Sail Wilmington—Sailing Charters and Tours

Sail Wilmington is Wilmington’s preferred sailboat charter and tour company, skippered by Captain Alan Held. Sail the Cape Fear River, learn it’s history and see beautiful scenery.


9:30 Breakfast Tour
12:30 Lunch Sail
3:30 Day Sail
6:30 Sunset Cruise


This Is Your Captain!
Captain Alan Held

Captain Alan Held and his First Mate Kaete make sailing a breeze. The Captain has over 35 years of experience at the tiller, and Kaete is a “Real Jersey Shore Girl”. Their fast and comfortable 30 foot sailboat, ‘Jammin’, glides with ease while taking you on an incredible and exciting journey on the historic Cape Fear River. Sailing trips on ‘Jammin’ will glide upriver along the River Front Downtown and then head downriver past the NC State Port towards the Brunswick River’s southern entrance.
Over fifteen years ago Alan earned his USCG Masters Captain License with time on sailboats, power boats and tow boats. Making the crew feel at ease in all situations is his focus and utmost priority. Kaete is an Artist and Art Educator in Wilmington and her goal is to make the tour fun for everyone.

Come Sailing With Us.

Learn the ropes from the Captain or just sit back and enjoy the ride. Trips are private to your group and may be customized to suit your needs. Our goal is to make your sailing trip an experience you will never forget. Prices start at $75 for a private, one-hour tour.
Times can be customized to fit your needs. We offer trips for any occasion.

  • Morning Breakfast Sail
  • Lunchtime Escape
  • Wedding and Anniversary
  • Sunset Boat Trips
  • Special Occasions
  • Private Parties
  • BYO Picnic Trip
  • Half-Day Scenic Cruises
  • Holiday parties
  • Birthday Parties
  • Special Occasions
  • Just Because Trips

Book ahead to reserve your trip,
call 910-538-8884
to reserve your sailing adventure today!

accessicon 2 Hour Sail On The Cape Fear River

Departs 9:30 am, 12:15 pm or 3:15 pm
Explore Wilmington history and beautiful scenery on the Cape Fear River. Call to arrange a departure time. This is a good value for a party of six at under $21 per person. Per Boat (up to 6 people) Breakfast Tour includes Continental Breakfast. Other Tours include snacks and beverages
Sunset Sail departs two hours before Sunset Cost: $200 for up to six passengers. Bring your own wine or beer if you wish.

accessicon Special Events

Can Start Anytime
Perfect for parties and gathering for all occasions. This is a custom tour designed for your special event. Call us to discuss options and possibilities. Includes Captain and crew. Cost: $85/hr.

accessicon Sailing Lessons

Start Time: Before 4pm
Capt’n Al is a master sailing instructor for all skill levels. Includes boat and sailing instructor Cost: $85/hr

Downtown, Intercoastal
227 S Water Street
Wilmington, NC 28409
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“Al and Kaete were gracious and entertaining hosts! They shared lots of the history of Wilmington with us, were so wonderful to us and our kids and even provided bagels and juice for breakfast! The sailing was so enjoyable and relaxing! We definitely hope to come back and sail with them again next year.”
“Had a wonderful time on the river with Captain Alan. In addition to providing a very social and friendly atmosphere, the trip gave us a basic education on sailing and he made my date feel extremely comfortable and confident at the helm. Overall a wonderful experience.”
“Learned some interesting history and all aboard able to participate as much as they wanted to. Hoist the sail- we will be back!”
“Our excursion was truly a highlight of our trip to Wilmington, and we’ll definitely be sailing with Capt. Alan whenever we return. Thanks so much for a great afternoon”