Virgin Islands Property and Yacht July 2015

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From the Editor Summer for British Virgin Islands’ residents and visitors may mean several exciting things.

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For visitors, there is the opportunity to indulge in the islands in its heightened state of tranquillity with great summer deals on accommodation, water sports activities, charter excursions and any other vacation diversion that may ignite curiosity. For residents, it is either a time to relish the more serene atmosphere or for many expatriates, take a desired break home to once again recall the great appreciation they have for living in the BVI’s tropical climate. Another exciting aspect of this time period is VOTING for VIPY Readers’ Choice Awards. You know the drill (and if you don’t, it’s very straight forward) – visit us at, analyse the nominees, then make it count. Our magazine team enjoyed some of the unique adventures available in the British Virgin Islands for this month’s issue as we saw our staff writer Lauren experiencing what has become the renowned ElectraCat voyage. Once comically known as the Anger Management Picnic Tables, this is a fantastic social experience that evokes complete calm – we advise everyone in the BVI to try this. Contributor Traci explores ‘Countryside Adventures’ with a farm and country centre that utilises that exact name. Providing an opportunity for students to become acquainted with the wildlife on the island, the primary attraction for many individuals are the horse riding lessons available. For the rest of July’s edition, our cover feature Cohoba House presented by BVI Sotheby’s International Realty is exemplary of the Caribbean abode you would wish to share with family and friends, while our Papaya Villa feature, presented by Villas of Tortola, advertises hypnotic beauty that will have repeat visitors seeking this respite that invokes total relaxation. In BVI HomeSense, we continue our property ownership advice section with a collection of the best tips we’ve picked up over many years collaborating with realtors. Yacht Spotlight turns its gaze toward Miss Kirsty with vows of entertaining luxury combined with charm from the efforts of both the vessel and her crew. From Sea Level bestows Tuna Avocado Tartare and BVI Maritime History Tales tells the fable of yet another tragedy in our Virgin Islands Sloop fleet – Fancy Me meets a truly catastrophic end. Some great products from home accessories retailer House take on a blue theme, and Artists’ Corner returns with our old friend Debi Carson after its brief hiatus. To complete our comprehensive trip of the BVI this month, we go deep-sea diving with Armando Jenik in this month’s Virgin Islands Life portal. Stunning imagery of the ocean below reminds us of the spectacular beauty of this portion of the world.

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

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Virgin Islands Sloops appear to parallel tragedy as we witness another loss in Fancy Me

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52 VIPY Readers’ Choice Awards

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Words by Lauren Charley. Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI

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magine driving up the tropical hillside of your secluded community,

of beach-side luxury, along with Mahogany shutters, modernising the

feeling a sense of peace and security as you navigate your way through

traditional Caribbean-style home.

green surroundings. As you pull up to your driveway, step out, and walk

Cohoba is a property fit for entertaining; its spacious patio affords multiple

through your private gate and up the steps, tranquillity washes over you

seating areas with a refreshing breeze to be enjoyed whilst overlooking the

as you approach the stunning palatial retreat which you now call home.

panoramic vistas of the tranquil blue sea. Here you will relish expansive views

Cohoba House, presented by BVI Sotheby’s International Realty, is a prime

of Jost Van Dyke, from Sandy Cay extending to Cane Garden Bay, with prime

location to embrace the panoramic beauty of the British Virgin Islands. The house is a modern and recently renovated ‘turn-key’ property constructed to create a functional space adorned with furnishings and decor appealing to all tastes. Its location set high in the hills of Tortola’s West End, is part of the residential community Belmont Estate, which offers homeowners the composure they seek while embracing the island climate.

visibility looking over Long Bay Beach, and down to the Belmont Peak where on occasion, flamingos can be spotted in the salt pond below. Alfresco dining can be relished on a rustic wooden dining table, and cocktails enjoyed while sun-bathing on loungers beside the 24 foot swimming pool. Meticulously maintained gardens with Bougainvillea flowers and climbing vines surround this outdoor living space, with potted plants containing a mix

The refreshing white exterior reflects the sun, delivering an elegant,

of local and imported flora. Throughout the grounds are opportunities to

contemporary ambiance with stone ruin walls featured adding historic

retreat in privacy with several hidden spots to relax among large palm trees

character. Coral tiles with intricate fossil designs add to the home’s feel

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they share a private balcony providing

The living room features light colours and high ceilings with peaceful

a view of the neighbouring island

natural lighting from both the sky-

Jost Van Dyke. All the bedrooms have

lights and the windows which overlook

ensuite bathrooms and are adorned

the ocean. Lounging in this cosy

with deluxe furnishings and tasteful

seating area is enhanced by the option

decorations, with crisp white linens for

of engaging in some TV downtime on

peaceful rest.

a 40” flat screen television.

Equipped with the latest modern

Unique to Cohoba, the gas grill is located in an indoor cooking area which separates the living room from the kitchen. Cooking is made easy and enjoyable with a full range of brand new modern appliances, a convenient ‘island,’ and a bar area to make cocktails before the grand feast is served. Formal dining is made optional in the dining room with a round table seating eight beneath a tree branch chandelier, in a room which boasts bold colonial colours of deep red and ochre yellow, playing tribute to the island’s rich history. On the main floor is a half bathroom and outdoor shower to rinse off after a day spent at the beach. The main house features two bedrooms: a lavish master suite with a king size bed on the top floor, and a smaller cosy bedroom with a queen bed below. A separate study and TV area marks the entrance of the master suite

technologies, wireless internet is available throughout the house, and a surround sound system can be played through the main house, master suite, and outer deck area. Personal music systems are also featured in each of the other bedrooms, along with infinite outlets placed in convenient areas to plug in additional entertainment devices. Cohoba is located only a 15 minute walk or five minute drive away from Smugglers Cove, a quaint white, sandy beach offering prime snorkelling opportunities. It is also a short drive from Long Bay Beach, famous for its mile long shore of sparkling turquoise water and white sand, lined with exotic palm trees. Those who reside in the Belmont Estate relish the best of both worlds,

at the top of the staircase, and inside is a spacious ensuite bathroom with

as they enjoy seclusion whilst still being in close proximity to popular

double sinks.

amenities. Your new home will be a five minute drive from Soper’s Hole

An additional two bedrooms are located in a separate guest house, each with a king size bed and an area with an espresso machine and mini bar;

Marina, with a variety of dining establishments, shops, and services including the West End Ferry Dock.

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Cohoba was renovated to be the dream home of any new owner who enjoys the best of paradise. The incredible makeover was a creative project of its current owner, who is pleased with her final masterpiece and excited to pass over the keys to those who wish to delight in its beauty for years to come: “We love Cohoba and hope someone who can sit still longer than we can will enjoy it.�

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e all deserve an

Through a private gate, the villa is situated behind a stone archway

occasional retreat from

with a large Andiroba door decked by fuchsia Bougainvillea, graced with a

our daily lives where we

welcoming pale apricot exterior and lavish white pillars.

can flee to a place we call paradise. Situated in a prime location overlooking the graceful vistas of Tortola’s West End, Papaya Villa, presented by Villas of Tortola, is a luxury rental property that grants this heavenly sanctuary. The palatial compound is situated high in the hillside of Long Bay Estate,

Inside the main house is a cosy living room, tastefully furnished with sofas for relaxation, a television, Wii, SONOS sound system, and a convenient desk area should work become necessary during your getaway. To the side is a spacious kitchen with sparkling granite countertops, fully equipped with all the necessary state-of-the-art appliances for adventurous culinary artists. Dining can be enjoyed inside on a table with wicker seats, or

a location offering optimal privacy within a tropical wilderness setting,

alternatively in two al-fresco locations; an Indonesian hand-crafted dining

and observing expansive views of the neighbouring islands Jost Van Dyke,

table under a shaded pergola, or on a smaller round table for a few guests

Sandy Cay, and Green Cay.

at breakfast.



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The main house presents an open plan layout, as the walls feature

Vine Cottage is a separate master suite boasting elegance with a

numerous sliding doors with screens, allowing a refreshing breeze to travel

spacious double-sink bathroom, both indoor and outdoor showers, walk-in

throughout the interior and out to the spacious patio area.

closet, and a convenient kitchenette with a sink and coffee maker. Time

Papaya’s design is one which was intended for large groups as its features

spent away from the main house can be relished inside the air-conditioned

make it the perfect spot to host social gatherings. Outside are additional

room while watching satellite TV, or on the private balcony looking out to

cooking facilities, including a gas grill and a large pizza oven for whipping

the Caribbean Sea.

up delicious late night party snacks.

For those who value their time spent in private, an additional self-

On the deck, an assortment of teak and Dedon furniture with bright

contained suite is located down a stairway beneath the deck, with two twin

orange cushions invites guests to stay and relax, dozing under a shaded

beds, an ensuite bathroom with a rainfall shower, and a coffee area with a

palm tree on a circular lounger, taking a refreshing dip in the 25’ infinity


pool, or toasting marshmallows on the fire pit. For kids, the property is abundant with hidden areas to discover,

From Papaya, clear views of the colourful homes decorating the hill of Belmont Estate sit to the left, and down below prime visibility is offered of

including a secret den secluded up stone steps. Adults can enjoy these

the mile long white shore of Long Bay Beach, where the waves can be heard

meticulously maintained garden areas for their beautiful white and yellow

gently crashing against the shore; the villa is a five minute drive to this

frangipani flowers, tropical palms, and the intoxicating scent of jasmine

intimate setting, or a 10 minute drive to the exclusive beach and snorkelling

throughout the grounds.

spot, Smugglers Cove.

When the socialising winds down and it’s time for rest, Papaya comfortably

The home is in convenient proximity to an array of dining options, with

accommodates eight people overnight in a choice of four deluxe sleeping

two restaurants at Long Bay, and many quaint restaurants along the north

arrangements. Two ensuite bedrooms are situated in their own building with

coast of Apple Bay and Carrot Bay. A 15 minute drive along this route leads

a large porch overlooking the patio and out to the ocean, both with king

to Cane Garden Bay, a favourite tourist beach lined with popular bars and

beds, but one with the option to be separated into two twins.

water activity hubs.



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activities, and the West End Ferry Dock are a short drive away in Soper’s Hole Marina. From here, a ferry can be taken directly to White Bay on Jost Van


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The picturesque natural surroundings, beautiful adornments, and flush design offering the decision to relax in private, or entertain others have made Papaya Villa the first choice of many returning visitors. Villas of Tortola

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So, you’re seeking a second property in the Caribbean to live the dream life advertised in Caribbean vacation commercials? Or perhaps you’ve just purchased some land and are starting construction from scratch to make your piece of Caribbean paradise truly your own. The vast majority of us love the concept of being able to step out of our home and hit the beach – such a fantasy is a reality for British Virgin Islands residents, who might go for a quick surf or bath in the sea in the sun’s morning glow before going to their office job. Of course, there are certain rules you need to know about buying and owning property in the BVI. Items that can solidify your dream of paradise from the property sale inception to occupancy. Throughout issues of VIPY, we have had the great benefit of being privy to expert information from realtors, architects, and surveyors about these protocols that will keep the property in its dream state. Here are eight main tips we have drawn from our various interviews and property reviews that stand out as the items we advise you examine in construction of a ‘new build’ property in the Caribbean. They might sound simple—common sense even, but they can make the vast difference in maintaining heavenly peace long term if conducted correctly from the start.

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For a new build property, the first thing you want to consider is the


Making sure the property is structured to permit adequate ventilation is

foundation and care of the area—the geographical surroundings

another distinct notion that can be missed – Why? The tropical climate you

are essential – Why? A typical example of disregard in this situation is when a

longed for can quickly become an enemy if this is not implemented

hillside property owner has decided to prune the surrounding vegetation. Of course this is in aid of acquiring a better view, but what’s the cost? This pruning


may eradicate the natural protection your environment is providing for your

the property is likely to see success if built in an area with properties of

property from natural albeit rare occurrences like landslides. This ‘trickle effect’

similar value

can lead to erosion damage of the coastal and marine ecosystems within an area

From a marketing perspective, if you are building a home to later sell,

from the top of hills down to the coral reefs fronting the land. The view of the sea


would be less than appetising if continued

the property on island is useful – Why? This can greatly assist on saving


costs later down the line if you have the durable materials fit for coping with It is imperative to get a surveyor – Why? With regard to planning rules

and boundaries, the last thing you want in paradise is disputes over where your land begins and ends with your neighbours


Getting hands on with knowing the right materials to use for building

elements of a tropical climate


Including a good guttering system is smart. Why? This tropical climate

has its occasional shower and control over water can avoid potential Vistas in the Caribbean during day and night are magnificent – take

damage to the architecture

advantage – Why? Property value as well as the wellness benefits are heightened if positioned in the correct direction


Although these may appear like obvious facts, it has been VIPY’s experience to actually see these ‘minor’ details neglected, ignored, or handled incorrectly –

Implore an eclectic mix of seclusion and sociability in the property

definitely best to be ahead of the ball in security of your dream home.

– Why? You want the property to be open plan enough to entertain guests, but have a portion that allows for quality alone time – again increasing property value



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Yacht Spotlight:

your private luxury floating hotel Words by Lauren Charley Photography by YachtShots BVI and aLookingGlass

From the moment you step on the beautiful teak decks, a sense of pride and cordial hospitality invites you to share the experience of a tropical vacation onboard a private, luxury floating hotel. Renowned for unique chartered holidays hosted by a charming and charismatic yo u n g couple, guests will create their custom dream vacation on Miss Kirsty.

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The 62ft Sunreef Catamaran is run by Captain Niall Reid, and his fiancée, 1st mate and Chef, Kirsty Fletcher. A tradition adopted from boats in her mother’s hometown—a small fishing village in Scotland—Miss Kirsty got her name from the daughter of the owners, Kirsty’s parents. After meeting in University, Niall convinced Kirsty to join him in his sailing jobs throughout the Mediterranean. After a successful spell in the corporate world, the lure of the sea beckoned again and for three years, Niall and Kirsty have been based on Miss Kirsty in the British Virgin Islands, conducting charters here and in the French West Indies. The couple are energetic and eager to entertain. Niall is never short of words, boasting a contagious charisma, and Kirsty brightens the atmosphere with her bubbly personality, proud to share her beautiful boat.

Miss Kirsty is the perfect vacation for those who love to soak up the sun and feel the ocean breeze kiss their skin as they coast along the open water. Her spacious deck area offers ample space to freely wonder, spread out on the foredeck, or engage with Niall on the cavernous fly bridge area upstairs, where he can identify all of the isles and panoramic vistas. Alfresco dining can be enjoyed on the lower deck, around a dining table seated for 10, or upstairs in the fly bridge area set for eight – Kirsty likes to prepare a ‘cocktails and canapés’ session for guests at sunset on the fly bridge table. She often serves canapés to match Niall’s specialty cocktail of the day. Inside Miss Kirsty, the interior has been adorned with Kirsty’s personal touches, with a colour scheme of cream, royal navy, and chocolate brown paired with a theme of deluxe beach decor. The salon presents a cosy lounging space with an indoor dining table built from wenge wood with suede cushions. The air-conditioned area is equipped with a large TV and SONOS surround system which travels throughout the catamaran.

In the adjoining galley, Kirsty prepares exquisite cuisine from a full service kitchenette with a Nespresso coffee maker for warm cappuccinos and a temperate controlled wine cellar for refreshing drinks. Kirsty brings an eclectic mix of international culinary exposure to her cooking. From her time residing in exotic locations during her youth, she specialises in infusing Caribbean dishes with French finesse. Time spent on Miss Kirsty is full of excitement and when dusk hits, the boat offers deluxe accommodations for eight guests in four cabins with ensuite bathrooms and televisions. The two aft cabins feature queen size beds, the master suite with a slightly larger bathroom, and the two forward rooms contain cosy doubles. Every bed is dressed with Egyptian cotton linens featuring the signature Miss Kirsty ‘K’, which Kirsty likes to change for ‘kiddie linens’ with boat patterns when children come to stay. An expedition out on Miss Kirsty comes with a pre-arranged itinerary customised to your preferences and interests. With an array of state-of-theart water toys, Niall and Kirsty can immerse you in the exhilarating world of water sports with their water-skis, snorkelling and diving equipment, wake boards, sea kayaks, paddle boards, tubes, and the latest toys - Sub wings. For those who wish to explore the islands, Niall and Kirsty provide their knowledge on the BVI, recommending the bars, nightlife, beaches, and snorkelling hot spots of each island. Not only will the deluxe catamaran leave you awe-struck by her lavish exterior and tastefully decorated interior, but her charming crew of two are sure to deliver a holiday your friends and family will treasure for years to come.

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SEA Words by Megan Schlobohm, Chef – SV Lolalita

Tuna Avocado Tartare

Onboard Lolalita, we absolutely love having kids out with us. Everything is so magical, new and exciting, and that energy carries through to all guests and crew – it’s contagious, and wonderfully so. At the same time, there are many different aspects we consider when we have kids onboard, from safety to itinerary to—you guessed it—food. We find that most young ones prefer a ‘simpler’ menu than the adults, and that’s perfectly fine. Unspoken permission allows me to create dishes with funny faces and googly eyeballs – I get to be silly, too. On occasion, a child or young adult comes out with us that has a sophisticated and adventurous palate for their age, and that inspires further enthusiasm. Not only is the ocean magical, the sailing thrilling, and the islands exotic – now the food is sensational, too. The energy is beyond electric and I have oodles of fun in the galley. One young girl whose family sailed with us on Lolalita loved all kinds of sushi, but her brother and sister were a bit more sceptical. They were willing to try something “kind of like sushi” in their adorable words, and so I created…

Ingredients 2 filets of tuna, raw, chilled 1 avocado 2 sprigs green onion

1oz fresh ginger, peeled, shredded Handful of fresh basil, finely chopped 1tsp olive oil Juice from half a lime Salt and pepper Black sesame seeds Sriracha sauce Thin crackers or tortilla chips

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the raw tuna diced (about ¼-inch cubes); diced avocado; green onion split long-ways and diced; shredded ginger; chopped basil; olive oil; lime juice; and salt and pepper to taste. I recommend serving immediately, but it can last in the fridge up to an hour. Either serve in a bowl with tortilla chips, or spoon the tartare onto thin crackers. Garnish with Sriracha sauce (if you like spice) and black sesame seeds. Recipe serves 8



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SEA Words and photography by Geoffrey Brooks, Curator – Virgin Islands Maritime Museum

july twenty sixth will mark eighty nine years since the tragic loss of the schooner Fancy Me in a hurricane off La Romano in the Dominican Republic. Her sinking and resulting loss of life was the worst disaster to ever befall our local population. The mention of her name today can still bring impassioned reactions from those who lost relatives on that faithful night so long ago. There were 80 passengers and crew on board and over 59 of them were lost in the sinking, almost all of them local BVIslanders. There is an excellent book that was written about this event called Such are the Hours to Find Peace by Dr. Janet Smith a relative of the Fancy Me’s Captain and a colleague of mine at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College. I have read her book several times and also other accounts and articles on the tragedy and have come to form some of my own thoughts on what happened that night – I would like to share them with you in this article. I grew up on the New Jersey coast and lived many years in North Carolina before moving to the Virgin Islands; I am no stranger to Hurricanes. My first was ‘Donna’ in 1960 and my last big one was ‘Tomas’ in 2010. As I sat in a hotel room in St. Lucia riding out ‘Tomas,’ I began to make a list of all the Hurricanes I had been through in my life and I quit at 14.

Most storms occur right around September 3, but it is the early and late ones that can cause the most damage. ‘Thomas’ was at the end of October and so was the storm that wrecked the British Mail Steamer Rhone in 1867 off Peter Island. I was once in a terrific hurricane in North Carolina named ‘Bertha’ which occurred in July and it was an early unexpected storm in July which wrecked the Fancy Me. The Fancy Me was a beautiful schooner built in St. Thomas by master shipwright Daniel Smith and owned by brothers James and Alexander Smith of Carrot Bay. She carried cargo and passengers back and forth between the Dominican Republic and Tortola and the islands in-between. During the 1920’s, many local BVIslanders along with other down islanders found work in the Dominican Republic, helping to harvest sugarcane; they usually worked abroad for six months at a time before returning home. In this case it was late July and the Fancy Me was full of sugarcane and passengers anxious to return home for August Festival celebrations. The hold was full to over capacity with cargo as she left the port of Macoris on July 25, 1926. The Harbour Master had warned that the glass was dropping, referring to the barometer, and recommended postponing the voyage. Many other vessels decided to wait it out. but Captain Smith opted to leave little knowing what lay ahead. And why not – it was July, too early for a big gale as they were then called; the term hurricane wasn’t used until much later. There was no weather service or radar images to warn mariners of an oncoming storm – one had to rely on local knowledge and years of experience and Captain Smith had plenty of both. As they left the Dominican Republic and headed towards Puerto Rican waters, the wind began to rise. By early afternoon it was blowing hard and they decided to turn back. Around 3pm, they anchored in a shallow but sheltered bay in the island of La Soana just off the West coast of La Romana. There were two vessels already anchored there and Captain Smith secured his sails and settled in. When the Fancy Me’s anchor was set, they had to use their second anchor as the primary, or heaviest anchor was not available being buried in the hold beneath bags of sugarcane. The wind continued to rise until a full gale was blowing and at about 8 o’clock in the evening the anchor chain parted (broke) and the Fancy Me was sent adrift away from La Soana, blown towards the East and out to sea away from land. Captain Smith and his crew did not panic, knowing just what to do. They took empty barrels tied to lines and tossed them off the stern of the boat. They then filled with water and created what is called a ‘Sea Anchor,’ the weight of which forces the bow into the wind – as long as they are clear of land they are relatively safe.

Although a terrifying experience for everyone, the situation was under control and it was just a matter of keeping her head to wind till the storm passed. It was around 2am in the morning of July 26 when things began to fall apart. First, the wind died down to an eerie calm and many thought the storm was over. Captain Smith and the experienced sailors knew better and prepared for the worst. They were in the ‘Eye’ of the storm and around 3am the wind began to blow from the opposite direction and harder than before. One can only guess the category this hurricane would have been labelled today, but suffice to say it was a bad one. The Fancy Me’s bow was turned around and she was sent West with the gale heading back exactly where she had come from towards land. Just before first light, she struck ‘White Horse Rock’ on La Soana and began to break up on the reef. Being overloaded with cargo and passengers, this did not take long. People were forced into the raging sea grasping for anything that would float in a desperate attempt to save themselves. Captain Smith stayed on board and went down with his ship following one of the oldest traditions of the sea. Sadly, daybreak revealed that 59 out of the 80 souls on board had perished. Word reached Tortola the next day and spread like wild fire. Worry over who had survived gave over to catastrophic grief over the next weeks as the severity of the tragedy unfolded. It is said that there wasn’t a dry eye anywhere in our Virgin Islands as everyone had lost one or more relatives. Families were shattered and the effects were felt over generations. Over the years, much blame has been placed on the Captain and there were stories of the crew abandoning their posts and so on, but I believe they did all that they could. Captain Smith displayed cool confidence and handled his vessel as you would expect an expert mariner to do. Perhaps if the larger anchor had been available, the boat would have held her ground. Still, the anchor held – it was the chain that parted. Of course if they stayed in port to begin with it would have never happened. In the end, I believe it was the ill fate of being in the exact centre of the hurricane. A hurricane rotates like a wagon wheel with the winds at the top moving counter clockwise and those at the bottom in the opposite direction. If only that storm had passed a little North of the Fancy Me, perhaps she would have survived. She could have held her position being blown away from land until it passed. There has been talk over the years of creating a memorial to this greatest of all tragedies and of celebrating July 26 as an annual day of remembrance for all those who have been lost at sea. I would fully support this effort and feel it is long over do.

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LIFE Words by Lauren Charley Photography by SkyVision VI, James Kelly, and aLookingGlass



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Before I moved

to the British Virgin Islands only a few short months ago, I had vacationed here with my mother. We were astonished that such a place existed and instantly fell in love with both the welcoming Caribbean hospitality and the breathtaking natural surroundings. I’d spent most of my life in Canada, but always been a ‘tropical baby’ at heart, and so I naturally gravitated to the aesthetically pleasing beaches, and especially the vibrant social atmosphere and beauty I discovered in Cane Garden Bay. Since moving here, I noticed a new activity down in Cane: a colourful picnic table, equipped with a parasol and barbecue, floating on the water around the bay. Curious to learn more about this attraction, I inquired with Kevin Wenk, the founder of the ElectraCat Adaptive Catamaran Systems, commonly known as Anger Management Picnic Tables—its original name—down in Cane. Kevin was delighted by my interest in the tables and was happy to give me a ride, as he regularly welcomes visitors and members of the community to come out and enjoy a cruise. Currently, Kevin works in the telecommunications field, and ElectraCat is his hobby and therapeutic experience he enjoys sharing with others. The idea for ElectraCat came to Kevin from a photo on the internet entitled “Redneck Pontoon Picnic Table”, with two men floating on a wooden table which they’d made by attaching pontoons and a trolling motor. He decided to perfect and master this idea which now includes features such as built in coolers, a small gas grill, LED lights, and even outlets to charge electronic devices. Using recycled pontoons and constructing a picnic table to fit, the first ElectraCat only took Kevin and his friends Tom Echle, Jason Geyser, and Dana Miller a day to build. When they were confident and happy with the design, Kevin invited a few friends to join for the first test run in a swimming pool to see if the invention would float on water. When the table was able to successfully stay afloat with the weight of Kevin and five of his friends, the group was elated and they celebrated by cracking a can of Schaffer beer on the side of the table—Schaffer being the ‘champagne’ of those who love the casual lifestyle which is renowned down on the beach at Cane Garden Bay. For a year, Kevin has been cruising the bay of Cane on his picnic table. Friends who ride are invited to bring their own food and beverages if they wish to relish the full experience of a picnic on the water. On the grill, his favourite grub to cook are meat and veggie skewers, shrimp, potatoes, and especially bacon-wrapped hot dogs. Sunset rides while enjoying the feast are especially popular, although Kevin loves nighttime cruises the most. With the newest addition of his ongoing project, LED lights, the experience is enhanced during a night cruise, where the exotic sea life of Cane including sea turtles, spotted eagle rays, manta rays, tarpon, octopus, moray eel, and puffer fish can be spotted as they are naturally attracted to the glowing illumination of underwater and above-water lights emitted from the boat.

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Recently in 2014, Kevin was approached by a friend-of-a-friend on Facebook who had seen photos of the tables online. The friend works for a specialty fabrication company in Orlando and came down to the BVI to check out what was then Anger Management Picnic Tables. He was eager to become Kevin’s business partner on which is soon to be the manufacturing and distribution of a line of quality ElectraCat tables. This exciting new venture, set to launch later this year, is a huge accomplishment for Kevin who was made the co-owner of ElectraCat and distributor for the tables in the Caribbean and South America. Kevin’s personal ElectraCat tables will soon include a new ecofriendly design where the 12 volt battery will be charged by solar panels donated by the local alternative energy company, A -Tec. This model will be included in the production of all new tables manufactured by ElectraCat Adaptive Catamaran Systems. “Tourists who have shared this experience have told me that they have spent a week travelling the islands, and their ride on the ElectraCat has been the favourite part of their holiday,” said Kevin with great enthusiasm.



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LIFE Words by Traci O’Dea. Photography courtesy of Countryside Adventures

I ascended Joe’s Hill in my car and the temperature must’ve dropped ten degrees—a welcome relief on a sweaty, sticky, summer afternoon on Tortola. When I pulled into Countryside Adventures at Diamond Estate Farm, across from the Montessori School, there was actually a breeze—a mystical occurrence during the scorching dry spell we’d been having. I walked up the path to the farm, confronted by a sky that seemed cartoon blue, and I wondered if I had stumbled through a door to a magical kingdom—a kingdom of ponies, cats, tortoises, parrots, donkeys, macaws, rabbits, ducks, and occasionally visiting owls. I was tempted to talk to them to see if they’d reply. Instead of being greeted by talking animals, I was welcomed by Alison Knights Bramble, the head of Countryside Adventures—farm and country



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centre. I have known Alison since I first arrived on island seven years ago, but my interactions with her in the past had been on the water through her former role as a sailing instructor and principal of the BVI Watersports Centre. As she told me about her new hillside venture, she compared her interactions with students on the land and sea. One of the biggest differences is her lack of a safety boat, she said, because in her RIB, she could whiz after students to help them with any problems on the water. But at the farm, if she has experienced adult riders out on one of the many trails overlooking the seaside, “it’s easier to be on foot to control that situation.” Alison added, “It’s just a sailing school, out of water,” but with one big difference—horses have brains, sometimes stubborn ones. Each boat

may have its own quirks and traits, but horses are living creatures with personalities and intelligence. In addition, “The satisfaction angle is slightly different,” Alison said. “I’m equally as pleased with the ponies and the horses as I am with the adults and the kids. I went through a time last month wondering if it was the kids getting better or the horses getting better, and I think it’s both.” She mentioned that there is a greater level of trust involved when working with living animals instead of boats. “I know what a boat will do in a certain wind direction—that’s mechanics—but you can never exactly predict what a horse is going to do.” I learned this soon enough as some young riders arrived for their afternoon lessons. After watching the kids saddle up the horses, which was not dissimilar from watching them rig their Oppis and Picos at the Watersports Centre, the students mounted their ponies and tried their best to direct the steeds around the ring, according to Alison’s instructions.

“Walk on,” one student said to his horse that seemed quite happy to be stationary. From across the ring, Alison hollered, “Keep your legs on her,” above the noise of the rustling breeze, the fussing ducks, the chattering students, the screeching macaw, and the clomping hooves. “She has to want to go with you,” she said to one student whose pony, Chippie, short for Chocolate Chip because of her black spots, kept returning to the gate. By the end of the session, one rider had successfully trotted his pony around the ring and another had directed his horse across the ring from point to point. After the first lesson, new riders approached for their turn, and some members of the first group headed over to visit the mini petting zoo where the tortoises, rabbits, and ducks were sequestered. I followed them down the path and headed back to my car, but not before hearing the macaw shout, “Walk on!” to the new set of students. So, the animals do talk at Countryside Adventures.

July 2015




Words by Lauren Charley. Photography courtesy of the artist

any of us see ourselves as either a creative

Her formal education was received at Stephen F. Austin State University

right-brained or a logical left-brained individual,

in Nacogdoches, Texas where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in

and although our talents may overlap in these

Interior Design, and became certified in this field. Debi explained that the

hemispheres, we tend to focus our vocations

importance of receiving professional qualifications in interior design is it

around a path which directs us one way or another. For those who know Debi Carson, this theory is disproven, as she is a woman who has excelled in careers both creatively as a contemporary artist, and technically as an interior designer. Returning to VIPY for her third time, Debi was

involves more than just arranging the aesthetic appeal of a space; it’s also the design and ergonomics of the layout to create an environment that’s safe and comfortable for those who inhabit it. Decorating is also a major part of Debi’s current career, as she is hired to select colours and furnishings to adorn rooms and buildings. The skills of her visual artistry have also led to rewarding jobs, as she has excelled in projects ranging from paintings on canvas to unique crafts.

born and raised in a rural area north of Houston, Texas by her father,

Debi has resided on Tortola since 2001 and has used the beauty of

an architectural draftsman, and her mother, a baker and arts & crafts

the Caribbean as the inspiration for her abstract artwork, applying the

enthusiast. “As a child I grew up in pastoral surroundings and always loved

influence of vibrant colours and luscious tropical surroundings to her

bright colours, wildlife, and playing outdoors,” said Debi.

expressionist style.



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Watercolour Project in Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan American Games The Textile Museum of Canada created a cultural project this year to be shared at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan American Games entitled ‘Watercolour.’ It will showcase artwork from 41 Pan American countries who participate in the games. Paintings from mid-level artists will animate the sails of boats, participating in the sailing races during the event. Through the internet, the museum found Debi’s art-work and invited her to contribute one of her paintings to represent the British Virgin Islands. “My chosen piece—Neon Energy—reflects the vitality created by neon colours and to me, it generates the vigour I believe the BVI will represent in the games this fall,” said Debi. Caribbean Critter Painting Series Debi describes herself as whimsical, and so her Caribbean Critter paintings reflect that; this is an ongoing series of over a dozen canvases featuring local animals. The unique aspect of these paintings is that Debi places the island animals in juxtaposition with activity or relations which seem out of the ordinary, yet somehow seem logical in the BVI. For example, a monkey riding a bike with his feet while eating a banana, and a dog riding the waves on a surfboard. “These paintings are designed to evoke emotions of joy and happiness and are targeted for ‘the young and the young at heart,’” said Debi, as the Critter Series have been installed in children’s bedrooms, upscale villas, and private yachts. Installation of Paintings at Peter Island Resort & Spa One of Debi’s collections to date is an installation of paintings in the rooms at the resort on Peter Island. Her working relationship with Peter Island began in 2004 when Debi proposed her expertise as an interior designer on the renovations to the spa. In 2006-2007, she offered her design services on a ‘soft goods’ renovation of the ocean-view and beachfront rooms, updating the colour palettes and modernising the furnishings. Later, she was fortunate enough to contribute 200+ paintings which featured bright abstract reflections of sea life and our surroundings. Teaching Art at Killi Killi In September 2014, Debi became involved with Killi Killi Arts Company, a growing group and resource within the community which offers classes for adults and children in artistic disciplines. Debi is the teacher of two visual art classes for younger children ages 5-9, and older youth ages 10-15 which focus on the exploration of art through varying materials, methods, colour and texture. In closing, Debi admitted “I have found the little ones love anything messy and hands on…we have such fun!” She concluded that sharing her love of abstract and expressionist artwork is by far the most rewarding part of her career.

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LI F E Words by Lauren Charley. Photography by Armando Jenik



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RMS Rhone is one of the British Virgin Islands’ most popular dive sites, as divers are both fascinated by the underwater sea creatures which inhabit the wreck, and intrigued by the story of what once was a UK Royal Mail Ship built in Cornwall, England in 1865. During a hurricane on October 29, 1867, the Rhone crashed into some rocks off the coast of Salt Island. Tragically, the lives of 123 souls were lost, and only 23 passengers were left to bury the deceased at a nearby ceremony on the island. Rhone was an innovative ship and the first built to withstand the transatlantic journey to Brazil. The ship had weathered several major storms prior to the tragedy which ended her journeys, one of which in 1866 even destroyed two of her cutters and most of the deck furniture. RMS Rhone is now a National Park of the British Virgin Islands, inhabited by exotic sea life and possibly remnants of artefacts and treasures which have yet to be discovered by those who dive 85 feet below sea level to explore. Visit the Rhone and see what you can discover.

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Virgin Islands Property & Yacht Readers’ Choice Awards 2015

Voting Time!

Ready! Set! Vote! If you’re not familiar with our event or even if you are, please peruse the information surrounding the background of the grand occasion as well as the procedure for the months leading to the results.

About The Virgin Islands Property & Yacht Readers’ Choice Awards 2015 In 2011, VIPY created the RC awards’ vote and event to commemorate individuals and organisations for their distinctive contribution to the British Virgin Islands community. This is conducted via categories relevant to people, places, and services situated within the BVI. The voting is concluded with an award ceremony congratulating winners with the highest reader appreciation and this finale is held in October of every year. The RC participation has expanded considerably since the event’s inception and the competition has intensified. For 2015, we have condensed the quantity of categories merging certain sections together for a broader number of businesses to become involved. The nominations are in for this year so it’s time to vote.

The VIPY RC 2015 Procedure This month is dedicated to VOTING which can be placed at This will close on August 31, 2015.

The VIPY RC Categories 2015 These categories are divided into the three sections of VIPY.

LAND the property and sustainable development side of our publication Best BVI Vacation Rental Did the villa have a memorable chef perhaps? Or maybe an excellent excursion?

Best BVI Resort/Hotel What BVI hotel or resort has impressed you?

Best BVI Architectural Firm What BVI structures have left you awe-struck?

Best BVI Real Estate Company Who provides the best service in the BVI?

SEA the maritime segment of our magazine Best BVI Sailor Have you got a favourite captain, crew mate, or enthusiastic maritime regatta fanatic?

Best BVI Marina Which marina do you find has all the comforts for a stop-over?

Best BVI Sea Activity Which company has provided you with the greatest service for your aqua delights?

Best BVI Yacht Brokerage For those who have brought or sold yachts, who sorted you out with your pride and joy?

Best BVI Crewed Yacht There is an abundance in this category, but we’re sure one will be conspicuous

Best BVI Bareboat Charter Company And in this category, there is also a vast range – choose wisely

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the lifestyle portion of Virgin Islands Property & Yacht

Best BVI Provisioning Who’s always stocked with what you need? Best BVI Health & Spa Any resort, special building, or room where an individual is provided services to improve and/or condition their body Best BVI Restaurant/Bar Your choice may include beach establishments and the BVI’s renowned and muchloved shacks, measuring their service, ambiance, and of course, culinary skill. Alternatively, it could simply be that restaurant that has the best view you’ve ever seen Best BVI Bartender Who made you the greatest cocktail? Who made you laugh the most? Who was that entertainer when you needed it? Best BVI Retail (Non-Groceries) Which store do you find yourself doing most of your shopping? Best BVI Local Artist Photographers, musicians, painters – who has caught your eye? Best Air Travel or Air Tour company in the BVI Who provides the most comfort and enjoyment in the air? Best BVI Land Activity What cultural, sporty, or alternative activity has spurred you on?

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