“Sailing is one of the greatest sports out there. If you grow up sailing, you’ll be a good person.” It’s a decisive, yet dreamy observation, the kind one might expect from Captain Herb Magney.
Living the good, seafaring, yacht captain life since the late 90’s, Captain Herb continues to hone his life philosophy across the world’s ocean and occasionally, in port, over the course of a long ‘layover’ in Wilmington’s Port City Marina. Continue reading
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
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.
As a destination for boat repair, Wilmington has much to offer. The 10-mile stretch from Historic Downtown to Wrightsville Beach offers onshore diversity and ease of access, with Wilmington International Airport (ILM) just three miles from Port City Marina proper.
“Boaters using our services might spend a couple nights at the downtown Hilton, then a couple nights at Wrightsville Beach. They love the variety of the area,” says Tricia Bennett, of Bennett Brothers Yachts.
In the waters surrounding Port City Marina, both up and down the Cape Fear River, and along the Intracoastal Waterway, the Wilmington area’s boatyards are convenient, comprehensive, and competitive in the field.
Here’s an alphabetical round-up of our area’s main venues, making your sail up the Cape Fear strategic, as well as scenic. Continue reading