Virgin Islands (BVI & USVI) Property & Yacht November 2015

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From the Editor It’s been quite a while since we did this… …but the time has emerged. In this month’s issue, we place the power in your hands again. Following our Readers’ Choice awards ceremony where you voted the outcome of the best people, places, and services in the BVI, we now reintroduce our VIPY Reader Survey. We want the magazine to be its best and your assistance is required in this simple questionnaire; naturally, we offer rather pleasant incentives to enlist your valued feedback – make sure to visit us online to participate as you will not be disappointed with what you can win. This month’s cover feature property on Water’s Edge reminds us of the wonder that is Virgin Gorda – the island’s incredible setting has been blended with the home to create an alluring natural residence Sign up to our monthly e-newsletter at

that appears as if grown out of the beautiful scenery. Our Villa Showcase grants us Solace literally and metaphorically as we review the vacation rental’s

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fairy-tale visage, transporting us to the comforts of nostalgia and the relaxation of Caribbean paradise.

Elemental Water Makers make their debut in our publication as a unique company that enable a cost


efficient and eco-friendly solution to the water supply in the Virgin Islands.

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Yacht Spotlight shines upon Xenia 50, a combination of deluxe dwellings and an accommodating crew, while the CYS talk to us about the latest information on the charter yacht industry – very important as

one of the more significant areas of the BVI economy. From Sea Level bestows a Thanksgiving delight with our SV Lolalita chef treating us to a recipe for Pecan Pie Cheesecake with Salted Caramel – very tasty. Our maritime historian scribe asks you—the readers—how sailors navigated without the electronic advances we have today, requesting that you contact him with any insights. And we have an update on the cruise ship pier project – this is something the BVI community has been hearing in the media for several years so its grand unveiling should be quite the festival. Glittery items are the Things We Love this month as House advertise more stylish household items. Artists’ Corner with Julia Rusu shows us the skill of art on the human canvas and, the Movember month takes on a new theme; a night of ‘Movember at the Movies’ with MOscars – this is definitely not to be missed as the annual event is always a great success in raising awareness and funds towards its noble cause.

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

Traci O’Dea Traci is a poet, journalist, editor, educator, and essayist. She lives in the British Virgin Islands where she teaches at H. Lavity Stoutt Community College. Her work has appeared in Poetry, 32 Poems, Poetry Daily, Bird’s Eye View, Limin’ Times, and elsewhere. She also serves as an editor for the poetry journal Smartish Pace.

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

Megan Schlobohm Chef Megan has a fierce passion for cooking. Perfecting her menu on various yachts, most of her phenomenal culinary abilities are self-taught, bringing innovative cuisine to Crewed Yacht Lolalita in the BVI.

aLookingGlass Team Lauren Charley – Editorial Coordinator

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Lauren graduated with BA (Hons) Media Studies from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. She has worked as a feature magazine writer, where many of her stories pertained to events, people, activities, and places in popular tourist destinations.

Originally from New Zealand with a background in brand management for three of New Zealand’s top-selling lifestyle magazines, Erin has experience and strong understanding of sales and marketing within the publishing industries. She brings a fresh approach to advertising in magazines and digital media.

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Water’s Edge in the epic setting of Virgin Gorda - photo by Rainbow Visions BVI

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16 10 Exclusive Feature Property





33 Charter Yacht Society Update

45 Things We Love

Water’s Edge—a property intricately blended into its environment—lives up to its name on the island of Virgin Gorda

The latest on the charter yacht industry in the British Virgin Islands from the people that know best

Some choice ‘glittery’ items with home accessories and design retailer House

16 Reader Survey is here!

36 Reader Giveaway - Free Entry

47 Artists’ Corner

Still up for the WIN – Ocean Surfari sport fishing charter – throw in!

The live canvas of the human face is the area for makeup artist Julia Rusu’s expertise

We call on your feedback this month with amazing prizes in store

18 Villa Showcase

38 From Sea Level

Solace combines fairy-tale fantasy with Caribbean paradise luxury for the vacation you’ve been seeking

A Thanksgiving recipe for Pecan Pie Cheesecake with Salted Caramel – deliciously sweet

26 Elemental Water Makers

50 Movember One of the most popular events of the year - grooming crazy mustaches for charity Ready, Steady, Grow

40 BVI Maritime History Tales

51 Readers’ Choice Focus

A truly special company with a grand vision, supplying ‘life’ to the Virgin Islands via ecofriendly fresh water production

We ask the question – how did these sailors navigate without the modern tech we are graced with today?

Highlights of the annual VIPY Readers’ Choice event – such a great turnout

30 Yacht Spotlight

43 Cruise Ship Pier Nearly Here

55 Property Listings

Xenia 50 impresses upon us just how brilliant these charter vessels and their services can be

A grand project that has been in the media for a while…

Exclusive Feature Property – Presented by BVI Sotheby’s International Realty

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ater’s Edge, presented by Maritha Keil of BVI Sotheby’s International Realty, is located in the heart of one of nature’s

Water’s Edge is uniquely connected with outdoor living as all three of the property’s buildings have been constructed to fit around the granite rocks.

great wonders. Built among the giant granite boulder fields of

Cream coloured exteriors with white peaked-roofs and orange clay tiles

Virgin Gorda, this is a contemporary Caribbean fantasy home, in a

provide soft tones to fit with the vibrant scenery. Large folding glass doors and

secluded and tranquil setting, nearby The Baths. Any new owner of this grand property will enjoy sharing both the alluring natural scenery and their deluxe accommodations, in a one-of-a-kind setting for the most extraordinary experience in the BVI.

picture windows clasp the views while enabling a refreshing breeze to travel throughout the indoor living spaces. The patio and deck afford plenty of space featuring an outside bar area equipped with power points and a spot for an extra fridge. In addition to

Water’s Edge is a newly built dream home situated on outstanding property

multiple expanses for stargazing and sun lounging, when it’s time to cool off,

surrounded by tropical vegetation; it was designed so that construction of the

the 24ft pool with its unique little river and footbridge are a blessing for a

house would not disturb the natural environs or distract from the location’s

refreshing dip.

historic beauty. Tucked away in a cavernous area, the exterior garden walls

The home is a blank canvas waiting for the personal touches of its new owners

enclosing the private property stand with an intriguing Brazilian hardwood

to be implemented into the design, furnishings, and decor. The first building

door, sparking curiosity of what lies behind it.

contains the kitchen and dining area, with state-of-the-art cooking facilities,

Upon entering, an instant sense of awe is felt as the home is fitted around

sparkling tortoise shell granite countertops, and custom wooden cabinetry.

a spread of the wondrous boulders. The sensation of tranquillity is felt as the

This great room offers an ocean view and is flooded by natural light from

panoramas of the Caribbean ocean hook the eyes to embrace the alluring

the floor length windows which open to the outer deck. A central island in the

turquoise sea.

cooking space comprises bar stools and a small sink and station for preparing



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cocktails, as well as a temperate-controlled wine fridge in the expansive space to serve and entertain guests relaxing on a unique built-in stone sofa. An ample pantry with additional kitchen prep area joins the great room to the indoor and outdoor shower, bath, and laundry areas which are accessible for pool use.

Water’s Edge is overlooking Crook’s Bay with just a 5-minute walk to Spring Bay National Park and prime access to a number of secluded beaches. The villa is a short drive away from nearby various dining opportunities and a 10 minute drive to Spanish Town. Whether it becomes a private home or you choose to share the magic as a

From the second building, the vast windows deliver a dramatic view of the

vacation rental, Water’s Edge is sure to provide a luxurious fantasy retreat for

ocean, appearing almost as a painting of a prehistoric, unworldly setting. This

all those who come to stay in the renowned and mysterious paradise island

room was intended as the main indoor living area, and the design possibilities

called Virgin Gorda.

are endless for any new owner to craft the room with the comforts and amenities they desire. The third building holds two and a half bedrooms accommodating up to six

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guests. Both of the main bedrooms have direct patio access, where a smaller

Crook’s Bay, Virgin Gorda

second pool rests, while offering seclusion between the boulders and views looking out to sea. Wake up to the most peaceful and stunning ocean views as seen from the master bedroom, complete with its own lounging area and full service kitchenette to prepare and offer breakfast in bed, or late night snacks. The en suite bathroom features a powder area for makeup, double sinks, and a gorgeous outdoor shower constructed between the boulders. A second bedroom is fitted with a queen-size bed, en suite bathroom with an outdoor shower, a small kitchenette with a sink and mini fridge, and a private patio for relaxation. This bedroom is functional for guests with young children, because there is a small half-size bedroom attached and fitted with built-in bunk beds, yet can be converted into a small office or studio if you desire.

• 2.5 acre waterfront property • 2.5 bedroom, 3 bathroom • 2 pools and outdoor bar • High end finishings • Unique setting amongst the boulders • Comfortable breeze • Close proximity to The Baths • Additional guest quarters & storage

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A Family Staycation at Blue Water Horizon Villa, valued at $1,000

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Blue Water Horizon washes the rest of the world away in mere steps from first A 2-night staycation at Blue Horizon Villa, Tortola for up to 4 adults and 2 children. entry onto its exceptionally private pool terrace. Drop your bags and indulge your toes in the crystalline water as you acquaint yourself with every detail Dates are based on space available. Please see: for designed to let the hours slip by lounging in the sun, sharing a meal on the Full Terms & Conditions veranda, and toasting exquisite Caribbean sunsets. Allow the lulling waves from Long Bay below to ride the gentle trade winds as they sweep up the lush hillside through the palms to beckon your gaze out into the endless waters beyond Tortola’s North Shore. Courtesy of:



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An incredible Day Spa Pamper Package valued at $350

This great prize includes: Rejuvenating Facial Treatment with thermal water and porcelain spoons The ultra-gentle textures of this treatment have been formulated to respect the sensitivity of all skin types. In 50 minutes, sensitive skin recovers comfort and serenity, and a moment of tremendous relaxation is experienced. Spa thermal water protects against external aggression, soothes all sensations of discomfort, and balances the skin’s tolerance threshold. Full body massage with Hot Stones A special massage that uses smooth heated stones. The heat of the stones warm and relax the muscles, which allows the therapist to apply deeper pressure, if desired. The warmth of the hot stones improves the circulation and calms the nervous system. The therapist places stones on points that are thought to be energy centres of the body to re-balance the body and mind. Spa manicure and pedicure One and a half hour service that pampers your hands and feet with aromatic salt scrub, nourishing mask, and hot stone massage. Please see: for Full Terms & Conditions Studio One Salon & Spa located on Main Street, Road Town has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere and great customer service. The salon offers various services for hair, nails, facial treatments and massages including a revolutionary hair treatment called Hair Beautox that uses botanical ingredients. The salon uses top quality equipment and exclusive products, No.1 in Europe, Schwarzkopf hair colour and Sothys, a Parisian skin care line for all types of skin suitable for men and women. One Salon & Spa Tortola

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Words by Lauren Charley. Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI

lmost every fairy-tale we were told as children gave us comfort when the ending revealed our hero or heroine living happily ever after. Like its name which reflects serenity and peace, Solace, presented by

Stone walls at the entrance contribute an old-world character to the bright white exterior with a grey tin roof, wooden trim, and classically island-style orange clay tiles. An eclectic mixture of flora and fauna including species of cactus, red

Villas of Tortola, is a fairy-tale-like villa in which

flamboyant flowers, and tropical palms along with decorative coral stones

to cherish your stay in the BVI.

enhance the fantasy feel with an original tropical twist.

With the owners of the property deciding to

Entering the main house, the living room is adorned with intriguing

share the magic of their holiday home with Tortola’s visitors, Villas of Tortola

décor, including a wall of square paintings telling stories from the owners’

is excited to be the first to offer Solace as a vacation rental.

younger guests who visited Solace over the years. The space contains a

Located in a hidden and close-knit community of homes on Spy Glass Hill

large wooden dining table, and a leather futon and teak Indonesian chairs

in Tortola’s West End, Solace appears like an enchanted cottage from a story

for enjoying a DVD or a book from the collection of literature and media

book with an added Caribbean flair.

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Joining the living room, the kitchen features all the modern appliances and amenities of a contemporary home, while emitting a classic feel with rich dark custom cabinetry. The kitchen’s double windows open out to the spacious porch area where meals can be served alfresco on two round wooden tables, or casual appetisers enjoyed in a unique outdoor lounge area with bright orange and slate-coloured sofas. Solace comfortably accommodates 10 guests in five colourfully furnished bedrooms. The first and second bedroom are off the main living area, one holding a four-poster queen-size canopy bed, attached to the second bedroom with a king bed, featuring a large bay window with cushioned seating, overlooking the tropical gardens. These two rooms share a half bathroom and a second bathing area with double sinks and indoor shower. Accessible from outside the living area, the third bedroom is attached to the main building and contains a king-size bed with an en suite bathroom and opens to its own separate sun lounging area.

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Up a stone staircase illuminated by blue lights, the fourth and fifth bedrooms are separate from the main house in the heart of the upper entertaining patio. Both are Caribbean-inspired and contain king-size beds and wooden shutters which open to the gardens and a private balcony. These rooms share a bathroom with double sinks and an outdoor shower. Connecting the two upper bedrooms is also a small kitchenette equipped with a fridge and sink. This area is perfect for preparing drinks and finger foods to be served at the outside bar table on the expansive deck area. Along with fun and comfortable sun-loungers, the entertaining area is complete with a 16 x 8 ft swimming pool, ideal for a refreshing dip in the afternoon sun. Visible from the property are astonishing vistas of Tortola’s West End, including Long Bay Hill to the West, Apple Bay beach directly below, and Carrot Bay and Cane Garden Bay looking towards the North shore. Gazing out to the ocean, the USVI islands of St. Thomas and St. John, as

Presented by Villas of Tortola Solace Villa Rental Spy Glass Hill, West End

well as the neighbouring BVI archipelagos of Jost Van Dyke and the Tobago’s paint a scenic view of the tropical surroundings.

Bedrooms: 5

Spy Glass Hill is centrally located in the West End, as it’s at the peak of the

Bathrooms: 3

mountain with a 10-minute drive leading down to the West End Ferry terminal

Max guests: 10

and Soper’s Hole Marina containing a variety of lively restaurants, shops and

Pool: 16’ x 8’

services, and the other side channelling to the community of Apple Bay.

Beach: 5 min drive

A popular surfing beach, Apple Bay is also home to the legendary Bomba

Maid service: 1 x week

Shack which hosts monthly full moon parties, and restaurants offering a taste of delicious, local upscale cuisine such as Sebastian’s on the Beach


Hotel, and The Sugar Mill Hotel with its beach-side restaurant Islands.

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For a tropical fairy-tale experience in the Caribbean in accommodations with all the essential modern amenities, astonishing views of the ocean and neighbouring islands, and unbeatable access to Tortolan cuisine and

culture, Solace provides a holiday ambiance to treasure.

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LAND Words by Lauren Charley. Photography courtesy of Elemental Water Makers and Jerome Glasgow

Here in the British Virgin Islands during 2015, if there is one common wish among residents, it is for more rain; not that it’s desired to see ‘British weather’ of course, but a little extra rain would be a blessing. Our vegetables aren’t growing and our cisterns are running dry, and the solutions to desalinate and provide the community with fresh water are anything but cheap. Luckily for us, there is a brand new cost-efficient and eco-friendly solution, which has made its market debut right here in the BVI on Great Camanoe. Elemental Water Makers (EWM) is the only company of its kind with “a new and patent-pending configuration which enables constant desalination using only fluctuating renewable energy which enables fresh water at lower costs than previously possible,” said Sid Vollebregt, managing director of EWM.



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“Desalination is the process of removing dissolved salts from saline water for the production of fresh water. The preferred desalination technology is reverse osmosis,” - Sid Vollebregt. The company was founded in the spring of 2012 after two engineers, Sid Vollebregt and Reinoud Feenstra fresh from Delft University of Technology successfully completed a field pilot in Indonesia, resulting in the innovation of a reverse osmosis system that can run continuously without electricity, using only fluctuating renewable energy of the sun, wind and/or waves.

This is realised by incorporating an elevated water buffer to cope with the periods absent of renewable energy. The required elevation has been reduced by 80% through energy recovery. Hailing from the Netherlands where fresh water is abundant and accessible, EWM wished to find a solution for fresh water scarcity in areas where it was a problem. The places where desalination is necessary is usually around the equator and on islands which have access to a vast amount of water, but little of it is fresh. “As our solution is driven by renewable energy, the shortest payback time

and the biggest cost savings can be achieved at regions with high electricity prices,” said Sid. The BVI was chosen by EWM as the location for their market entry as the Virgin Islands specifically has some of the highest electricity prices globally. This year in 2015, the BVI also experienced a drastic decrease in total rainfall, and a drought warning was set in place by the Department of Disaster Management (DDM). For residents, this became highly problematic, especially those who had to pay significantly high prices to order fresh water when their cistern tanks ran dry. “We can realise a payback between five to eight years after the installation, depending on the size of the water demand and the exact location. When taking a financial lifetime of 15 years, this means a return on investment of over 100% and cost savings in the order of 30-70%,” said Sid. EWM offer solutions for projects of all types including resorts, businesses, communities, or entire municipalities. The project undertaken in Great Camanoe was a private residency belonging to Paul Serini, who now enjoys more than 3,300 gallons of fresh water daily thanks to his new system. This installation saves 63% in comparison with his former electricity-driven reverse osmosis system, while avoiding 25 tonnes of carbon-dioxide emissions per year.

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“My family and I selected Elemental Water Makers to provide fresh water for our home in the British Virgin Islands because they presented us with a cost effective solution to creating a continuous supply of very high quality water without monthly electrical bills and without using fossil fuels,” said Paul Serini, owner of the residence on Great Camanoe. Using unlimited resources of the sea, sun, earth, and wind while avoiding carbon dioxide emissions, the BVI and USVI have an innovative way to solve their challenges with fresh water scarcity and save money in doing so. The team at EWM are excited to break into the Caribbean market and wish to provide their solutions to areas throughout the world.

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This is what Elemental Water Makers has to offer: • Savings of 70% on water expenses by avoiding the use of electricity • Reliability of production assured by using mature technology • Off-grid installation yearly preventing tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions • Stress-free operation and minimized maintenance through remote monitoring and automation • Runs silent by excluding high-pressure pumps and generators • Easily scalable from a few thousands up to hundreds of thousands gallons per day


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You desire a holiday spent on the water, cruising the Caribbean Sea, yet covet the deluxe accommodations and fine dining experiences found in five star resorts. Combining passion for the nautical lifestyle with indulgence in delectable cuisine is the specialty of Peter Lech and Jade Konst, the captain and chef duo known as the charter crew of luxury catamaran, Xenia 50. Unique to this particular crew, Peter and Jade both hold a captain’s license and have extensive culinary experience with backgrounds in the sailing and restaurant industries. Their vision as a crew is to combine their passion for culinary and cruising the open water by emphasising the service industry aspect with their charter guests who visit the British Virgin Islands. Xenia 50 is a brand new 50 foot Privilege Marine catamaran, completed in February 2015 in Sables d’Olonne, France. She is one of three in the Xenia fleet which includes a Privilege 745 and Privilege 615, all outfitted to offer the same “fine quality”. The Xenia yachts feature warm, inviting interior colours for the most comforting space with the exterior exhibiting a distinct tan shade, unique to the fleet and conspicuously displaying that the vessels are of the Xenia brand. Jade and Peter can accommodate up to six guests in three cabins on board their floating home, which delivers a relaxed yet high-end atmosphere for travel. Each of the cabins is fitted with a European queen-size bed and en-suite bathroom for a comforting experience. Guests instantly feel welcomed upon arrival in their bedrooms which are adorned with flowers, dressed with soft Egyptian cotton linens, cashmere throws, and include a 32” flat screen TV. Retreating to the saloon space, Jade prepares a special menu in the galley suited to all preferences and dietary needs. Relax at the dining table and browse through a diverse selection of media on the Apple TV, or enjoy a cocktail prepared at the bar station on the expansive, covered foredeck and enjoy your meal alfresco. A holiday onboard Xenia 50 is not only a stay in deluxe accommodations, it is also the ultimate dining experience. Hosted by culinary experts, Jade and Peter are proud to provide an extensive selection of their culinary skill, from macaroni and hot dogs to gourmet pan—Asian dishes—Jade’s specialty. The couple who has worked together for three years prior to Xenia 50 are ready to entertain the requests of your ideal vacation, whether it be a pleasurable exploration of the islands, or a one-of-a-kind business trip combining work and play.

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In addition to professional chef proficiency, Jade and Peter also bring their own background to the charter experience as they share their knowledge of marine life. When out snorkelling or diving, Jade will work as your personal underwater photographer, and edit the photos for your printed copies at the conclusion of the trip. Peter is a microbiologist and will educate your group about the species you encounter on the digital creature guide on the plasma TV. Xenia 50 provides a one-of-a-kind yachting vacation hosted by a passionate multi-talented crew who eagerly await pleasing you. “The name Xenia comes from the ancient Greek term for hospitality and on each Xenia yacht, every detail has been considered to host vacationers in the upmost luxury and style. Xenia 50 has all the amenities of a larger yacht but with a more intimate setting where we, the crew, can focus on personalising your experience in the Caribbean,� said Peter whose words aptly summarise what Xenia 50 promotes.



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Interviews and words by Lauren Charley. Photography courtesy of CYS

BAREBOAT vs. CREWED YACHT CHARTER BAREBOAT CHARTER: A generic style rental yacht typically chartered for one week. No permanent crew and usually guests are qualified to sail the yacht themselves.

CREWED YACHT CHARTER: A luxurious yacht with a permanent, full time live aboard crew of a captain and chef, chartered for an all-inclusive vacation of one week.

“The Charter Yacht Society (CYS) was established

meetings, assisting crew in navigating government offices, networking with

in 1982 as a non-profit organisation representing the interests of

industry partners, and marketing the industry as a whole.

independently owned and operated term charter yachts based in the Virgin Islands” - BVI Charter Yacht Society. The organisation is governed by a body of eight member-selected board

“As a crew entering our fourth season on Miss Kirsty, the CYS has provided a wealth of information and support over the years. Operating a yacht charter business in the BVI requires a detailed understanding of a plethora

representatives, whilst the day to day administration of business is carried

of local policies, and initial and ongoing guidance of the CYS has been

out by the executive director, Janet Oliver.

enormously helpful,” said Niall Reid, the Captain of Miss Kirsty catamaran.

Janet’s role is to not only organise the annual four-day Charter Yacht Show held in November, but also serve as an intermediary and spokesperson for

The British Virgin Islands has been an attractive place for the crewed charter industry over the past few decades because of its beautiful scenery,

the needs of the independent charter yacht operators in the BVI by attending numerous dive sites, and optimal sailing grounds. The proximity makes

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vacationing in the islands on a boat interesting

affected; some charter crews will find it easier

and enjoyable, as visitors can explore more than

and more cost efficient to do business in the

one island in a single day. “The crewed charter industry is a $52 million a year industry in the BVI. Because of our optimal

Recently, due to a new law implemented in the USVI, the charter yacht industry in the BVI has

refuelling, laundry, and other services, ultimately challenging businesses in the BVI which have in


18 – 20 charters,” said Janet.


In a good season, crewed yachts will have about


to sail on a yacht, whether it be theirs or a charter.


sailing conditions, 62% of our visitors come here

US overseas territories such as provisioning,


the past supplied to the charter yacht industry. The industry also risks losing some of their boats which are based in the BVI to the USVI because there are less labour restrictions and it is easier for international crews to work out of the USVI.

become threatened due to relaxed regulations

Although the new law in the USVI does pose

for BVI registered boats picking up their charter

a threat to the BVI charter yacht industry, CYS

guests from locations in their country.

continues to run their operations and work to

“In December 2014, the CYS was invited to

“advocate, educate, and promote” the industry in


a meeting with the Premier and all heads of departments to discuss the possible effects of the

behaviour of those yachts in our fleet which exceed six passengers. Charter turnarounds in the USVI

yachts and their November show which has been


have monitored closely how this has impacted the


paying passengers. Over the past 6 months we


charter yachts from picking up any more than six


change in a 20-year USVI law which prohibited

the BVI, boasting a solid membership of almost 80 sold since July with a dozen wait-listed vessels. The CYS will hold its 34th Annual Charter Yacht Show at Nanny Cay Resort and Marina from Monday November 9 to Thursday November 12, 2015. “When businesses participate in our Charter Yacht

result in a loss of income to the BVI,” said Janet.

Show, through sponsorship or advertising, they help

Although yachts with no more than six

us advocate, educate and promote on behalf of the

passengers could always pick up guests in the USVI, it is the larger vessels with a higher guest limit that will mainly be



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BVI crewed yacht industry before, during and after the charter yacht show,” said Janet.


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November 2015


SEA Words and photography by Megan Schlobohm, Chef – SV Lolalita

Gratitude in the Graced-land

To the visitor, it would seem as if no change in seasons exist in the British Virgin Islands; that the weather is always exactly the same – and yet in truth, there is such a difference in the last few months of every year. November brings cooler breezes; some quenching rain showers; and the return of all the beautiful, busy crewed charter yachts. As some residents of the northern hemisphere embrace—gasp—the prospect of snow and ice, charter yacht crews prepare in anticipation for all the wonderful guests with whom they will have the privilege of sharing these beautiful islands many call home. November also brings a beloved American holiday that has been adopted all over the world, including the British Virgin Islands – Thanksgiving. Many friends and families from near and far choose to spend this day on-board one of the BVI’s many crewed charter yachts. As often happens—especially when the crewed yacht chefs are involved—this special day has taken on the vibrant and exotic influence of the islands, present in the delectable aromas that fill the picturesque BVI anchorages on that fourth Thursday of November. No matter what is served, the day’s purpose is to gather family and friends in appreciation for all life’s blessings – and being surrounded by the blessed BVI’s tropical allure makes it just that much easier. If you’re looking for gourmet inspiration on this unique day (or any other, for that matter), here is an original Lolalita dessert that is guaranteed to please.



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Pecan P ie Cheesecake with Salted Caramel Crust: 1 3/4 cups graham cracker crumbs 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed 1/3 cup butter, melted Pecan Pie Layer: 1 cup granulated sugar 1/3 cup dark agave syrup 1/3 cup molasses 1/3 cup butter at room temperature 2 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 1/2 cups pecans, chopped medium 1 TSP vanilla extract

Cheesecake Layer:

3 8oz packages of cream cheese at room temperature 1 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed 2 TBSP all-purpose flour 4 large eggs 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream 1 TSP vanilla extract Garnish: 1 cup sugar 6 TBSP salted butter, cut into small pieces 1/2 cup heavy cream 1 TSP salt 3/4 cup pecan halves

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Combine the graham cracker crumbs, sugar, and butter in a small mixing bowl. Line the bottom of a 9in springform pan with parchment paper, and press mixture into bottom, making sure it is level. Bake for 5 minutes and let cool. In a medium saucepan, bring sugar, agave syrup, molasses, butter, eggs, pecans and vanilla to a boil over medium-to-high heat, stirring constantly with a rubber or silicone spatula. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring constantly until thickened, about 10 minutes. Pour mixture over graham cracker crust and set aside. Beat the cream cheese until there are no lumps. Add the brown sugar and flour, beating until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, then cream and vanilla. Pour cheesecake mixture over pecan filling. Place springform pan on a cookie sheet on the bottom rack of the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 325ºF and bake for 30 minutes. Turn off oven and let the cheesecake rest in the oven for 1 hour. Run a knife around the edges to release the sides from the springform pan, but do not remove the cheesecake from the pan. Let it cool to room temperature, cover the top loosely with aluminium foil, and place in the refrigerator overnight. In a small saucepan, heat granulated sugar over medium heat, stirring constantly with a rubber or silicone spatula. Sugar will form into lumps and

eventually melt to a caramel-coloured liquid. Add butter one piece at a time, stirring constantly. Slowly drizzle in heavy cream, stirring constantly. Boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in salt. Allow to cool before using. When you’re ready to serve, slice cheesecake into 8 – 12 even pieces and drizzle plates with cooled caramel. Place cheesecake on plates and decorate with whole pecans. You’re welcome to add extra caramel – the more the merrier.

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SEA In the old days, they relied on the location of the stars, their knowledge of wind and current, and if lucky, a box compass. There were other methods as well and I will share the limited knowledge that I possess with you now. Box compasses were a fairly reliable instrument in sailing, especially at night but they were a luxury few could afford. In the 1920’s in the village of East End for example, there were maybe four compasses and close to four times as many sloops in operation. The owner of a compass would lend it out to others, but only when he was not using it so they were not readily available; sometimes a trip down island had to be postponed until one could be had. The trip between here and St. Maarten is the longest distance between any of the Islands in the Antilles chain – 90 miles. It also is the only time you travel directly into the wind and almost straight against the current. All the other passages have the wind and current on some degree of a beam reach. Additionally, land is out of sight most of the time and even when St. Maarten comes into vision, its distance is very misleading. The trip is usually begun at the end of the day with an overnight passage in hopes of reaching land in the early morning or by noon of the next day. When you are on a starboard tack, the addition of the current pushing against you on an angle sends you away from where you’re going so that the longer you stay on that tack the farther away you are pushed. One must compensate by staying longer on a port tack, steering up towards the island of Saba and then falling off to St Maarten. They were aware of this in the old days and were able to reach Words and photography by Geoffrey Brooks, Curator – Virgin Islands Maritime Museum

In studying the maritime history of the Virgin Islands, one subject that has always fascinated me is how the mariners of the old days were able to navigate their sloops over vast distances of the Caribbean. For over 200 years, our sailors travelled all over the region and even down to Guyana on a regular basis without the aid of the electronic devices that we take for granted today. I have delivered both power and sail boats between the Virgin Islands, St. Maarten and Antigua and have used both chart calculations and an electronic chart plotter which is in common use today. No matter which method was used, we always had the benefit of GPS—Global Positioning Satellite—to insure that we knew our location.



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the island by timing their tacks and using certain stars to steer by. Virgin Islands mariners knew the location of certain star formations at different times of the year and they used this knowledge to point their sloops in the right direction. If they were travelling beyond St Maarten and continuing down island they would switch to a different star or constellation as they changed direction. They also had their own names for these stars which unfortunately I am not aware. Once you are heading down, you are almost constantly in sight of land and at night you can use the lights from St. Kitts and Nevis to guide you to Antigua and so on from island to island as you move south. This however is another of our modern day advantages since electric current did not reach the Caribbean until recent times. Unless there was moonlight to silhouette the islands in the distance, our ancient mariners had to rely on their knowledge of wind and current and time their tacks accordingly.

They did have another method to keep them on course – one which worked when they were on a reach and another when running before

direction or the other so when it has passed you must straighten the bow back in the direction you are heading.

the wind. This was by using lines with weights

This is easily done in daylight and in sight of

on them tossed off the beam of the sloop; one

land, but otherwise you can be set off course and

on each side at the widest point of the boat and

either start a zig-zag pattern that can add hours

maintaining a particular space between the hull

to your passage, or set you off in a direction to

and the line. The spacing was determined by the

a place you never intended to go. What the old

desired course in relation to the direction of the

timers would do is take a weighted line and toss it

current and the spaces between the lines did not

over their shoulder to stream directly behind the

necessarily have to be equal. It is a method that is

stern of the boat. As they came off from surfing

both ingenious and simple once one knows the

the wave, they would adjust their steering so

affect that the current has on course and heading.

that the sloop was back in a straight line with the

The other way that weighted lines were used

weight; thus, they could return from St. Maarten

was when the sloop has the wind and current

confident they could maintain course, bringing

directly behind her on what we call a run. This

them to Round Rock passage at first light.

is one of my favourite points of sail and creates

There is so much more I need to learn about

what’s called ‘surfing.’

the ways that these mariners navigated the region.

Surfing occurs when you move through a

If anyone reading this article has information to

wave and are picked up by the wave and carried

share, please contact me through VIPY or through

forward at an increased rate of speed. When the wave hits the boat,

the Virgin Islands Maritime Museum at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community

it picks it up from behind pushing the stern up and sideways in one

College in Tortola.

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Words by Lauren Charley Photography courtesy of the Ports Authority

The British Virgin Islands is a renowned paradise for the aesthetically pleasing beaches, prime sailing conditions, mountainous terrain, tropical vegetation, and friendly Caribbean culture. Year after year, we attract a recurring clientele of visitors and homeowners who relish their time spent in villas, sailing the islands on yachts, or enjoying the deluxe accommodations we have to offer. Although we have attracted a healthy number of day tourists from cruise ships since 1994, this year with the opening of the new cruise ship pier, we can expect to welcome almost double the amount of day guests to experience our beautiful home.

November 2015


For the 2015-2016 high tourist season, the tenant mix includes a range of stores selling clothing and accessories, jewellery and electronics, as well as a variety of restaurants and bars and speciality stores. Medical and banking services will also be available at this new central location. Tortola Pier Park intends to preserve the culture of the BVI by ensuring it is prominent in everything they do including their brand, retail experiences, entertainment, and cuisine. Local residents can

With the pier’s expansion, Meslyn Allan, Leasing and Marketing Manager of the Tortola Pier Park Ltd, says that the projected cruise passenger arrivals for the next three years will double, estimating 550,000 passengers in 2015, 775,000 in 2016, and 805,000 in 2017.

rest assured that the traffic from cruise ship passengers will be controlled to minimise the overall impact to the Territory, but the Ports Authority remains mindful that the growth of the Pier Park is in line with the growth of the country. Positive changes will be seen for the community, as the development will result in new

In October 2013, The Government of the Virgin Islands raised the idea and began negotiations of an extended pier to accommodate larger vessels and offer cruise ship tourism 52 weeks a year, compared to the 26 weeks cruise tourism season offered in previous years. Berthing agreements for the pier with the Norwegian and Disney Cruise

business opportunities, creation of additional jobs, and increased revenue for the tourism sector. “We are elated about the new cruise pier development which has garnered much excitement and anticipation both locally and internationally. With 50 of the 54 retail stores in the Pier Park being locally owned, the

lines were signed in January 2014, with the ground breaking occurring in

shopping options offered provide a unique shopping experience for both

May, and construction in August.

visitors and locals alike and will assist in revolutionising the shopping

The original cruise pier, commissioned on November 16, 1994 was 1,015ft in length and could accommodate boats with up to 100,000 gross

perception in the BVI,” said Meslyn. The grand opening of the Tortola Pier Park is estimated to take place

tonnage; the expansion has extended the length to 1,312ft and can cater to

on December 22, 2015, and the BVI Ports Authority, Tortola Pier Park Ltd,

ships with 180,000 growth tonnage.

Project Management, and the tenants are diligently working in preparation

According to statistics conducted by the BVI Tourist Board, we received

for the opening.

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of the Tortola Pier Park Ltd, says that the projected cruise passenger arrivals for the next three years will double, estimating 550,000 passengers in 2015, 775,000 in 2016, and 805,000 in 2017. “All islands in the BVI are benefiting from the cruise tourism and will benefit even more as we continue to develop and enhance our cruise offerings. These benefits will be received via water tours and day trips to the sister islands,” explained Meslyn. In addition to a physical expansion of the pier, the site will also feature ‘The Tortola Pier Park’, a welcome centre including shops, restaurants, amenities, and services for visitors and residents of the BVI.



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Words by Lauren Charley. Photography courtesy of the artist

November 2015


Julia Rusu with Garden Geisha career,” said Julia. The stylist hopes to expand the make-up services options offered in the British Virgin Islands and has taken courses in special effects make-up for movies and creative photoshoot themes. She applied what she learned in school to projects executed in the BVI including a Geisha photoshoot, and make-up done for the Tortola Dance Project’s ‘Thriller’ performance at Halloween. In addition to creative concepts, Julia learned how to correctly select products and apply make-up for all skin types, with an emphasis on darker skin to cater to BVI clientele. An artist sees a blank canvas, a ball of clay, or collection of materials and has a vision to take what’s there and transform it into a beautiful creation. With this definition of an artist in mind, we take another unconventional diversion in our Artists’ Corner feature this issue and review the notion of art from a different perspective.

“We can do makeup for everybody and all skin tones, regardless of their ethnicity. Techniques are the same, and my ‘Skin Tone Project’ was done as an example to show the diversity in what we can offer,” said Julia, speaking on behalf of her team at the salon. When Julia visited Romania in the summer of 2015, she took another

Julia Rusu—one of the multi-talented stylists at Studio One Salon and

unique course to enhance her portfolio. The programme was ‘micro-

Spa on Tortola—specialises in her passion for cosmetology. Upon seeing a

pigmentation,’ semi-permanent make-up for eyebrows. Trained professionals

client, the make-up artist instantly recognises their natural beauty, and uses

like Julia use 3D pigmentation to recreate the appearance of hair, matching

her skills and products to enhance their features.

the colour of the client’s own eyebrows. The service is a significant

Julia was recruited by her employer Nicole in 2014, who sought staff with expertise in all areas of the salon business in addition to hairstyling. Hailing from Galati, Romania, Julia obtained her education from a fouryear course training in hairstyling, aesthetics, waxing, and cosmetology. Her

improvement to the old design, and can also be used to fill in colour of the lips. Micro-pigmentation will be offered in the upcoming high season at Studio One, the first service of its kind to be offered in the BVI. Julia sees make up not as a mask to cover up or change who you are, but

portfolio showcases impressive work in all areas and glows vibrantly in her

a way to bring out the best version of yourself, boost your confidence, and

accomplishments in cosmetics.

accentuate your beauty. She is excited to be in her second year at the studio

Since her childhood, Julia had a keen interest in drawing, which played a significant role in the path to her current vocation. “I wanted to do more in the arts but I thought I was not talented enough; then I discovered make-up and realised it was a passion I could turn into a



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and in the BVI where she plans to further expand the cosmetic services offered to the community. “It’s been a great experience. I love my job, and I love my team, and I am happy to be here,” said Julia with a smile.


of upper lip growth. The rules are that the moustache cannot join the sideburns nor any chin hair. While this is mostly a moustache competition, some men do grow illustrious mutton chops, but their moustaches must be independent of other growth. And this must continue for the entire month. Men are not allowed to grow beards all month and then shave them into moustaches on the last day. They must abide the rules and grow a moustache all month. Words by Traci O’Dea Photography by Alastair Abrehart – Broadsword Communications

The importance of the moustache is that it is a conversation starter. A pilot friend of mine grew a moustache one year, and before each flight in November, he’d tell his passengers to excuse the cliché pilot moustache, but he was growing it for

Once a year, all over the world, clean-

Movember, a prostate

shaven men spend a month growing moustaches to raise awareness

cancer charity. He ended up

and funds for the prostate cancer charity, Movember.

getting donations from his

The BVI Movember Charitable Trust organises Movember-related

passengers. He also facilitated

events in the Territory, culminating this year in a red-carpet affair, the

a conversation about prostate

End of Movember Party and

cancer that he would not have

Prize Giving, at Nanny Cay

had otherwise.

Beach on Sunday, November

Mid-month, BVI Movember

29 at 6pm.

will check on the MoBros progress and raise more funds and awareness

The theme for 2015 is

for the cause. Sticking to the theme of red-carpet and movie stars, the

Movember at the Movies;

jet setting MoBros and their friends are invited to the BVI Movember

with MOscars going for such

Petanque Tournament and Picnic at Brandywine Estate Restaurant on

categories as Best Leading Moustache and Best Bromance, the competitors will have the opportunity to outdo themselves with costumes, props, performances, and facial hair. The rules are as follows: each participant must show up for registration clean-shaven. This year, there will be three registration events for MoBros. First, BVI Movember will host an early bird registration at CocoMaya in Virgin Gorda, on Friday, October 30, for the fellas who are willing to ferry over to the small island for a couple of extra days’ growth advantage. Next, on the first day of Movember, Sunday, November 1, MoBros can register at Paradise Club in Cane Garden Bay during the afternoon while enjoying some beach time and drink specials. As a last resort, for those latecomers who are too lazy to stray from town, they can sign up at Le Cabernet in Road Town on Monday, November 2, during Happy Hour…but, they must

Prizegiving at Nanny Cay Beach Bar when the men get to show off their growth and get dressed up for a night at the MOscars. According to American Cancer Society’s The Cancer Atlas, prostate cancer is the number one cause of cancer-related deaths for Latin American and Caribbean men. One of the main reasons that number is so high is because men don’t like to talk about their prostates, but Movember has started to change all that. In addition to donating funds to men in the Territory in need of assistance, BVI Movember Charitable Trust also donates a portion of the money they raise to increase awareness of prostate cancer and its preventability through screening and positive health practices. The Trust also gives funds to prostate cancer research in the hopes of improving the current screening methods. For more information, or to If you

one-day disadvantage from the rest

have been diagnosed with prostate

of the pack.

or testicular cancer and need

Once a MoBro has signed up,

assistance, you may also contact us or

he must ask friends, family, and

the BVI Cancer Society.

colleagues to sponsor his month VI PROPERTY & YACHT

Lastly, the main event is the MOscars—the End of Movember Party and

donate or volunteer, please email

be clean shaven, so they’ll have a


Sunday, November 14, at 12pm.

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Over 300 guests attended our 5th annual Readers’ Choice event where you the readers decide the ‘best of the best’ in a number of categories. Visitors enjoyed complimentary cocktails courtesy of RiteWay, and canapés by Regis Bourdon of Brandywine Estate Restaurant and Davidé Pugliese of Cappriccio di Mare. Guests were also treated to an incredible performance by aerial silk performer Amanda Georges and music by local DJ talent, DJ Dre. We thank you all for making the event possible and look forward to seeing you next year!

Thanks to all of our Sponsors who made the night so special

Amanda Georges

- Dawn, Andy and the team RiteWay for the cocktails - DJ Dre for the music - Amanda Georges for the aerial silk performance - Kyle, Mickey and Vishaal, our Bartenders on the night - All of the team at Nanny Cay - Arawak Interiors for the chill-out lounge - Regis and the team at Brandywine Estate Restaurant for the canapés - Davidé and the team at Capriccio di Mare for the canapés - All of the companies who contributed prizes for our voter prize draw - Broadsword Communications for event photography

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Virgin Islands Property & Yacht 2015 Readers’ Choice Awards – Statistics: • Almost 250,000 people saw 2015 Readers’ Choice content on Facebook. • Generated 181,000 page views and 105,000 users on • Generated 66,000 Facebook engagements (Facebook likes, comments and shares combined).

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2. Ricky & Wendy 5. Simon & Heather

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4. Dave and Desiree

1. Best Architectural Firm

OBM International 2. Best Air Travel or Air Tour Company

Antilles Helicopter Services 3. Best Artist

Al Broderick Best Bartender

Quincy Woolford, Captain Mulligans 4. Best Crewed Yacht

9. Scott from Island Surf & Sail

3. Al Broderick

Majestic Spirit 5. Best Day Charter

8. Brendan Joyce

BVI Adventure Tours by Caribbean Images Tours 6. Best Health & Spa

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Windy Hill, Virgin Gorda

Acreage: 0.43 Price: US$125,000 Property/ Web ID: KQ2Q99



Diamond Estate, Tortola, 13 lots in total
 Acreage: starting at 0.75 Price: starting at US$85,000 Property/ Web ID: BYNPJS

 +1 284 494 5700 (Tortola)
 +1 284 495 6700 (Virgin Gorda)

Arundel, Tortola

Acreage: 0.44 Price: US$85,000 Property/ Web ID: K64QCD

Fandango House








Governor’s Point






Villa Taino









Red Rocks

Sea Watch

Leverick Bay Dock House







CROOKS BAY, VIRGIN GORDA 2 Home Sites (0.50A and 1.4A)

US$250,000 and US$500,000

2010 Winner, “Best Vacation Experience.” –Fodor’s Gold Choice Award

SOL Y SOMBRA Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

US$8 Million This spectacular beachfront villa boasts four beautifully decorated air-conditioned suites, each furnished with custom-made teak furniture. Outside amenities include an ocean-front infinity pool and lit tennis court, bound within lush tropical gardens. Inside, take advantage of a European-style kitchen, private movie theater, daily maid service and state-of-the-art gym. An in-villa cook is available upon request.

Smiths Gore Limited : : British Virgin Islands

T 1(284) 494 2446 F 1(284) 494 2141 E

Seashell Beach Villa

Distinctly Refined. Exceptionally Rare. Consciously Preserved. On the secluded eastern tip of Virgin Gorda lies a place where life is spent in perfect harmony with the ocean tides. Here, spread across 300 pristine acres, Oil Nut Bay offers freehold home ownership opportunities and unparalleled resort experiences in a setting where attention to detail and casual elegance abound.

Contact us to schedule a personalized visit or to arrange resort reservations.



Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

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