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Captain Al and 1st Mate Kaete
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Jammin in front of Battleship North Carolina
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Battleship North Carolina!

Sailing trips on 'Jammin’ will glide upriver along the river front and head downriver past the state ports towards the Brunswick River southern entrance. Prices start at $75 for a private, one hour tour - Reserve your Sailing Cruise now or find out about Sailing Trip details.

Capt. Alan Held and First Maete Kaete make sailing a breeze. Alan has over 35 years of experience at the tiller, and Kaete is a 'Real Jersey Shore Girl'. Their fast and comfortable 30 foot boat, ‘Jammin', glides with ease while taking you on an incredible and exciting journey.

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.

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.

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Location and Tours

Come to Wilmington, North Carolina and sail through the historic and natural beauty of the Cape Fear region!

Experience its beauty, charm and stunning scenery first hand. Soak up the sites and sounds of this historic port city on an unforgettable tour that will immerse you in the rich culture, history and nature of this one of a kind coastal paradise. This isn't your typical river tour.

When you sail the Cape Fear River you will have a whole new vantage point of Wilmington and the surrounding natural region. You’ll experience how the first arriving sailors felt as they coasted up the river with the tide. You will feel the wind in the sails and the gentle motion of the boat carry you to a fresh state of mind. Tell tale signs of ship wrecks have another story to reveal. History of a millennium is waiting to be discovered. Come sail with us and experience the Cape Fear River first hand.

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Great boat, Captain and Crew. Enjoyed sailing with you!
Gordon H.

Great! Best trip-Tons of fun. Great education. Thank you.
Eloise V.

The best view of Wilmington.
Perfect, perfect, perfect
Chrissy L.

Sail Wilmington NC Charter Trips Available:

Daily Schedule:

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

Times can be customized to fit your needs. We offer trips for any occasion...

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

There is nothing like taking in a sunset surrounded by nature and watching a colorful Wilmington sky reflect off of the water. Experience our popular and renowned Sunset Sail Charter first hand and photograph a brilliant sky. This relaxing journey will make anyone fall in love with our pristine city and incredible natural environment. "Jammin's " perfect romantic voyage for couples or a spur of the moment outing!

The Cape Fear coastal region is not only a tourist hotspot but also a popular locale for destination weddings. The mild climate, gorgeous scenery and remarkable ambiance make our area the perfect place for your special day. Private Parties of all kinds are welcome on our charter boats. We can suggest a tour or customize an excursion to fit your party's needs.

Go on an excursion to one of our many popular attractions:

Head down the Cape Fear River, from downtown Wilmington to see nature and wildlife up close and personal. Surrounded by Cypress and Palmetto - this area is Cape Fear at its finest. Perfect for nature lovers and adventure seekers.

Travel to the Brunswick River at the west bank of Eagle Island. Experience this incredible place from a new perspective. 'Sail Wilmington' will take you through the heart of this city on a voyage through time. 

Live, Love and Discover Wilmington today!

Charter Details and Prices

The sailing tours below are between 1 and 2.5 hours total sailing time for a cost of $85 per hour. All prices are listed for the entire boat. A party of six can take a cruise for under $20 dollars a person. Parties smaller than 6 can, of course, be accommodated.

These charters are private to your group and not open to other groups once you make a reservation.

Sailing the River Front with a Continental Breakfast

Start Time: 9:30am End Time: 11:30

A beautiful way to start your day. Experience morning on the Cape Fear River while enjoying our breakfast sailing tour. A wonderful option before heading to downtown Wilmington. Food service includes bagels or muffins, coffee, and more.

Total sailing time: Approximately 2 hours.

Per Boat (up to 6 people) Cost: $175

Business or Pleasure Lunchtime Tour

Start Time: 12:30pm End Time: 2:30

Want a fun and unique way to take on business? Look no further. Take our scenic lunch tour with your coworkers and enjoy your work on this quiet excursion, perfect for a relaxed and luxurious meeting. Food service is not included with this trip,but please see our suggested restaurants below.

Total sailing time: Approximately 2 hours.

Per Boat (up to 6 people) Cost:$175

Relaxing Sunset Cruise

Start Time: 6:30pm End Time: 8:30

The perfect way to end a day touring the historic city of Wilmington or a way to start off the best of Wilmington nightlife. Includes: Refreshments (Snacks and beverages). You are welcome to bring your own favorites in a small cooler or bag.

Total sailing time: Approximately 2 hours.

Per Boat (up to 6 people) Cost: $200

Dinner on the River -"An Evening to Remember"

Start Time: 5:30 pm End Time: 8:30

A 3 hour dining experience perfect for a party of 4 which includes a sail under the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. We tie-up off  Eagles Island for a leisurely sunset cocktail hour.  We will help you select dinner from a favorite Wilmington restaurant. Price includes dinner and a complimentary bottle of wine.

Total sailing time: Approximately 3 hours.

Per Boat (up to 4 people) Cost: $375

Wedding Party Sailing Charter

Start Time: All day

Wedding sailboat charter for you and your guests for the whole day (approximately 6 hours of Sailing). This charter includes the captain, mate and refreshments.   The bride, groom and guests can enjoy private cruises 6 passengers at a time. This includes multiple trips throughout the day based on your schedule. Book Jammin' for your wedding and it's like having your own boat, captain and crew for your guest's exclusive use. It will be an event all will remember.

Total sailing time: Approximately 6 hours.

Per Boat (up to 6 people) Cost: $500

Iron Genny Historic Harbor Excursion

Start Time: Before 4pm

Boat lovers version of the horse & carriage ride. View Wilmington from the far side of the Cape Fear River. Hear historic tales and the “rest of the story”. This is a motor boat trip with the sails down.

Total boat time: Approximately 1 Hour.

Per Boat (up to 6 people) Cost: $75

Bring Your Own Historic Harbor Cruise

Start Time: Before 4pm

Explore Wilmington history from the first explorers to current times.    Call to arrange a departure time. This is a good value for a party of six at under $21 a person.

Total sailing time: Approximately 1.5 hours.

Per Boat (up to 6 people) Cost: $125

Special Events

Start Time: 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 possiblities. Includes Captain and crew

Cost: $85/Hr.

Sailing Lessons

Start Time: Before 4pm

Capt Al is a master sailing instructor for all skill levels. Includes boat and sailing instructor

Cost: $85/Hr.

Although gratuity is 'knot' included in the charter price, it is appreciated by your crew.

All tours depart from our location on the Riverwalk. We furnish ice, water, cups and plates, plastic utensils, and napkins. A small cooler with your personal hors d'oeuvre is welcome. We're happy to suggest local restaurants for your ordering and pick-up. Some restaurants will deliver directly to the dock for your convenience.

We are very busy on weekends and the major holidays of the Spring, Summer and Fall- Azalea Festival (April), Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day and Riverfest (Oct) - Book your trip early to save your place.

Ship's Guest Book and Links

Guest Comments:

  • Beautiful sail.   Bill and Phyllis
  • Fabulous!  Great B-Day  cruise!   Nathan and Mandee
  • Vivacious Captain, exceptional fishing, can’t wait to come again. Marvin and Sara  
  • Great. Good crew.  Jennifer and Dave
  • Wonderful time! Wonderful hosts! Ken & Toni
  • Boy were we lucky to have such a perfect day with the 2 of you! Fab!  Pat & Jack
  • Fabulous Birthday Sunset Cruise. Margi and Doug
  • Loads of Quality time! Jeannie and John
  • Loved every minute! Jim and Jean

We Recommend:

Wilmington NC Bed and Breakfast: C.W. Worth House
“ Escape to your Wilmington adventure starting at the C.W. Worth House.”

Wilmington/Cape Fear Coast Visitor Bureau - 877-406-2356
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For Reservations:

Book Now for Busy Holiday Weekends. Fourth of July is spectacular from aboard 'Jammin'