! Alan and Kate are fun to be with and give a lot of information about the river and some history along with sailing lessons! Very relaxing two hour sail with snacks and refreshments. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to... More

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

What a lovely Mother you have. It was nice to see her in her element "Sailing". We enjoyed hearing of her experiences sailing on Lake Hopatcong in NJ. The same place my brother and I raced Jet 14's as kids; during about the same time she was there. It's a small world. So wonderful to bring back to mind such... More

Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We had such a great time on our first sailing trip. Capt Al and Kaete were wonderful hosts!!! They made us feel like we were family. This was the highlight of our trip to North Carolina. We will definitely go sailing again the next time we visit.

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

Thanks for sailing with us. We feel the same way having you aboard. After the first few minutes you were no longer strangers. For your friendliness we are grateful. Take care and keep up the fun factor. Capt. Al and Kaete More

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