Virgin Islands (BVI & USVI) Property & Yacht - July 2016

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Adore The restoration of a Caribbean legend!

READERS’ CHOICE 2016 ROCKETS ON – VOTE NOW! The biggest Virgin Islands’ competition of the year is in full throttle


Spirit will bestow gentle rejuvenation


Enjoy an extract from the BVI Hiking Guide Trails & Tales

MARINER HOUSE Scrub Island, US$2,800,000

SHANNON HOUSE Shannon, Tortola US$3,250,000

 Tortola, US$1,640,000

HAWK’S NEST Tortola, US$1,200,000

LIVE THE LIFE YOU IMAGINED Living in the British Virgin Islands means having an intimate relationship with the ocean and our tropical climate; they permeate our daily activities. Beach day or forest hike? North shore surfing or South shore marina? Tortola or Virgin Gorda? The choices are many and varied. Choosing to eat out could take you to one of numerous restaurants on several different islands with countless beaches and hidden coves, all an easy boat ride away ‐ power boat or sailing yacht ‐ you choose!


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From the Editor The climate’s getting hotter! And so is VIPY as our Readers’ Choice competition completes its first month of voting. We are already receiving incredible numbers as readers use their free choice to congratulate the best of the best in the BVI, USVI, and Virgin Islands as a whole over a number of categories covering LAND, SEA, and LIFE. Visit for more information and join the party! Summer season sees a slower British Virgin Islands and for many, it’s a welcome change. Our cover piece explores the renovations that are occurring at Rosewood Little Dix Bay Resort over this period and beyond – Laurance Rockefeller’s vision lives on in providing a luxurious retreat in perfect harmony with nature; renewals are only going to improve this dream establishment. BVI HomeSense reveals five significant points homeowners will wish to have contemplated in their Sign up to our monthly e-newsletter

Realtor Coldwell Banker BVI give readers—who are considering or have chosen to relocate to the

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BVI—a guided tour of the islands and the distinct attributes that form their differences; some will love

Tortola for its more urban edge and others will prefer Virgin Gorda for its tranquillity.


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luxury vessel in both aesthetics and service will astound. Our history journey continues with expert Geoff Brooks as he retells a crucial piece of BVI culture with the Joan of Arc and the Great March of 1949; it’s challenging to get hold of the BVI’s seafaring past so we’re always grateful for Geoff’s insights and knowledge. The Things We Love have been a little blue this month and no, we don’t mean down; the home accessories exhibited all fall under a very blue theme for July. Moving on, we would be very interested to find a person who actually likes mozzies…seriously, is there anyone in the world who likes them? We doubt it. It’s time to get those flying bloodsuckers out and this month, we look at the ‘BugOut’ operation currently active in Virgin Gorda, initiated to protect residents and visitors from viral diseases, that have had adverse effects on the economy. Coming to the end of the magazine, you will find an extract of the BVI’s hiking guide Trails & Tales; this practical, educational, and inspiring book could open you up to a new hobby and a novel way of seeing the islands.

Wishing you enjoyment of the LAND, SEA, and LIFE in the Virgin Islands

Stephen L France PS – Don’t forget to vote in Readers’ Choice 2016 – your opinions matter! Congratulations to Michela Paradisi, the winner of the Studio One gift voucher from our Reader Giveaway competition.



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Contributors Geoffrey Brooks

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Geoffrey is the curator of the Virgin Islands Maritime Museum and both pioneers and takes part in many of the initiatives related to the traditional art of sloop building

Kate and Fran are owners of House, a renowned BVI retailer that provides everything you need to make your house a home

Julian Putley

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Julian began his writing career while sailing the world in his small yacht, a Tayana 37, in the early 80s. He is known for his Caribbean bestsellers Sunfun Calypso, a satire on Caribbean island life and The Drinking Man’s Guide to the BVI

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Chris Smith Chris arrived in the BVI in 1992 to work for Sir Richard Branson on Necker Island. After several great years on Necker, Chris moved to Virgin Gorda and became involved in real estate sales and development, and vacation villa rentals and management as managing broker of Coldwell Banker.

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Rosewood Little Dix Bay Resort - the dream is only going to get better! - photo courtesy of Rosewood Little Dix Bay



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10 The Restoration of a Caribbean Legend 30 Yacht Spotlight Rockefeller’s phenomenal vision lives on as Little Dix Bay Resort undergoes a stunning renewal

Spirit embodies excitement and adventure with zen-like features to bestow serenity

18 BVI HomeSense

40 BVI Maritime History Tales

Making it easy, we provide five important points for this year’s hurricane season

We review our first purpose built ferry boat Joan of Arc and her role in the BVI Great March of 1949

20 Which Island Would You Choose?

42 Things We Love

You’ve decided that the BVI is the place for your new property, but which island suits you?

Home design retailer House BVI are feeling blue this month with this issue’s accessories showcase


50 44 BugOut! We can’t stand them. In fact, they have our absolute odium. It’s time to get those mozzies out!

47 Take a Hike! Trails & Tales, The British Virgin Islands Hiking Guide may provide the new hobby you’ve been looking for….

50 Readers’ Choice 2016 Our website has already been swamped with votes. Don’t know about us? Find out here

LAND Words by Chris Smith, Managing Broker – Coldwell Banker Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI, Sky Vision VI, and courtesy of Little Dix Bay Resort



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When Little Dix Bay Resort opened in January 1964,

its founder, Laurance S. Rockefeller

had a single vision in mind – provide a beautiful place to stay

in balance with nature. His vision was certainly realised and he created a legacy that has stood the test of time. Over 50 years later, the time has arrived not for wholesale

30 years in the BVI and throughout the Caribbean. Together, these agencies will honour Laurance S. Rockefeller’s unique vision of a luxurious hideaway set amid the pristine backdrop of Virgin Gorda. The renewal will bring about a new level of sophistication in keeping with the natural setting, whilst introducing brand new signature suites for the ultimate in relaxation and style. A rebuilt

change but for rejuvenation. The iconic Rosewood Little Dix Bay

Beach Grill will offer a one-of-a-kind beach dining experience,

is currently closed for a comprehensive, multi-million-dollar

while the iconic Pavilion and Sugar Mill buildings will remain

restoration, which will be the most substantial beautification

intact, but will feature extended indoor/outdoor dining areas.

project since the resort was opened. The restoration will include the complete redesign of the

Guests will also enjoy an elevated arrival experience and the resort’s vibrant tropical gardens will be enhanced with new

resort’s guestrooms and suites, its three restaurants, and overall

lighting, signage, and improved access to Little Dix Bay beach.

enhancements to the resort’s gardens and landscaping. New

The renovation will also bring the addition of new restaurant

York City-based Meyer Davis Studio will lead the restoration,

concepts for The Pavilion, Beach Grill, and Sugar Mill, new

working alongside local architectural firm OBMI, who have been

world-class amenities, elevated service standards, and an

leading the way in luxury resort and residential design for some

increased focus on sustainability.

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Upon reopening towards the end of 2017, Rosewood Little Dix Bay will reaffirm its legacy as the Caribbean’s leading luxury resort. OBMI’s chairman Tim Peck offered his perspective on the renovation: “We are very excited to be part of the team revitalising the wonderful Little Dix Bay Resort. We are all very conscious of building on the Rockefeller legacy, with the upgrade adding a layer of contemporary comfort and luxury repositioning and revitalising one of the Caribbean’s classic resorts. The design palette uses a blend of natural materials throughout, with the architecture offering exciting new guest amenities adding to the unique personality of the resort.” So, what better time to invest in real estate within this iconic estate? A limited number of prime, freehold waterfront lots are available at this

A choice of experienced architects, project managers, and contractors is on hand to help make your dream a reality. If the thought of building a home from a few thousand miles away makes you break out in a cold sweat then perhaps consider a completed, ‘move in ready’ villa as a better fit. Either way, your family, friends, and guests will have the run of the newly refurbished resort once it reopens. You will value owner privileges that will apply to any hotel in the Rosewood Group, including substantial discounts on dining, spa treatments, room rates and upgrades, with no check in or check out time, and VIP courtesies at any Rosewood property. Little Dix Bay was Virgin Gorda’s original upscale resort and remains unmatched by any of the recently built resorts on this beautiful island. It has

time. Purchase now and with a fair wind and some efficient planning, you

endured the test of time and holds true to Laurance Rockefeller’s original

could be receiving the keys to your luxury island oasis in time to enjoy all

ethos and vision. Now is the time to create your own legacy by owning a

the benefits of a newly opened, fully refreshed Little Dix Bay Resort.

piece of Little Dix Bay to be enjoyed by your family for generations to come.



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Lot 6 - $5.5m Lot 6 is close to 3 acres and arguably the prime waterfront home-site currently available for sale on Virgin Gorda. It provides everything you could wish for in a Caribbean home-site...stunning sunset, ocean and island views,

Lots 3A and B - $1.495m

walking distance to the breath-taking half-moon beach and spa at Little Dix

Whilst the dream is often waterfront, the reality of life in the islands can

Bay, complete privacy, a relatively flat building envelope, a high standard

be slightly different. Once you have lived in the BVI for a while you will

of completed infrastructure, full use of all the beach, spa, restaurants and

appreciate the benefits of an elevated lot which provides more expansive

other facilities at Little Dix Bay and the security of the Rosewood brand.

views and more exposure to the cooling trade winds. Lots 3A and B offer a choice of equally excellent ocean and island views.

Lots 1A, B, C and D - $995k At just over an acre for just under $1m, lots 1A, B, C and D represent

Premium Villas - from $2.3m to $3.6m

incomparable value for money. Waterfront in Virgin Gorda is becoming more

Choose between 3 and 4 bedroom, fully furnished, turnkey villas with

and more difficult to find. At this price point, we all but guarantee you won’t

private pools and stunning views, nestled on the hillside above the

find it. If a dock is required, then Little Dix are willing to lead the charge in

resort. Full property management services and an entirely optional rental

seeking the necessary permissions. Sunset views are sensational from each

programme are available. They’re top notch as one would expect from a

lot. Access for construction is simple and utilities are on the boundaries.

company of Rosewood’s stature in the luxury resort industry.



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Villa Katsura – $40m Unashamedly Extraordinary Coldwell Banker BVI is delighted to present Villa Katsura, a 23,500 square foot home on the Little Dix Bay peninsula, far surpassing any property currently on the market in the BVI. Set in almost 3 acres of manicured gardens, this peaceful hideaway offers the ultimate in luxurious island living and full access to the amenities of Little Dix Bay Resort.

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LAND Words by Lucienne Smith – Smiths Gore Photography by Don Hebert and Stefan Radtke

Most days in the Virgin Islands are sunny with glorious blue skies; however, from June to November, and peaking in mid-September, there is an increased possibility of tropical storms and hurricanes. Preparation is key and although you should have started already, here are our five important points for making certain you are organised for hurricane season.



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1) Building Security

• Your water pump will be affected by a power failure. Check that you

Many of the buildings in the BVI are built with reinforced concrete but

can access your cistern directly. If the cistern cover is outside, you may not

they can still be vulnerable when facing 100+ mile an hour gusts and

be able to get to it so fill up the bath and as many containers as you have

torrential rains. The following will help:

• Purchase and charge up mobile power packs for your phone and tablets –

this way you can stay in touch with the outside world during a black out

• Have metal or plywood protective covers made for your windows and doors. Have a supply of screws and the tools needed to install them

• If you have a covered balcony or porch, the overhang may be damaged

by a sudden uplift. Security can be provided by wiring to a secure timber support or wall

• Remove the blades from exterior ceiling fans • Make sure your gutters are clear so they can collect and drain as much

water as possible and check that the cistern overflow pipes are clear so excess can drain away

4) Insurance

• Make sure you’re covered • Once a storm has been officially named, you can no longer secure coverage so have year round insurance in place

• Make sure that your policy is in order as to current value and contents 5) Be Ready

• Keep an eye out on the weather reports so you’re informed as early as possible • Identify who you need to help you prepare and check their availability • Have enough provisions in your store cupboard (drinking 2) Pools, Decks, and Gardens Sadly, it’s not generally possible to insure landscaping. Replanting will take time and can be costly so our advice is:

water and tinned foods as well as chocolate and wine!)

• Have batteries, torches, candles etc. as well as brooms, mops, and garbage

bags in readiness of the clean-up

• Keep large trees healthy and trimmed to limit damage from falling branches • Move potted plants indoors or store under decking • Move outdoor and pool furniture, barbecues, surfboards, bikes etc. so that they’re not blown over/around. Some individuals store items in the pool itself but be mindful that the chemicals will have an impact on fabrics/wooden finishes

• Turn the pool pump off and if you have a cover for the pool secure it in place 3) Power Supply It’s highly likely that the main power supply will be turned off during a hurricane to limit the damage from fallen power lines. Repairs may also take time – you could be without power for 4-5 days. If you have doubts about how well your property will fare or if you

• If your property has a generator, have it serviced and tested now and

are anxious about being at home alone, then make plans to be

stock up on generator fuel

elsewhere. The most important thing is to keep yourself and your loved

• If you’re without a generator, clear out your fridge so you don’t have

decaying food during the outage

ones safe and together. Batten down the hatches and know that it will not be long before the sun shines once more!

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Words by Chris Smith, Managing Broker – Coldwell Banker BVI Photography courtesy of Coldwell Banker BVI

Having decided that the BVI is place for you to invest in real estate, now the fun really starts. Which island will be best for you and your family? Tortola is the hub for all transportation connections, banking facilities and major schools. Virgin Gorda offers a far more laid-back lifestyle with the charm of a sleepy island. Have you fallen in love with one of stylish homes on the market or do you want the challenge of building your dream home? Whatever your preference, Coldwell Banker BVI can guide you through the decision making process and provide you with some excellent choices of both land and existing homes. When choosing the ideal home site for your Caribbean home, you should begin with the two main considerations: do you want a waterfront location and easy access to the beach, or a hillside plot with panoramic views?

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If sunsets and island vistas are on your wish list, then Lot 73 at Nail Bay is a strong contender.

Lot 73 Nail Bay

Nail Bay is an exclusive residential resort on the north-western coast of Virgin Gorda. Lot 73 covers half an acre and boasts some of the best views in all of Virgin Gorda, looking out over Nail Bay Beach, Mountain Trunk Beach, Long

Property ID: CS926

Bay Beach, Mountain Point, the Dog Islands, and west to Tortola and the US

Lot: 0.51 acres

Virgin Islands. This home site has already been cleared, a topographical survey

Location: Virgin Gorda

completed, and has utilities already brought to the lot edge.

Location Type: Ocean View

Nail Bay Estate boasts excellent infrastructure with concrete roads, underground electricity with backup generator for the entire estate, desalination plant, water distribution system, and underground phone lines. Nail Bay also features the very popular Sugar Cane Restaurant, a communal swimming pool, and tennis court. Lot 73 is listed for sale at $199,000.



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View: Truly breath-taking ocean island and sunset views Water: Not Applicable

US $199,000

We also have a considerable selection of beachfront real estate such as the lots at Sandcastle Estate on Little Bay, Tortola. Little Bay is a beautiful and very secluded beach on the north-eastern shore of Tortola featuring nine stunning lots, three of which border the idyllic white sandy beach. You cannot get closer to the beach than this. The three beachfront lots at Sandcastle Estate range in price from $650,000-$800,000. Once the hillside versus beachfront dilemma has been settled, the next decision is what to build. Consider carefully what the main use of your property will be. Are you planning to relocate to the BVI? Or will you use the home as a vacation getaway? Will this be the dream home to be passed down through the successive generations? Or might you view it as an investment to be sold on when necessary? The answers to these questions will greatly determine what you should build.

Sandcastle Estate, Little Bay

Property ID: JO926 Location: Tortola Location Type: Beachfront View: Gorgeous views out to White Bay & Guana Island Water: Not Applicable

US $2,300,000

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The dramatic landscapes of both Tortola and Virgin Gorda are the perfect backdrop for flamboyant houses to match the extremes of colour and texture of the tropical landscape. Building a house in this environment can be an excuse to let your creative processes run riot. An excellent example is Whale Rock House on Virgin Gorda. Situated in a 2-acre lot bordering the Baths National Park and with views out to Fallen Jerusalem and beyond, Whale Rock House has three bedrooms and three and a half bathrooms spread over 4,500 square feet of interior space and a distinctly adobe-style feel. Looking out over the cacti and boulders, you could be forgiven for

Whale Rock House

thinking you were the only house on the island. Your privacy at the home is complete. The granite boulders that surround the property fashion an integral part of the design and construction of the house, in many cases forming a wall of a bedroom and providing the shape for the pool. Pillars shaped like tree trunks and curved walls and roof add to the unique character of Whale Rock House. The neutral colours of the interiors combined with the rich woods of the windows and doors, do nothing to detract from the piercing blue of the sky and ocean outside. Deep roofed porches, stone terraces, and large teak decks offer lounging areas for any time of the day whether you wish

Property ID: CS603 Beds: 3 Baths: 3.5 Approx. ft2: 4500 Lot: 2 acres Location: Virgin Gorda Location Type: Waterfront View: Stunning ocean and island views Water: Cistern & Town

to soak up the sun or retreat to the breeze-cooled shade. Several prime building sites remain open on the lot should additional accommodations be required. Whale Rock House is listed for sale at $2,950,000.



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US $2,950,000

If a more traditional style of house is more to your taste and the possibility of renting or reselling is in your future, then you should consider a property such as Outer Banks at Brewers Bay. Outer Banks is a traditional West Indian home that has been discerningly renovated to incorporate modern conveniences and amenities in keeping with the heritage of the property. The residence has been designed with vacation rentals in mind and features a master bedroom and four additional bedrooms of equivalent size and comfort, a valuable asset in a vacation rental villa. The main house at Outer Banks contains three bedrooms with a further

Outer Banks

two bedrooms in the adjacent guesthouse. Traditional verandas with comfortable furniture can be enjoyed outside each bedroom, offering views across Brewers Bay and the neighbouring island of Jost Van Dyke. The state-of-the art kitchen and open plan indoor/outdoor living area provide a focal point for pre-dinner cocktails and alfresco barbecues. The terracotta hues of the floor tiles and dark wood furniture, contrast perfectly with the

Property ID: CS766 Beds: 5 Baths: 5 1/2 Lot: 0.83 acres Location: Tortola

ultramodern bathrooms. For large families or couples alike, the property has

Location Type: Waterfront

something for everyone: a pool surrounded by fragrant tropical gardens,

View: Spectacular beach, ocean and island views

access directly to the ocean below and a magical position on the water in

Water: Cistern

peaceful Brewers Bay. Every room opens to the sea, blurring the distinction between indoors and

US $3,250,000

out; sunset views are guaranteed. Outer Banks is listed for sale at $3,250,000.

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Turtle Bay House at Nail Bay in Virgin Gorda is another example of a home

embellishment. Four bedrooms and five bathrooms, all within the same

that has been designed to accommodate short-term rentals and potential

building make Turtle Bay House an ideal family home and outstanding

for resale.

vacation rental. A pool and several comfortable outdoor lounging areas

Situated within the grounds of Nail Bay Resort, Turtle Bay House has an enviable hilltop position with direct access to the stunning Mountain Trunk Beach below and all of the excellent Nail Bay facilities. Once again, neutral colour schemes and subtly luxurious bathrooms ensure that the views of sea and sky are never overpowered by unnecessary

complete the wish list for your ideal Caribbean home. Turtle Bay House is listed for sale at $2,750,000. At Coldwell Banker BVI, we have been guiding buyers through this decision making process for over 10 years. We have excellent relationships with architects, project managers, construction companies, and artisanal craftsman. Call us today and let us start

Turtle Bay House

planning your perfect Caribbean home.

Property ID: CS765 Beds: 4 Baths: 5 Approx. ft2: 3000 Lot: 1.619 acres Location: Virgin Gorda Location Type: Beachfront View: Simply spectacular ocean, island, beach and sunset views Water: Cistern & Desal.

US $2,750,000



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Yacht Spotlight:

Words by Julian Putley

July 2016


sometimes it’s all summed up in a name, Superyacht describes a large vessel designed for pleasure with excellence treatment room is also available and a professional masseuse is on call. in all its features. Spirit is that quality that emanates from the soul; it can be

For those who love a great movie, a concert, or perhaps the latest

gentle, adventurous, calming, or exciting and Superyacht Spirit embodies

documentary, the sky lounge is equipped with a state of the art audio/visual

them all.

system with an 85” plasma screen.

Spirit is a relatively new 178-foot luxury motor yacht with sleek lines and

The interior is light, bright, and airy with a modern design reflecting clean

comfortable ocean going capabilities. Spirit can cruise almost anywhere,

and simple Asian inspired Zen-like features. There are five guest cabins with

from Alaska to the Mediterranean or the Caribbean in style with speeds up

the master suite offering an expansive bathroom, a large luxurious emperor-

to 15.5 knots. In the 2016/17 season, Spirit will be seen gracing the beautiful size bed, lounge, an office area, and a dressing room. The three other waters of the British Virgin Islands.

doubles are beautifully styled in soft Oriental fashion with light harmonious

Spirit boasts vast exterior deck spaces with comfortable over-sized

wood and fabrics to complement. A twin bed cabin and a Pullman make up

deck furniture. The open plan sundeck with Teppanyaki grill offers al

the accommodations for a party of eleven. There’s a professional crew of 13

fresco dining with the chef preparing sumptuous dishes at your table.

to cater to your every desire.

There’s a bar with granite counters and gentle breezes with panoramic

For those with excitement and adventure in mind, Spirit has no shortage

views accompanying your dining pleasure. The sundeck also sports gym

of opportunities. A tropical cruise is often highlighted by the underwater

equipment and a Jacuzzi complete with lounging pads. A dedicated spa

world and the BVI shines in this department. Spirit has recently added a



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36-foot cabin cruiser—the Arch Angel Safe Boat—to its inventory, and what better way to zip out to those special snorkel sights, interesting caves, or shallow lagoons. Another highlight is the 23-foot slide. Imagine this fun ride culminating in a thrilling splash into the warm Caribbean water. If your excitement hasn’t been raised yet, think about an exhilarating ride on a Seabob with only you at the controls, speeding on top and beneath the crystal clear waters of the Caribbean. For those who would try their hand at harnessing the wind, Spirit has windsurfers available. And if all this has not yet satiated your appetite for fun, perhaps a spot of water skiing would fit the bill. The water toys are seemingly endless on this remarkable yacht. A unique feature of the activities offered on Spirit, is a day of Olympic sports on a fabulous sandy beach carefully selected by the captain. The crew set up the events and the focus is all about fun. Refreshments or lunch may be set up on the beach – perhaps a delightful picnic under shade umbrellas. A cruise on Superyacht Spirit has been described as an experience of Zen, and a way to think of Zen is that of a total state of focus; a togetherness of body and mind. The on-board facilities of Spirit lend themselves to rest, relaxation, and harmony. Conversely, the water sports and activities are there to invigorate, stimulate, and provide excitement and fun. What a combination!



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Superyacht Spirit available for Charter Spirit is a 54 meter (178 foot) motor yacht which was built in 2011 by Amels. She features naval architecture by Tim Heywood as well as an interior designed by Nuvolari Lenard.

Specifications Builder: Amels Year Built: 2011 Length: 54.30m (178’ 2”) Beam: 9.00m (29’ 6”) Draft: 3.50m (11’ 6”) Speed: 12/15.5 knots Cabins: 5 Guests: 11 Crew: 13 Cabin Configuration: 4 double, 1 twin, 1 Pullman To charter this yacht, contact Y.CO:

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SEA It all started in November when Captain Theodolph Faulkner from Anegada brought his wife to the cottage hospital in Road Town. She was having difficulty with her pregnancy and there was no medical help in Anegada. While she was in the hospital, Theodolph stayed in town to be near her and in the evenings, he would sit out in Main Street near the old post office and complain about the lack of services provided for the people of Anegada. Each night, more and more people would gather and soon complaints were aired about government services throughout the Virgin Islands. Theodolph was soon joined by two other local activists; Captain Carleton DeCastro and Glanville Fonseca. The three decided that it Words and photography by Geoffrey Brooks, Curator – Virgin Islands Maritime Museum

was high time to do something about the government and lack of representation. It had been almost 50 years since legislature had been abolished in 1902; the Virgin Islands was made part of a department

The Joan of Arc was our first purpose-built ferry boat. She was built in Baugher’s Bay in 1949 by Master Shipwright Voosten Pickering with

with its authority coming from Antigua. All the VI had was a British governor making all decisions and

help from Richard Stout, Joseph Gordon, Haldane Davies, Butty Hodge,

controlling government services. It was decided to hold a march

and Julian Maduro.

protesting the situation and demanding two things: the removal of then

Joan of Arc was 61 feet in length, built of wood, and had a single screw engine. She was a beautiful streamlined vessel and was soon well known, plying the waters of the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Governor Cruickshank and the establishment of a Legislature Council like before. This is where the Joan of Arc came to the rescue. In those days, there

She also played a pivotal role in the Great March of 1949, which

were not many cars and hardly any roads for driving. If you went over the

brought about the legislative form of government that we enjoy today.

hills, it was on horseback, donkey, or on foot. Most travel was by boat.



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The Joan of Arc being newly built and capable of carrying large numbers of people, was recruited to provide transport. She spent the whole day picking people up and bringing them to town. She went to East End, West End, Virgin Gorda, and even Anegada. As word spread, increased numbers of people began assembling at the bandstand at the bottom of Joes Hill. By 5pm, over 1,500 people began the march led by Faulkner, Fonseca, and DeCastro. They marched down Main Street, past Fleming Street, and ended at the then Governor’s office;

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today’s Sir Olva Georges Plaza. Chanting “down with Cruickshank” and “we want our own government” as well as carrying signs saying the same, the three men presented a petition to the Governor stating their demands. Governor Cruickshank agreed to consider the proposals, share their concerns with his superiors in the Foreign Office, and abide by whatever decision they made. Although the Governor kept his job, it was decided to accept the request that representative government be restored to the Virgin Islands. The next year, the Legislative Council was

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the march made the difference in the positive response to the protest. This could not have been possible without the aid of the Joan of Arc in transporting the marchers from all over the Virgin Islands. The Joan of Arc went on to serve the people of the Virgin Islands for more than 20 years. She was truly a pioneer in more ways than one. Her builder, Voosten Pickering met a young woman from Long Island, New York, married her, and settled there. He continued to work as a master shipwright and built an America’s Cup racing boat as well as a schooner that was featured in a 1950’s television series called Adventures in Paradise.

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If you’ve endured the itchy results of a mosquito bite, you know how uncomfortable and annoying it can be. But imagine terribly aching joints, skin rashes, muscle pain, or headaches, all accompanied by a fever. These uncomfortable symptoms may indicate contraction of a mosquito-borne disease like Zika, Dengue, or Chikungunya. These diseases are much more than annoying - they can be life-threatening. With the world watching Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as they prepare for the Summer Olympics and the very real threat of the Zika virus spreading throughout South America and the Caribbean, a non-profit organisation in the BVI is taking serious action. BugOut is a community-driven initiative led by a coalition of community leaders, residents, business owners, and government representatives to control the islands’ mosquito population and reduce the risk of mosquitoborne diseases like Zika, Dengue, and Chikungunya. The programme is focused on eradication of the Aedes Aegypti breed of mosquito as it is the known carrier of these diseases. Based in Virgin Gorda with initiative efforts reaching Moskito Island, Necker Island and Eustatia Island, BugOut works to educate the public and encourage them to become involved with a ‘you’re only as good as your neighbour’ mentality. “We’re starting with the belief that the more people involved, the more information shared, and the more ownership everyone has in the results of the programme, the better,” said Sarina Hancock, BugOut Project Coordinator.



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Community Engagement, Education and Empowerment

Community Source Reduction and Clean-up

Surveillance and Monitoring

Targeted, Safe Mosquito Control

Continuous Community Feedback, Improvement

The multi-faceted programme begins with community education and empowerment. With efforts including door-to-door canvassing, public advertising, social media campaigns, and introducing the initiative to schools, BugOut shows the entire community how every effort is important in the fight against mosquitoes. A sophisticated monitoring programme allows the BugOut team to produce data on current mosquito populations and to include citizens and landowners in creating a crowd-powered, comprehensive, and ongoing picture of mosquito presence in the BVI. This data is then used as a benchmark to ensure initiative efforts are effective and to make necessary modifications if needed. The privately-funded BugOut initiative has the flexibility to adjust initiative efforts more swiftly and with greater effect, offering the community a truly responsive organisation with community betterment as the focus. “Everyone plays an important role in our monitoring network. With just a few taps of a smartphone, individuals can alert BugOut teams to problem areas, hotspots, and breeding sites, which in turn strengthens our understanding of the conditions throughout the island,” said Grey Frandsen, BugOut project co-chair. Guided by the island-wide monitoring programme, BugOut’s mosquito control methods begin with the most important component to combating the Dengue and Zika spreading mosquito species by eliminating mosquito breeding sites around every home, business, school, park, and harbour. BugOut’s experts have designed an aggressive mosquito control

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programme in conjunction with the government of the BVI that doesn’t only rely on spraying dangerous chemicals around the islands, but instead deploys an integrated approach that balances the protection of Virgin Gorda’s residents, communities, and tourists. On top of aggressive source reduction efforts, BugOut’s task force continues to monitor and research aggressive mosquito control techniques that are environmentally safe, eco-friendly and state-of-the-art. Methods may include larvicides, adulticides, auto-dissemination applications, spraying, bait-and-kill, land and beach clean-up, standing water removal,

Clean Your Home

and infrastructure repair. BugOut is managed by a dedicated Steering Committee that oversees

Mosquitoes live both indoors and out, so maintaining a clean home

the project and provides guidance and approvals from its membership,

and property is the first line of mosquito-control defence. Make sure

comprised of government representatives, private citizens, business and

there is no standing water for mosquitoes to lay eggs in. Cover cistern

non-profit leaders as well as monetary contributors.

vent pipes with mesh; seal cistern access holes (often indoors).

The BugOut Working Group assumes management of day-to-day operations in managerial roles and serves as the main liaison between

Fact: As little as a bottle cap full of water is enough for a

the community and the Steering Committee. An advanced advisory panel

female mosquito to lay as many as 300 eggs.

includes local and international experts that ensure the BugOut initiative is utilising the best techniques and technology to effectively abate and

Protect Yourself and Your Family

control mosquito populations.

Installing protective screens on windows and doors will discourage

At the heart of the BugOut initiative are Community Action Groups

indoor mosquito populations. Wearing insect repellent and

(CAGs). These highly-organised neighbourhood precincts provide an ultra-

protective clothing such as long sleeves and pants will also reduce

localised approach to reporting problem areas and hotspots, distributing

the risk of mosquito bites. Use bed nets when possible.

important information, delivering assistance to residents, and responding Fact: Only female mosquitoes bite.

to outbreaks. This level of community activation ensures that the BugOut Working Group can deploy its resources in a focused, highly-targeted way, and

Spread the Word

that every citizen is playing her or his role in this programme. Their efforts

Share mosquito-control information with your friends and

are critical to ensuring programmes are effective and provide invaluable

neighbours, and interact with BugOut on their Facebook page at

feedback to the team.

By using a new community activation strategy that combines education, new social and crowd-sourcing tools, and neighbourhood accountability

Report Problems

programmes, BugOut is transforming the island’s entire population into a

If you see standing water or other potential mosquito breeding

united mosquito-fighting movement. BugOut is the only organisation of its

grounds in your community, speak up!

kind in the Caribbean, and its innovative approach has been recognised by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA). “BugOut is a truly community-driven programme that will only be as good as the participation we generate among residents of the BVI. Their participation is critical to BugOut’s success,” said Frandsen, “No matter how busy folks are, there is a role they can play in the BugOut initiative and make a difference.”



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Now we’re certainly not telling you to ‘get lost’as the phrase ‘take a hike’ is commonly known. Quite the opposite in fact. If you haven’t heard, Trails & Tales is a guide book to make certain you don’t get lost on the BVI’s most beautiful hikes, and absorb as much of the island’s natural environment as possible. Author Ron Beard came to the Territory in 2011 on a two-year contract as Deputy and then Acting Chief Planner in the Premier’s Office. After several DIY hikes, he realised that there was no guidance literature on the island for this hobby. After collaboration with aLookingGlass and sponsorship from Sir Richard Branson, Henry Jarecki, Biwater International, VP Bank, and the BVI Tourist Board, Trails & Tales was conceived. Enjoy this extract of the famous Sage Mountain trail.

Sage Mountain Explorers Trail, Tortola 3 miles

4 hours

TYPE: Figure of 8


1,300 - 1,700 ft

Mount Sage 1,760ft

On the very last section of the walk, from the side gate of SMNP to the car park, be careful on the adverse camber of the footpath. It can be very slippery when wet.

Mount Sage National Park 0.25 miles

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houses perched precariously on their plots but enjoying magnificent views over the islands.

Trail Directions From the Ridge Road driving E to W some 0.5m beyond the Elevator junction, there is a four way cross roads from which the SMNP access and Mountain View Restaurant are signposted straight ahead up the hill. The walk starts from a point some 500yds uphill beyond this junction, where you should look out for a small access on the left where two dirt tracks join the road from different directions. At this point, there is just room for a single vehicle to park; NB. respect local residents and track users, park courteously or seek a spot elsewhere if necessary. This is the start of the walk (Waypoint A on the Map).

Approach From here look S and seaward and start the walk along the level dirt track to your right, being wary of any donkeys that may be tethered! Follow the track as it tends left below an eerily thick forest canopy and past several ghut beds which, during the season, channel great volumes of runoff from the steep slopes above, down the mountainside below. The track affords access to several



Some 300yds from the start, veer left at a Y junction and follow the now deteriorated dirt track, between its verdant walls. Pass a small wooden hut moldering back into the forest which is now encroaching on all sides. A further 300yds ahead on a better section of steeper track, the canopy above begins to open out. Eventually at the corner ahead B you’ll be rewarded with a magnificent panorama SE towards Sea Cow’s Bay and Nanny Cay immediately below and across Drake’s Channel . Continue along and up the track keeping left at a junction, where another track leads up to the right, one supposes towards a future building plot. The walking is an easy plod along the increasingly overgrown track for a further 250yds past what is becoming rather dryer forest. Follow the track and as it tends right you may encounter a branch and wire pullgate strung across it, placed to keep cattle from wandering too far C . Untie the main branch from its keeper, pass through carefully and re-tie it securely. Just beyond

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the fence look out for the impressive silvery-white nine-fingered leaves of the distinctive trumpet tree above (cecropia) now scattered on the forest floor below. It’s 350yds up the track to a junction where a small path continues straight ahead and into the dense forest. However, your route follows the vehicular track that turns sharply right and up a very steep section that has been heavily eroded by rains D . After another 350yds it levels off and slims down into a narrow path between the forest edges, now enclosed on both sides by barbed wire. Look out on the left for teasing views over the cow pastures below sweeping down towards Havers and Pockwood Pond E . Continue along the main path for a further 250yds and you’ll end up in the bed of a small ghut, barred by another branch and wire pull-gate. However, rather than having to untie it (and another one beyond), swivel right to face a low wire fence and carefully step over it amongst moist scrub forest F . Walk along the forest edge for 50yds and then step left, back over the remains of the low fence and look for a now obvious and well-worn trail where you tend right. Congratulations, you are now inside SMNP.


Voting is underway! The fun has begun and we are so excited to see what results will emerge from our competition this year. If you’re new to this annual event, here’s a little background info…

Readers’ Choice was originally created as an entertaining activity to recognise businesses, establishments, and individuals across the BVI, who have made a valuable contribution to the Territory’s wellness and prosperity; this acknowledgement spans a diverse range of categories covering the three areas of our magazine – LAND (property related), SEA (marine endeavours), and LIFE (BVI lifestyle). Initiating in 2011, each passing year the awards have witnessed an increase in popularity among readers and a surge in competition with the nominees. September 2015’s concluding ceremony at Nanny Cay was a thriving success with a multitude of activities to enjoy, amid the announcement of the winners.

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Fresh for our 6th annual event, we introduce our proud in Association Sponsors Veuve Clicquot. We’ve also expanded the Readers’ Choice event so that it’s incorporative of the Virgin Islands as a whole – we are really excited about this development as now each of the categories will unveil three winners:




Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award 2016

Additionally, we’ve created a new category presented by Veuve Clicquot – Business Woman Award. Originally created in 1972 as a tribute to Madame Clicquot, the annual Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award champions the success of business women worldwide, who share the same qualities as Madame Clicquot: Her enterprising spirit, her courage, and the determination necessary to accomplish her aims. Highly prized and sought after, it is the first international award formed specifically to recognise the contribution that women have made to business life and is now regarded as the ‘Oscar’ for female entrepreneurs and business leaders around the World.

So, for the first time, we are proud to present this Award here in the Virgin Islands. Nominees are required to supply their name, a 200 – 300-word ‘Elevator Speech,’ including their education, achievements, and a photograph. Judging will take place, with a selection of three finalists prior to the final winner announcement at our Award’s event in October.

The VIPY RC categories are listed in alphabetical order. Voting commences online NOW at The closing deadline for voting is 1 September 2016. Keep in mind, the longer that nominees are online, the more chance there is for them to get votes so nominate now if the company/individual you wish to see win is not there! We really hope you enjoy the 2016 awards and find the final results helpful in relishing residency or vacation in the Virgin Islands. Happy voting and best of luck to all nominees.

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Best Air Travel or Air Tour Company Best Architectural Firm Best Bartender Best Crewed Yacht (individual) Best Day Charter Best Health & Spa Best Land Activity Best Marina Best Marine Activity Best Marine Chandlery/Maintenance Company Best Provisioning Best Real Estate Company Best Resort/Hotel/Accommodation Best Restaurant/Bar Best Retail Store Best Sailor Best Vacation Villa (individual) Best Yacht Brokerage Best Yacht Charter Company Business Woman Award – presented by Veuve Clicquot

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