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2022 NC Holiday Flotilla Winners

November 27, 2022

39th North Carolina Holiday Flotilla announces 2022 winners
2022 North Carolina Holiday Flotilla – Photo by Beth Hedgepeth
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC – The 39th North Carolina Holiday Flotilla, Zambelli Fireworks, and Airlie Gardens’ Enchanted Airlie launched the coastal holiday season on Thanksgiving weekend at Wrightsville Beach.

“I have to give it to the captains; they truly brought their ‘A-game’ this year,” said Flotilla Chairman Levi Boyd. “Every spectator I spoke to told me this was one of the best Flotillas they can remember. It was a special night and all-around great weekend.”

“The weather was perfect, and the parade of boats was amazing,” added Bill Baggett, long-time Flotilla supporter and co-owner of Blockade Runner Beach Resort. “The crowd was larger than ever, and the holiday season is off to a great start.” 

Boyd announced Flotilla winners at an awards ceremony today:
Best in Show Award – Captain Doug Spencer
Boat #4: Legacy – Theme: Presents Under the Tree
Photo by Bill Baggett
Best Entry 22-ft. and Under – Captains Gil Bowen & Jason Rivenbark
Boat #9: InTune – Theme: Octopus’ Garden
Photo by Beth Hedgepeth
Best Entry 23-31 ft. ­– Captain Brooks Bridges
Boat #16: TowBoatUS – Theme: TowBoatUS Saves Christmas
Photo by Beth Hedgepeth
Best Entry 31-ft. and Over – Captain Nathan Riddell
Boat #20: Maverick – Theme: Christmas
Photo by Beth Hedgepeth
Costumes & Crew Spirit Award – Captain Matt Roberts
Boat #21: Soundside – Theme: Grizmas
Photo by Beth Hedgepeth
People’s Choice Award – Captain Lindsay Hancock
Boat #24 – Theme: Sea Serpent
Courtesy of Lindsay Hancock
Best Sailboat – Captain Scott Marx
Boat #17: Pacifique – Theme: Palm Tree Island Misfit Toys
Photo by Beth Hedgepeth
Airlie Gardens’ 17th annual Enchanted Airlie resumes December 2-22, bringing 35 acres of night-time forest and walking trails to life with sparkling lights, seasonal music, and magical holiday displays. Although sold out, a limited number of tickets are available to Blockade Runner Beach Resort guests.

Many homes and businesses on Wrightsville Beach are decked out through December for the annual Holiday Decorating Contest, supported by the Harbor Island Garden Club and the Town of Wrightsville Beach.


Levi Boyd, Event Chair
North Carolina Holiday Flotilla

Robert B Butler
Communications | Public Relations

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2022 NC Holiday Flotilla Winners


2022 NC Holiday Flotilla Winners