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Sunset Sail Tour

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  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


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

What's Included

  • 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
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 613 Trails End Rd
    613 Trails End Rd, Wilmington, NC 28409, USA

    Your sailing charter departs from the Access Ramp at the end of Trails End Road, Wilmington, NC. Please arrive 15 minutes early and call when you are parked. Gratuity is optional but much appreciated on departure from the cruise. Please call me at (919) 302-3421 if you have any questions.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • 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

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Sunset Sail Tour ?

A:The policy on sanitization is:
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Sunset Sail Tour ?

A:The policies on social distancing are:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Sunset Sail Tour ?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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46 reviews
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Calm and Relaxing
Yvonne_T, May 2021
My daughter and I went on the sunset sail. Our tour guide Jim was very knowledgeable in the area. Had a great time. Would definitely do again.
Response from Host, May 2021
Thank you Yvonne! You have perfectly described how our guests feel after breathing the fresh ocean air and feeling the cool spring breeze on their face. I look forward to our next sailing adventure! Captain Jim
Very disappointing
Bernie_K, 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.
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.
Margaret_B, 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
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
Amazing amazing experience!
Kristen_A, 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!
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
Great way to view Wilmington & Wrightsville Beach from the water.
MiriamLopez, May 2021
Second time I take a sunset sail on the Intercoastal with Captain Jim Sheegog on the Shamrock and looking forward to the next time. It’s a great thing to do with out-of-town guests.
Response from Host, May 2021
My sincere thanks for your continued support of Shamrock Sailing. It's amazing to have a guest like you returning over the years for a few hours of relaxation and sharing the experience. With gratitude, Captain Jim
Fantastic cruise, don't miss it if you are in the Wilmington, NC area
David_V, Jun 2021
This was a fantastic experience. I didn't really have much of an idea of what this would be like, but it exceeded all expectations. Each cruise has about 6 passengers so it's a very personal experience. This is a passion of Captain Jim and that passion is contagious. We had a lovely 2 hour cruise learning about wildlife and the NC coast. I highly recommend this to anyone who has an opportunity to take a cruise while in the Wilmington, NC area.
Response from Host, Jun 2021
Thanks for your kind review. I attempt to tailor each cruise to the needs of our guests. There's many interesting historic events that define our coastal area, and I"m fortunate to share them over our time onboard. The ecosystem is astonishing. Just yesterday, on a private offshore cruise we saw a pair of humpback whales surfacing about 4-5 miles off Wrightsville Beach. In all these years, no cruise is the same, and that's what makes each cruise exciting and noteworthy. Thanks for being such a great ambassador for SV/Shamrock!
Wind in our sails
William_B, 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.
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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A unique way to see the Wrightsville Beach area
Laura_H, Aug 2022
Super fun and unique way to view this amazing area! Captain Jim was very knowledgeable and eager to show us what makes WB so special. We would definitely do this again.
Response from Host, Aug 2022
Thanks to you Laura and your wonderful famil. Hosting a family celebration onboard SV/Shamrock is a highlight of my day. Laughing and sharing the fun with you guys made the evening magical. Shifting pastel colors danced in the seaward sky as the sunlight diminished over the pine trees. What a special evening. Here's to the charm of enjoying life "in the present". It's a blessing when we step back from the day to day and see the natural world unfolding before our eyes. Until the next adventure, Captain Jim
Peaceful and Informative
ALLEN_B, 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.
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
You are worth it!
Aimee_C, Jul 2021
Had a delightful time on this very personalized ride. Not fancy, but casual and relaxing. This was very much like a friend taking you out on evening joy ride in the more local areas that visitors don’t often see. Small number of passengers so you interact with captain and passengers easily. I was a solo traveler and felt safe and was so glad I treated myself to the trip.
Response from Host, Sep 2021
Hi Aimee, You expressed exactly the spirit of Shamrock Sailing Adventures. I treat everyone as I would my own family on a sailing excursion. Safety, southern hospitality, and letting guests influence the agenda. That's all the secret sauce of a sailing charter with only a small group aboard. We are not fancy, but sailing is authentic as you so rightly point out. We pull back pretenses and have great conversations about happenings in the region and frequent the bow more frequently than the comforts of soft cushions. Thank you for capturing the experience so well! Best, Captain Jim
1 traveler found this review helpful
Amazing Sunset Sail
Chantay_M, May 2021
We had an amazing sail! The weather was perfect, good company on board and our Captain out did himself! We Highly recommend this tour.
Response from Host, May 2021
Thank you Chantay! I greatly enjoyed getting to know you and your husband. As you can tell, I enjoy sharing stories about the coastline, island marine life and the history of the area. Please come back again when you can. Best regards, Captain Jim
Midday sailing
Vanessa_Z, 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!
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
Beautiful way to see the sunset over the water
Gregory_H, Jun 2022
We had a great time sailing with Captain Jim along the intercostal and seeing our shoreline from a new and unique prospective. We were treated to beautiful natural and protected areas with lots of native wildlife. There were 3 couples onboard plus Cptn. Jim and his wife and there was plenty of room. We all sipped champagne as we watched the sensational sunset on our way back.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
What a spectacular time Gregory! I should mention you guys looked so great sipping champagne, while I sipped my ginger ale. All goodness was seen and taken in the salt air on this evening! Best regards, Captain Jim


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