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The 2016 Wilmington Boat Show

A Word from the founder of JBM Shows…

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Welcome to the first Wilmington Boat Show.

WHY WILMINGTON, NC

I started JBM & Associates in 2001, after a 15 year career in media, corporate events and facility management. In 2002, we found our niche of producing quality boat shows in the southeast, starting in Charleston, SC and continuing with Savannah, GA, as well as a couple years in northern Florida. We always had an interest in the Wilmington market, with its proximity to so many boat builders, manufacturers, dealers, as well as boaters. It is situated perfectly on the eastern seaboard for a great boat show. We had one small problem. There was not a single venue large enough to hold a major boat show. It took a decade for the dream of producing the Wilmington Boat Show to become reality.

What you’ll discover at the show

Now, September 9-11, 2016, thanks to the opening of the new Port City Marina we are able to bring a first-class boat show to Wilmington. The event will take place in several locations including the Port City Marina, Pier 33, Wilmington Convention Center and Battleship Park. We have partnered with Wilmington Water Tours to offer free water taxi rides back and forth between the venues adding to a unique boat show experience.

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Life on El Galeon: An Almost Spanish Sailor’s Log

On May 10, 2016, El Galeon Andalucia maneuvered her majestic mast beneath the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge and returned to Port City Marina, what last summer’s crew called the tall ship’s “most successful port visit.”

Indeed, record numbers of wannabe pirates, history buffs, and tall ship enthusiasts  flocked to Pier 33 to tour the 170-foot replica of the 16th century Spanish galleon.

“We had more than 2000 visitors each of the 10 days we were there,” shared Chef David Garcia Gallardo, one of the Spanish crew. “And Port City Marina was very comfortable, with nice bathrooms!” he said, with a laugh. “This is important to sailors arriving in port!” Continue reading

On Board the 2016 Wilmington Boat Show

From mixing and mingling with yacht enthusiasts to the latest and greatest in water, a Boat Show is a thing of beauty. “Press photos mean pictures of us on yachts, having a good time…at the end of the day, it’s pretty hard to complain,” shares Jacqui Bomar of JBM and Associates, producers of the upcoming 2016 Wilmington Boat Show. “What I love about this line of work? It’s hard to be depressed at a Boat Show!”

Based out of Greenville, South Carolina, JBM and Associates are seasoned veterans of the Boat Show business;  Bomar herself has been producing events since the 90’s. “Boat Shows can be a pretty big labor of love,” says Bomar, who also launched the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center, in 1990. “I definitely have this passion for start-ups,” she says, with a laugh.

Wilmington Boat Show 2016

2016 Wilmington Boat Show, September 9-11

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Boats, Belles, and Boxing Gloves: Exploring Azalea Festival


The sidewalks are filled with people, though Historic Downtown Wilmington is still several blocks away. Dazzling yellows, deep whites, rich, bold reds and pinks fill the air, the spring flowers in full bloom, and the woman on the corner is adjusting her hoop skirt.

The young woman’s sweeping curls and regal attire call to mind a fairy princess, readjusting her magic. It’s the 69th Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival, however, not Cinderella’s ball, and our Belle’s on her way to the Azalea Festival Parade (so is “Abby Cadabby,” the Festival’s premier high-flying helium balloon).

North Carolina Azalea Festival Parade

Colors on Parade

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Boot Camp by the Marina

“Looking for a new exercise opportunity?” I sipped my morning coffee and scrolled through Marybeth’s post on my facebook feed.

USCGC DILIFit on Wilmington's Riverwalk

Squat Photo Opp

DILI Fit, said the link, a free community exercise program with the crew of the USCGC Diligence. “Work out with the Coast Guard!” read the very catchy headline. Continue reading

Pier 33 Ready to “Rock the Dock”

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Bandshell in Blue

Wilmington’s signature sunshine beams across Pier 33, highlighting the clean lines of Port City Marina’s new soundstage. As the sun sinks lower, strands of twinkling lights illuminate the oncoming dusk, which falls later and later these days. Overhead, the new band shell stretches its open limbs, its sleek, modern lines accenting the unparalleled views of the Cape Fear River.

Concert season is upon us, and Port City Marina is ready to Rock the Dock.

Starting with March 17’s Shamrock and Roll, Rock the Dock will cater to concert-goers keen on outdoor festivals, those who like their music against a natural backdrop. As the music lineup gains momentum, new artists and name-brand musicians across a multitude of genres, will find their way to Pier 33, with featured shows slated for Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and of course, over Labor Day weekend.

BMG and Full House Productions, behind some of North—and South—Carolina’s most vibrant events, are filling the band shell with music. From Myrtle Beach’s Carolina Country Music Fest, including artists like Tim McGraw and Keith Urban, to Charlotte’s hip après-workday concert series, Alive after Five, BMG and Full House Productions will amplify the sound, and the energy, around Pier 33’s floating festival venue. Continue reading

Feast of the Pirates this weekend

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Wilmington Harbor Enhancement Trust will be hosting the Feast of the Pirates on the pier at Port City Marina this Saturday November 14th, 2015 and Sunday November 15th, 2015.

For the 2015 Feast of the Pirates, we plan to host costume contests, games and activities for all ages, vendors, food, and of course our crowning event – the Pirate Parrrty the evening of Saturday, November 14th.

Each year WHET holds an event coinciding with Riverfest called the Invasion of the Pirates. This year, we are changing things up a bit and changed the name to the Feast of the Pirates in honor of the festivals that took place in the late 1920’s of the same name.

Tickets are now available for the Feast of the Pirates Parrrty (21+). You can find out more on the WHET website