Frequently Asked Questions

For other questions you may have not listed here please contact us via email or phone.

How do I book?
You can book by calling us at 910.622.2503 or by emailing All bookings require a non-refundable $30.00 booking fee at the time of booking, payable via credit or debit card, online only. The remaining balance is due at the time of your sail. Your booking is not confirmed until the booking fee is paid. The booking fee is non-refundable for any reason at any time once paid. Please see our weather rescheduling/cancellation policy in the frequently asked questions section of this site for more information regarding rescheduling. Book as soon as you know when you would like to sail. If you are arriving to the area for a vacation it is advised to book your trip early in your stay, should weather be an issue this affords the possibility of rescheduling the trip later during your visit. All trips are by appointment only.

Will we be with a bunch of strangers?
No. All of our cruises, charters and lessons are private. Our certification courses are the only mixed group experience we offer.

What should/can I bring and wear?
It is recommended that you bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and seasick medication if you are susceptible. Keeping a towel in your car is a good idea as water may come over the deck. Wear comfortable clothing that can withstand a splash. Bathing suits are permitted. For sails in the spring and fall bringing additional clothing layers is recommended due to typically cooler coastal temperatures. For our students on a lesson or certification course please wear secure non-marking closed toe shoes. Drinking water is provided at no charge. For our cruise and charter clients 21 and older, alcohol is permitted however Wrightsville Performance Sailing does not supply it. No glass is permitted on board. Snacks are permitted, however not recommended due to the duration of our trips. Electronics can be safely stored below deck.

What is your weather rescheduling/cancellation policy?
All booking deposits are non-refundable, for any reason. Your booking can be rescheduled prior to 72 hours before your scheduled departure. Rescheduling within 72 hours prior to your scheduled departure will require an additional booking fee. Should weather cause your sail to be cancelled, your booking fee will not be refunded but you will have the opportunity to rebook without an additional booking fee within the same season. Should you no-show or cancel for your scheduled sail you will forfeit your booking fee and rebooking will require an additional booking fee. A no-show is determined once you are more than 30 minutes late for your scheduled departure. Wrightsville Performance Sailing reserves the right to cancel any trip at any time at the captain’s discretion. However, most trips will only be cancelled if the conditions absolutely prevent a safe and enjoyable sail for our guests. We strive to run each and every trip and typically our captains will only cancel a trip once winds exceed 18mph or if severe weather is present or threatening the region.

Where do we meet?
Seapath Yacht Club 330 Causeway Drive, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480. Seapath Yacht Club is located across from the park at Wrightsville Beach on Harbor Island, between the drawbridge and south bridge. You can park anywhere in the main parking lot. If a parking attendant is present let them know that you are sailing with Wrightsville Performance Sailing; the attendant will confirm with our staff. Once parked, walk through the archway and take a right. Walk all the way down to the dockhouse and fuel pump area. You captain will meet you there!

Do you have parking?
Yes. FREE parking on site for our guests during your sail. You don’t have to hassle with paid parking or battle the crowds on other parts of the island when you sail with Wrightsville Performance Sailing.

How many guests can sail at one time?
4 adults maximum. 5 if a combination of adults and small children.

Do I have to do anything?
Only if you want to! Do as little or as much as you want, the certified captain on board can handle the boat but never turns down a hand with the lines. Usually, the more you participate, the faster we go!

What should I expect?
Expect to move around on the boat and prepare for the boat to lean (heel) from side to side. This is perfectly normal. Once you go through the motions a few times you will get the hang of what is going on! There are restroom facilities on site to take advantage of prior to leaving the dock.

Is getting to your location easy?
Yes! We are a straightforward drive from Topsail Island, Figure Eight Island, Downtown and Midtown Wilmington, Southport, Oak Island, Carolina and Kure
Beaches. We are a popular destination for New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender Counties. Remember the Wrightsville Beach Drawbridge opens on the hour for waiting marine traffic and on demand for commercial traffic, be sure to plan for increased traffic during the summer months.

Is sailing safe?
There is an inherent risk with any marine activity and sailing is no exception, however, Wrightsville Performance Sailing meets all USCG safety requirements and is experienced on the water. Sport PFD’s (Life Jackets) are available to wear during the sail if you desire, in addition to the USCG required PFD’s on board. Children younger than 13 must wear a PFD at all times. A full first aid kit and First Aid and CPR certified captain is at hand.

Will I get seasick?
It is relative to your body and where we sail. Offshore in rougher water increases the possibility. The majority of sails will take place inshore in relatively calm waters. Let the captain know prior to leaving the dock if you think this could be a possibility and he will customize where you sail to better avoid this issue.

What is your gift certificate policy?
Gift certificate values are not transferrable and are not refundable. Gift certificates lose $30 of their value for a no-show to a scheduled booking; please see our standard weather rescheduling/cancellation policy for more details. Gift cards are not redeemable during special events or fundraisers. Gift card redemption is offered on a first come first served basis for booking and all standard booking rules apply.

Do you offer paddleboarding, surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, kiteboarding, parasailing, or power boat and jet ski rentals?
We specialize in sailing only, however, we are happy to recommend you to many fantastic local companies that specialize in paddle boarding, surfing, kayaking, windsurfing, kiteboarding, parasailing, power boat and jet ski rentals. Contact us for a referral.

Do you offer sailing certification?
Yes! We are a US Sailing accredited school and offer Basic Keelboat certification. Our course is personally tailored to our region and boat and successful completion of the course offers our graduating students a recognized certificate by the greater sailing community. US Sailing is the national governing body for sailing in the United States. Please see the school section on our website for more information.