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WELCOME TO OUR APRIL/MAY issue of VIPY. Although the BVI is still recovering from one of the greatest catastrophes the islands have ever seen in surviving Hurricane Irma, our features this month testify to the resilience and restoration effort that has been ensuing since. Kicking off, we present an exclusive feature of stunning villa Little Bay. Located by the ocean, excellent panoramic vistas and an incredible atmosphere breathe extra beauty into this property, currently listed for sale with realtor Smiths Gore. We interview the owner about life in the BVI as an avid yachtie and the benefits of living in the region with arguably the greatest sailing in the world. We also showcase tips on selling property in the BVI with the aid of Bonnie Dougall Principal Broker of realtor ReMax. In Villas & Views this month, we offer more information on rebuilding after the hurricane. And following this, renowned architectural firm OBMI discuss post-Irma design, exhibiting both the great durability and unfortunate vulnerabilities of BVI structures. Company Green VI show us that despite the storm of September 2017 that shook the Caribbean, the Territory is still making speedy progress on the ‘green’ effort. Various partnerships, Government support, and optimistic planning is seeing the ambitions of Green VI become reality. With the greatest storm the BVI has ever witnessed now behind us, we investigate the charter yacht industry—debatably, one of themost appetising boasts the BVI has is the Territory’s sailing waters, reported by many to be the best in the world. We ask several charter yacht companies about business since Irma to hear some amazingly positive feedback. The Yacht Spotlight this issue bestows elegance onto our pages with Sealyon 37 – an exquisite yacht that combines stunning contemporary décor with powerful manufacturing, allowing the vessel to be the perfect transport for island-hopping. We hope to see her in the BVI one day soon. April/May’s issue concludes with an exclusive interviewintroducing Stella Maze, a luxury shoe designer who was born and raised on Tortola; her well established line is inspired by the Caribbean’s colours and splendour, making for an extremely attractive and unique style. We hope you relish these features and continue to push toward re-development and progress in the BVI rebuild. It’s all about growing bigger and better than ever before. Wishing you enjoyment of the LAND, SEA, and LIFE in the Virgin Islands.
Stephen L France PS – Let’s keep moving forward re-strengthening, re-growing, re-building! #BVIStrong Little Bay presents residents with a private-island feeling – the ultimate in seclusion and relaxation – photo by Marcelino Javierto
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A beautiful beachfront estate with a private island feel
OBMI Project Architect Sian Seys-Evans presents advice for the future of BVI architecture
Sealyon 37 – the yacht that pushes the charter vacation experience to the max!
The BVI’s continued effort to remain green is as strong as ever!
We proudly introduce Stella Maze – luxury shoe designer with suave style
YOUR PIECE OF PARADISE Top tips on selling property in the BVI from the BVI’s renowned expert Bonnie Dougall, Principal Broker at ReMax
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VILLAS & VIEWS
HAPPY SAILING AFTER THE STORM
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A beautiful beachfront estate with a private island feel WO R DS BY ST E P H E N L F R A N C E P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y D O N H E B E R T A N D M A R C E L I N O J AV I E R T O
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RIGHT Alfreso dining with a stunning view of the sea
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SECLUDED ESTATE, LITTLE Bay is an exclusive beachfront villa on Virgin Gorda with a private island feel, encompassing the Beach House and the separate Guest House at Camelia Point. Exquisitely stunning, panoramic views bless this property in abundance as it’s situated on the north-east arm of Virgin Gorda on the North Sound Channel, neighbouring YCCS and sitting across from Prickly Pear, Eustasia, and Necker Island. The geographical location is one of the highlights of Little Bay, emphasised by Little Bay’s owner Jack Setton who said, “It’s on the mainland of Virgin Gorda but it’s only accessible by boat, so it has that private island feeling of being exclusive…It has the best in views from Camelia Point and The Beach House…The North Sound is known to be the best neighbourhood...” Overlooking the North Sound Channel, decorated with its myriad of sail boats and cruising yachts, Little Bay’s vista includes Prickly Pear, Eustasia, and Necker Island. The owner—who is an avid boater—relayed that the location of the property benefits the yachtie lifestyle. “The North Sound is perfect for sailing,” he said. “The waters are so protected that all vessels from small hobie cats to big sail boats are safe.” From the property, the view panning to the right allows sight of Saba Rock and Bitter End Yacht Club, and to the left is Moskito Island and the coastline of Leverick Bay and Gun Creek. Comprising approximately seven acres of land, the property includes the Beach House with interior cover of 5,055 square feet and 1,350 square feet on the exterior, and the Guest House at Camelia Point with 1,500 square feet under cover.
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In building the home, Mr. Setton had it in mind to present, “a secluded home in the Caribbean where the weather is perfect, and the protected waters provide a safe anchorage in a safe environment.” Little Bay allows residents —who love the attractiveness of the Caribbean—to enjoy it to the fullest. The owner professes that, “The beauty of the numerous islands is undeniable. The setting for a boater is unique and the people are very nice.” The Beach House is built on two storeys. On the first floor—slightly elevated off the ground level—is a porch which spans the front of the villa and the beach side. An outdoor dining table promotes alfresco dining on the porch and relaxation while imbibing on the attractive seascapes. The interiors of the property
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...Mr. Setton had it in mind to present, “a secluded home in the Caribbean where the weather is perfect, and the protected waters provide a safe anchorage in a safe environment.” comprise an ultra-contemporary theme in a minimalist, classic, timeless style from Design Within Reach. White oak flooring channels throughout the property with concrete and plaster walls. Stairs have stainless steel cable and oak flooring on the threads. The first floor has a spacious drawing room with a king-size lounge bed, dining table and chairs, and clusters of couches and lounge chairs. The Beach House has four
bedrooms and Camelia Point Guest House has two. The master bedroom features a curved 105-inch smart screen and a media console designed by Nathan Yong. All other bedrooms include 42-inch wall-mounted smart televisions; every area has Vitra Cork Stools. The Beach House has seven bathrooms. The Master bedroom has two bathrooms, for ‘him’ and ‘her,’ and a 72 x 36 Oceana Tub with aero massaging jets.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Plenty of areas providing
space and diversity in which to enjoy the remarkable vistas
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The three guest suites all have one bathroom, and the staff bathroom and visitor’s powder room are additional. Camelia Point has three bedrooms and three bathrooms all fitted with pleasantries that maintain the warm, modern hospitality. The kitchen with a six-burner Brigade range cooking appliance, two dishwashers, three refrigerators, a walk-in pantry, maid’s room, and laundry area, exceeds the expectations of many home owners. A road linking Camelia Point, the Beach House, and the docks allows a fluidity between the areas. The two docks and water-sport ramp are the aqua enthusiast’s idyllic scenario. Near the beach, there is a storage house accommodating water-sport equipment. With Little Bay situated adjacent to YCCS, Biras Creek Resort, Bitter End Yacht Club, and Saba Rock, easily accessible luxury amenities are offered; exquisite restaurants, water
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sports, and docks for residents who may have a passion for sailing are present. Being 20 minutes by boat from Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, 20 minutes from Virgin Gorda Airport, and 20 minutes from Spanish Town—the commercial
Beds: 7 Baths: 7 Location Type: Beach access View: Beach and ocean views Power: Generator – 80KW FG Wilson.
centre of Virgin Gorda—shopping and travel are effortlessly afforded too. This is an attractive boast of Little Bay; although secluded like a private island, everything can be reached with simplicity, giving the owner the choice of blissful solitude or bustling sociability. ■
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Residential Sales ‘As Is’ Post Hurricane Properties For Sale Since Hurricanes Irma and Maria, some of our property owners are selling their storm damaged homes ‘as is’. This is an excellent opportunity for those who have dreamt of owning a home in the BVI, looking for a renovation project, or wish to purchase an investment property.
Fandango, SPYGLASS HILL, TORTOLA
Original listing price $1.475 million. Open to offers Terrific family home or investment option. Situated above Apple Bay
with expansive views of the north shore. Suffered damage to roofing, railings and windows and doors. Landscape gardens have been restored.
Lizard Junction, FAHIE HILL, TORTOLA
One minute walk to Little Leverick Beach. Dock and views of North Sound Channel. Moderate storm damage to roof and windows.
Hodges Creek House, HODGES CREEK, TORTOLA
Original listing price $2.1 million. Reduced to $1.1 million
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Paved driveway, pool and surrounding gardens. Extensive damage to roof and throughout. A full renovation is anticipated.
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Turpentine House, HAVERS HILL, TORTOLA Custom built villa with incredible views. Has lost decking and some roofing. Owner is very keen to sell.
Blue Moon, LEVERICK BAY, VIRGIN GORDA
Original listing price $1.5 million. Reduced to $595,000 Stunning, eclectic property with separate guest house and studio cottage. Storm damage to roofing, decks and some windows.
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Your piece of paradise Top tips on selling property in the BVI WO R DS BY SA R A S H E R M A N P H OTO G R A P H Y CO U R T E SY O F R E M AX
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CHOOSING TO SELL your property is a major decision and sets off a vast series of events and tasks to be completed. How do you know the steps you’re taking are the correct ones in the right order? Armed with information, these tips from top BVI real estate expert Bonnie Dougall will help you get the best possible results from your property sale.
First Things First Plenty of details go into successfully selling property in the BVI. Experienced brokers like Bonnie Dougall, Principal Broker with ReMax in Tortola, says that due diligence before selling will set you up for success. “Make sure to get a current valuation of any land you plan to
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Employing a surveyor to determine the property’s boundary points is the first step. Any access points to your property must be properly recorded as such by the Land Registry. sell. This appraisal from a banker or qualified realtor well help you determine a competitive and realistic listing price,” said Dougall. Employing a surveyor to determine the property’s boundary points is the first step. Any access points to your property must be properly recorded as such by the Land Registry. Many banks require a formal survey of the land (versus the original cadastral survey) that is reviewed and approved by all adjacent neighbours. This ensures no boundary disputes and helps the sale move along smoothly. One must also consider encroachments. If the Land Registry knows of any encroachments, the land can’t be legally sold. Make sure
no one has built anything on your property and that any buildings or other constructions of yours haven’t bled onto another property. This can include actual buildings or less obvious things like driveways. Once all of the boundary details are taken care of, make sure any potential buyers can see the entire property. Creating a trail into any areas that are full of dense foliage will allow anyone to see as much as possible and know where property boundaries are. This also allows potential buyers to take in the view, which is a major selling point and can greatly affect the sale price and process. After you’ve taken great care to do your due diligence, a real estate agent
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or broker can then offer helpful tips on making the property as presentable as possible. They can help determine whether the property could be used for commercial or residential purposes, as well as assessing any dwellings for repairs or staging needed to set the property up for sale. All these things can affect the selling price.
Sale Timing Real estate sales can be a whirlwind of details and tasks, and it’s important to have a realistic timeline in mind.
B elonger to B elonger This kind of transaction will move more quickly than others. After banking arrangements have been made and the appropriate legal documents are drawn, the process will take only two or three months. Cash sales can move even more quickly than that.
Non-B elonger to B elonger After requesting permission to sell from the BVI Government and appropriate documents are ready, expect at least two or three months for the sale to be completed. A month or two longer is possible with banking arrangements. Non-Belonger sellers would do well to obtain a copy of their Non-Belonger seller’s license. The number of beds, baths, and pools allowed on their license should match their property. If it doesn’t match, the Government can fine the seller up to 40% of the selling price.
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In this scenario, the due diligence process can take two to three months. Advertising must run for four weeks giving Belongers the opportunity to review the offer and a Non-Belonger seller’s license must be obtained. This license application must be submitted to the Government and typically takes two to three months
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for approval. Once approval is received, the Governor must sign off on the actual license, which will take another month or two. This type of sale may take up to nine months total.
Put Your B est Foot Forward Selling property is no small undertaking and making the right moves can be hard if you don’t know the correct process. An experienced broker or real estate agent can be a huge asset when wanting to get the most out of your property sale. “A good broker will do all the due diligence and ensure the client knows what they are walking into. This relationship can keep deals from failing as lawyers often find issues, but as long as this due diligence is thorough in the beginning, the process smooths out,” said Dougall. Brokers also have extensive relationships in their communities, as well as vast marketing opportunities at their fingertips. With these relationships and good exposure, a property has the best chance for selling at a good price. A broker or agent can serve as an independent negotiator and alleviate many issues before they become problems for a seller. When listing a property online, professional pictures are a must. A drone photographer can be very useful and can expertly display the property from various overhead angles, as well as show off a great view. An astute broker will have a good website to list the property, as well as a social media presence to garner more exposure for the listing. Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a long-time BVI resident, now is a great time to be buying and selling in the British Virgin Islands. ■
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SO MANY OF OUR homes and businesses sustained significant damage during the two devastating hurricanes Irma and Maria in September 2017. The events of September sixth will be a memory etched on our minds for a very long time. As we recover, many homeowners have had to decide to repair, rebuild, or relocate. For some of us, the BVI is our permanent home, so there is no choice but to rebuild. Whatever decisions you make, you should strive to provide a safer and stronger home for you and your family. The risk you face today might not be the same risk in the future. We
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Whatever decisions you make, you should strive to provide a safer and stronger home for you and your family.
have to believe that we will not be hit with another category five hurricane, but still, we have to prepare for the worst case scenario. Get in touch with your insurance provider to discuss the planned repairs, what is and what isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t covered, and how the repairs or rebuilding will affect your insurance coverage.
If you have opted to renovate or rebuild, here are some points to take into consideration:
Architects and Contractors If you want to rebuild your home stronger and safer, select architects and builders who have a reputable standing in the BVI.
Get more than one quote for the proposed work to ensure you can benchmark the costs, but there is truth in the old adage that you get what you pay for. Talk to other clients who have had work completed by these contractors so you know they have a proven track record. Contact the local planning authority before starting renovations. They may have specific guidelines in place that you will have to follow and will make sure your work is safe, meeting all the requirements.
Structural upgrades Here are some tips from David Brockelbank, a structural engineer
who resides on Virgin Gorda: Given the widespread roof damage recorded in the last hurricane, it makes sense for homeowners to review their existing roofs to identify key areas for improvement to make them more resistant to storm winds. Having a structural engineer inspect the home, and make recommendations, can be the first step towards this goal. • OVERHANGS AND EAVES large overhangs and eaves are generally more vulnerable to damage than other areas of the roof. Consider reducing the size of these elements in a rebuild and insure that they are designed and anchored properly.
• RAFTER SIZE AND SPACING In a wood framed roof, the rafter size and spacing is critical to the strength of the whole system. Many homes are seen to have rafters too small and spacings too large for the wind loads expected in a powerful storm. • FASTENERS It’s important to review how the roof components are attached to one another as well as how they are attached to the supporting walls and further on down to the foundation. Like the weak link in a chain, a house needs continuity of fastening top to bottom to avoid failure. For example, properly sized and attached hurricane clips should be used to secure wood
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rafters to the wall plate. If they are already installed, they should be inspected for corrosion and replaced if needed. Stainless steel versions are often available for a longer life-expectancy in the corrosive salt air environment. • ROOFING Concrete or clay tiles; corrugated or standing seam metal roofing; shingles or shakes; whatever your choice of roofing material, it is important that it be installed according to manufacturer’s specifications for hurricane regions. Heavier roofing materials have greater resistance to the uplift force of the wind, but any material of adequate strength and fastened correctly will do. • WINDOWS AND DOORS Many homes experienced failure of windows and doors that allowed wind and water to enter and further
destroy the contents of the home. Homeowners should consider impact rated windows and doors with laminated glass as replacements for those damaged in the storm. Once again proper installation is critical for sound anchorage. It is also wise to plan for exterior shutters or other protective coverings that can be deployed quickly as the first line of defence for the next storm. • UPGRADES AND CHANGES A badly storm-damaged home can also be seen as an opportunity to not only correct deficiencies but also to upgrade and make changes. If there were elements of your home that needed replacement, this might be the time to do it. A homeowner may find that there are more suitable replacements than that which was there before the storm. For example, if changes were being contemplated for a room layout or
kitchen cabinetry, this may be a convenient time to do so. Taking the time to research the options can even result in cost-savings over simply replacing what was there to begin with.
Finally: Homeowners Insurance Policy The financial consequences of not having insurance have given many sleepless nights. If you do not have homeowners’ insurance, consider applying for it. Shop around and make sure you understand your policy before you agree to it. Protect yourself. Get to understand what ‘windstorm deductible’ and ‘coinsurance’ mean. They can make a substantial difference to any settlement you may receive. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Talk to someone who can explain it to you in simple terms or do your own research online. ■
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OBMI architect, Sian Seys-Evans, discusses post-Irma architectural design W O R D S B Y S I A N S E Y S - E VA N S , P R O J E C T A R C H I T E C T, O B M I P H OTO G R A P H Y CO U R T E SY O F O B M I
ON SEPTEMBER SIXTH of last year, the British Virgin Islands were hit by a storm never seen before. Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic hurricane ever recorded swept through the islands with average winds of 185mph and gusts of 215mph. A couple of weeks later, Hurricane Maria seconded it, causing even further destruction. Besides huge material loss, the aftermath provided a need to re-examine architecture on the islands, so our isles could be more resilient and smarter when it came to deadly hurricanes. Hurricane Irma did and didn’t force a rethink of architecture. Yes, it was a huge eye-opener on what can happen when a major natural disaster ploughs through a community— its built environment, and natural landscape. It also showed us the perils of poor architectural design, construction, and outdated buildings in regard to current building codes. At the same time, it revealed the protection that a properly designed, programmed, and engineered property can provide. Although the hurricane laid bare the vulnerabilities of BVI structures and designs, it was a chance to review what withstood, encouraging of the strength of good design. As a reaction to the weaknesses we identified during and after the hurricane, we saw a dire need to refine areas of product specification and how these products are fixed to structures. Where appropriate, OBMI recommends specifications in line with Miami-Dade standards, because U.S. based codes in hurricane zones are more stringent than local BVI codes, which many times are not sufficient. We’re also providing additional detail when fixing components, especially in areas such as outdoor decking and guttering, so these can perform better in severe storm situations.
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Another critical area is the oversight of a certified professional during the construction phase. Whether it be an architect, project manager, or engineer, professionals ensure that what the client agreed on and paid to be built is being accomplished in compliance with building codes. Although safety always comes first, it is important to reassure and encourage clients not to let the experience of Hurricane Irma limit their creativity. This is where Iâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as a project architectâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;reinforce that buildings designed and engineered by certified professionals working to appropriate codes with information properly compiled, coordinated, and constructed by a competent contractor with oversight by a third party such as an architect, project
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LEFT Reconstruction and restoration ensues
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have been properly engineered survived the onslaught
manager, or engineer, ensures adherence to the drawings. There is no need to radically change architectural design in the Caribbean, as long as we take the learnings gained from Hurricane Irma when it comes to refining designs and processes for withstanding our natural threats. In retrospect, post-Irma clients still want the same as before. They’re looking for functionality, aesthetic attraction, durability, quality, practical cost, and reasonable time frames, all providing added value to the property. Nonetheless, the key point is safety. Both daily and during extreme natural hazards, it’s important to feel safe if
another mega storm comes our way. Presently, clients are asking for safe rooms—concrete on all four faces with hurricane rated systems at openings and independent ventilation and communication— and the ability to operate off-grid and independently if the need arises.
I stress that no home should be dependent on safe rooms. A properly designed and constructed home should provide all the safety necessary. The moral of the story is to safely bet on good design, because as we all know but sometimes forget, life and peace of mind are priceless. ■
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We Recycle! The BVI’s continued effort to remain green W O R D S B Y C H A R L O T T E M c D E V I T T, E X E C U T I V E D I R E C T O R – GREEN VI P H OTO G R A P H Y CO U R T E SY O F G R E E N V I
Waste as Resources The good news in recycling is that the works in progress before the 2017 storms are now back on track. Most of the forward motion is happening in Virgin Gorda, where a recycling pilot based on partnerships will guide us to what ‘best practice’ can be used for a recycling system for all the British Virgin Islands. The pilot is rich and innovative as it considers waste streams such as glass, plastic, and aluminium to be
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sources of marketable products for use on-island or for export.
Partnerships Partnerships are critical to the success of recycling, and so donors, who also work in close collaboration, supported Green VI’s initiative early last year of a recycling committee. This brings together the BVI Department of Waste Management, local recyclers, sponsors, and other stakeholders to help create true coalition and unity of purpose.
Government As recycling success depends heavily on collection and transport to processing sites, the Department of Waste Management is an important partner in the recycling pilot. They will collect recyclables and derelict vehicles and facilitate some transport of these from the sister islands.
Not-for-Profits In tandem with its established education and outreach programmes, Green VI will continue to promote and nurture the growing number of recycling partners, and will also implement long-term funding mechanisms, such as a Green Fee and a Bottle Bill, to ensure sustainability
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Recycling Entrepreneurs As a result, Green & Clean VI Ltd. on Virgin Gorda, who has been crushing glass to make aggregate for BVI roads and such for the past five years, now has additional equipment to speed up this process, bale aluminium cans, and other recyclables, as well as clean vegetable oil for use as a biofuel. VI Plastics on Tortola,
another entrepreneur given support, will soon be making furniture from discarded plastic, expanding to the manufacture of polywood, which can be used to make a variety of products. Green VI and Unite BVI hope to assist more entrepreneurs to create businesses based on the resources of waste.
The Virgin Gorda Community The Virgin Gorda Community has begun organising clean-ups, sorting their recyclables and some schools, such as Valley Day, and with guidance from Green & Clean VI Ltd., have begun composting organic resources.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Derelict vehicles to be recycled; VGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first bale of aluminium cans (Photo Credit Green and Clean VI Ltd); cleaning up and reducing mosquito breeding sites; We Recycle!; starfish on beach
Cleaning Up BugOut is a community-driven initiative, facilitated through Green VI, to protect the Virgin Gorda community from diseases such as Zika, Dengue, Chikungunya, and West Nile Virus spread by Aedes aegypti mosquito. Ground crews facilitate clean-ups and reduce standing-water breeding sites; particularly difficult
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work since the storms. But through hands-on community participation, integrated management strategies, and new technology, the mosquito population has been reduced and held in check.
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Recycling Bins To replace the Department of Waste Management’s storm-lost recycling bins on Virgin Gorda, an attractive and functional prototype has been artfully made locally from used wooden pallets. As more recycling points are established, bins of varying types and sizes will be used, depending on the location.
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citronella, so vectors are repelled. The bags will be used for community clean-ups, recycling projects, and the new Adopt-A-Spot Programme.
Expansion & Eco-Park The Recycling Committee is working on plans to expand recycling to all the British Virgin Islands, with Unite BVI and Green VI actively fundraising and forming more partnerships. The ultimate vision for Virgin Gorda is to move toward zero waste and eliminate open burning at the dumpsite, through an Eco-Park project that converts the current dump site into a hive
of various activities that transform waste resources into useful, locally made products; providing a rich environment for growing more BVI businesses.
What Can You Do? Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle! Use reusable shopping bags and water bottles, buy only what you need, participate in clean-ups, Adopt a Spot, green your event, compost, and recycle! ■ For more information on the above and to find out what and where you can recycle, visit greenvi.org.
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HAPPY SAILING AFTER THE
STORM Yacht charter life and experiences following the immense storm of Hurricane Irma WO R DS BY ST E P H E N L F R A N C E
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IT’S A WIDELY known fact that the British Virgin Islands is the capital of
experience on the water, ultimate and efficient power, spacious areas,
the trip. Kelly Wooley and the rest of the MarineMax team were very responsive
the world for sailing. While there may be some debates and naysayers, the region has proven repeatedly that it presents the most
upgraded luxuries, and amenities like water-makers, electric grills, genset, and air conditioning. The company has been very busy
even in the face of dynamic conditions on the island…The MarineMax team was with us all the way, planning, re-planning, and re-re-planning as our
pristine waters for sailing, cruising, and the plethora of water-sports available on this great globe. So the pressing question VIPY
with 400 guests in December and larger numbers every month since. Their feedback has been great and people are thrilled to see their
travel situation changed. The on-site team was phenomenal as well, handling a couple of small maintenance items nearly instantaneously.
wished to ask is, what has happened to our charter yacht industry since Hurricane Irma? We talked to some renowned BVI charter yacht companies and their customers about how they’ve found business since the great storm that passed through the islands back in September 2017 and we were pleased to discover that life on the water is actually better than ever.
favourite spots reopen, reacquainting themselves with local music, food, and fun.
MarineMax MarineMax who are in their sixth year of business with their MarineMax Vacations division boast a charter fleet consisting of pure-bred power catamarans. With this comes an unrivalled
“Our experience was fantastic – there is no other word for it. This was our first bare boat trip and we wanted to experience the BVI with a large degree of independence provided by bare boating. We were interested in seeing the beautiful islands, scuba diving, snorkelling, beaches, cool breezes… and we got all that. “Damage from the storm was still obvious, but it didn’t get in the way of enjoying the overall experience…The service from MarineMax was just crazy good. As first time bare boaters—two families—we had a lot of questions before
“I’d have to say it would be impossible picking just one highlight of the BVI. Our first night was in The Bight Bay on Norman Island and we had a blast at The Pirates Bight – everyone there was having a great time and there was a good atmosphere. Second, the scuba diving was brilliant. We dove for three days and the dive boat—Dive BVI—picked us up at our boat every day; every dive was better than the last. Finally, we had all heard a lot about the Soggy Dollar, and we moored directly off the bar for two nights, having fun and visiting local restaurants…” – PAUL CUMMINGS
LEFT AND ABOVE Striking MarineMax catamarans
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The Moorings The Moorings—who began in the British Virgin Islands nearly 50 years ago—reopened for business on December 9, 2017 and have been steadily ramping up their clientele since. The Moorings was pleased to quickly rebound from the storm with a huge investment in the fleet. Over the course of 2018 and into 2019, the company will be receiving a large number of brand-new yachts throughout the Caribbean to replace those yachts lost to the hurricane. They used this opportunity to make improvements to their marina facilities.
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Overall, they report that their guests have been pleasantly surprised by the state of the islands while on charter. The evidence of the storm remains in full view in many areas, but they have found that it’s not a major detriment to a charter holiday at this time. People are able to still vacation and enjoy a wonderful sail. “I had a unique experience because
beautiful…[with]…lots of construction and rebuilding. It was a fabulous trip and we’re so glad we went. We’ll be back next year God willing…The
I had chartered in February 2017 and then again in February 2018 – quite a different trip as far as our ports of call were concerned. We stayed close to
Moorings staff are really great – from transfers, to check-in, to provisioning it was all there ready and waiting for us. The chart briefing was…beneficial
Twitter and Facebook accounts from the different locales and one by one they were reopening. We knew that cancelling was not an option since this was one of the only ways to help support the people stricken by the hurricane short of a direct donation— which we also did. Careful adjustments to places and times were made and stops that we made in the year before could not be made this time around (Trellis Bay, Marian Cay, Saba Rock, Bitter End). We did stop at Leverick Bay, Anegada, Norman Island, and Jost Van Dyke. “The people were so warm and welcoming and they all thanked us for coming. It made us happy to spend money. The BVI was still just as
since the winds were up and made us change up our journey a bit. “The Moorings Captain came aboard and gave us all a thorough run down on systems and then gave me the helm. Our dinghy deflated when we were in Jost. I called in to tell them and they came out and swapped our dinghy within two hours of the call…Checking back into port, we had a fast checkout and gas up. Very professional on all counts!” – THOMAS McCORMICK
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Conch Charters Conch Charters who are now in their 31st year of business are a family-run, owner-operated company. Their staff are like their extended family and customer service is their ultimate priority. The business has clients who have visited annually for over 27 years. These customers profoundly care and have wanted to know if the staff have been alright post-Irma, offering assistance. Conch started a GoFundMe for their employees and raised north of $50,000 in over one month. It was their boat owners and charterers, who gave generously to the fund. The guests on vacation charters that Conch have run since Irma— starting in late December—have had a great time and enjoy the fact that they’re supporting the rebuild of the islands by coming back to sail these waters again. “The people of the BVI have shown their resilience with daring and character. My husband and I hail from southeast Georgia; our four guest crew members come from California; Harrisburg, PA; and St. Louis, MO. Although Hurricane Irma impacted the southeast U.S., the devastation suffered
“The rum punch and painkillers are flowing, and the Caribbean waters are
an Oceanis 50 and she performed splendidly. The rigging and equipment
in the BVI was exponential. We followed the islands’ recovery efforts on the internet and were excited to see that the area was making Herculean progress towards readying the cruising fleet, as well as favourite beach bars/ restaurants, resorts and hotels for the high season. “We moored at The Bight on Norman, Great Harbor on Jost VanDyke, Cane Garden Bay, Trellis Bay on Tortola, Leverick Bay on Virgin Gorda, and Great Harbor on Peter Island (no facilities, but still a lovely spot). Provisions were readily available, as are great meals in restaurants which, although severely damaged, have been rapidly rebuilt and are sporting fresh coats of colourful paint.
just as clear and azure blue as ever. The coral and sea fans have been damaged (nature has built what looks like a coral retaining wall on Sandy Cay), but the tropical fish are teaming. Sea turtles are everywhere. A huge ray jumped high out of the water alongside as we sailed on a close reach. Adventure abounds. “Conch Charters was very accommodating, from our first inquiry about the availability of bareboat charter sailboats right after the hurricanes, throughout the process of checking us in and instructing us about the equipment aboard. Staff are up-todate on where you can find moorings, provisions, and services, and their information is spot on. We chartered
on board made it easy for two old salts and four novices to handle her on any point of sail. And we did. Every single passage was a rollicking sail. “It was exciting to beat between the reefs right into Leverick Bay, while so many others motored in. Conch did a great job re-commissioning Calypso II after her hiatus ashore in the mangroves, and getting her back into the fleet so we could enjoy the best sailing in the world.”
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– JOHN AND LYNN HERONEN
ABOVE AND OPPOSITE John and Lynn Heronen enjoyed much of the sights and experiences of the beautiful BVI
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Horizon Yacht Charters
and most of all the warmth and
fun to experiment with. Their service
Talking to Horizon who were established in 1998, priding themselves on immaculately presented yachts as well as first-
friendliness of the people. That warmth that radiated so strongly after the storm was immeasurable. Coming to the BVI for over 20 years,
is impeccable and always there to lend a hand or pass over some knowledge about an unknown feature or system on the boats. They are fun people,
class, friendly customer service, their guests have loved their charter experience in the BVI post-Irma. The visitors feel they’re contributing to the island’s recovery as well as enjoying quiet anchorages, still beautiful surroundings, and amazing sailing. Horizon reported that the crewed yacht charters are really busy at the moment as a lot of villa rental clients have opted for the luxury on-thewater all-inclusive experience.
I sought out some island folks who have been friends for a long time. We talked at length about the storm, we learned of the terrible hardships that people endured and yet, there was only a positive response about how the BVI will rise again. We visited all the islands, dived and snorkelled, and found the beauty to be more intense than in previous years…The BVI is a second home to me, the beauty is in the heart of the community and its spirit. “I have chartered from many different companies in the BVI and they have all been wonderful…For the past five years, I’ve been using Horizon Yacht Charters for many reasons. Their selection of different yachts offer unique features and layouts that are
enjoy their jobs, and that comes through and adds to the whole experience. “Sylvia, the owner of Horizon is a warm and inspirational woman who has built a great business for the folks working there and the community of Nanny Cay. “Giles, Courtney, and the rest of the crew simply get it.”
“The BVI is and will always be one of the most beautiful sailing grounds in the world. What makes them so special are the combination of the deep blue waters, majestic volcanic mountains,
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– JOHN D’ARBELOFF
ABOVE A stunning Horizon charter yacht RIGHT FROM TOP Mike
and Lori Lingo, and crew have great fun at all the major sites
Voyage Charters Voyage who have been running since 1995 have had more demand than available product in aftermath of the storm. Boats are being repaired as quickly as possible and put back in the charter fleet or replaced with new product. Their new boat order books are filling up. Offering luxury, performance-sailing catamarans with outstanding, personalised service from reservations to operations, Voyage have exceptional crews. For those who have chartered since the storm, there has been an extremely positive response in view of how quickly the recovery and rebuild process is happening. “Let me just start by saying, ‘Wow!’ “From the minute we boarded the boat to when we waved a sad goodbye, Captain Blade and Chef Clare were absolutely fantastic. They made our experience one that won’t be forgotten. “They were professional and acted as if our experience was the most important thing on their mind. They fit right in with our group and were considered family when we ended our journey. I’m so thankful that we had them on this trip. “Blade was very knowledgeable about the entire area and its history. His stories and all the information helped make us feel like we had been there before. He didn’t just point where to go, he took us there. “They would actually try to respectfully give us our own time in the evenings, but we…preferred that they hung with us. We just loved them…As for Clare, she was adored from the get go. Her food was so good that all of our wives are wanting her to share her recipes. It helped make the trip. She prepared every meal as if they were for the royal family. “We will miss them both and thoroughly loved our trip…We are already talking about a return visit.” – MIKE AND LORI LING O
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Sealyon 37 Elegant dĂŠcor combined with perfect island-hopping finesse WO R DS BY ST E P H E N L F R A N C E P H OTO G R A P H Y BY B E N W H I T E H E A D
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THIS MONTH, OUR Yacht Spotlight segment spans out to another region of the Caribbean, perusing the luxurious amenities of an attractive vessel that spends her time cruising the Bahamas; a yacht renowned for her ability to islandhop, making her ideal for the wishfulthinking BVI residents and visitors among us, who desire to see and experience her circumnavigating our Territory’s 60 islands and cays. Introducing Sealyon 37; the stunning yacht that allows a fuller vacation experience. Boasting a shallow draft of five foot 11 inches and an optimum high speed at 33 knots, Sealyon’s architectural and manufacturing proficiency of yacht builder ISA exhibits the perfect features for travelling island to island. With this idyllic combination of speed and style, easy accessibility to the range of shores is afforded, pleasing guests who wish to absorb as much island variation as is feasibly possible in a single vacation. Her sophisticated, contemporary interior design vaunts ‘chic retreat’ aesthetics against the backdrop of the tropical Caribbean’s turquoise waters, white sand beaches, clear blue skies, and golden sun. The extravagant modern Italian interiors—courtesy of Cristiano Gatto—combine ultrasoft furnishings with polished walls, mirrors, bevelled glass, and Lalique inlays, presenting a smooth atmosphere that inspires serenity. Accommodating a maximum of nine guests, four immaculately maintained cabins including a full-beam VIP suite and a fullbeam Master suite bestow the ultimate comforts. Spacious and
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With this idyllic combination of speed and style, easy accessibility to the range of shores is afforded, pleasing guests who wish to absorb as much island variation as is feasibly possible in a single vacation
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airy with a mood of calm, the cabin configuration is set out with two double beds, two twin beds, and one Pullman. The insightful use of interior and exterior spaces encompasses a huge sun deck with the enticing convenience of a Jacuzzi plunge pool; seamless tranquillity on board this fine vessel is a certainty. While at shore, zero speed stabilisers contribute for total calm anchoring; the sun beating down on the deck with cocktails in hand and the bliss of the still air. An optional 39’ Midnight Express tender is perfect for deep sea fishing and exploring the islands in their entirety. Sealyon also offers an upgraded water toy inventory since winter 2017, completing the aqua excursion of a lifetime with a variety of activities at guests’ pleasure. ■ SEALYON 37 is available to charter in the Bahamas from 110,000 USD per week with Y.CO
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Walk on Water Stella Maze â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a luxury shoe designer with Caribbean roots WO R DS BY SA R A S H E R M A N
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BORN AND RAISED on Tortola, Stella Maze has taken her love of life to New York City to pursue a fashion career as vibrant as her own personal style. With a love of colour and waves of inspiration from the beautiful Caribbean, she created her designer shoe line, Stella Hues, with their signature blue soles to invoke the vibrant culture and beauty of the islands. Born Athnia Wendy Jack, Stella
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grew up in a family of fishermen in Road Town. Her creative spirit was born from and fostered by her mother, a sought-after seamstress known for her one-of-a-kind creations and elegant stitching. Athnia joined the US Army after high school, and in completing her service, Stella forged a new path and made her way to New York City to pursue her passion: fashion. After interning for American designer Reed Evins, being mentored
under David Aaron Siskin (a Giraffe Walk woven shoe owner), and studying all aspects of luxury shoe-making with an expert cobbler at Maestro Factory in Italy, Stella decided it was her time to shine and created Stella Hues. Her British Virgin Islands roots were the genesis for her vibrant, elegant designs. “The culture, the food, and the people make the British Virgin Islands an amazing place. It’s nature’s
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CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT Stella Maze’s unique style is evident in all her designs
secret and people need to visit to truly understand it,” said Maze. Stella’s style is classic with an edge. Her sky-high heels are fashion-forward while keeping a timeless, feminine feel at the forefront of the design. Her classic Marsala pumps are every woman’s dream heel, and the vivid green Kerrie sandals remind you of the lush green palms swaying in an island breeze. The Levy sandals are a sunny yellow that make one think of a fantastic carnival costume and the 70s-inspired platform Rochelle suede sandal is funky, edgy, and was a star on the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week runway in 2015. All
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Stella Hues shoes are handcrafted in Italy and exude a luxurious elegance that are a tell-tale sign of the quality and craftsmanship of the brand. Her favourite design has been the Nicola over-the-knee boot she designed for Project Runway finalist Michael Costello’s New York Fashion Week debut. And while she doesn’t have a favourite colour, she appreciates bright, standout hues that are vibrant and full of life. She thinks a gladiator sandal is always fresh, and that classic pumps are the perfect shoe that go with everything. “I don’t speak for my fashion, my fashion speaks for me,” said Maze. “When I walk in a room, I love turning heads.” Stella returns to the Caribbean at least twice a year to relax and garner more inspiration from the beautiful region. She admits that
Caribbean food is what she misses most while living in NYC. Her island heritage comes through in all of her designs and brings a fresh new voice to New York’s high-fashion shoe scene. With her designs already in the pages of Harper’s Bazaar and Lucky magazine, she’s well established and continuing to innovate in her field. “I’m working on a collaboration with Skull Candy that will come out this summer,” said Maze, and she has her sights set on television. “I can’t talk about it right now, but keep your eyes open for Stella Hues on TV later this year.” ■ Stella Hues can be purchased at www. StellaHues.com. When wearing Stella Hues “Bleu Bottom” shoes, you can literally walk on water.
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14 acres of Freehold Waterfront acreage in South Sound, Virgin Gorda could be perfect for golf course, senior housing, eco-resort. Reef-protected bay neighbors tony Biras Creek, the jewel box villas of Oil Nut Bay, and Leverick Bay. This property has been held by the same family for over 100 years. Varied topography oï¬&#x20AC;ers multiple options for development.
Exceptional parcel of FREEHOLD land located at intersection leading to exclusive Leverick Bay, the Gun Creek jetty, and Oil Nut Bay in South Sound, Virgin Gorda.
PARCEL 29, SOUTH SOUND VIRGIN GORDA PARCEL 11, SOUTH SOUND VIRGIN GORDA
284.547.6142 (BVI) 340.332.9827 (USVI) THE VALLEY, VIRGIN GORDA, BVI
SOL Y SOMBRA VIRGIN GORDA, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS STEPS AWAY FROM Little Trunk Bay, this classic and timeless British colonial beachfront villa has five suites, each furnished with custom-made teak furniture. A great room, oﬃce/library, dining room and fully-outfitted kitchen oﬀer spacious and elegant entertainment areas. A 45-foot ocean-front infinity pool, observation deck and lighted tennis court are set within over an acre of tropical gardens. The property is proximate to The Baths, Virgin Gorda’s famous destination, and two unspoiled beaches, Little Trunk Bay and Valley Trunk Bay. A private movie theater, daily maid service, exercise equipment and gym and a chef (upon request) complete the villa’s oﬀerings.
Smiths Gore (BVI) Limited T 284.494.2446 E email@example.com W solysombrabvi.com
Build your legacy. Rare home ownership opportunities in one of the Caribbeanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most secluded island landscapes. Contact us to schedule a tour or inquire about villa rentals. VIRGIN GORDA, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS | 1 284 393 1000 | oilnutbay.com