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Editor's Letter, May 2014

It’s great to be in the outer islands of the BVI where some of the world renowned

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establishments are located offering the best cuisine, the epitome of customer service and heavenly scenery harmonising with the natural environment. These islands possess an abundance of luxury locales, but there is something unique, intangible and overwhelmingly enigmatic about the soothing evocation of the Cooper Island Beach Club experience. Our exclusive feature about their recent refit by Arawak Interiors reveals that paradise can become even more paradisiacal – guests will love Cooper’s new Rum Bar providing 100 varied rums; a cool spot to unwind and one of several suave additions to the island resort. Inspired by Green VI’s Executive Director Charlotte McDevitt and her article in April’s issue advocating actions we should take to be more ‘green’, we decided to further investigate the sustainable development and eco challenges affecting the BVI. In an interview with Dr Shannon Gore and her book Best Management Practices, she discusses the very reality of losing our pristine beaches if guidelines regarding erosion are ignored. Also, professional kiteboarder Charlie Smith displayed his enthusiasm about the environment with his strong plea to sustain the natural beauty of Virgin Gorda’s North Sound. We have packed this issue with other eventful and informative favourites, appeasing summer preferences and the fact that although sailing season is over, it isn’t over. Enjoy the BVI as we enter the slower season or as a certain Cane Garden Bay Entrepreneur would say, the ‘high value season’ and let us know about any ‘green’ initiatives in the BVI via vipy@alookingglass.com that you think are worth screaming from the tree tops.

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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. Brian Duff Brian has worked in the yacht industry for 18 years. He possesses a detailed comprehension of yachts and he applies this to help his clients fully understand the boats he sells for BVI Yacht Sales. Carlyne Rachele Carlyne has been involved in the sales and renovation of real estate for over 25 years. Her experience in buying and flipping homes has resulted in a successful career in real estate and she is pleased to share her knowledge in the BVI HomeSense column. Megan Scholbohm 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. Dick Schoonover Dick has lived and worked in the Virgin Islands since 1989, all but six months of that time working in crewed charter marketing. Shakti Segura Adventurer by heart, Shakti’s passion for photography commenced in 1997 with a Nikon F1 35mm SLR Camera. When she started travelling in her native country Mexico, she discovered the pure joy of telling a story with an image.

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10 Skipper’s Tips: Dinghy Delight

26 The Race is Not Over Our BVI Dinghy Championships team are looking to face hungry rivalry

46 Virgin Islands Life: Fun & Sun

The great ‘parking’ amenities of the BVI’s most popular beachfront locales

12 Yachtie’s Eulogy

31 Exclusive Feature Island:

48 Do You Love the Beach?

The hottest eco-friendly resort in the BVI receives some cool new additions

Some of our behaviour patterns indicate that we might not love those sparkling white sea shores

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With the sailing season coming to an end, what can we expect in the BVI, the global capital for sailing?

14 Foxy’s Wooden Boat Regatta Makes 40

The famous wooden boat regatta, celebrating the traditional craft of boat building and sailing makes its 40th year

Cooper Island Beach Club

37 Reader Prize – Arawak Interiors’ giveaway! Be in it to win new furniture with a few clicks of a button

17 Sound Sailing

38 Artists’ Corner: Robert Jennings

8 Eco-Friendly Tips from one of the most beautiful locations in the British Virgin Islands

International artist Rob Jennings invites us into his universe of vibrant colours

22 Yacht Spotlight: Akasha

42 From Sea Level: Sampling the best of

A luxurious 76ft yacht that lives up to the meaning of its name…and goes beyond

Virgin Gorda

Charter Yacht Lolalita’s top chef advises of the best spots in Virgin Gorda

Enjoying the adventure that is life in the Virgin Islands - this time, on a monohull

51 BVI HomeSense The insider know-how to negotiating an offer on a property

54 Property and Yacht Listings


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Dinghy

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Words by Dick Schoonover, Charter Manager – CharterPort BVI Photography courtesy of respective establishments

1. Norman Island – when Pirate’s Bight opened their doors, one of the first things to appear on the beach inside the Bight of Norman Island was the dinghy dock. It was very sensible, since the beach isn’t the largest in the Territory. They keep the beach as beach and the dinghies off the sand. Since the fire last year, it’s grown. Across the Bight, the William Thornton has always featured a floating dinghy dock alongside the BVI’s iconic hotspot. Perhaps a few more cleats could be in order, considering how many yachtsmen and yachtswomen visit the ‘Willy T’, but otherwise, perfect scenario on Norman Island.

Operating a successful beachfront restaurant in the BVI, often depends on 2. Great Harbour on Peter Island features the Oceans 7 Beach Club something akin to the old adage, “Location, Location, Location!” Except around Restaurant with both a ferry dock and a dinghy dock – nice to keep them here, it’s whether or not the charter yachting fleet can reach your establishment. separated. Around the corner in Sprat Bay is Peter Island Resort. ‘nough said. This is an issue that can plague land-based cafés as well – parking. Shore-side, it’s having an adequate facility for your restaurant clientele to tie up their dinghies. No, I know, the first thing you’re going to say is, “White Bay Sandcastles has no dinghy dock and they do booming business,” and it’s true, and yes, it’s called the Soggy Dollar for a reason. And it’s also true that the Soggy Dollar can be plagued by sweeping surf that can be threatening if you are trying to bring mum and dad ashore and have them arrive there relatively dry. That being said, let’s list off the best of shore-side ‘parking’ in the BVI. Some of our more popular BVI charter destinations come replete with full service marinas. Great! So let’s not talk about the obvious choices that may spring to mind - Saba Rock, Bitter End Yacht Club, Leverick Bay, Biras Creek, Peter Island Resort or Scrub Island. Just as renowned, let’s review, Norman Island, Great Harbour on Peter Island, Cooper Island, Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, Beef Island, Tortola’s Cane Garden Bay and the West End of Tortola.

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3. Cooper Island Beach Club has experienced a rejuvenating remodel in the last couple of years and looks great. I still love the stand-up bar tables in the water just off the beach. The dinghy dock is in good shape and does a solid job of keeping snorkelers and beach bathers apart from the motorised traffic. The dive shop has its own dock, so crowding isn’t an issue. 4. Trellis Bay on Beef Island, Bellamy Cay and Marina Cay are close enough together to view them collectively. Pusser’s at Marina Cay features a fuel dock where the ferry picks up and drops off—the dinghy dock is off to the side—convenient to get shoppers into Pusser’s Company Store. At night, it’s still fun to watch the tarpon off the fuel dock. A couple of old concrete piers over off the restaurant ought to be avoided – very shallow. Bellamy Cay inside Trellis Bay is home to The Last Resort, a popular bistro for locals and visiting yachtsmen. The restaurant is served by its own boat, carrying guests from Beef Island, and also provides space for dinghies from the yachting crowd too, running parallel to the reef. Over on Beef Island, there are a host of small docks ranging from the government dock nearest the runway, to the far end at The Loose Mongoose. The North Sound Express and Little Dix Bay use one of the docks for their ferry services, and it’s in good shape, but dinghies ought not to block the ferries. The Loose Mongoose dock is also in good fettle; now would be a good time to remind users that the docks are there for the restaurant’s clientele, not as a public dock.

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5. Jost Van Dyke – Abe’s in Little Harbour and Foxy’s Taboo at Diamond Cay have docking facilities for yachts. In Great Harbour, it’s just the government dock in the middle of the bay and Foxy’s shallow dinghy dock to the east. The ferry dock is a bit of a hike, but customs and immigration are located there for vessels needing to clear. There are perfectly adequate dinghy docks in Little Harbour. 6. Anegada is well appointed – every beach bar/restaurant from Setting Point on west features a dingy dock to attract potential customers ashore. Anegada Reef Hotel can even accommodate shallow-draft vessels on their dock. 7. This brings us to Tortola with Cane Garden Bay and West End being obvious points of interest. Skippers I‘ve asked admit to avoiding visiting Cane Garden Bay if they think there’s the slightest chance of damage to the tender, should it be swept under the rather high dinghy dock in a north swell. The fuel dock on the east side is a bit of a hike from the rest of the attractions on the bay, but it’s worth it once you reach the social buzz of Cane Garden with its numerous beach restaurants. 8. Tortola’s West End features several marinas and docks with full services. On the north side of the cove, the customs house has a good floating dock. Popular Fish ‘n’ Lime Inn sits right on the water’s edge and offers good space for dinghies, though it could use a more convenient point for tying the tenders up. Final bonus tip – always...repeat always lock up your dinghies.

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Yachtie’s Eulogy What do you do when sailing season ends? Words by Brian Duff, Yacht Broker – BVI Yacht Sales Photography courtesy of BVI Yacht Sales

So you’ve bought a boat.

Or, on the flipside of the coin, you haven’t sold the one you’ve been trying to shift all season long. It appears buyers never appreciate how fine a yacht is when you’re trying to sell it. But what happens in the BVI when sailing season ends? The marinas empty out, the once thriving waterfronts and crowded beach bars become restful, and most everyone you see is a resident to the BVI. While most sailors and tourists do not spend the warmer months in the BVI, it is evident that lots of boats spend summer over here. The BVI is the epicentre of the yacht sales market in the Caribbean, so it’s an excellent location to trade boats. Part of the grand allure is the many services available, making it an ideal place to upgrade or refit boats during the off season.

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There are a few really good boatyards which offer in-water and out-ofwater storage, safe from the storm activity which although infrequent, is always a possibility. Despite the BVI’s receipt of much less storm activity than the US East Coast, boats have to be ‘put away’ or pay a higher insurance premium. Some sailors choose to flee the region altogether, taking their boats north sailing alone, enjoying the popular ARC Rallies to Florida, the Chesapeake or the New England region for good summer sailing. Others sail close to South American to also be safe from storms. Some even pay the increased premium to keep their boat in the water here and sail the relatively secluded BVI. Quieter in the summer months, sailors are offered isolated anchorages that in the high season— December through to May—are full of humming generators and bellowing spring break party animals. Others will haul and store in BVI on Tortola at Nanny Cay, Soper’s Hole or up in Virgin Gorda at the yard there.   What a sailor chooses for his boat has much to do with how or if he will be able to use the vessel during the summer and what type of boat it is. Some boats are not really meant for sailing in the oceans deep and are confined to this area for the year round. Others can sail anywhere they

decide, and taking their floating pride and joy abroad for the summer months may present the possibility of more use of the boat than leaving her down here. Other options include getting some work done on the boat; tackling more invasive projects during the off season means maximising useable time in best of the sailing season. For those that want to take on big projects, having the boat on BVI Tortola can be a boon as there are more contractor options, and parts are more readily available than off island. With boat owners seeking to put boats away and do regular maintenance until next season, storing on Virgin Gorda can be perfect and saves a few bucks too. Whatever you choose, it pays to plan ahead as reserving space to haul really needs to have happened by now. Most yards are full or approaching capacity fast in the BVI and for those sailing elsewhere, lining up crew, preparing a boat for distance sailing, and picking the best weather window take time and planning. The best plan of all? Keep your boat in the water and sail the months where the BVI is at its most secluded. Just keep a weather eye and have a hurricane plan in place. As beautiful as the climate is here, you can still expect a storm or two in the summer months, so be prepared.

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Words by Geoffrey Brooks, Curator – Virgin Islands Maritime Museum Photography courtesy of Martin van Houten and Geoff Brooks

In 1974, Foxy Callwood and some friends in Jost Van Dyke decided to hold a regatta for and dedicated to wooden boats. By the mid-seventies, it was very

apparent that wooden boat construction was fading into history. The Virgin Islands which was known throughout the region for their unique style of wooden sloops and the skill of their shipwrights had changed course and was now embracing fiberglass and tourism. Foxy felt it was time to celebrate a vanishing breed with the optimism it would help to preserve those wooden vessels that still remained. On Labour Day weekend, a US Holiday at the beginning of September, Foxy’s Wooden Boat Regatta was launched with a modest seven wooden boats. The Regatta was deemed a success and it grew quickly, bringing boats over from St John, St Thomas and Puerto Rico.

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In 1976, only two years after its creation, they had a record 86 boats

participating annually, but approximately seven years ago, numbers began

participating. That is a number that would rival the BVI Spring Regatta or St

to decline. In a conversation with Martin Van Houten, Commodore of the

Thomas Regatta today; Foxy clearly had a vision when he came up with the

West End Yacht Club and organiser of the Race Committee, he stated that

idea. In 1981, the West End Yacht Club from Tortola became involved and

boats of wooden construction were becoming a rare commodity and

made up the Race Committee; they have partnered with Foxy since that time.

changes had to be made for the regatta to continue. Foxy himself declared

It was held on every Labour Day until 1995 when Hurricane Luis showed

that if there was only one wooden boat left, they would still hold this

up and the classic yachts had to scramble for cover. 10 days later, Hurricane

event. It was decided to open the competition to boats that were classics,

Marilyn arrived and finished the job Luis had started. The islands were hit

possessed traditional lines, and were older but not made of wood.

hard and many of the classic wooden boats were sunk or destroyed beyond

This year’s regatta which is the 40th will be highlighted by the debut

hope of repair. Those who remember still use Hurricane Marilyn as the

of Endeavour II, a traditional wooden sloop recently launched by the Jost

benchmark to compare storms.

Van Dyke Preservation Society and joined by the four traditional wooden

After this tragedy, the Regatta was moved to the end of May and held

sloops maintained by the Virgin Islands Studies Institute at the H. Lavity

on Memorial Day Weekend, another US holiday, where it has remained

Stoutt Community College. It is hoped that they will form the centre of

ever since.

attention and that the other traditional designs will provide a foundation of

Over the years, Foxy’s Wooden Boat Regatta has grown in popularity to become one of the premier events in the regatta season. It serves as a

celebration of classic boats, continuing into the future. Foxy’s 40th Wooden Boat Regatta will be held on May 24 – 26 in Jost Van

primary source of appreciation and preservation of traditional wooden

Dyke. All are encouraged to attend and support our Maritime Heritage and

boats and boat construction. The regatta averaged 30 to 40 boats

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The

is a beautiful place—

we all know that— and whether we like it or not, the word is out on ‘Natures Little Secrets.’ So how can we keep the BVI’s beauty in a league of its own while maintaining the insurgency of development and visitors? Here are a few of my thoughts and while my focus is on Virgin Gorda’s North Sound area of the territory where I’ve been based for almost a decade, many of these concepts are applicable across the BVI and beyond. While I write this article, my shorts are still drying from a fun match race between me, my 11 square metre kite, and Sea Hawk, a 197ft superyacht with over 2000 square metres of sail area. As I look out across the North Sound, the place is buzzing with a myriad of water users, all contributing something to this very special place. As more people select the BVI as a hotspot to visit, race, relax, and more recently, reside, what can be done to keep the BVI attractive and ecologically sustainable from a water user’s angle?

Promote responsible sailboat chartering and boat-handling As one of the BVI’s leading industries, chartering boats and cruising the BVI has always been a huge attraction. In order for this to be sustainable, the people in command of these vessels need to be suitably qualified, respect the islands, and avoid running aground or discharging waste close to shore. At least once a week, dinghies, powerboats and often large yachts can be seen crashing into our reefs and seagrass meadows, which is generally due to negligence.

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Anyone considering renting a boat should be more thoroughly scrutinised before leaving their respective yacht base and take the time to become fully competent, not just confident. Therefore, the environment and their safety are not jeopardised. Also, people should be encouraged to look for sand bottom anchorages instead of anchoring on live coral or seagrass. Additionally, a neighbourhood watch for violators of speed limits could be employed to keep the waters safe for everyone that enjoys them.

Another proactive company, SeaitClear glass bottom tours operating out of the North Sound, offer visitors the opportunity to enjoy our reefs and wildlife from the comfort of a boat while promoting the protection of marine turtle populations and raising awareness for reef protection – all good things for the preservation of our environment.

Support local companies who are promoting the BVI with an eco-friendly ethos

Whether it’s a new dock or a new resort, developers should ensure that their projects are managed properly to avoid any ecological damage to reef and mangrove systems. This can be caused in the construction process due to rainwater runoff, general litter, chemicals, oils and toxins. Waste management is clearly an issue in this part of the world so it is with optimism that this improves with the growth of regional development. Supply barges laden with building materials ought to be directed away from recreational waterways in active prevention of accidents. Commercial channels should be well-marked and lit for easy navigation. There are definitely some positive development and renewable energy methods being implemented on Cooper Island – congratulations to the developers there for setting the standard. Now it’s time for everyone else to follow suit... Overleaf are some basic guidelines to follow to help sustain the BVI’s beauty and safety today:

My personal favourite water sports are human and wind powered such as sailing, kiteboarding, windsurfing, free-diving, stand up paddle-boarding and surfing, all of which are available in North Sound. Simultaneously, there are also a growing number of power boaters, fishermen and even the odd seaplane. Whilst I’m happy to see this hybrid of activity, all need to co-exist in North Sound in an efficient way that maintains the environment. For this to happen effectively, I believe everyone should be aware of what it takes to avoid damaging the beautiful waters around us and more importantly, what lies beneath them. Dynamic, local BVI companies like Fusion BVI are already doing this by promoting ocean conservation through the activities they offer such as kiteboarding instruction, stand up paddle-board rentals and Pilates classes. Fusion are also organising sponsored litter pick-ups and youth development programs—The Fusion FastTrack—planned for later this year, which will enrol BVIslanders and offer the opportunity to pursue a career in the marine industry.

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Safety first! Always have sufficient training before operating any water craft. Wear your kill cord, know the rules of the road, adhere to them and always stay vigilant

Always dispose of your waste responsibly. Plastic never goes away if it ends up in the sea so try and re-use plastic bottles if you have to use them. Attempt to buy local brands to keep your carbon footprint to a minimum

Have fun but think about others around you. Keep your speed down around other boats and mooring fields and always maintain a look out for swimmers, divers, kayakers and sea turtles! Brown is bad, green and blue are good...avoid damaging reef in the BVI with this very basic rule and always try and navigate shallow reefs when the sun is high for best visibility

If you’re not a strong swimmer, wear a personal flotation device or buoyancy aid...you’ll live with the tan lines!

Power gives way to sail...there are exceptions to this rule (kiteboarders give way to everything, large power vessels are less manoeuvrable etc) so if in doubt...avoid collisions at all costs! Cover up in the sun. Sun screen works but most brands are bad for your skin and harsh on the ocean. Try and buy reef safe products

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Yacht Spotlight:

Words by Stephen L France Photography courtesy of Akasha BVI Ltd

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The first of three Matrix Yachts,

it is with distinct clarity that Akasha has been built to an exceptional specification. Its name which is of the ancient African language of Sanskrit meaning ‘infinite space,’ is appropriate for the unique dynamics that are evident on stepping aboard the 76ft dream boat. With an attentive and well-trained permanent crew of four in Captain Oswaldo Cruz, Chef Briar Smith, Deckhand/Dive master Tiago Pinto and Stewardess/ Massage Therapist Priya Bhullar, the goal of Akasha is to anticipate their guests’ every need so those visitors can truly relax and enjoy their vacation. Having been based in the BVI since 2005, it has been nine years since Akasha’s inaugural voyage from Cape Town to Brazil then onto the Caribbean. She has remained in the tropics sailing between Trinidad and the Virgin Islands at a comfortable optimum speed of 15 knots. Offering a prestigious service during this time, Akasha’s maintenance has seen no expense spared to ensure the yacht’s peak condition. Docked at Nanny Cay as its base, the alluring aesthetics of stateof-the-art furnishings and equipment tailored to intricate detail, sets Akasha up for high-end luxury catamaran cruising. Catering to guests largely from North America, South America and Europe, the vessel can comfortably hold up to 10 guests and 15 on a day sail. With her 40ft beam, Akasha adheres to the meaning of its name, featuring an exceptional amount of living space both on deck and below - ideal for an extended family or travelling group of friends. www.bvipropertyyacht.com

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The upper fly-bridge provides a wonderful 360 degree view whilst sailing – the perfect location for enjoying a cocktail at the end of the day. Water-sports activities include two sunfish sailing dinghies that each easily accommodate two adults; they are great fun for learning to sail and match racing. Akasha’s unique features encompass a complete dive centre with a compressor and equipment for eight people. In addition, there are cameras and housing for advanced underwater photography. A fully functional media system, Ipads in cabins, HDTVs, wireless internet and a hard drive with a vast quantity of films and music, surpass all the comforts of home to maintain unrivalled recreation. Original artwork from Nelson Mandela—view from the prison cell of the lighthouse as well as a piece which includes the key to his cell—marine bronze art from Christopher Bladen, and a number of pieces commissioned specifically for Akasha from rising South African artists, contribute to the elegance of the yacht. Sleeping amenities meet the refinement of the rest of the yacht with a super-sized master suite comprised by panoramic views to the front of the yacht, a Jacuzzi, shower, lounge area, king-sized bed and walk-in wardrobe. Four further cabins with queen-sized walk-around beds which may be split into twins complete spacious sleeping arrangements. All cabins are en-suite with stall showers, individual air conditioning controls, luxury robes, slippers and entertainment systems. The exquisite nature of the yacht is only rivalled by the beautiful sights seen when sailing the waters of the BVI.

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THE RACEIS NOT

Words by Brian Duff, Broker – BVI Yacht Sales Photography courtesy of Team BVI Sailing

OVER

With Spring Regatta, the biggest sailing festival of the year passed until next year, visitors and residents will be happy to know that there are still plenty of events to look forward to as the high season comes to a close. One such event is the BVI Dinghy Championships; the flagship event for the Youth Sailing Development Programme and the chief fundraiser for the year. This regatta is for both young and old sailors alike. 100% of the money raised by this event funnels to the Youth Sailing Development Programme of the BVI National Sailing Federation in support of instructor wages, equipment maintenance and acquisition.  Established by the Royal BVI Yacht Club, the Dinghy Championships itself is an annual competition showcasing the yearlong training and diligence invested by our nation’s youths. Hosted at Nanny Cay and attended by sailors from all over the Caribbean, the enjoyable spectacle has gathered immense popularity. Last year marked a high point in the event’s participation numbers and audience. Andy Morrell took the reins and pulled together a very special occasion, bringing in professional race management from the USVI and directing efforts to draw competitors from Antigua, St Lucia, Trinidad, Cayman and more, to come and challenge the youths here to the championship post. 

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In 2013, Coach Omari Scott worked yearlong to put our kids in the best position they could be and the event was hard fought. This event also marked the culmination of the Triple Crown Series which is a set of three events – first in St Croix, then in St John and finally here in BVI for the title of ‘Champion of all The Virgins.’ Last year, the Race Committee ran a total of 28 races over two days with Virgin Island sailors posting top results in all classes, including first-place finishes in two of the three Optimist Championship fleet divisions and the IC24 Class. The competition in the Optimist Championship Fleet was dominated by Teddy Nicolosi from St Thomas, who won seven of the eight races. “I had great boat speed,” the 12-year-old sailor was reported to have said. Top VI Optimist sailor Jason Putley scored a notable second overall in the challenging championship fleet and took top honours in the Optimist Red Fleet. His impressive second-place finish in the final race secured his victory over Scott McKenzie from St Thomas. This year, the event is set for even greater highs with sailors coming in from afar to take on our BVI youths. At the recent Caribbean Dinghy Championships, Team BVI took first place so the competition should be fierce this time around. The organisers have had racing shifted two weekends later in hopes of finding better winds than the previous two years. Sponsors have really stepped up to the plate and there will be a ‘Dinghy Champs Lounge’ set up on the beach deck at Nanny Cay all three days May 16 -18, where the public are invited to come, eat and drink to the benefit of the Youth Sailing Development Programme. The youth sailing initiative offers sailing lessons to children at a substantially lower rate than most sailing clubs around the world and hosts the BVI Racing Team that takes kids around the globe representing the BVI. www.bvipropertyyacht.com

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BVI Dinghy Champs Schedule Friday May 16 - Dinghy Champs Regatta kicks off Registration table and welcome party. ‘The Dinghy Champs Lounge’ opens at 5pm Saturday May 17 - Race Day 8:00am Last minute registration 9:00am Skippers’ meeting at Nanny Cay, wooden deck by the beach Regatta viewing from ‘The Dinghy Champs Lounge’ – Open House & Information Session; Main dinner party (call to reserve)- After dinner entertainment Sunday May 18 - Closing Day Regatta viewing from lounge and spectator boat Awards Ceremony Dinghy Champ Lounge closing party – Drink the bar dry

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It is difficult to believe

that internationally renowned resort Cooper Island Beach Club could be any more tantalising, serene, or euphoric than its current incarnation. Perceived as the island resort that elevated the standard in the BVI’s lavish outer islands, the eco-friendly retreat that’s committed to sustainable tourism has continually reinvested in its service to exceed its guests’ desires. The retreat that houses 92% of its staff on island, has allowed its ethereal appearance to evolve over the last five years and each element of the resort has now undergone a refit that maintains its ‘green’ concept and relaxed, luxury expression. Innovative designers Arawak Interiors, carry their distinctive style and reputation across the entire BVI. The works of the company are unique and adored, seen at a variety of island resorts, restaurants and high-end villas across the region. Many are locales of global fame and recognition to BVI residents and visitors alike. To name a few conspicuous examples – Necker Island, Peter Island, Saba Rock Resort, Golden Pavilion Villa, St Bernard’s Hill house, Mooney Bay, Aja Villa, Coco Maya Restaurant, Little Thatch, Steel Point Estate, and Tingalayo Villa. Although all these locations are considered high-end, the universal perception of Cooper Island is that it has a unique, untouchable quality that detaches it from surrounding resorts. The island has a smooth groove and despite being frequently fully booked, guests always feel freedom in its spacious environs.

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Arawak’s on-going relationship with Cooper meant they were able to meet the resort’s upgrade requests flawlessly, collaborating with the owners for the overall design of the bar deck, rooms and new boutique. Arawak matched their design concepts with use of recycled old fishing boats and reclaimed teak from Bali. Creating their furniture with this material was the perfect model for Cooper Island’s powerful mantra on sustainable development and eco-friendly initiatives. In the renowned sections of Cooper, Arawak were responsible for sourcing stylish and sustainable furnishings for the guestrooms, restaurant, outside lounge, plus bar tables and chairs. In the brand new section which comprises a Rum Bar with over 100 rums, a Boutique, a Coffee Shop and Dive Shop, Arawak furnished the outside lounge area, bar tables and chairs, the wooden shop displays and the welcoming outdoor cushions that add a homely feel to the al-fresco space. With these recent additions to the cosy yet expansive resort, Arawak plans to continue supporting future development requests for Cooper and will be even more accessible with their plan to launch their new boutique lifestyle outlet in the prestigious Leverick Bay, Virgin Gorda in June. Cooper Island who powerfully stride on with their ‘green’ perspective are installing a third array of 64 Solar Panels on the roof of the new retail building, bringing their total to 208 photo-voltaic panels producing 48 kWh units of energy per hour. www.bvipropertyyacht.com

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Their kitchen-garden is being extended this year and their mini-farm will include lime, orange, mango and avocado trees. A welcome addition will be a hydroponic garden for salad crops and herbs. At the rear of the new Rum Bar, space has been allocated for a Microbrewery so they can produce their own craft beers in future. It is no surprise that the exotic hideaway has won the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence in both 2012 and 2013, receiving the timeless compliment that despite renovations and new facilities, the resort upholds its ‘old’ beach club quirkiness and down-to-earth charm.

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REVOLUTIONARY Artists’ Corner:Robert

Words by Stephen L France Photography courtesy of the artist

Revered as a fine artist, Robert Jennings candidly admits that his drive to be a professional in this vocation emerged from excelling in art in his school days. Residents and visitors alike may have witnessed his live performances in the BVI, presenting acrylic on canvas art shows at Trellis Bay’s Full Moon Parties or in March at Bamboushay Lounge in an exclusive evening, held by the popular nightspot. “The live art started in clubs and raves in Central America and then it went more mainstream for charity events and black tie events in Toronto and Los Angeles,” said Jennings in discussing the origins of this mode of publicity.

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“What one achieves as an artist when you paint live is completely different to the studio environment,” he continued. “You can achieve very dynamic and expressive brush strokes that jump off the canvas, creating an extremely expressive and energetic moment, capturing in time a complete contrast to very specific concentration in the studio.” Born during the political and social turmoil in South Africa (SA) of the late 80’s and early 90’s, Jennings credits his creativity to the desire to contrast the contemporary art he was surrounded by at the time. “I do believe my need for a colourful and purely aesthetic art was derived from the ever dark socio political works of the time in SA - I just wanted to feel inspired and enjoy art instead of being reminded of the injustice around us.” Rooted in this, the vibrancy and assembly of colours conceived in his work, clearly exhibit success in his aim – he confesses to his obsession with colour and its ability to permit experimentation with light, tone and form in his pieces. “I mainly work in charcoal and acrylic – acrylic for my live painting and charcoal for my studio works,” he said in reference to his chosen artistic forms. “I also use a special fabric paint to do the clothing and watercolour and oil, but specifically charcoal is what I’m focusing on right now.” Attending the esteemed Michaelis School of Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town between 1989 and 1992, his graduation saw

that he met success in the SA art scene and by 21, he was invited by the SA Association of the Arts—100 of the country’s top artists—to showcase his works. Hosting exhibitions in galleries all over the world spanning Cape Town in South Africa to Miami, USA to right here in the British Virgin Islands, he is currently working from his two studios in the BVI and Puerto Vallarta Mexico, fashioning pieces that explore his newly focused efforts in charcoal styled work. “I’ve always been doing charcoal,” he said, clarifying that it is not necessarily new to him, but a segment of art where he’s increased his attention. “It’s always sold really well and the reception I get from my agent is that it’s my strongest medium.” Represented by Melissa Morgan in Palm Springs, California where a lot of his works are on display, it is evident that the locations where Rob has been— California and the BVI to name a couple from the huge list—inspire his ingenuity and artistic vision. “In every university art degree, you start with the six major separable subjects – print making, drawing, sculpture, photography, design and painting,” he stated about the initiation of his passion and his move toward charcoal.” I started focusing on hyper-realistic and photo-realistic charcoal in my fourth year of university.” Influenced by impressionists like Matisse and 70’s New York Photo Realism, Jennings’ talents rose from his perspective on flowers that he believes represent the most natural form of colour in the world.

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Across left to right: Jennings’ in action Below: South African Consul General opening live art event sponsored by Steinway Pianos Far Right: One of Jennings’ favourite pieces

Regarding the events he has hosted worldwide, one particular occasion remains as an extremely vivid memory to him: “Well I think one major highlight I had was working with Pat McDonagh in Toronto when we did the Rolls Royce Show during Toronto Fashion Week. She is Canada’s grand dame of fashion design and such a genius,” said Jennings in response to his notable achievement of painting the Rolls Royce Phantom. “Also, I really enjoyed painting live on Good Morning Canada the TV show and at the Winter Music Conference in Miami.” Scanning through his vast and varied works, it is easy to see why he has met the great success he has. In consideration of his ambitions in the future, Rob simply said: “I will just keep on painting.”

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Sampling the best of Virgin Gorda Words by Megan Schlobohm, Chef – SV Lolalita Photography courtesy of respective establishments and Antilles Helicopters

he British Virgin Islands consists of 60 islands and cays—both large and small—the most famous being Tortola, Norman, Peter, Jost Van Dyke, and Virgin Gorda. While everyone has their favourites, it seems Virgin Gorda, the third largest of all the British Virgin Islands, contains some of the best sites and activity – especially for those travelling by sea. Virgin Gorda was aptly named for her horizontal profile which made explorer Christopher Columbus think of a plump virgin lying on her side in profile view. Her layout on the ocean makes for many safe havens and her visitors can find everything from fine dining to luxurious pampering to natural aesthetic beauty. On our charter yacht, we have favourite spots adopted over many years of experience, that we love to share with our guests. Here are a few just for you:

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for snorkelling, swimming, and anticipating the waves splashing through the ‘keyholes’ in the boulders. Starting at the south end of the island is the world renowned ‘bucket list’ natural phenomenon – The Baths. Here we have a glimpse of the island’s origins. History’s volcanic eruptions, giant granite boulders, results of molten deposits, and mesmerising tidal pools create a serene setting. The trek is usually self-led or led by a charter yacht crew and best seen in the morning hours before the highest traffic times. The memorable journey can start by land or sea and most opt to swim or snorkel in from either Spring Bay or Devil’s Bay, letting the swelling waves help toward the beach. Signs lead to the entrance of the National Park’s path where numerous photo opportunities emerge. Some areas require light climbing over a protruding boulder and others, wading through inches of water. All steps along the way offer 360º views of truly wondrous sights from the beautiful blue waters to the colour-streaked rocks. The end of this path finds you at a large area of boulders bulging from shoulder-height ocean, with places to sit, swim, and climb. The rushing waves are fun and exciting for all, both in and out of the water. One might think the end is here, but a short walk through the trees on a natural path leads to Devil’s Bay. Here there is a longer beach and submerged boulders creating a secluded cove – perfect

Travelling north, we find ourselves in Spanish Town, where the marina attracts a cluster of great restaurants. For a gourmet lunch on the beach, CocoMaya is perfect. Diners can sit on their deck area or with their toes in the sand and the food is delicious – some of the best fare in the Virgin Islands. They have incredible sushi, towering hamburgers, and other impressive dishes. For a great dinner spot in Spanish Town, The Rock Café and Sam’s Piano Bar always bring delight. Here patrons dine under the same giant boulders that can be found at The Baths, strategically lit for a magical experience. The Rock Café specialises in pastas and pizzas; the specialty pasta is Spaghetti Rock, made with fresh, handmade pasta, and is a creamy, bacon-y piece of Heaven. Throw in its great wine list and impeccable service and you’re ready for their Piano Bar, Sam’s. Enjoy an espresso martini while a skilled piano player—new every few weeks—entertains you with your favourite songs.

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After our unforgettable day of natural beauty and gourmet dining, we wake up thinking about moving even further north toward Leverick Bay. Sailing the distance on board, the tour is stunning with views of the Virgin Islands from grand perspectives. If guests opt for this option, the crew repositions their mobile resort. The charter yacht is anchored or moored in Leverick Bay, which is thankfully a short distance from a famous favourite The Michael Beans Happy ARRRRR Show. Pirate-clad with clank-ARS and shake-ARS, guests sing along to old and new pirate songs. The show is perfect for all ages, interactive, and unforgettably hilarious. Dinghy back to the charter yacht, singing old salty sailor tunes along the way for stunning dinner under the stars.

Next morning finds us moving our way over to Eustasia Sound for incredible scuba diving and snorkelling. There are century-old cannons submerged in 20-30ft of water and the marine wildlife is akin to an aquarium – often sighted are spotted eagle rays and turtles. When the weather is right, this is a lovely sleeping spot. Charter Yacht crews often motor back into North Sound where all the action is happening. In this small area are gourmet restaurants, five-star hotels, luxurious spas,

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high-end marinas, incredible views and your neighbours are some of the most beautiful and impressive Super Yachts. Again, North Sound hosted the excellent Loro Piana Super Yacht Regatta at the Yacht Club Costa Smerelda in Oil Nut Bay. The race was outstanding – to see the elite and impressive yachts with their unbelievable abilities is a fantastic opportunity. These giants are often found in the North Sound, staying close to the best services and luxuries in the Virgin Islands. This is a sample of the great treasures of Virgin Gorda, but can’t go giving them all away. What fun would that be?


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The single-hull boat,

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do you LOVE THE

BEACH? Words by Stephen L France

It’s a simple question, but one to ask: Do you love the beach? It appears like an irrational inquiry and although there may be someone out there who is disagreeable with golden sun, white sand and azure blue water, perhaps born out of Transylvania, it can safely be assumed that the beach is universally loved. So why is it that there has been a consistent issue caused by our malpractice that is literally ‘eroding’ the beauty of our beaches in the BVI? Best Management Practices which was released at the end of February, is a guide for reducing erosion in the British Virgin Islands – a series of actions that our failure to adopt would encourage the loss of our beaches and near-shore coral reef habitats. Principal co-author Dr Shannon Gore who owns her own environmental consulting company was inspired to pioneer this book after six years of observing development in the BVI, working alongside Environmental Impact Assessments, and witnessing the residual consequences of negligence toward best management practices; lax behaviour in property construction that resulted in damage to the BVI’s relished beaches.

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Supported by principal co-author Lain Leoniak, layout and graphic designer Wilbert Chambers, with funding provided by the Overseas Territories Environment Programme (Office of the Governor), Little Bay Property Holdings Ltd., Split Holdings, Quorum Island (BVI) Ltd., and input from a number of various government agencies, private businesses, architectural firms and construction companies, the publication was permitted to come to fruition. Containing erosion control measures for both new developments and for interested parties who wish to improve their current structures, the book tackles a persistent issue that has strained the natural environment of the BVI. Talking to Dr Shannon Gore about the book which advocates the correct procedures, she said: “In the long run, it’s more cost effective [to follow the eco-friendly processes], because if you’re building in an area, don’t put the erosion control measures in or maintain the vegetation…you may incur a lot of problems like landslides behind your house and collapse of retaining walls.” The environmental consultant further illustrated the benefit of employing the measures outlined in the book. “It’s about putting in really simple measures,” she said. “It might cost a little more initially, but in the long run it will be more cost effective for you and in some cases, neighbouring properties. ” Demonstrating her point with a common example, Shannon explained that a lot of the bad practices that occur are found in owners of land, who ‘clear’ the property of vegetation to acquire the view that they seek. www.bvipropertyyacht.com

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Subsequently, owners are destroying the natural buffer and support that may reduce erosion. Arguably, they are also removing the natural aesthetic splendour of the property that could assist in the sale or short term lease of the house. Delving into what occurs when development management practices are ignored, Shannon said: “A lot of sediment-laden water is rolling down the hillside and flooding low-lying areas. In some cases, it is enough water to breach the beach berm and cross over the beach causing erosion from the back of the beach and leaving mud deposits. Additionally, building too close to the shoreline doesn’t allow for sand to move landward, a natural adjustment to sea level rise, so when larger waves roll in, it pulls the sand away ruining our beaches, which is known as costal squeeze.” Effectively our beaches are becoming narrower. Siting the popular Cane Garden Bay beach as an example of a fragile location, she stated that this is where a lot of damage has occurred. With a few erosion control measures implemented, a dramatic and positive effect can ensue. Shannon commented that Best Management Practices is unique internationally. “There hasn’t been a book quite like this. A lot of erosion control manuals written are usually in black and white directed at construction workers and not lay people,” she said. “We’ve deliberately filled it with simple explanations and lots of imagery to make it easy for people to understand,” she continued. There is another significant angle to the act of avoiding ‘clearing’ and maintaining the vegetation around, especially for commercial properties like resorts. Many tourists come to see the vegetation and wildlife that exists in the BVI, so a practical incentive is to keep the natural environment for tourist appeal while also protecting the sea from further erosion. Shannon concluded with the logical perspective that may be the motivation BVI homeowners and commercial developers require: “Leave the natural vegetation – it looks better than a lot of concrete and steel.”

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Words by Carlyne Rachele, Agent – Sotheby’s International Realty BVI Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI

In the BVI HomeSense column, we address concerns that apply to buying and selling real estate and to property ownership. This month, we will review negotiating an offer and the questions that an individual should ask in the process. During the purchase and sale of a property, it is crucial to know how to negotiate an offer from the position of both the buyer and the seller. As a buyer, how do you feel about the price of the property? Does it appear too high, or seem very low? Question the reason for the disparity.

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How long has the property been on the market? Does the property require

could scare potential buyers and the longer the property is on the market,

a lot of work to raise it to your standards? In this case, it may be necessary to

the more negotiable the price becomes. Therefore, it is wise to price

bring a contractor in to provide an estimate.

accordingly, especially if interested in a quick sale. The alternative option to

Further questions to contemplate: Are there multiple offers in on

lower the price could attract several offers.

the property? If so, know what works

When an offer does come in and it is

for you. If you feel the property is

much lower than the asking price, do not

worth more than the asking price,

be deterred – the potential buyer may

perhaps it’s suitable to make a higher

just be investigating the situation and

offer – if not, it may prudent to leave

your response. Come back to the table

negotiations altogether.

with an offer close to what you would

How is the real estate market in

accept as your bottom line and see what

general? Are things moving quickly

happens; it may be surprising how much

or is the market sluggish? All of this is

the potential buyer may raise the offer.

important to consider in making an offer. If the property has been on the market for a while, check to see if the

Consequently, the decision on what to pay for a property or at what price to sell a property is subjective. The

price has been lowered over time. If so, this arguably indicates that the

focal concept is it has to work for you. Nevertheless, it is always best to

owners are anxious to sell and it may be practical to make a lower offer. The

come from an informed position with a thorough consideration of the

owners can always counter the offer so that you can see where you stand.

entire scenario in order to make the wisest decision.

A very astute real estate methodology is simply, “Let’s meet in the middle

Addressing some of the issues and questions in the above paragraphs

and you’ve got a deal!” after both buyer and seller have presented their

should be helpful in the choices on negotiating a property price in the

offers. This concept works well and places finality to the negotiating process.

British Virgin Islands. We look forward to your input on this column and

As a seller, it is important to price your property according to the present real estate market. Asking too much—especially during a slow market—

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www.coldwellbankerbvi.com (284) 495 3000 www.bvivillarental.com info@coldwellbankerbvi.com www.bvipropertyyacht.com Visit our offices at Nanny Cay Marina, Tortola, or Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda May 2014

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Luxury Villa Rentals

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VILLA VALENTINA

L o c a t e d i n L o n g B ay R e s o r t , comprises three self-contained levels which can be rented together or separately. Ideal for families and groups or couples. Overlooking the beach - an easy walk away.

Villa from $290 per night

CAPTAIN’S HOUSE

CAptain’s House is deser vedly popular. Well laid out with two kingsize bedrooms in separate pavilions, it is beautifully designed to offer space, privacy and wondrous views over the ocean.

Villa from $308 per night

CELESTIAL HOUSE

BOUGAINVILLEA

Villa from $1800 per night

Villa from $270 per night

STAY AMONGST THE STARS … Glorious views of the heavens from the observatory terrace. Five bedrooms, sleeps 10 in exquisite comfort. Largest private pool in the BVI - 80 ft infinity pool with hot tub and ‘Margarita seat’ - most perfect place on the planet to enjoy a sundowner. The ideal vacation escape.

BLUE HORIZON

home invites cool breezes and ample air flow into every room. Large doors open wide to fresh, flora-infused breezes, circulating through the main bedroom and tunneling through the living room.

Villa from $450 per night

ST. BERNARD’S HILL

The charm and beauty of this villa, with pleasing decoration, antiquities and original Caribbean artwork ease the senses, making St. Bernard’s Hill a re l a x i n g a n d p e r f e c t v a c a t i o n destination.

Villa from $3928 per night

Maritha Keil (Broker) m: 284.340.5500 e: maritha@bvisir.com

Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated

VILLA TOWANDA

Located at the southern tip of Virgin Gorda above the Baths, famous for its dramatic boulders also incorporated into Toad Hall. 3-bed, 4-bath on 5.5 acres of mature landscaping with a footpath to the beach

Villa from $336 per night

BAYHOUSE VILLA

Just 42-feet above the beach, with stunning 180-degree views over the Caribbean Sea and neighboring islands, Bayhouse was designed mixing classical Caribbean elements and modern, contemporary style.

Villa from $700 per night

Carol Olympitis & Kim Huish (Vacation Villa Specialists) t: 284.494.5700 e: vacation@bvisir.com

Traditional pastel Caribbean colours enhance this very charming house. 3-bed, 4-bath with impeccable attention to detail, it has a light and airy feel, while maintaining its structural integrity. This unique home offers amazing views, sunrises and sunsets. Serene and calming, beautiful landscaping, cooling breezes that relax and refresh.

MANGO MANOR

Locate high above The white sand beaches of Cane Garden Bay and the aquamarine waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Mango Manor is the ideal getaway providing the ultimate in luxury vacations.

Villa from $3750 per night

RHUMB HOUSE

Splendid panoramas, sumptuous seclusion and close to white sand beaches. Offering a unique blend of luxury and natural beauty, a perfect place for a family vacation, or a romantic retreat.

Villa from $1600 per night

General Enquiries

Mill Mall. PO Box 188 Road Town, Tortola,VG1110 homes@bvisir.com | bvisir.com


Exquisite Properties For Sale

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SUNSET VILLA

Beachfront splendour. Exquisitely appointed villa at the start of Long Bay. Three floors, over 9000 sq.ft., 6 ensuite bedrooms, gourmet kitchen, two swimming pools and studio in a castle tower.

US$5,500,000

EASTERLY HOUSE

4-bed, 3-bath house on 2 acres, 250ft above the sea, on Great Camanoe. Spectacular views include a myriad of islands in the Caribbean Sea. Surrounded by a landscaped and well tended garden.

US$900,000

ROCKHAVEN

SOUTH WATCH

US$2,200,000

US$2,000,000

Luxurious 4-bed, 5-bath house in Cooten Bay. Set on 0.866 acres with magnificent ocean view, high-end finishes, fixtures and appliances abound. Travertine tiles, both polished and honed with Purple!Heart hardwood flooring. All bedrooms are large and air-conditioned. The heated swimming pool has jacuzzi and swim jets.

ALTA VISTA

Two separate buildings - 5572 sq..ft. covered area & 1810 sq..ft. uncovered tiled areas. Located in Shannon Estate, on 0.918 acres of lush tropical landscaping. Barefoot living in 2-bed, 2.5 bath, foot-friendly luxury.

US$2,000,000

ELYSIUM

Elysium is a two villa property on 1.44 acres. Ocean & beach views just a short walk to Little Bay beach. Pool and sun deck separates villas. 2 en suite bedrooms in each villa. Living, dining and kitchen in master villa.

US$1,485,000

Maritha Keil (Broker) m: 284.340.5500 e: maritha@bvisir.com

Each Office Is Independently Owned And Operated

BAY HOUSE VILLA

Only 42 feet above the beach, stunning views over the Caribbean Sea and neighboring islands. Comprising 2 separate buildings: 3bed, 3 "-bath, 3 private terraces and swimming pool.

US$4,250,000

LAMBERT CONDO

Fully furnished 1-bed, studio apartment in Lambert Beach Resort. Enjoy the pool and amenities of The Resort. Beach and restaurant only a few steps away. Nearby laundry and ample parking.

US$170,000

Carol Olympitis & Kim Huish (Vacation Villa Specialists) t: 284.494.5700 e: vacation@bvisir.com

Traditional pastel Caribbean colours enhance this very charming house. 3-bed, 4-bath with impeccable attention to detail, it has a light and airy feel, while maintaining its structural integrity. This unique home offers amazing views, sunrises and sunsets. Serene and calming, beautiful landscaping, cooling breezes that relax and refresh.

CANEGARDENBEACHCOTTAGE

3-bed, 3-bath beachfront property on Cane Garden Bay. This private waterfront property encompasses breathtaking views of the bay and is literally steps from an idyllic white sand, palm tree lined beach.

US$1,650,000

VILLAGE CAY CONDO

Located on the water’s edge in the centre of Road Town in the Village Cay Marina complex. 2-bed, 2-bath on two levels. Hotel pool and restaurant. Convenient for shopping and work.

US$495,000

General Enquiries

Mill Mall. PO Box 188 Road Town, Tortola,VG1110 homes@bvisir.com | bvisir.com


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. www.solysombrabvi.com

Smiths Gore Limited : : British Virgin Islands

T 1(284) 494 2446 F 1(284) 494 2141 E bernadette@smithsgore.com


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 legacy 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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