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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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Yesterday, my husband and I went on the Cape Fear River with another couple, and we all had the most amazing time. The weather was a bit temperamental, and made for some choppy... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Yesterday, my husband and I went on the Cape Fear River with another couple, and we all had the most amazing time. The weather was a bit temperamental, and made for some choppy waters, but Capt. Alan was a true professional, who went over safety measures prior to our departure from the port, and made it a fun, safe and... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to write us a review. We did have a real sailors day with a good breeze. Everyone did a good job at the wheel steering the boat. It is a pleasure to see skippers improve after just a short period. It makes our day to see such enthusiasm. Cheers, Kaete and Capt. Al More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

I had a great hands-on, first time experience in sailing with Captain Alan and first mate Kaete. The process was very smooth and interactive in Alan having graciously taken all the time necessary in answering all of my questions leading up to our sail. The sail was a birthday gift for my father whom I had always wanted to one... More 

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

Thank you for sharing your Dad's birthday with us. He is a sportsman and a gentleman. We enjoyed being with your family. And he has a wonderful son. We hope to see you again soon. Remember,you get a discount as frequent sailors. Alan And Kaete More 

Greenville, South Carolina, United States
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

My husband took me to Wilmington for our anniversary and scheduled a sunset cruise on Jammin with Captain Alan and his first mate, Kate. It was wonderful and definitely the highlight of our trip! They had a "Happy Anniversary" sign to welcome us aboard and treated us like we were long time friends! We relaxed with a glass of wine,... More 

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

Thank you for your kind words. It was our pleasure sailing with you that perfect evening. We wish you many happy years together. May your husband have much success and renewed confidence with his job. It's admirable how you assist each other in life challenges. All the best to you. Capt. Al and Kaete More 

Florence, South Carolina
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This was our first time in Wilmington, NC and we wanted to get out on the water, but really don't enjoy tour boats where you are crushed aboard with dozens of other tourists. Sail Wilmington with Captain Al and First Mate Kaete was the perfect way to get out on the water and have a private, first rate tour in... More 

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

Thank you for your kind words and going sailing with us. Your daughters are not only brilliant but immediately got right in there sailing the boat. We have to give you credit, as parents, for giving them opportunities to learn new things. It was such a privilege to be with your family for a part of your day. Capt. Alan... More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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

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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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67 reviews 67 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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