Winners of the 30th Annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla Announced in Wrightsville Beach

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Captain Brady Semmel and Jaws devoured the competition in the 30th Annual North Carolina Holiday Flotilla and Fireworks in Wrightsville Beach.

Best Overall Award: Great White Christmas Photography by Beth Watson Hedgepeth

Named one of the Top 20 Must See Events in the Southeast, the North Carolina Holiday Flotilla celebrated its 30th anniversary on Saturday, Nov. 30.

After a cold weather system blanketed the east coast earlier in the week, beautiful conditions prevailed on flotilla day with clear skies and daytime temperatures near 60.

Decorated yachts and sailboats paraded and glittered with thousands of twinkling lights in the waterways and the evening ended with a spectacular 21-minute fireworks exhibition by the famous Zambelli International. The annual Thanksgiving weekend event draws an estimated 50,000 people.

2013 winners include:

Category: Best Overall
Captain: Brady Semmel
Vessel: Jaws
Theme: Great White Christmas

Category: Peoples Choice
Captain: Skip Wilson
Vessel: The Bottom Line
Theme: Charlie Brown Christmas

Category: Crowd Favorite
Captain: Tim & Emily Moss
Theme: Dixie Merry Christmas, Ya Filthy Animal!

Category: Best Powerboat 31′ and over
Captain: Paula Sturdy & Van Marr
Vessel: Reel Hot
Theme: My Radio Flyer – Toys from the Attic

Category: Best Powerboat 23′ – 31′
Captain: Lindsay Hancock
Vessel: Pontoon
Theme: Hancoctopus

Category: Best Powerboat 22′ and under
Captain: Brent Jernigan
Vessel: Craig Cat
Theme: Santa Jaws

Category: Best Sailboat
Captain: Steve Sutton
Vessel: Manana
Theme: Rudolph the Red Nosed Dolphin

Category: Best Costumes & Crew Spirit
Captain: Mark Strauss
Vessel: Camley
Theme: Classic Hatteras

See the 2013 Winners HERE, photography by Beth Watson Hedgepeth

The Blockade Runner Beach Resort has served as host hotel for 30 years and officially announced the beginning of its own 50th anniversary by decorating and launching a 50-foot yacht in the flotilla.

For the tech savvy spectator, interactive features included text-to-vote for the People’s Choice and Crowd Favorite awards. Over 12,000 spectators participated.

Boat captains vied for a $20,000 purse of cash prizes that ranged from $500 to $1,500. The Best in Show winner, selected by a panel of celebrity judges including John Boy, received a 17-foot Carolina Skiff with motor and trailer contributed by Hutchens Law Firm.

Contact information:

Linda Brown, Event Chair
North Carolina Holiday Flotilla
Phone: (910) 256-2120

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