We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Sail Wilmington NC

221 S Water St, Wilmington, NC 28401
910 538-8884
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #2 of 35 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
Write a Review

60 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    58
    0
    1
    0
    1
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
1 review
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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
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
1 review
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
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

1 review
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

Was this review helpful? Yes
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
1 review
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
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

Punta Gorda, Florida
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Captain Al and first mate, Kate (she let's Al think he's in charge) were great hosts for a wonderful sunset cruise on the Cape Fear River. Our kids,12 & 14, loved it and learned some sailing tips along the way. Al and Kate are easy going and so accommodating. They had nice appetizers of cheese, crackers and grapes and soft... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
captalanheld, Owner at Sail Wilmington NC, responded to this review

Hi. Your children are amazing. Smart and good sailors. Oh. and by the way so are you "The Best Parents". Your kids are lucky to have you and visa versa. The Perfect combo! Anything you do together I 'm sure is a blast. Affectionately, Kaete and Al More

1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

Captain Al and first mate kaete were amazing! So much fun! If anyone was looking for a good trip and fun experience this is it!!! Good aye mate!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
captalanheld, Owner at Sail Wilmington NC, responded to this review

Well Ladies, It is people like you that make our sailing pure joy. Thanks so much for allowing us be a part of your circle of family and friends. Cheers to you, Capt. Al and Kaete More

Wilmington, North Carolina
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

this was our fifth sail with Captain Al and 1st Mate Kaete and it gets better each time. My brother John and his wife were visiting and joined us for a perfect day on the Cape Fear River. The Jammin never looked and performed as well as it did today. We learned things about the river that held our interest... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
captalanheld, Owner at Sail Wilmington NC, responded to this review

Thank you for keeping us in mind when you have company and special occasions. It is a pleasure to spend time with you and your family. Your brothers wife has such a great sense of humor. It is contagious. Truly, Alan and Kaete More

Wilmington, North Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Al and Kaete are a lovely and welcoming couple. Their instruction and directions for sailing the ship were easy to understand and follow. They were patient and encouraging teachers to our group of four first-time sailors.

Was this review helpful? Yes
captalanheld, Owner at Sail Wilmington NC, responded to this review

It was a pleasure to be a part of all your enthusiasm. What a fun group you are. You are natural sailors. Next stop Cape Horn. Well maybe Bermuda. We wish you the best ! Alan and Kaete More

Greensboro, North Carolina
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

We book our sail before we book our hotel, that's how important a sail on the Jammin' is to us. Alan and First Mate Kaete are pleasant company and thoughtful hosts, and you just can't beat a beautiful sunset cruise along the Cape Fear River.

Was this review helpful? Yes
captalanheld, Owner at Sail Wilmington NC, responded to this review

Thanks so much for keeping in touch with us. Next time you are in town for a few days let's make sure we get the best day with a beautiful breeze. Maybe we'll get down to Bald Head Island to visit you. If It is during the week we could sail down and meet you there. Until Later, Capt. Alan... More

Wilmington, North Carolina
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013 via mobile

Capt Alan and Kaete are awesome! Great communication- we were able to adjust plans based on pending weather, leading up to a relaxing afternoon, missing the rain! Learned some interesting history and all aboard able to participate as much as they wanted to. Hoist the sail- we will be back!

Was this review helpful? Yes
captalanheld, Owner at Sail Wilmington NC, responded to this review

Thanks for your patience waiting for a clearing in the sky. We are happy to have people experience the joy of taking the helm and sailing the boat. You did a great job. Maybe you will be hooked on sailing. I hope so. Capt. Alan More

Travelers who viewed Sail Wilmington NC also viewed

Wilmington, North Carolina Coast
 
Wilmington, North Carolina Coast
Wilmington, North Carolina Coast
 

Been to Sail Wilmington NC? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Sail Wilmington NC, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing