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Sunset Sail Tour from Wrightsville Beach

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Wilmington, United States

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Cruise through the waters of Wrightsville Beach aboard a 42-foot (13-meter) yacht during this small-group coastal sailing adventure. Enjoy scenic views of the surrounding waterways and barrier islands, and catch a glimpse of marine life. Soft drinks, juice, bottled water, and light refreshments are provided on board the boat. Plus, choose from morning, afternoon, or sunset cruises to best suit your schedule.
  • Scenic sailing trip through the waters of Wrightsville Beach
  • Ideal for couples, families, and groups celebrating a special occasion
  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Choose from multiple departure times to best suit your schedule
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Boat Captain
Beverages- Ginger Ale
Bottled water
Passengers are invited to bring wine & beer- We provide ice chest, cork screw/bottle opener, & glasses
Alcoholic Beverages
613 Trails End Rd, Wilmington, NC 28409, USA

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Reservations are cancelled for any guests not on location at docks 10 minutes prior to departure time.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Shamrock Sailing Adventures

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Sunset Sail Tour from Wrightsville Beach?
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Sunset Sail Tour from Wrightsville Beach.
What is the social distancing policy during Sunset Sail Tour from Wrightsville Beach?
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Sunset Sail Tour from Wrightsville Beach.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Sunset Sail Tour from Wrightsville Beach?
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Sunset Sail Tour from Wrightsville Beach.
What is the maximum group size during Sunset Sail Tour from Wrightsville Beach?
This activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Sunset Sail Tour from Wrightsville Beach.

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Very disappointing
, Apr 2021
Boat used was not the one listed. Boat used was not in very good shape. The only refreshments was a bottle of water. There was no ice on board. There was no safety discussion..dont know if there were life jackets. Sail was used for less than half the time even though there was plenty of wind. Overall very disappointing for the cost.
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Thanks for the review. Your comments help me consider future improvements. You correctly pointed out that ice was not onboard. Unfortunately, our ice machine was not available. I apologize for this inconvenience. Safety is our top priority especially on extremely gusty spring days like April 29th, wind gusts exceeded 30 knots. You’ll recall the three points of contact discussion during the briefing, discussion of using the carriage top handrails when stowing away personal items or using toilet facilities below decks. You make a good point to announce the specific location of life jackets. We are USCG safety inspected and carry a CO2 self-inflating and traditional PFD’s. I will include this information in future safety briefings. Several statements are not accurate in your review, so respectfully, I’d like to correct with facts: • SV/Shamrock is the only vessel we operate. We sailed on the 42 ft yawl on the day of your excursion. • It’s springtime, and the teak rails require multiple preparation stages prior to applying a finish. Your comment on sailing vessel not being in good shape most likely refers to the unfinished appearance of teak rails. I should have explained that we were in the middle of reconditioning the teak to alleviate doubts about the soundness of the vessel. SV/Shamrock is USCG inspected and very seaworthy. • Wind direction determines when sails can be deployed. To use sail power the wind must be 25 degree off your heading. The strong WSW winds worked in our favor running north with only a jib sail, we averaged boat speed over ground of 6.5 knots on the Intracoastal Waterway, the Masonboro Inlet entrance, and Banks Channel portions. The strong winds worked against our progress returning to port. • We dropped sails and started our diesel engine as we turned to the west heading south directly into the wind and tide. Your comments are useful, in that explaining use of wind and use of power helps our guests understand why are using either engine power or sails to navigate. • As a captain, I must make decisions regarding how much sail area to deploy on every trip. Given the high wind conditions, using a reefed jib sail was a safe and reasonable choice. I appreciate your comments- they help me, the owner and captain see where enhancements are possible and where communications about safety, sails and weather can lead to a better experience.
Wind in our sails
, Oct 2020
Sailing on a sailboat was on our bucket list and sailing with Captain Jim was exceptional. Captain Jim put us to ease with his sailing knowledge and of the area history. It was a beautiful day with porpoise swimming next to the boat. We had a great time viewing the beautiful coast line while discussing many enlightening topics. This was an extremely pleasurable excursion.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
What a pleasure to host your trip, Sailing our coastal waters in the fall season is stunning, given the active movement of dolphins and waterfowl around our estuaries and inlets. I look forward to sailing with you again! Best regards, Captain Jim
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Amazing amazing experience!
, Aug 2020
We had such a wonderful experience!! It was a GORGEOUS sailboat and the views of the coastline were absolutely breathtaking. We also learned so much about the history of Wrightsville and saw the sunset form the boat. Definitely my favorite experience I’ve had in North Carolina, I recommend to everyone! Thank you for such a wonderful experience!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
One of my favorite moments in our cruise is when we steer SV/Shamrock close to the southern island tip to see the colony of over 800 Skimmer Gulls. The ocean backdrop and full white sails slips us out to sea where rock jetties and the Atlantic surf rolls Into the shore. If we see a dolphin, the evening is pure magic! With Gratitude, Captain Jim
Midday sailing
, Aug 2020
Jim was a wonderful tour guide. He knew so much local information and history. He was so sweet to my two boys. The trip was very relaxing and fun!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Many thanks Vanessa! Sharing the history of the islands, including pirates and buried treasure, local ship wrecks, etc. is part of the cruising fun for us and the kids. I'm so glad your young sailors were onboard! Hope to see your young men again as they grow up! Best, Captain Jim
, Jul 2020
Totally worth it! Lovely tour of Wrightsville area and awesome Captain Jim! Jim was great communicating with us about weather and what to bring, 10/10 would recommend
icon Response from Host , Jul 2020
Thank you! I'm so glad we were able to share a brilliant evening of sailing with friends and family. While late afternoon thunderstorms have beauty in their own right, I'm so glad we missed them on this summer evening! Best, Captain Jim
Peaceful and Informative
, May 2020
My wife, adult son, adult daughter and I really enjoyed this trip and highly recommend it. The trip was scenic and peaceful for all of us, and was a great way to spend some quality time with family. My son & I appreciated the added benefit of Captain Jim’s vast nautical/coastal knowledge and experience, while my daughter and wife soaked in the beautiful scenery. You won’t be disappointed with this trip.
icon Response from Host , May 2020
My sincere thanks Allen for taking the time to share your experience on SV/Shamrock. It's such a pleasure to have families on board with such an appreciation for North Carolina's coastal treasures. Have a great summer! Best regards, Captain Jim

Product code: 53559P1

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