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WELCOME TO ANOTHER issue of VIPY as we move deeper into the high season of the British Virgin Islands. Our opening exclusive feature piece celebrates the works of Viviana Jenik who sadly passed away earlier this year. Viviana left behind an incredible legacy of fine architectural works decorating the BVI. Her trademark to blend her designs with the surrounding environs, shines through and is exemplary of her proficiency in architecture. A long-standing BVI resident of impeccable renown, she is sorely missed and we’re pleased to present this showcase of her brilliant work. TigerQi Architecture Principal Lavina Liburd grants us an intricate perspective on the remodelling of popular east-end Tortola locale Brandywine Estate Restaurant. We are grateful to learn that one of our favourite restaurants is returning with a beautiful redesign that promises improved functionality and aesthetic pleasure. The restaurant is scheduled for reopening in mid-November. Villas & Views takes a gander at five uniquely designed feats of architecture that BVI residents have the great fortune of calling home; these properties are truly astounding to behold in all their glory. Our Harneys Series continues with guidance on the Disaster Management (Amendment) Act 2018, which came into force earlier this year. It details new rules on stranded, sunken, or abandoned boats in the BVI; information for all yacht owners to understand should the unthinkable occur, as well as know-how for the ongoing salvage efforts owing to 2017’s storms. Sea Style dives into the life of a captain, interviewing Sea Glass 74’s Captain Byron Tippett and Irresistible’s Captain Evert Theron. It’s not all hot sun, beaches, and libations—there is some work to be done and these captains know both the highs and lows of the much-appreciated service they provide. Yacht Spotlight has us speeding in former regatta champion Palmira, famous for her accomplishments as a sailing race-winner and now a charter boat for cruising the globe. We hope you take as much pleasure perusing her amenities in our pages as we did reviewing her. Travel the unforgettable island of Antigua! Another great retreat for our Virgin Islands’ residents, Antigua and Barbuda offer history, culture, and of course the country’s one phenomenal boast—365 beaches! A beach for every single day of the year. To conclude, Green VI’s Executive Director Charlotte McDevitt explains the third part of the well-known slogan ‘Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle’ with easy recycling practises we can all employ to improve our care of the islands. Wishing you enjoyment of the LAND, SEA, and LIFE in the Virgin Islands.
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Commemorating the incredible architectural ‘art’ of Viviana Jenik
Disaster Management Amendment Act 2018 and more in this month’s Harneys’ series
365 beaches for every day of the year and much more!
ARCHITECT’S EYE How TigerQi Architecture are remodelling Brandywine Estate Restaurant
MANAGING OUR YACHTS
What it’s like to be a sea captain in the Virgin Islands
Five uniquely designed feats of architectural finesse!
Regatta champion Palmira graces our pages
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Vibrant life at CocoMaya, Virgin Gorda - always a buzzing and pleasant atmosphere
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Appreciating the phenomenal architectural works of Viviana Jenik WO R DS BY ST E P H E N L F R A N C E
Appreciating the phenomenal architectural works of Viviana Jenik
C O C O M AYA P H OTO G R A P H Y B Y C O N N I E Z H O U , T U R P E N T I N E H O U S E P H OTO G R A P H Y C O U R T E S Y O F S M I T H S G O R E , WA L I N I K I T I P H OTO G R A P H Y B Y W I L L I A M T O R R I L L O
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WO R DS BY ST E P H E N L F R A N C E C O C O M AYA P H O T O G R A P H Y BY CONNIE ZHOU TURPENTINE HOUSE P H OTO G R A P H Y CO U R T E SY OF SMITHS GORE WA L I N I K I T I P H O T O G R A P H Y BY W I L L I A M TO R R I L LO
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LEFT From left: Older brother Armando, daughter Paloma, Viviana, and younger brother Mariano BELOW Viviana with grandson Jude and daughter Paloma OPPOSITE PAGE The wonderful Wali Nikiti experience
She had a vast range of friendships; a testament to her curiosity in people and her love for travelling. Her lively personality was realised in her architectural work that tells a story through her unique style. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, “[Viviana] went to places like India and Cuba, and all over Europe as well as the US…and many trips back to Argentina,” said Paloma of her mother’s travels. “She loved NYC and spent a lot of time there in museums and attending operas… She collected artefacts from around the world, especially fabrics and jewellery.” Seemlessly, it’s the combination of Viviana’s disposition and the inspiration she relished from travelling, that created the architectural marvels we see here in the Virgin Islands.
FOR THOSE THAT had the distinct pleasure of knowing Viviana Jenik, they’ve happily attested to her vibrant, energetic character; an individual who loved to entertain and had an amazingly varied range of friends. Sadly, on Monday January 15, 2018, the Virgin Islands saw the loss of this talented architect, whose work on these islands is a living memory of her creativity and dedication to her craft.
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Viviana passed away at the age of 69 years after losing her battle with Lewy Body Dementia; she was living in Chicago, Illinois at the time owing to 2017’s Hurricane Irma. Speaking to her older brother Armando Jenik, and son and daughter—Piers and Paloma— they relayed their feelings about their late relative as an individual who’d evidently touched many people worldwide.
Viviana’s career in architecture grew in the early years of the millennium. From her travels, she was stimulated by what she saw abroad, influencing her own home which was a plethora of international artwork, fabrics, and furniture. Her specific architectural quality became known by the way she integrated the encompassing landscape with her design. “Mum liked her houses to blend with their natural surroundings; she loved lots of trees and boulders to be included and tried to clear sites as little as she could...” said Paloma. “Also, her homes had very high ceilings—that was a signature for sure. “She always said that ‘when you walked through the front door, you should have a view,’” continued Paloma, explaining that sight-line was very important for Viviana.
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“She was also practical and very good at utilising smaller spaces. She… blasted opera music while she drew, [and] drew by hand. She walked her sites a lot and early on got used to being one of the few women on construction sites in the BVI.” Son Piers added to this quirk of Viviana’s to be present on construction sites, saying “She…was hugely respected by all the work men. It was actually pretty interesting to see someone of mum’s size walking around the sites and conversing with all the construction workers. She was short, but full of spirit and sass.” Viviana’s houses are easy to recognise because they’re designed and built around the site. Using every part of the environment to add unique touches to the property that can only be found at that specific location, the properties express vitality. The view from the property as well as the flow of indoors to outdoors is fluid and her style often blends tropical with Asian.
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“She loved the open plan designs that allowed Mother Nature to… complete the houses,” said Piers. Some recognisable architectural feats of beauty credited to the artistic architect are Wali Nikiti, CocoMaya, and Turpentine House.
Designing Wali Nikiti Chef Davide Pugliese’s beautiful home Wali Nikiti on Scrub Island is known for its hospitable experience where guests can stay, enjoy exquisite food, and learn the culinary expertise of the renowned chef himself. But arguably, this entire respite may never have come to ‘be’ without Viviana’s friendship and architectural finesse. “I met Viviana in 1984 in New York City…[and]…what struck me first was how passionate she was about living in the islands and…how passionate she was about her creativity in general,” said Davide. The chef had studied art and found a kindred spirit in Viviana with conversations flowing about the nature of artistic design.
ABOVE CocoMaya exudes
a unique and warm ambience
“She was the person who introduced me to the British Virgin Islands… Working with her started very casual… we came across Scrub Island…When we [I and my wife] showed her the property we planned to buy, she was blown away by the nature and started laying down ideas—how to preserve this beauty and how to work with something that is natural and organic within the property. “The beauty of this was there was no modern technology then; it was pure hand drawings and everything she did was by hand...she presented these beautiful painted sketches of the house…it was amazing.” Viviana was seen to inspire her friends with her knack for presenting a story within her architecture. “What I loved about her designs was the simplicity,” said Davide. “Everything in her own home had a
story. It was an inspiration for us to surround ourselves with things that had a meaning or a history. What we liked and had in common was a passion for what was natural—wood, stone, marbles, elements of nature— and this was part of the selection on how to build Wali Nikiti. “I was always amazed by her creativity and that’s one of the reasons we remained very good friends for a long, long time.”
Creating CocoMaya Aaron Seddon, owner of Virgin Gorda’s Cocomaya worked with Viviana to create the exquisite restaurant experience many residents and visitors have come to adore. “We first met Viviana at the Dove restaurant,” said Aaron. “Paloma introduced us and from there we were introduced to Paolo Santana and the TRS build team. Viviana was a gracious, fun-loving, and social lady. She loved bringing people together to collaborate. “I remember having a broken leg at the time of the planning of CocoMaya and Viviana would collect me—on crutches—from the Speedy’s dock and drive me all over Tortola to previous design projects, showing me different aspects of each design that may be of interest to us with CocoMaya. Everyone welcomed Vivi with open arms. She was fun to be around and to work with.” BCQS_ThridPG_November-Issue_PRINT.pdf
Seamlessly, it’s the combination of Viviana’s disposition and the inspiration she relished from travelling, that created the architectural marvels we see here in the Virgin Islands Keeping in line with a very particular shape, specific ideas, distinct style, and approximate square footage that Aaron desired, Viviana embraced his concept for what would become a landmark establishment for Virgin Islands’ residents and holiday-makers. “[Vivi] really loved the notion of bringing the natural beauty of the surroundings into the design and having the two work harmoniously together,” said Aaron. “She was brilliant at translating our vision into architecturally functional detail.” In relation to Viviana’s style, “simplicity,” said Aaron was one of her main disciplines. “Viviana had the restraint not to ‘over design’ a space. She helped us polish the details, [and] lose the unnecessary.”
Fashioning Turpentine House Turpentine House, owned by Serena and Diego Cinelli, is another known feature residence in the British Virgin Islands. Located at the very top of Havers Hill in Tortola, this home is identified
as one of Viviana’s favourite creations. “When we met Viviana, we knew immediately that she was the right person to start the project of our new home,” said the couple. “She had this quality of imagining every house not like a ‘building’ but like a home she would have liked living in.” Viviana showed a sincere and intuitive understanding of what her innovative, European clients wanted from their new residence. “It was fun working with her in the office by her house, surrounded by trees and the beautiful dogs that followed her everywhere,” said Serena. “A house that she opened to us like we were part of the family and for which we will always be grateful…Her most precious contribution to the project—besides her obvious skills as an architect— was her experience of a lifetime spent living on the island. “She had this special view of how the spaces would better flow in the house and a love for natural elements such as wood and stone, and the indisputable capacity for designing… warm and elegant homes.”
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ABOVE Turpentine House is a truly inviting space
Reviewing the beautiful Turpentine House, Viviana’s traits were naturally reflected in the appearance of the incredible home.
Viviana’s Legend Lives There is no doubt that from these few testimonials alone, Viviana was not only a great architect to those that had the pleasure of her company, but a fierce friend and relative as well. “Mum, Viviana, was an amazing person who was always smiling,” said Piers. “She was very dedicated to her work and loved designing everything from houses to fabrics, to t-shirts. She had a very eccentric style that was known to most of the island as everyone would always buy exotic jewellery…from her shop Zenaida. [She is greatly missed by all of us].” ■
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Architect’s eye How TigerQi Architecture are remodelling Brandywine Estate Restaurant W O R D S B Y L AV I N A L I B U R D ‘A F T E R ’ P H O T O G R A P H Y B Y A LT O N B E R T I E
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OVER THE LAST few months, our team has been working on the repair and remodelling of Brandywine Estate Restaurant. Hurricane Irma tore Brandywine Estate Restaurant apart. The low sloped and fabric roofs were ripped away from the outdoor eating areas, the shady gazebo was totally blown away, and the landscaping was almost completely ripped out. The bar, kitchen, and bathrooms took considerable damage, and although the roof of the main building itself stayed on, it was in an extremely damaged condition. The idea here was to rebuild a stronger, more functional, and more resilient space, while enhancing the charm of the original establishment. We needed to accomplish this while retaining some of the original cosy ambience, and enhancing the overall experience. The new design creates four very distinct but overlapping experiences for the revamped Brandywine Estate Restaurant. The spaces are unified by materiality and colourâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and all are quite modernâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;yet a walkthrough takes you through a myriad of spaces with different moods.
Entry and Outdoor Eating Areas The entry now features a tall wooden frame transitioning to a concrete slab supported by a grid of beams and columns. The continuity of the frame and slab create a soaring space at the entry, and a more condensed intimate space up the stairs at the adjacent raised eating area. The frame will soon have a fabric roof for shade and rain resistance, which is retractable in case of storms.
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ABOVE Damage to Brandywine Estate Restaurant eating areas post-Hurricane Irma
Since the underside of the slab was divided into multiple rectangular bays by the supporting beams, we inserted a wooden tray ceiling into each of these bays to visually lift and lighten the entire area. The new supporting columns required new footings which meant cutting and patching the existing concrete slab floor. After stripping off the layers of old paint, the slab will be finished with a warm grey concrete stain to complement the existing terracotta tile and the new woodwork.
The Bar and Kitchens In the bar area, we created a cathedral ceiling with a gable end in lieu of the original hip. We also made the structure slightly taller, and the roof just a bit steeper over the central volume of the building. This creates a feeling of loftiness within an enclosed space, drawing the eye upward. The new roof features heavier
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The idea here was to rebuild a stronger, more functional, and more resilient space, while enhancing the charm of the original establishment.
timbers, and a build-up of tongue and groove boarding, structural plywood, waterproofing membrane, purlins, and rigid insulation. The structure also gained a more substantial ringbeam and better secured eaves. We introduced solar powered ventilation fans over the kitchen and dishwashing area to keep these backof-house working areas cooler when the massive stove, grill, and oven are operating at full capacity. This entire area and a portion
of the area under the slab will be secured with hurricane shutters, providing a secure place to store furniture and protecting the kitchen equipment against future storms.
The Terrace Covering the previously open terrace adds more protected seating for the restaurant; however, the parabolic plan of the terrace did not easily lend itself to a traditional roof shape. This inspired us to consider a
ABOVE The restaurant and environs LEFT The entry
non-traditional approach based on organic forms found in nature. We set up an asymmetrical, leaf-shaped roof structure, which echoes the floor plan of the terrace, but is segmented rather than curved for ease of construction. This allowed us to achieve the ownerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal of a dramatic high-peaked roof, showing off rustic heavy timbers. We did, however, keep the terrace open to the amazing view of adjacent islands over the waters. The result is a roof that visually levitates, while being securely strapped down with partially exposed engineered connectors. To support this new roof, we introduced massive buttress columns clad in stone. This helped us to create a somewhat heavy,
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ABOVE The terrace, , RIGHT Looking up under the terrace roof
masculine feel to balance and ground the airiness of the roof structure. Since the restaurateur preferred a column-free space for ease of service and to maximise seating, we opted to eliminate any central support. These columns were therefore engineered to support a heavy timber roof spanning over 30 feet in each direction, with the peak at 17 feet above the floor. We extended the end wall of the bar up to a tall parapet in order to help support the end of this massive floating structure. To finish off the space, we added perimeter louvers just below the ring beam for additional shade and shelter, and will
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LEFT Covered outdoor eating area MIDDLE AND BOTTOM The gazebo
add roll-down fabric shades between each column. These allow us to maintain connection to the view, but also to create a protected, enclosed atmosphere in high-wind or rain situations.
The Gazebo This was the one area of the project designed in a deliberately traditional vein. Think of a Thai-inspired English Garden Folly, which sits amid greenery on a podium overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The gazebo was rebuilt from scratch with heavy wood posts and stainless-steel brackets. Custom built lattice-work in a square grid completes the shady, screened-off space. It was important to the entire team that we make functional and energy-efficient improvements in addition to the structural and aesthetic ones. The result is a collection of varied spatial experiences all crowned with beautiful woodwork which is by turns, monumental, intimate, dramatic, and infused with quaint charm. From the soaring, multi-columnar entry, one may quickly divert to the enclosed bar area with its cathedral ceiling, or continue to the Terrace to experience an organic space inspired by the forms of nature. The journey ends in a cosy garden, where the greenery is filtered by the lattice-work panels. The influences are subtle and inflected, yet create distinctly different spatial experiences which connect well together. The restaurant is slated to re-open in Mid-November. â&#x2013; Architect: TigerQi Architecture/ Lavina Liburd Structural Engineer: Systems Engineering Ltd/ Richard Taylor Contractor: RFA Construction Ltd
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A perfectly designed property should blend seamlessly into its surrounding environment, creating an almost invisible line between where the house stops and the island begins.
Acclaimed architect Michael Helm has created in SHANNON HOUSE a flawless balance of luxury property and stunning natural setting. Taking inspiration from Balinese architecture, Shannon House is built among immense volcanic boulders and tropical gardens. An exceptional two-tiered swimming pool boasts north-facing views of azure sky and sea, melting into one another. Pitched thatch ceilings, sprawling outdoor
areas, and spacious open-living effortlessly merge into the breathtaking environs.
With sheer hillsides and remote locations, the BVI presents one of the most difficult building environments on earth. Therefore, the first sight of MANGO MANOR, built into the lush hillside on Tortolaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s North coast, is truly breath-taking.
Taking inspiration from Balinese architecture, Shannon House is built among immense volcanic boulders and tropical gardens.
This prestigious estate wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be out of place on a beachfront at the Hamptons, and yet the marble pillars, huge archways, intricate stonework, and manicured
landscaping seem ideally designed for breezy island-living. BVI revered architect Dion A. Stoutt has created an epitome of old school glamour and luxury in Mango Manor.
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lifestyle protection The breath-taking ocean views are beautifully framed by high vaulted ceilings, sweeping entrances, and large glass doors. Plantation style furnishing and impeccable attention to detail create a truly one-of-a-kind property in the BVI.
Properties located a stone’s throw from the water edge are few and far between in the BVI. Remote plots with very limited access from the road or water, makes building a near impossibility. Located on a very private peninsular on Jost Van Dyke’s south shore, SOUNION is another triumphant success from BVI architect Viviana Jenik. Built on a remote outcrop of land, this villa enjoys 200 feet of ocean frontage and an uninterrupted view of endless ocean and sky. The private beach and pristine snorkelling reef are both a few steps away. Sounion has been designed to take full advantage of the remarkable location, with spacious living spaces and sweeping terraces. This incredible property is a calm, relaxing, and very private sanctuary.
Renowned architects at Roger Downing and Partners have created in the newly refurbished PASEA APARTMENTS, a Caribbean take on modern urban living. Designed for convenience and comfort, these ten units are located just 150 feet above the heart of Road Town, yet are private and secluded enough to feel miles from all the hustle and bustle. Careful consideration went into the materials chosen for this project; energy efficient roofing which reduces heat penetration, hurricane resistance windows and doors, and the environmentally conscious bamboo flooring in all the bedrooms. Open-plan living opens up to the incredible views of Road Town, the islands on the horizon, and constant cooling sea breezes. State of the art fixtures and fittings, and contemporary furnishings combine with warm wooden accents. The result is a stunning, sophisticated space that wouldn’t be out of place in any modern city around the globe.
From happy beginnings to happy ever after, we intended to make our mark. And we did. Colonial Insurance has been providing the best insurance cover at the best possible price in the British Virgin Islands since 2005. Our intention was to make our mark as member of our local business community, offering the support and resources of Colonial Group International (CGI). CGI companies manage $430 million in premium income and pension contributions and have settled over $400 million in hurricane related claims since 2000. Colonial Insurance (BVI) Limited is rated A- excellent by A.M. Best. That’s an internationally recognised rating for financial strength. For you, it means more cover and security for your lifestyle. For us, it means we’ve made our mark. Call 494-8450/495-6403 or visit cgigroup.com
TURPENTINE HOUSE was designed by celebrated architect Viviana Jenik, in close collaboration with the Italian owners whom delight in the exquisite beauty and detail of Mediterranean design. As you enter the property through towering hand carved teak doors, it’s instantly apparent that you’ve found yourself in an architectural oasis. Designed as two commanding
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pavilions framing a central courtyard and infinity-edged pool—with lush landscaping and expansive decking— this property seamlessly transitions indoor to outdoor. The use of exceptional materials such as Guyanese Kabukalli, Indonesian Teak, and South American Ipe, were sourced to achieve this customised vision. Inside the distinctive octagonally shaped Great House, dramatically high ceilings supported by colossal teak supports, draw the eye in and upwards. South African slate floors beautifully complement the Moroccan tadelakt stuccoed walls, painstakingly finished with handapplied wax. Turpentine House truly encompasses the very best of details and design from around the globe. ■
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MANAGING OUR YACHTS New rules on stranded, sunken, or abandoned boats in the British Virgin Islands W O R D S B Y VA R E E N VA N T E R P O O L - N I B B S
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WITH EFFECT FROM 10 July, 2018, the Disaster Management (Amendment) Act 2018 came into force in the British Virgin Islands. The Act introduced new legal rules to hold boat owners and/or their marine insurers responsible for the removal and recovery of a sunken, stranded, or abandoned boat in the BVI. Following Hurricanes Irma and Maria of September 2017, the images of vast devastation across the islands candidly depicted the substantial loss and damage to all types of property, including boats. Hundreds of boats of varying makes, descriptions, and values were strewn wasted across land, shorelines, and territorial waterways, playing out a scene that few if any have ever witnessed. Disasters—natural or otherwise— are a fact of life, but the issue that came into stark focus in the wake of the 2017 hurricanes is what role a boat owner should play if a natural disaster leaves his or her boat sunken, stranded, or distressed in the BVI. Additionally, what consequences would a boat owner face if he or she deliberately abandons his or her boat following a natural or man-made disaster or otherwise?
Roles of the Receiver of Wrecks and the Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority The roles of the Receiver of Wrecks of the Shipping Registry and the Managing Director of the BVI Ports Authority—the Designated Authorities or separately, a Designated Authority— are central to the operation of the Act. This is fitting because prior to the introduction of the Act, both of these officers were already vested with certain responsibilities to deal with wrecks and salvage within their respective statutory jurisdictions. For instance, under The British Virgin Islands Ports Authority Act 1990, the BVI Ports Authority has responsibility for the designated ports of entry,
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namely, Road Harbour and West End Harbour on Tortola, Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke and St. Thomas Bay, Virgin Gorda. Under the Act, the Managing Director is empowered to act where boats are left within any of these ports, harbours, and tidal waters. Similarly, under the Merchant Shipping Act 2001, the Receiver of Wrecks bears responsibility for all other areas of the territorial waters of the BVI. Accordingly, the Act empowers the Receiver of Wrecks to act where boats are left in marine shelters, coastal or inland waters, beaches and all other territorial areas. In each case, the ability of a Designated Authority to act is dependent on the location of the boat within the BVI. The Act empowers a Designated Authority to direct the owner or insurer to raise, remove, or destroy a boat that is stranded, sunken, or abandoned within the Designated Authority’s area of control. If the owner or insurer of the boat fails to do so, the Designated Authority may recover the boat. A Designated Authority is also empowered to direct the owner or insurer to proceed to recover a stranded boat from onshore, whether from Crown or private land.
The Process Once the jurisdictional authority to act is clear, a Designated Authority must then decide on whether or not the condition of a boat constitutes a ‘hazard’. The Act states that a Designated Authority may deem a boat to be a hazard if the boat is sunk or partially sunk, adrift, stranded, or abandoned within any area of a Designated Authority’s control; or that the boat is likely to become an obstruction or a danger to the safe, convenient use, and operation of these areas. It is important to note that a Designated Authority may act not only after the occurrence of a natural or man-made disaster, but rather in any case where a boat is located in
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a way that constitutes a hazard as contemplated under the Act. The same determination must also be made for any objects which have become separated from a boat. As the next step, a Designated Authority must issue a notice to the registered owner(s) of the boat or the insurer, requiring the owner or insurer to raise, remove, or destroy the boat within 60 days of the issue of the notice. The notice must be issued by sending it through registered or electronic mail, publishing it in the Government’s Gazette or a local newspaper, or affixing the notice to the boat. The latter options are particularly important in cases where the owner or insurer cannot be identified, and where a notice is placed in the Gazette or a newspaper it must contain full particulars of the boat and its location. If the owner or insurer does not adhere to the terms and conditions stated within the notice, upon expiry of the notice period, the Designated Authority may proceed to raise, remove, or destroy the sunken, stranded, or abandoned boat from where it is located, and the owner or insurer will be held responsible for all costs incurred by the Designated Authority for these actions. The expectation is that all recovery costs for sunken, stranded, and abandoned boats will be borne by the owner or insurer, irrespective of whether the owner or insurer completes the recovery effort or if a Designated Authority recovers the boat. To satisfy the costs for recovering or disposing of a boat, a Designated Authority may require the owner or insurer to lodge a bond. Alternatively, if it becomes necessary, all costs incurred by a Designated Authority may be recouped through civil action against the boat owner or insurer, or by sale of the recovered boat or objects recovered from the boat. The proceeds of sale may be used to reimburse the Designated Authority for the total expense incurred for the recovery of the boat.
Any surplus from the proceeds of sale after the deduction of recovery fees will be paid to the boat owner or insurer.
Implications for Marine Insurers Separate and apart from their obligations to boat owners under an insurance contract, it is interesting that the Act holds marine insurers equally responsible with the owner to either adhere to a notice to recover a boat or to pay the recovery fees which a Designated Authority may incur in doing so. It will be interesting to see whether insurers will now record contingent liabilities arising from this or whether there may be other consequences such as higher premiums or insurance contracts with more stringent terms going forward.
Are New Rules a Positive? Notwithstanding significant strides made in the BVI’s overall clean-up efforts following the hurricanes, it is a fact that even today many boats still remain sunken or stranded throughout the BVI. As such, whether boat owners or insurers are compelled to mobilise or the Designated Authorities act themselves, one can surely appreciate that these new rules may positively advance continuing efforts to recover all boats which remain in this condition in the BVI.
About Harneys’ Private Client Team Harneys Private Client team regularly advises clients on the acquisition of BVI real estate, including devising ownership structures to satisfy the tax, regulatory, succession planning and other needs of each client. For more information on these solutions or any other matters relating to acquiring property or a yacht, registering a business, or planning for future generations, please contact Sheila George, Johann Henry, or Paul Mellor. ■
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A Sea Captain’s Life
To be a captain for a day – what’s it really like? Q & A Part I WO R DS BY L AU R E N H O D G I N S P H OTO G R A P H Y BY C Y I C H A R T E R S AND GOKSUN PHOTOGRAPHY
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AS WE MOVE into prime charter season in the islands, Virgin Islands marinas are abustle with preparations for arriving guests. So much hard work underway begs us to ask the question—where would the charter industry be without our fearless captains managing, maintaining, and navigating the majestic mega-yachts that grace our Caribbean waters? Captains have come a long way from peg-legs and hook-hands to epaulets and neatly trimmed moustaches, so this month, we decided to get to know a few local captains, learning a little more about their daily lives, sans eye patches. CAPTAIN BYRON TIPPETT grew up in South Africa where he first discovered his love of the sea through diving. He captains the powercatamaran charter yacht, Sea Glass 74.
WHAT LIFE PATH LED YOU TO BECOME A YACHT CAPTAIN IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS? I developed a strong
love for the ocean while growing up in South Africa. My dad introduced me to scuba diving when I was really young, and I was hypnotised by the beauty and intricacy of the
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...where would the charter industry be without our fearless captains managing, maintaining, and navigating the majestic mega-yachts that grace our Caribbean waters? underwater world. After school, I transitioned from diving as a hobby, to diving as a career. Experiencing the freedom and seeing the happiness the ocean brings to people both above and below the water, encouraged me to climb the maritime ladder.
WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK YOU DO? WHAT DOES YOUR MUM THINK YOU DO? My friends think I have fun every day and that I am Captain Ron. I do have fun every day and I am Captain BY-Ron! My mum thinks I am in charge of the Titanic and that I dodge coconuts daily.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR FREE TIME? I love to
surf, dive, or kite board with my wife. Spending time reflecting and making goals is always important to make sure you are moving forward and living your best life.
DESCRIBE A PERFECT WORK DAY FOR YOU.
An island hopping day onboard Sea Glass with sunny skies, calm seas and full of adventure.
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Sea Glass 74’s beautiful interiors RIGHT Sea Glass 74 cruises the waters; the cabins boast contemporary simplicity
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WHAT LIFE PATH LED YOU TO BECOME A YACHT CAPTAIN IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS? After getting married,
my wife and I didn’t want to continue in the corporate sales world. So, we decided to sell everything in Cape Town and pursue a career in yachts. After working in the Mediterranean, we dreamed of working in the Virgin Islands. We kept searching for a yacht that was based here and after a few months, we found the perfect yacht for us in the VI as Captain and Chef.
CAPTAIN EVERT THERON left the corporate life behind to pursue a career in yachting. He is the captain of the power charter yacht, Irresistible.
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WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK YOU DO? WHAT ABOUT YOUR MUM? YOUR KIDS? My friends think I’m living
it up like a billionaire on holiday, because you never put cleaning blackwater tanks and 18-hour days on social media, do you? I don’t know what my mum thinks I do. Maybe
that I run from hurricanes while taking people on island trips. And no kids yet, but I’ll tell them that I drive a spaceship that takes people to different worlds!
WHAT ARE THE HIGHS AND LOWS OF THE JOB? Definitely
the guests. It is always a great joy for me seeing our guests enjoying the trip and experiencing the Caribbean. On the other hand, they can also be the challenge to keep happy! But it doesn’t matter how long or hard a day becomes, because all you do is look around and realise that your office is in paradise and that the worst day here beats almost all of the best days in other jobs.
WHAT DOES A PERFECT DAY ON CHARTER LOOK LIKE? Definitely a day that Mother Nature shows her good side and the
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guests experience all the beauty she has to offer. My ideal day for guests is a day with calm seas and clear water, allowing guests to snorkel and swim with sea turtles and stingrays. Then, the guests can enjoy drinks on a secluded beach while watching a beautiful sunset. Days like that allow guests to create great memories with their friends and family while onboard. If my guests are having a good time, then I have done a good job. â&#x2013; Â See Part II of these interviews next month, when we ask about life on the seas of two more charter yacht captains!
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RACING WITH PALMIRA The regatta champion, world-cruising yacht is ready to be enjoyed in the BVI WO R DS BY ST E P H E N L F R A N C E P H OTO G R A P H Y BY J E F F B R OW N
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ONCE A CHAMPION of the seas, regatta-winning Palmira is a world-cruising, accomplished race contestant offering contemporary, sophisticated onboard living for guests who seek stellar service and sailing. Built at Fitzroy in 2009 to naval architect Dubois, partnering interiors by Adam Lay Studios, Palmira presents performance sailing of the highest calibre. With â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;podium finishesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; at Loro Piana, St Barths, the Palma Superyacht Cup, and the Dubois Cup, some of the most famous names have competed onboard Palmira, including British Olympic gold medallist Shirley Robertson and New Zealand sailing superstar Cameron Appleton.
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Palmira presents performance sailing of the highest calibre
Guests can experience the exhilaration of profound sailing spirit on a victorious vessel surrounded by the superyacht luxury of a 2010 Showboats Design Awards winner. Achieving the award for ‘Best Exterior Design & Styling’ in the Sailing Yacht category, her striking interiors surrounds her guests with light hemp wall panelling, dark Wenge wood furniture, a white onyx bar in the main salon, and light-reflecting, bespoke Italian sofas by Giorgetti Spa. Abounding with natural light— owing to the 360-degree panoramic windows and sky lights—the theme of brightness contrasted with shade is stunningly clear. Spacious and airy, the yacht’s interiors are comprised of a split-level main salon, and cabin configuration of one single, two doubles, and one twin, permitting eight guests and six crew members. The deck areas accommodate extended space to see that guests’ comfort is unencumbered.
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With fixed sun pads aft, a forward tender hatch that converts to a Jacuzzi, and alfresco cockpit-dining, guests have plenty of options for relaxation and entertaining. A verified global cruiser, this ‘celebrity’ sailing yacht bestows impressive capabilities in complete safety with a speed of 11 knots cruising under engine and 14 knots maximum.
Affording demonstrated capability in voyaging to the farthest corners of the world—her journeys encompassing trips to Panama, Tahiti, Fiji, Patagonia, and Brazil— Palmira has a proven track record that allows her to boast ease and security in sailing. A fold-down swim platform allows smooth access to the water with her abundance of aqua toys and tenders. Palmira will be available to charter in the Caribbean, including the BVI in early February 2019 through till late April from 115,000 USD per week. Contact Y.CO for more information – firstname.lastname@example.org. ■ Palmira presents the dichotomy of booming exhilaration and luxury comfort
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RATED BY Caribbean Journal as the number one island to visit in 2018, Antigua and Barbuda are a dualisland country in the Leeward islands that is becoming an increasingly popular destination. Full of everything that island seekers love—beautiful beaches, swaying palms, and turquoise water—Antigua offers an unforgettable vacation with the perfect mix of old-world charm and modern luxury. Named in 1493 by Christopher Columbus, Antigua means ‘ancient’ in Spanish. Heavily influenced by the British Empire, the island is an independent state and member of the British Commonwealth with Queen Elizabeth II serving as head of state. St. John’s—not to be confused with St. John, an island of the U.S. Virgin Islands—is the capital of Antigua and is a bustling city centre of commerce and tourism. The cruise port handles thousands of ship visitors each year, and the public market is a fantastic place to meet locals, purchase local produce, and buy Antiguan crafts and gifts. St. John’s Cathedral—also known as St. John the Divine—is a stunning example of baroque architecture and a beautiful piece of the island’s history. The original wood structure was built in 1681, and the English brick structure replaced it in 1748. The iron gates at the south entrance date back to 1789.
LEFT The colourful port of St John’s at dusk
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A visit to English Harbour is like a time machine to a bygone era, and Nelson’s Dockyard is the only surviving Georgian dockyard in the world A visit to English Harbour is like a time machine to a bygone era, and Nelson’s Dockyard is the only surviving Georgian dockyard in the world; see buildings restored to 18th and 19th century glory and visit the museum to learn more about the fascinating history of the harbour’s military functions. Gift shops and boutiques sell excellent artisan souvenirs, and restaurants and art galleries offer plenty to see and do on a day in the harbour. Be sure to head up the hill to the Shirley Heights lookout, where the view presents a stunning picture of the entire English Harbour, and the Sunday evening parties are not to be missed. If you’re traveling to the Caribbean for the beaches, Antigua will not
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disappoint. It has 365 beaches, meaning you could spend a year on the island and visit a different beach each day. Just north of St. John’s is Dickenson Bay, one of the most striking and most-visited beaches on island. Popular with families, this stunning strip of powder-soft sand is great for anyone wanting to enjoy calm, turquoise waters and warm sun. The beach at Deep Bay is one to visit for snorkelling and to avoid tourist crowds; a sunken ship offers great underwater views.
ABOVE Nelson’s Dockyard is the only surviving Georgian dockyard in the world RIGHT Sunset at English Harbour
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ABOVE Dickenson Bay in Antigua LEFT Waves crashing on rocks at Devil’s Bridge, Antigua
Just a short flight away is Antigua’s sister island, Barbuda. While much of Antigua was spared from 2017’s Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Barbuda was severely hit and its people evacuated after the storms. Barbuda boasts stunning pink sand beaches and a vital Frigate bird sanctuary, to which the national birds are beginning to return. While Barbuda is yet to fully
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recover, her natural beauty is still a sight to behold. Antigua provides plenty of opportunities for visitors to stay and play, and there are accommodations and activities for everyone to appreciate. With new direct air service out of New York and Canada, traveling to the island has never been simpler. The island offers boutique hotels,
unique retreat experiences, and allinclusive options that will fit every budget. Stay in a romantic room steeped in colonial history at the Admiral’s Inn at Nelson’s Dockyard. Or choose a stunning beachfront room with all amenities included at Galley Bay or Verandah Resort. For a truly luxurious experience, take a short boat ride to enjoy the private island resort at Jumby Bay, accepting guests after a post-hurricane refresh. With no commercial traffic, and only resort guests and local residents permitted, it’s a place that travellers can truly ‘get away from it all.’ The famous Waldorf Astoria hotel will open its first property on the south-eastern shore of the island in 2020, and the new modern Hodges Bay Resort is accepting reservations for its rooms, suites, and villas on the north-end of Antigua. Whether visiting for the top-notch sailing opportunities, experiencing natural wonders like Devil’s Bridge, or hiking the rainforest of Mount Obama, Antigua is an island you won’t forget. ■
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“ REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE” PART III
In this third part of our series, we review innovative ‘recycling’ efforts in the Virgin Islands W O R D S B Y C H A R L O T T E M C D E V I T T— G R E E N V I P H OTO G R A P H Y CO U R T E SY O F G R E E N V I
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Partnering for a greener, cleaner and healthier BVI. greenvi.org (284) 468 4934* (*Department of Waste Management - office hours only)
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! In our two previous articles, we highlighted the power we have in our own hands to ‘Reduce’ and ‘Reuse’ our waste materials for a healthier BVI. Let’s now explore how best to ‘Recycle.’ Individuals, community groups, government, schools, businesses, and others all have an important role to play in this critical aspect of ‘greening’ our future. Let’s take a look at how collaborations and innovations are helping us get us off on the right foot as we seek to manage our waste materials better and turn our trash into treasure.
Recycling Bins “Ready to Receive” Attractive, locally-designed and built recycling bins made from old pallets are now “ready to receive” clean plastics, glass, and cans. Before year’s end, recycling bins will be available throughout Virgin Gorda, at schools,
Individuals, community groups, government, schools, businesses, and others all have an important role to play in this critical aspect of ‘greening’ our future.
businesses, on Pockwood Pond in Tortola and—hopefully—on the sister islands.
Where Do Recyclables Go? Currently, glass is crushed on Virgin Gorda and used for construction and landscaping. Aluminium and certain plastics are baled then sent off-island. On Tortola, turning plastic into polywood for outdoor furniture and items such as recycling bins, is soon coming online.
Collaboration Works! With support from Unite BVI for recycling equipment and human
resources, Green VI has begun extending recycling efforts to Tortola. Green VI has procured a collection truck that will be used by the Department of Waste Management to collect recyclables from school, community, and government bins on Tortola, and assist in transferring materials to recyclers. Also, a National Recycling
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ABOVE Green Certification RIGHT Coconuts and starfish made from recycled glass
Committee has been established, bringing together the Department of Waste Management, Ministry of Natural Resources, the Tourist Board, BVI Finance, local recyclers, sponsors, and other stakeholders to help create the unity of purpose needed for recycling success.
Businesses Step Up for the Greater Good In collaboration with the Department of Conservation, Green VI is well along the way for implementation of a Green Pledge & Certification Programme. The Programme helps businesses adopt best green practices, achieve goals for Green Certification, and eventually attain Green Leadership status. A major part of taking the Green Pledge is a contribution to the Recycling Fund that Green VI administers, which is used to support recycling systems in green businesses, collection and movement of recyclables, and outreach activities required to make the system work territory-wide.
What Can You Do? • Separate your plastic, glass, and aluminium waste
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• R inse it clean and deposit it in a Recycling Bin • Encourage others to Recycle • Support businesses who are “going green” • Continue to Reduce & Reuse by taking your own shopping bags to the store, buying only what you need, using reusable water bottles, joining in with clean ups, ‘greening’ your events, and composting • Go to greenvi.org for more tips or download the App that updates residents and visitors on what can be recycled and where
‘Waste Management’ is ‘Materials Management’ As many countries around the world embrace redefining ‘Waste Management’ with ‘Materials Management,’ Green VI continues with our 10-year journey to advocate the same. Check out greenvi.org for insight into how this redefinition opens up a whole new area of products, businesses, and jobs for our Territory, and how/why generating energy from the sun and wind is great for the BVI, while creating energy from waste is not as good an idea as some folks think. ■
SOL Y SOMBRA VIRGIN GORDA, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS STEPS AWAY FROM Little Trunk Bay, this classic and timeless British colonial beachfront villa has five suites, each furnished with custom-made teak furniture. A great room, office/library, dining room and fully-outfitted kitchen offer spacious and elegant entertainment areas. A 45-foot ocean-front infinity pool, observation deck and lighted tennis court are set within over an acre of tropical gardens. The property is proximate to The Baths, Virgin Gordaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s famous destination, and two unspoiled beaches, Little Trunk Bay and Valley Trunk Bay. A private movie theater, daily maid service, exercise equipment and gym and a chef (upon request) complete the villaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s offerings.
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Introducing the new Marina Village and Bay Suites. Opening December 2018. A social destination for unwinding in the North Sound, Oil Nut Bayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Marina Village offers relaxed outdoor dining, marketplace, boutique, coffee shop, library and spacious lounge deck with games, a pool and suspended overwater hammock. Looking to stay a little longer? The Bay Suites offer a luxurious retreat with beautiful sea views and world-class resort amenities. VIRGIN GORDA, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS | 1 284 393 1000 | oilnutbay.com