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Owen Waters


Welcome to the Yacht Guide May issue. As in all things, there are winners and losers but there is also how we play the game. With the majority of sailing regattas under the belt and that aspect of the season slowing down, it is time for a little reflection as we move into summer. Traditionally the island slows down in the summer, or at least the flow of tourism does. Perhaps this year more than ever will be the test of a season which in recent years has kept going through September. What is left, however, once the tourists are gone is the people that live and work here year round. Certain sectors of our population have more time on their hands for picking up new hobbies or enjoying some island time for themselves. In the next few issues we will be looking at summer sports, notably water sports and diving. In this issue , we look at the end of a season for a BVI racing crew, who all live here and have full-time jobs. We also take a lighthearted look at yacht music and provisioning your own boat, which is becoming increasingly popular. On that note it seems apt to introduce and welcome Traci O'Dea on our writing and editorial team. Traci joins us on both sides of the guides and in other aspects of our business here at aLookingGlass. For us, we have not only expanded our team, but our offices, too, still in Road Reef Plaza. When I worked in water sports, a visiting client once told me that he'd rather have all the comforts of the Western world and two weeks in the BVI as opposed to the island life year round. For those living here, that choice is made with a big smile and very little regret. Enjoy your time in, on and off the water, Owen Waters

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Q & As with Jurakan's Dave West

Shoreside Review: The Watering Hole 10 Find refreshment at The Watering Hole, whether inside their wine shop and bar, with its wine cellar feel, or outside in the palm tree laden oasis. Both encourage wine-sipping customers to forget that they're in town. A Soundtrack for Sailing 12 While seeking the perfect soundtrack to accompany an afternoon sail, one writer discovers a genre of music, reminisces about her mom's station wagon and mishears some song lyrics. It's Me or the Lobster 14 Provisioning allows thrifty yachties to save money while still making the most of what the islands have to offer.


St.Thomas Submarine on the Rocks 15 Atlantis Adventures is closing their submarine reef tour operations at the end of this month, ending the possibility of exploring the reefs of St Thomas without getting wet.

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Blinding Speed with Dave West 16 The YG interviews speed pirate Dave West about his regatta-winning racer Jurakan and its crew. We ask if they fear being known as "the ones to beat." BVI Music Festival 2009 18 A schedule of the BVI Music Fest, along with brief bios of many artists performing in Cane Garden Bay from May 22-24.

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by David Blacklock

Hooked Up and Holding What's better: taking a mooring or dropping your anchor? Every sailor has his own opinion, of course, but if faced with a choice, many experienced sailors prefer to drop an anchor. The reasons are fairly simple—if you know your boat and its gear then you can drop a hook with confidence. Who knows what lies beneath the mooring ball? It could be tied to the seabed with dental floss. Or worse, attached by only a few crumbs of rusted iron. I've recently had the pleasure of watching sailors from all over the globe, aboard charter yachts and tricked-out cruising vessels, happily pick up a mooring close to the Tui Marine base. I happen to know that the mooring ball is attached to a tiny Danforth anchor and is more suitable for tying up a surfboard than a heavydisplacement yacht. However, dumb luck and favourable breezes have kept most of these yachts from harm. What's most surprising is the almost absurd amount of trust that these sailors place in a length of rope and a plastic sphere. A nice aluminium cruising yacht recently abandoned this mooring in favour of deploying its trusty anchor. Having dropped his hook, the sailor started to back down to set the anchor. The surprise on the faces of the couple on this boat was plain to see from quite a way off. The boat started to back down and kept on backing as


the trip line from your dinghy and pull the anchor the anchor chain snapped taut and then slacked out from beneath the obstruction. off again. Nothing seemed to get the anchor to Often, it is smart to swim over the anchor if the set—in exasperation, they hauled in their chain visibility is decent. This way you'll know just what is and found, hanging from their anchor, the remnants down there and of an inflatable how your anchor dinghy. Somehow . . .in exasperation, they hauled in their is set. Many times I they had hooked have been surprised a dink and had chain and found, hanging from their anchor, to find my anchor dragged it around the remnants of an inflatable dinghy. lying happily on the anchorage, its side with not a narrowly missing piece buried, even though I would swear it had set. several boats close by. The next challenge was to It's best to find these things out before that 40-knot remove the dinghy from the flukes of their anchor squall blows through the anchorage and sets your before motoring away in search of safer haven. boat wandering. Busy harbours can often mean messy seabeds. Mostly, the moorings to be found in designated There may be old chain and mooring gear, dinghies, areas such as the Bight and Cooper Island and so engine blocks or even supermarket trollies littering forth can be trusted. It's those anonymous looking the bottom. One common solution to the problem balls that so conveniently are still available when all of fouled gear is to float a trip line from the anchor, around them are occupied that ought to make a using a fender for flotation. This way if your anchor sailor nervous. YG fouls on chain or other impediments you can work



Shoreside Review The Watering Hole

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, there are two definitions of watering hole—one literal and one figurative. The so-named Tortola wine bar manages to be both definitions at once.


by Traci O'Dea

The Watering Hole is all about the wine. My The literal definition of a watering hole is a friend and I each order a glass of Shiraz, a drinkable naturally occurring depression in which water red that he says tastes like raspberries, but which collects, where animals come to drink.Though transports me to Torch Lake, Michigan, and the the outdoor seating area of The Watering smoky, tart flavour of cooked Michigan cherries in Hole is at street level, it seems sunken a warm slice of homemade pie. As we chat with because it’s several feet below the door of the owner Graeme Maccallum about the wine education wine shop and bar. Planted and potted trees classes that The Watering Hole offers, I begin add to the impression of an oasis.Throw in mentally planning a trip to Napa and envisioning some Sahara dust, a few chickens and lizards, scenes from my favorite wine-related movies—Bottle and a real watering hole is easy to imagine. Shock and Conte d’automne. Juxtaposed with the outdoor oasis, the indoor When I emerge from my daydream, I peruse The wine shop and bar resonate more with the informal, Watering Hole’s tapas menu—a few basic offerings figurative definition of watering hole—a social that serve as a pre-dinner snack. We order polorie– gathering place where drinks are served, as in “Davy spicy, Guyanese fried dough Byrnes pub was the balls that taste like hush preferred watering hole “I want to provide a stopgap puppies with a kick. They of both James Joyce and are served with two dipping Leopold Bloom.” Once inside, before people go to dinner,” bowls of chutney, a spicy I feel like I’m stepping into one and a sweet one. They the cask room of a vineyard. are a perfect amuse-bouche, and at only $4, they The corked and foiled tops of wine bottles in wooden barely dent our evening’s budget. racks provide a sort of three-dimensional wallpaper. “I want to provide a stopgap before people go to Oak wine barrels, flanked by rough-hewn stools, serve dinner,” Graeme says. “I’m not trying to compete with as high-top tables. The smell of roasted coffee, leftover The Dove or Spaghetti Junction.” Other items on the from D’ Best Cup, the coffee shop that operates the tapas menu are a cheese plate (your choice of one, space in the mornings, somehow adds to the casktwo or three cheeses for $10, $15 or $20), chicken room feel, leading me to imagine a French vintner paté for $6, smoked fish dip for $8, and gherkins or sipping an espresso while discussing his harvest.


An oasis in the middle of Road Town

whole sweet peppers for $4. With wines always priced at $3 or $5 per glass, I wouldn’t be surprised if The Watering Hole is taking business away from some of the more expensive happy hours in town. Especially on Thursdays when the third drink is free! Not only is The Watering Hole the perfect place to stop before going out to dinner, but it’s also the perfect place to stop before cooking at home. Pick up a bottle of wine on your way out of town. The staff will be happy to make a recommendation, and the prices are barely more than wholesale. The Watering Hole is located in Road Town in Wickham’s Cay, not far from the cruise ship pier. The wine shop is open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday . . .it's also the perfect place to and until 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. stop before cooking at home Saturday hours are 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. They are closed on Sundays, but the space is available for private functions. Though D’ Best Cup vends coffee in the mornings, wines are still available for sale. The wine bar takes over for the afternoons and evenings. Contact them at 494-3340 or send them an email at to find out about upcoming tastings, classes and events. YG | ALOOKINGGLASS PUBLISHING BVI YACHT GUIDE MAY 2009


A Soundtrack for Sailing by Traci O'Dea

While out on the water with visitors in December, my friends and I argued about the perfect music for an afternoon sail. One friend wanted reggae, another suggested sing-alongs, while I sought something deeper—a soundtrack that reflected the beauty of our surroundings but still had a dark undercurrent, mimetic of the often overlooked dangers of the sea. Since we couldn’t agree, our captain took charge and tuned the dial to ZROD which stayed on all the way back to Soper’s Hole. Determined to find what I was looking for, I checked the internet to see if any sailing playlists already existed. Instead, I came across a Wikipedia entry for “yacht rock.” The term, allegedly coined in 1990 by music critic Dave Larsen in reference to a Jimmy Buffett concert, describes soft rock music from the late seventies to early eighties, with most artists hailing from Southern California. When I read the list of artists included in the genre—The Eagles, Steely Dan, Christopher Cross, and Toto—I was transported not to the open seas but to the vinyl bench seat of my mother’s brown Chevy Caprice station wagon. I always sat in the middle, between my mom and my big sister, eye-level with the AM/FM radio dial—a black strip with broken and unbroken white lines, similar to the highways near our suburban home.


not quite what I’m seeking to accompany my voyages We spent a lot of time in the car, commuting to at sea. In addition to the dark undercurrent, I think and from school, and I still know all the words to I’d also like to recapture the innocence of my youth practically every yacht rock song. by finding compelling lyrics that I could possibly I mean to say, I know the words now. Then, I often mishear—songs that I can misheard the lyrics of listen to over and over those easy listening hits. I checked the internet to see again and be struck by I guess they weren’t so something new each time. “easy” to listen to if you if any sailing playlists already When I visited were a five-year old existed. Instead, I came across a the States in February, I kid unfamiliar with the once again found myself logic of late-seventies Wikipedia entry for “yacht rock” cruising around in my love affairs. To my mom’s car. This time, inexperienced ears, the instead of riding center in the wagon listening to soft chorus of Ambrosia’s “How Much I Feel” sounded rock hits, I’d upgraded to shotgun in a sedan listening like “Momma Chucky” and Player’s “Baby Come to the local college station, WTMD. Back” had the lyric, “I was robbed, and I just can’t live While Mom maneuvered around less snowwithout you” instead of “I was wrong, and I just can’t savvy cars on the interstate, I turned up the live without you.” I sang these incorrect lyrics loudly, volume on a Fleet Foxes song that sounded with passion. I guess my mom just didn’t have the like Simon & Garfunkel meets the Beach Boys heart to correct me. meets the Polyphonic Spree. The lyric “red as At the same time that I was cruising around in the strawberries in the summertime” transported me wood-decaled wagon mishearing song lyrics, adults to childhood summers picking strawberries on in Southern California were, according to Wikipedia, the coast of Delaware. cruising around in yachts listening to the same tunes After downloading the track, “Winter Weather but probably finding deeper meaning in the correct Hymnal,” from iTunes and listening a few more lyrics. Thus the genre is called “yacht rock” and not times, I realized the lovely, harmony-laden “station wagon rock.” tune was not as bright and cheerful as I’d first Now living in the BVI, I still appreciate those thought. The full lyric is, “Michael you will fall and overpolished gems from my childhood, but they’re


turn the white snow red as strawberries in the summertime.” Exactly what my sailing soundtrack needed—a little reminder of mortality among the swirling splendor. With that in mind, I constructed my contemporary sailing-day playlist, full of pretty, poppy tunes with often disturbing or confounding lyrics. Try it out for your next leisurely sail. 1. “Winter Weather Hymnal” by the Fleet Foxes. See above. 2. “Baby Britain” by Elliot Smith. Full of heraldic melodies and rush-to-the-surface builds. Lyric: “Sees the ocean fall and rise/ Counts the waves that somehow didn’t hit her.” 3. “Poor Little Fish” by The Jayhawks. 4. “Lull” by Andrew Bird. Violins, harmonies, mentions Jacques Cousteau. 5. “Sail Away” by David Gray. 6. “I Can’t Stay” by The Killers. Steeldrums. In a

bonfire-side rock. rock song. Somehow it works. 12. “Sea Legs” by The Shins. Lyric: “Come away 7. “Rowing Song” by Patty Griffin. Reminiscent of from an emptier boat.” “Row, Row, Row Your Boat.” Lyric: “The further I go, more letters from home never arrive.” 8. “War on War” by Wilco. Lyric: “You have to After all this, I considered one last option for learn how to die, if you wanna wanna be alive.” a sailing soundtrack: listening to composer John 9. “Do You Realize?” Cage’s “4’33”” on by The Flaming repeat. It’s a song Lips. The refrain with no sound at all. I was transported not to the open sounds like an composed it in seas but to the vinyl bench seat of Cage angelic choir. Lyric: order to encourage “Do you realize that my mother’s brown Chevy Caprice people to regard their you have the most surrounding noise as station wagon. beautiful face… music. And considering that we’re floating that tracks of “Tropical in space…that Ocean Surf ” and “Waves and Sea Birds” are everyone you know someday will die.” available on iTunes, maybe I should just tune in to 10. “O Sailor” by Fiona Apple. the sounds of a sail. YG 11. “Coconut Skins” by Damien Rice. Nice acoustic, | ALOOKINGGLASS PUBLISHING BVI YACHT GUIDE MAY 2009


Okay, the day’s sailing is over and happy hour is on.The sun is setting on the horizon and already the belly is rumbling for a little bit more than cocktail peanuts. Grilled lobster is ashore at a waterfront resort, and it’s your turn to shout for dinner. Seven people for a table at eight and possibly a hundred bucks a head (no junior discount for lobster) and yes, you are looking at a pretty heavy whack on top of an already expensive vacation.You ask yourself just how long are you going to be paying off this holiday.Your plastic friend can save you face right now, but its counterpart on paper is going to remind you how costly that attitude of “Hey, no worries.You only live once” will make you pay. We budgeted for that though, you say, but have you considered the cost of provisioning to make your week’s charter just a bit more cost effective? Consider this first: there is no livestock in the BVI to go towards that steak dinner. Nor is there a vast fishing industry that keeps prices down. Everything here, even the bananas, are imported. There is no sales tax, but prices include an import duty, price of gas and rising overheads, so do expect your eight-ounce steak to be about forty dollars or so and a banana split to cost around ten bucks. You do get what you pay for, so you aren’t being blatantly ripped off by any means. Restaurants aren’t homeless 14

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It's Me or the Lobster

flying over a cargo ship on the way here, those shelters for sunburnt yachties, and there are costs of peanuts were probably on that boat below and running a business. Then there’s the painstaking cost took a long time to get here with a lot of labor of getting that steak to you and the price of it being involved. Bless dem travelling peanuts! cooked. It’s a jungle out here! So, can you expect to put a whole week’s So, if you miss the cost of dining at a discount provisioning in the tiny fridges and holds on the boat? chain restaurant in a tropical paradise, look a Well, yes, within reason. little closer on your Some charters will boat and you might . . .if you wanted to savor the luxury advise you on the save a penny or a thousand. There are of eating at discount chain restaurant best provisioning stores, and private several excellent prices in a tropical paradise, look a charters will even provisioning stores in send you a shopping the BVI, and they sell little closer on your boat. . . list. Supermarkets and more than just six stores here will even dollar bottles of rum. cater for a large shopping list and have your goods There is also an excellent fishery here with fresh caught fish. Other seafood can readily be obtained delivered to your boat; they like to do it and it's good business! What you can’t pack in you might want to from good places like the Sailor’s Ketch and the eat on day one or two! fisheries department themselves. After the meal is done, and you are proud you Granted, there is a markup on your have saved that hard-earned money, you can go supermarket prices, and before you start ashore to the bar for rum. The rum drink will cost grumbling—yes, the price of toilet paper or you six bucks, the same price as a whole bottle in the cocktail peanuts here is considerably higher than store, but that’s another topic for another time! YG back in the States, but bear in mind as you were


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St. Thomas Submarine on the Rocks Atlantis Adventures to Cease Sub Tours

by David Blacklock

In what is clearly an ominous sign for the Virgin Islands tourism industry, Vancouver-based submarine tour operator Atlantis Adventures has announced the closing of its popular reef tour business in the USVI. so dire. Local tourist attraction Dolphin Discovery According to Gary Cram, Atlantis's general says business may be slower but is still viable. “In manager in St.Thomas, “it is our intention comparison with other years, tours have been down,” to cease submarine tour operations in St. said Carlos Guerrero, Dolphin Discovery's BVI Thomas as of May 31, 2009, barring some manager, “but we are doing fine with the cruise ships intervention that could keep us operating in Tortola.” While the submarine tour and the dolphin beyond that date. The reason for closing is experience are similarly priced, Guerrero hinted that simple: prospects for turning a profit – or even the Atlantis's difficulties might stem from their higher covering expenses – are dim in this current costs and subsequent need to keep their submarine environment.” Atlantis will continue to filled. “I don't know much about their business,” operate its catamaran sail and snorkel tours. Guerrero said, “but people still want to have fun on Founded in 1986, Atlantis began operations off vacations, though they are watching their dollars.” the Cayman Islands and opened in St. Thomas the Atlantis manager Gary Cram, describing the following year. Operating from seven bases in the company's predicament, said, “the drop in tourist Caribbean, three in Hawaii and one in Guam, Atlantis arrivals and cruise ship calls combined with the claims to have catered to 11 million customers. impact of the economic crisis and rising operating Janet Griffiths of Atlantis Adventures' Caribbean regional office told the BVI Yacht Guide that the closing costs created a perfect storm that was not producing enough paying customers was confined to the to support a highsubmarine operation and . . . Atlantis claims to have overhead business like our was not extended to any of the other Caribbean catered to 11 million customers tourist submarine,” he told BVIYG. Lending support bases. “We're not booking to Dolphin Discovery's as many tours from cruise Guerrero, Cram said “I know that most other tour ships, and land-based tours are down as well on St. operators and retail stores are suffering, although I Thomas,” she said. suspect those with significantly lower overhead will be Is the Atlantis's experience the canary in the able to weather the storm.” YG tourism goldmine? Here in Tortola, things may not be

Going down?

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Blinding Speed with

Dave West For the BVI, now and then comes a boat and a crew with an outstanding season. With success in the St. Maarten and a first in their class at Rolex, Jurakan and crew look like they are on a winning streak or a formidable formula. Jurakan is driven by a certain individual, inventor and entrepreneur Dave West, who resides on Tortola. Standing alert, focused and with a wide pirate grin, Dave is happy to talk about his season. YG: First off, tell me a little bit about the stats of the boat.

Hiking it!

DW: The Melges 32 is a popular one-design racer. 32-feet long, 3900 lbs. The boat is very light for its sail area. It has a foam core, fiberglass hull, carbon mast with PBO rigging, carbon rudder and carbon bulb keel. It is strictly a racer—it has no berths, head or galley. The mainsail is very large and the jib is small (105%). The spinnaker is huge for the boat’s weight. YG: Your performance at the 2009 St. Maarten Heineken Regatta was outstanding. Can you tell us a bit about the experience? DW: We campaigned the boat in 2007 and 2008 with moderate success. We had more and more excellent BVI racers becoming interested in the boat and the program,

There are no riders on this boat—it takes every crew performing at 100% so we decided to put together a team that could dedicate themselves to mastering this boat for the 2009 season. We enlisted Sam Rogers as a crew coach. Sam races on the top Melges 32s in the world. He worked for Melges for three years. We also got Peter Holmberg on board to raise our level of tactics and driving. The combination worked very well. All three days of racing were very windy. We were able to make excellent spinnaker sets and douses while some other crews struggled. With Sam's constant urging, Jon Clayton and Tom Clarke (our forward crew) performed tasks at hyper-speed in very tough conditions. Peter was expert at coaching Kevin Wrigley (jib trim) and Huw Pritchard Jones (main trim) on upwind boat setup and sail trim. Peter worked with Andrew Waters on upwind driving in the big wind and waves. We all knew first place was within our capability. However, a driving error by me in the third race was all it took to relegate us to second place. We were all very pleased with the gains we had made, but, even more so, we all want to continue getting better. We are still a long way from mastering the Melges 32. 16


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Sailing with pros Peter Holmberg and Sam Rogers in St. Maarten was a wonderful opportunity to learn from the best. It was very hard work. The level of focus demanded by the pros can be a rude awakening for us mere mortals. We were forced to work at warp speed and maximum physical exertion 100% of the time. It was truly brutal. There was no time for high fives or even smiles over a well done mark rounding. The entire focus was on the next moment, working to keep the boat at maximum performance to save every second possible. Each day at the end of the races we were exhausted. We all loved it! We knew we wanted more of the same. YG: So, tell us about what happened at Rolex, once Peter Holmberg was out. DW: Peter suggested we ask Anthony Kotoun on board as coach for Rolex and BVI Spring Regatta. Anthony agreed. He helped us prepare the boat for the Rolex and practiced with us in BVI. Our first race went well. The crew was truly on a whole different mental program than last year. The coaching was taking hold. Maneuvers that were once riddles with pitfalls seemed to flow like a graceful dance. Each crew was finding physical strength, speed and endurance that we didn't know we had. Anthony was a great crew boss, always asking for more strength and speed, chanting us through the worst of it. We were gaining a high level of confidence in ourselves and in each other. And I am telling you, this boat requires a very high level of self-confidence and confidence in each other. It can bite back in very harsh ways.

YG: What do you mean?

Kevin’s parts fit great. He really saved our regatta. Add some duct tape, and we were back in business. Saturday and Sunday were tight racing, especial DW: The second race of the first day was going great. with the Coors Light team from St. Maarten. When We struggled with some very high spinnaker angles then we came in to our mooring after the last race Sunday, gained back a lot of time with some great windward we didn't know the final results. We knew it was close. legs, Anthony calling shifts like magic. Somewhere near Crew were calling girlfriends to see if the web had the last windward mark a port tack boat (50-some feet, the results. Not yet. We had a lot of work to do to lots of pounds) hit us two feet forward of the stern on get the boat ready for the tow home. the port side. We bounced like a beach ball. Several of After what seemed an eternity, we got the call. Kim, us were knocked down. We gained control of the boat, my wife, had the final results. We had won our class. counted heads and continued. We managed a respectable three firsts and three Anthony looked over the side and proclaimed seconds to hold on to first place by three points. Kim, we were okay and to keep racing. Jon went for the Dana, Claire and spinnaker hoist on Shannon were on the bow. Grabbed We were gaining a high level of the ferry to be the lifeline for support. It wasn't confidence in ourselves and in each other at the prize-giving. It started to sink there, he went in for all of us. overboard. He After so many years of trying, we had finally done it. managed to hang on and Peter had him back on We had won at Rolex! We were watch virgins no board in a flash. Up went the kite. longer. The prize-giving was quite a celebration. I will We went on to win that race. The damage forever treasure the crew's expressions of joy and amounted to a six-inch hole in the sheer, a bent accomplishment. pushpit and a broken life line. We could not continue racing in that condition. Thank goodness it was the YG: After St Maarten and Rolex, you guys are top of last race of the day. As we entered Cowpet Bay, we noticed that Rushin’ the game. Do you fear ending up being the ones to beat? Rowlette, owned by Kevin Rowlette of the BVI, had a much shorter mast than it had started the day with. DW: Well, every one of the crew has been in that Huw and I took the rib over to Lakota. What could position in the past and would love to be in that I say to Kevin? I decided to say exactly what I was position again. YG thinking: “Kevin, I’m so sorry about you mast. Is there anything I can do? Can I take your life lines?” “You vulture, yeah, take what you need,” was his response. Rushin Rowlette’s mayday was Jurakan’s payday. | ALOOKINGGLASS PUBLISHING BVI YACHT GUIDE MAY 2009


The music continues long after the sun sets


Music Festival


by Traci O'Dea

“I know that the music’s fine like sparkling wine, go and have your fun.” – The Drifters “Save the Last Dance” My dimly lit, carpeted office in Road Reef Plaza is not exactly the best place for grooving, but, to the amusement of my coworkers, I can’t stop chair-dancing with my headphones on as I listen to the lineup for this year’s BVI Music Fest.



Music, Food, Friends and Fun When I asked BVI Tourist Board Marketing Manager Lynette Harrigan and David Archer, Public Relations Officer for BVI Music Fest Cane Garden Bay Limited, which artists they were particularly looking forward to for this year’s event, they said in unison, “All of them.” Mr. Archer followed with, “I just try to maintain my composure when talking about the lineup; I’m so excited.” I complimented the committee on the inclusion of strong female voices such as Queen Ifrica, Tanya Stephens and Zoelah. “We wanted to ensure we had a cross-section of artists, of course,” Mr. Archer said. “And we’ve made a strong effort to reach out to our diverse community. We’re especially excited about Daddy Yankee, who has never performed in this part of the Caribbean,” Ms. Harrigan said. They stressed the fact that each night has something for everyone, instead of being completely separated by genres. For example, reggae sensation Tanya Stephens is closing out the night on Sunday, a night that previously featured mostly R&B acts. “Wouldn’t it be nice if the BVI Music Fest became a destination festival, similar to ones in the States and Europe like Bonnaroo or Glastonbury Festival? A place where people come to BVI specifically for the music?” I asked. “We already have that,” Ms. Harrigan said. “People who come to Cane Garden Bay for the Music Fest rebook their rooms for the next year before they leave. All the rooms in Cane Garden are

Friday, May 22 Zoelah, from St Vincent, is a soca artist with flavour. Her most popular hit, “Go Down Low,” is a favorite with the ladies. “Fly Away” cleverly uses the melody from the chorus of Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone.” Ricky T brings the St Lucian brand of soca to Cane Garden Bay. His highenergy hit “Pressure Boom,” with its mix of drum and digital beats, is sure to get the crowd moving.

Can you ask for a better venue?

already filled up.” Ms. Harrigan also indicated that word of mouth is spreading fast, especially in Puerto Rico because of Daddy Yankee. “It gives you a good buzz to come down the hill into Cane Garden Bay and see all the boats from Puerto Rico grouped together. That is another way that our festival is unique, because of the boating aspect, and that is the reason why it is staying in Cane Garden Bay.” For the three days of the festival, Cane Garden Bay will be an official port of entry for visitors from St John, St Thomas and Virgin Gorda, with a special ferry schedule between the islands. “Customs and immigration has always been helpful,” Mr. Archer added. Ms. Harrigan mentioned that Music Fest is another vehicle to promote not only the BVI’s topographical beauty but also the culture of the BVI by showcasing more than just music—local visual artists, dancers and poets will share their work as well. Along with artists, the established restaurants and vendors of Cane Garden Bay will continue doing what they do best— making their customers happy. All the restaurants, stands and shops will be open during the BVI Music Festival. In addition, twenty booths featuring local foods, island drinks and souvenirs will be set up to serve attendees’ desires to eat, drink, shop and keep their energy up. They’ll need it, especially if my chairdancing is any indication of the irrepressible urge to move while listening to these artists. As Ms. Harrigan said, “It’s one of the events that everyone in the BVI looks forward to.” Advance Tickets Three-day passes, at a reduced price of $45, will be available for sale on Saturday, May 2 at Noel Lloyd Positive Action Movement Park (formerly Palm Grove Park) at an event cosponsored by LIME and on May 15 and 16 at the box office of the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex. YG

biggest hit, features his producing talents as well as his charming, infectious voice. Daddy Yankee was named, alongside such performers as Will Smith and Ellen DeGeneres, in 2006’s TIME 100, a list of “100 men and women whose power, talent or moral example is changing our world.” His reggaeton smash “Gasolina” won a Latin Grammy in 2005 and fired up the international music charts.

Jamaica’s Sizzla has performed with Jamesy P’s biggest hit, 2005’s “Nookie,” such artists as Wyclef Jean, Talib Kweli and Shaggy, and is also known for his features the Oscar-nominated artist timeless reggae recordings “Just One of M.I.A. Born in St Vincent, he has lived in Those Days” and “Give Me a Try.” the BVI since 1991. Also known as Mr. Freestyle, Peter Ram started out as a DJ in Barbados. After making history in the nineties with his AIDS-themed dub song “Dangerous Test,” he branched into soca and has recently had two huge hits: “Woman by My Side” and “Pumpin’.” Dancehall superstar Busy Signal gained wide recognition with his 2005 hit “Step Out.” His music also has sensitive side with tracks like “I Love Yuh.”

Saturday, May 23 Cane Garden Bay’s own Quito Rymer, whose track “Mix Up World” is on Putumayo’s Islands compilation, kicks off Saturday with his Caribbeanthemed music. Jamaica’s Queen Ifrica got her start in the music business in 1995 the same way her father, reggae legend Derrick Morgan got his start in 1957, by winning a talent contest. Since then, Queen has performed her socially conscious music, most notably the controversial reggae megahits “Mi Nah Rub” and “Daddy,” all over the world. Another Music Fest artist from Jamaica, Serani’s most famous work has been as a producer for Sean Paul and others, but he scored his own recording contract in 2008. “No Games,” his

Sunday, May 24 The BVI’s Lashing Dogs, from Sea Cow’s Bay, play a mix of fungi, reggae and American rock music. Fungi music is made for dancing and celebrating, especially barefoot in the sand. The Imaginations were a group from the sixties who, according to All Music Guide, recorded strong “doo wop cuts with solid harmonies.” A calypso crooner, Baron performs everything from Jazz standards like “Summertime” and “Fools Rush In” to Caribbean hits like “Pom Pom Shorts” and “Sweet Soca Man.” Rock & Roll Hall of Famers The Drifters have recorded classic doo wop hits since 1953. Locals and tourists alike will be swaying and singing along to “Under the Boardwalk,” “This Magic Moment,” “Some Kind of Wonderful,” and “Up on the Roof.” Tanya Stephens is poised for international superstardom. Her artful and accessible compositions have enabled her to conquer the often male-dominated reggae scene in Jamaica. While her lyrics tackle all aspects of the female experience, from sexism to sexuality, her songs speak to all genders and cultures. | ALOOKINGGLASS PUBLISHING BVI YACHT GUIDE MAY 2009


BVI playground at its best. All photos courtesty of Chris Watters

by Chris Watters


2009 RBVIYC International Sailing Clinic

Sailing in the British Virgin Islands is not a new concept. For decades people from all over the world have enjoyed the pristine waters of the BVI, the sand of our islands, and the warm, steady trade winds. During the week of March 20th through the 26th, the waters, islands and winds of the BVI were host to the top youth sailors in the world who were training to improve their skills for future endeavours. Sailors from six different countries participated in the First Annual Royal British Virgin Island Yacht Club International Sailing Clinic, a week filled with long-distance sails, covering several miles, and short, quick-paced drills. Invitations were sent to surrounding Caribbean islands, as well as South American and North American countries, to bring in their top youths to take part in training with the British Virgin Islands Youth Sailing Team. The idea to expose the British Virgin Islands top youth to a high level of competition and training came in part from the


Royal BVI Yacht Club and the British Virgin Islands Olympic Committee. With an ample amount of support from both, the BVI will move forward to increase the attendance for future Olympic events, starting with the inaugural 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore, Summer Olympics in London 2012 and moving on to the 2016 Summer Olympics, which will select a host country in October 2009. Sailors and coaches from St. Maarten (Netherlands Antilles), Canada, Australia, United States Virgin Islands, Peru and the British Virgin Islands were all on hand to take part in the sevenday clinic. Brendan Casey (AUS) who in 1995 and 1996 won back-to-back Laser Radial World championships and in 2002 was fifth at the Laser Standard World championships, worked directly with the Laser sailors. Top-ranked North American sailor Mike Todd (CAN) worked directly with the


Cruising nicely

Upcoming Races BVI Dinghy Champs (Tortola) Holmberg Racing Masterclass (Tortola)

2-3 May 10-17 May

ScotiaBank International Clinic (St.Thomas) 22-24 Jun ScotiaBank International Regatta (St.Thomas) 25-28 Jun Laser Radial, Standard North Americans, Buffaloe Canoe Club (Ontario Canada) Opti fun

ISAF Youth Worlds (Brazil)

25-28 Jun 9-18 Jul

Opti North Americans (Dominican Republic) 4-12 Jul

Optimist sailors, and helped select the 2009 British Virgin Islands North American Sailing team, which had five spots to compete for in the upcoming North American championships which will be hosted in the Dominican Republic in July 2009. Training took place out of the Royal BVI Yacht Club and Nanny Cay Resort & Marina. With long distance sails in the Sir Francis Drake Channel, which included Cooper Island to Norman Island and back to Nanny Cay, sailors got a chance to push themselves among some of the top-ranked youth sailors. These sailors included Alexander Zimmerman from Peru, Rhone Findlay from St Maarten, and the BVI’s Alec Anderson, all of whom have posted top international results in their respective classes. Sailors also got a chance to tour the

surrounding islands and beaches while averaging a solid four to six hours on-water training per day. The intimate size of the clinic enabled the sailors to receive a high level of training, tailored to each individual’s needs and goals The success of the first annual International Sailing Clinic that the Royal BVI Yacht Club and the BVI Olympic Committee have hosted will prove to be invaluable to the extent of the knowledge that both the international and BVI participants have gained. In 2010, the clinic will open its doors to as many as ten countries and increase the camp’s capacity to 24 participants. The Kids And The Sea (KATS) program, Nanny Cay Resort & Marina, Royal BVI Yacht Club, the Anderson family and the BVI Olympic Committee all made generous contributions. YG

Radial Worlds, Youth, Male, Female (Japan)

1-10 Aug

Canadian Olympic Regatta Kingston (Kingston Ontario)

13-16 Aug

RBVIYC EVENTS: 2009 BVI Dinghy Champs, RBVIYC 6th Back To School Regatta 2009

9-10 May 5-6 Sep

BVI Schools Regatta X-Mas Camp 2009, RBVIYC

7 Nov 18-22 Dec

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est. 1995 | | (284) 494-0528 Fleet size: 55 Sells Boats: Yes Charters Boats: Yes Brand(s): Beneteau, Jeanneau, Roberson & Caine Year Make: 1997-2000 Type(s): Sailboat Cats and Monohulls

The Moorings

est. 1969 | | (888) 416-8420 Fleet size: 290 Sells Boats: Yes Charters Boats: Yes Brand(s): Beneteau, Jeanneau, Leopard Year Make: 2001-2007 Type(s): Sailboat Cats and Monohulls Yacht Brokerage: (284) 494-8864

Racing in Paradise

est. 2002 | | (284) 494-6781 Fleet size: 11 Sells Boats: Yes Charters Boats: Yes Brand(s): IC24 Year Make: Converted From J24 in 2003-2006 Type(s): One-Design Sailing Race Boats

Tortola Yacht Sales

est. 1965 | | (284) 494-2124 Sells Boats: Yes Charters Boats: No Brand(s): Stamas, Contender, Angler Year Make: Non-Specific Type(s): Non-Specific Boats Sold/yr: 6 Number of Brokers: 1

Nautic Blue est. 2000 | | (800) 416-0224 Fleet size: 11 Sells Boats: Yes Charters Boats: Yes Brand(s): Robertson & Caine Powercats, Fontaine Pajot, Mainship, Carver Year Make: 2002-2007 Type(s): Power Cats and Monohulls BVI Yacht Charters

est. 1974 | | (284) 494-4289 Fleet size: 45 Sells Boats: Yes Charters Boats: Yes Brand(s): Beneteau, Lagoon, Leopard, Jeanneau, Lavezzi Year Make: 1999-2008 Type(s): Sailboat Cats and Monohulls

Southern Trades

est. 1977 | | (284) 494-8003 Fleet size: NA Sells Boats: Yes Charters Boats: No Brand(s): Non-Specific Year Make: Non-Specific Type(s): Non-Specific

est. 2002 | | (284) 494-7955 Fleet size: 80 Sells Boats: No Charters Boats: Yes Brand(s): Non-Specific Year Make: 1923-2006 Type(s): Non-Specific

est. 1993 | (284) 495-1931 phone/fax Fleet size: 16 Sells Boats: Yes Charters Boats: Yes Brand(s): Beneteau, Jeanneau Fountaine Pajot power and sail, Lagoon Year Make: 1993 - 2006 Type(s): Sail & Power Cats and Monohulls

North South

est. 1970 | | (284) 545-0096 Fleet size: 42 Sells Boats: Yes Charters Boats: Yes Brand(s): Beneteau, Jeanneau, Catalina, C&C, Leopard, Island Spirit, Chienwha, Hershine, Nova Sundeck, Trader Year Make:1994-2003 Type(s): Sailboat Cats and Monohulls

est. 1993 (284) 495-1979 Fleet size: 10 Sells boats: No Charters Boats: Yes Brand(s): Fontaine Pajot, Lagoons, Leopards, Island Spirit, Robertson & Caine, Privilege, Voyages Year Make: 1997-2005 Type(s): Catamarans

est 1991 | est. patouch | (284) 494-6300 Fleet size: 6 Sells Boats: No Charters Boats: Yes Brand(s): Peter Spronk, Sea Ray, Privilege, Beneteau Year Make: 1976-2006 Type(s): Sail & Power Cats & Monohulls,

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est. 2007 | (284) 499-0591 Sells Boats: Yes Charters Boats: No Brand(s): Non-Specific Year Make: Non-Specificl Type(s): Non-Specific Number of brokers: 3

Voyage Yacht Charters

est. 1995 | (888) 869-8436 Fleet size: 25 Sells Boats: Yes Charters Boats: Yes Brand(s): Voyage Year Make: 2000-2009 Type(s): Sailboat Cats and Monohulls

est. 1986 | | (284) 494-4868 Fleet size: 46 Sells Boats: Yes Charters Boats: Yes Brand(s): Beneteau, Jeanneau, Lagoon, Leopard, Norseman, Island Spirit, Athena, Hunter Year Make: 1996-2004 Type(s): Sailboat Cats and Monohulls

BVI Yacht Vacations

est. 1998 | | (284) 499-2768 Fleet size: 1 Sells Boats: No Charters Boats: Yes Brand(s): 45’ Crewed Charter Yacht Year Make: 1998 Type(s): Sail & Cutter Ketch & Monohulls



est. 1974 | | (888) 416-8420 Fleet size: 170 Sells boats: Yes Charters Boats: Yes Brand(s): Beneteau, Jeanneau, Fontaine Pajot, Robertson & Caine Year Make: 2001-2007 Type(s): Sailboat Cats and Monohulls Yacht Brokerage: (284) 494-1000

Amazing Charters

est. 1941 | (284) 495-2647 Fleet size: 74 Sells Boats: No Charters Boats: Yes Brand(s): Non-Specific Year Make: Non-Specific Type(s): Power/Sail, Mono/Multihull

Charter Yacht Society est. 1982 / / 284-494-6017 / Fleet size: 70 Sells Boats: No Charters Boats: Yes Types: Sailboat Cats, Monohulls and Power Yachts Non-profit for BVI crewed charter yachts. Hosts BVI Boat Show. TMM

est. 1987 | | (800) 633-0155 Fleet size: 44 Sells Boats: Yes Charters Boats: Yes Brand(s): Lagoon, Fontaine Pajot, Hunter, Jeanneau, Beneteau, Nautitech, Trader Year Make: 2000-2007 Type(s): Powerboat and Sailboat Cats and Monohulls

Caribbean Images Tours Ltd. est. 1987 | (284) 496-7935 Fleet size: 4 Charters Boats: Yes Brand(s): Caribe, Ribtec, Atlantic Industries Year Make: 2000-2007 Type(s): Powerboat - Ribs

Virgin Traders est. 1995 | | (284) 495-2526 Fleet size: 17 Sells Boats: Yes Charters Boats: Yes Brand(s): Horizon Year Make: 1997-2004 Type(s): Large Powerboats

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Horizon Yacht Charters

est. 1998 | | (284) 494-8787 Fleet size: 36 Sells Boats: Yes Charters Boats: Yes Brand(s): Bavaria, Jeanneu, Beneteau, Fontaine Pajot, Lagoon Year Make: 2002-2009 Type(s): Sailboat Cats and Monohulls

Vacances Sous Voiles

est. 2004 | | (284) 499-1711 Fleet size: 3 Sells Boats: No Charters Boats: Yes Brand(s): Beneteau, Bavaria Year Make: 2000-2007 Type(s): Monohulls

9 est. 1981 | | (284) 494-3260 Sells Boats: Yes Charters Boats: No Brand(s): Non-Specific Year Make: 1976-2006 Type(s): Non-Specific Boats Sold/yr: 70 Number of Brokers: 3

Catamaran Charters

est. 1989 | | (800) 262-0308 Fleet size: 23 Sells Boats: Yes Charters Boats: Yes Brand(s): Privilege, Lagoon, Fontaine Pajot Year Make: 2000-2007 Type(s): Sailboat Cats and Monohulls

Island Time Ltd est. 2001 | | (284) 495-9993 Fleet size: 10 Sells Boats: No Charters Boats: Yes Brand(s): Contender, Caribe Year Make: 2006-2008 Type(s): Fast Powerboat and Dinghys King Charters est. 1990 | | (284) 494-5820 Fleet size: 5 Sells Boats: No Charters Boats: Yes Brand(s): Bradley Year Make: 1998-2007 Type(s): Fast Powerboat

Yacht Charter & Broker Directory The BVI Yacht Guide wants this list of Yacht Charter companies and Yacht Brokers to be as complete and accurate as possible. To this end, we will include your company’s details at no cost. If your company is not listed here or the description is incomplete, please contact us with the proper information.

Virgin Gorda

Sail Bravura

est. 2004 | | (284) 443-2586 Fleet size: 1 Sells Boats: No Charters Boats: Yes Brand(s): Hans Christian 48 Year Make: 1987 Type(s): Monohull Cutter

Double D Charters

The Valley

est. 1995 | | (284) 499-2479 Fleet size: 3 Sells Boats: No Charters Boats: Yes Brand(s): Crowther, President, Grady White Year Make: 1980-1988, 2003 Type(s): Catamaran Sailboat, Powerboat

Powerboat Rentals/Cruises est. 1987 | | (284) 495-5542 Fleet size: 7 Sells Boats: No Charters Boats: Yes Brand(s): Logic, Sea Fox, Bertram, Riviera, Azimut Year Make: 1996-2002 Type(s): Fast Powerboats | ALOOKINGGLASS PUBLISHING BVI YACHT GUIDE MAY 2009



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