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Deservedly, the most extraordinary luxury home

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LIVE THE LIFE YOU IMAGINED Living in the British Virgin Islands means having an intimate relationship with the ocean and our tropical climate; they permeate our daily activities. Beach day or forest hike? North shore surfing or South shore marina? Tortola or Virgin Gorda? The choices are many and varied. Choosing to eat out could take you to one of numerous restaurants on several different islands with countless beaches and hidden coves, all an easy boat ride away power boat or sailing yacht you choose!

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AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHY is a gift to the ‘shutterbugs’ of the British Virgin Islands, owing to the Territory’s auspicious environment and phenomenal hideaways; however, it still takes an astute eye and knack for timing to create those images that recipients will cherish forever. We’ve recently committed to uploading even more images to our social media forums, believing these photos will steal you away from your working day or bestow those unique facts you never knew – sneak a peek here: – we especially liked the response to our post about leatherback turtles on April 3. Subsequently, May’s magazine pays homage to the artistry involved in photography, through the articles in this month’s layouts. As always, it has been a pleasure producing the publication with the interesting editorials and their accompanying imagery, that made this issue so distinct. Our cover feature is one of the most fantastic properties that we’ve had the enjoyment of exhibiting. Villa Katsura, an exclusive 23,500 sq ft beachfront home on the Little Dix Bay peninsula, was built as a haven of Asian tranquillity and blends with the ultimate in Caribbean ocean views. Finalised in 2014, it is a phenomenal new build presented by Coldwell Banker BVI. Our Villa Showcase presents Ridgemont House, a heavenly suite representing the epitome in rejuvenation and the first of a vacation rental series we’ll be displaying every month from property managers Villas of Tortola. In our SEA section, we look back at this year’s ostentatious Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous as well as being permitted to board the ‘Star of the Sea’ – the one and only Marie; a 180 ft superyacht with impeccable aesthetics. Of course, not to forget our ongoing VIPY Reader Giveaway from The Moorings, offering one of three incredible day sails, each for 10 people. Log on to for a chance at this awesome opportunity. In our From Sea Level feature, Lolalita Chef Megan tells an inspiring story behind her ‘Kiss The Cook Risotto’ recipe, which involves some very appreciative guests she had on-board her luxury catamaran; this is paired with a delicious wine selected by Caribbean Cellars. Geoff Brooks—our maritime historian—returns with not one, but two anecdotes from the BVI’s seafaring past – the near-death experience story is definitely a close shave. aLG’s popular publication, BVI Newbie, has now been fully circulated in print and online as the fifth edition of the useful guidebook. We review the BVI visitor’s best companion, examining its foundation and future as production of Newbie 2016 commences. House’s distinctive home accessories range tailors to Mother’s Day this month and Green VI’s Executive Director Charlotte McDevitt has compiled an update on ‘green’ friendliness from a number of organisations protecting our LAND, SEA, and LIFE in the British Virgin Islands. Finally, although quite honestly shocking for us, VIPY Readers’ Choice Awards is coming around fast, so we adequately prepare you about the event and the coming months of nominations and voting. Wishing you a pleasant month of May as High Season begins to turn down and the sun heats up.

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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.

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

Charlotte McDevitt Charlotte is the executive director of Green VI, a non-profit organisation that works toward a greener, cleaner and healthier BVI, finding balance between development and conservation of the natural environment.

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

Chris Smith Chris arrived in the BVI in 1992 to work for Sir Richard Branson on Necker Island. After several great years on Necker, Chris moved to Virgin Gorda and became involved in real estate sales and development, and vacation villa rentals and management as managing broker of Coldwell Banker.

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‘Kiss The Cook Risotto’ is a delicious dish with an inspiring story from Lolalita yacht chef Megan with a perfect wine pairing from Caribbean Cellars

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42 BVI Maitime History Tales

52 VIPY Readers’ Choice Awards 2015

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33 Yacht Spotlight Marie is the ‘star of the sea’ - her beauty parallels the sublime North Sound hotspot where she raced this year

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Words by Chris Smith, Managing Broker – Coldwell Banker BVI Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI

Exclusive Feature Property: Presented by Coldwell Banker BVI

Coldwell Banker BVI are delighted to present Villa Katsura, a 23,500 sqft beachfront home on the Little Dix Bay peninsula, far surpassing any other property currently on the market in the BVI. Set in almost three acres of manicured gardens, this peaceful and secluded hideaway offers the ultimate in luxurious island living and full access to the amenities of Little Dix Bay Resort. The owners spent several years building the property as a haven of Asian tranquility blended with the ultimate in Caribbean ocean views, finally completing the project in 2014. The years of painstaking craftsmanship and ongoing meticulous maintenance have resulted in a house truly second to none. Only materials of the highest quality were used in the construction of Villa Katsura – an impressive array of woods from around the world, including Tiger Wood, European Larch and Western Cedar. Beautifully handcrafted doors with floor to ceiling glass, flood the rooms with light and completely open up for an outdoor living experience even whilst inside.



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The Asian inspired décor has been collected and imported by the owners to complement the tranquility of the landscaping and ocean views. High cathedral ceilings with intricate beams of Douglas fir are the key feature of the palatial living space. Storage is plentiful but cleverly concealed behind custom-made shoji screens in each room. Whilst the architecture, quality of finish and stunning location set it apart from anything else on the market, it is the gardens that many will consider to be Villa Katsura’s crowning joy. Personally designed by landscape designer Hoichi Kurisu, world-renowned for his rock landscapes and healing gardens, the gardens are immaculately manicured and punctuated throughout by waterfalls, koi ponds, stone walkways and bamboo groves. The property even boasts a Children’s Garden with an enclosed lawn, creating a safe play area for the youngest of guests. The origami cranes fashioned from metal atop the entrance gateposts welcome you to the property and lead the way to the entrance pavilion

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complete with water feature and steps down to the koi pond adjacent to the kitchen entrance. The estate is divided into three separate pavilions comprised of the master bedroom, the main house with living room, kitchen and one bedroom, and the beach house containing three bedrooms. Officially the house has five bedrooms but the layout offers extreme flexibility to sleep more if necessary. Extra futons and screens can be added to create more sleeping areas in the main house bedroom and the self-contained apartment on the lower level of the beach house. Each bedroom has its own unique bathroom with either a custom shower or ofuro bathtub. Hidden behind shoji screens in each bedroom pavilion is a small kitchen with refrigerator, freezer and microwave. Personal laundry facilities (washer & dryer) have been included in the upstairs bedrooms of the beach pavilion, the master bedroom, the kitchen and by the pool for guest convenience. Housekeeping laundry facilities are also available at two other discreet locations on the property. At the furthest end of the property in a secluded position, the master bedroom is reached over its own bridge and boasts its own sun terrace with fire pit. Unwind from a hard day at the beach in the oversized double shower that opens out on to a private koi pond complete with waterfall. Enjoy your morning coffee in a corner of the spacious veranda, shaded by one of the many indigenous trees that have been carefully preserved and incorporated into the garden design.

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The spacious and airy kitchen is equipped with the professional grade appliances you would expect of a property of this extraordinary calibre. Dining areas abound both inside the kitchen, outside on the dining terrace or downstairs on the pool terrace, which also features a professional gas grill, and fully equipped outdoor kitchen. A succession of stone steps and wooden bridges leads down to a very private and secluded beach that is shared with only one other house. This sandy beach offers excellent swimming and snorkelling on the reef close to shore. The pool at Villa Katsura is a destination in its own right. Situated below the main house and edged by rocks, the natural shape of the pool and reflection of the sky above gives the pool the appearance of extending out into the ocean beyond. Complete with heated spa rock pool, steam shower room, fire pits, and waterfalls, you and your guests will find no need to stray far. Quality and simplicity are key themes in the overall ambience of the property. The richness of the woods and the quality of the finishing are never overshadowed by pretentious dÊcor or complicated electronics systems. Solar panels and plentiful battery storage make a significant contribution to the house’s power supply, which is fully air-conditioned. Comfort, convenience and efficiency have been prioritised and consequently the living experience at Villa Katsura is worry-free and effortless. Villa Katsura is move-in ready and will be sold complete with linens, kitchenware, Landrover, and even a golf cart. You need bring nothing but your clothes. Villa Katsura has been designed as a private residence, but would work equally well as a staffed luxury vacation retreat.



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For the discerning few, Villa Katsura offers a remarkable opportunity to own a house unrivalled anywhere in the BVI and perhaps throughout the Caribbean. There is quite simply nothing else like it.

Villa Katsura

Property ID: CS876 Beds: 5 Baths: 12 Approx ft2: 23,500 Lot: 2.793 acres Location: Virgin Gorda Location Type: Beachfront View: Stunning sea views across the Dogs, Beef Island through to Tortola

US $40,000,000 For more info contact: Chris Smith Phone: (284) 495 3000 Mobile: (284) 340 3000

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Lambee Beach Resoo E: T: (284) 547 9519

Living in paradise On the northeast shore of Tortola, nestled in a lush tropical amphitheater… Embracing one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful and secluded palm fringed beaches… BVI’s largest fresh water swimming-pool with swim-up bar, exquisite and genuine Italian restaurant… Tennis court, kid’s playground, club-house/function room. Sounds like paradise… it is! Lambert Beach Resort and Estate now offering condo units starting at $110,000, villas and land lots with seller’s financing. Discover the unique opportunity to live in paradise… at an affordable price.

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Bay, and Carrot Bay. Along the North coast are many secluded bays to explore, arly in the morning, the sun emerges from behind the mountains. Its orange glow gently illuminates the

leading to Cane Garden Bay, a popular beach home to an array of waterfront dining options, bars, and nightlife.

homes which decorate Spyglass Hill below, kissing

A stay at Ridgemont is one of luxury as the villa displays both a stunning

each roof one by one with its powerful shine. From high

exterior and interior, yet delivers the relaxing ambiance of a welcoming home.

up on Tortola’s Northern coast, in the scenic hills above Long Bay Beach, a sunrise is no better witnessed than from the balcony

Situated atop its own private driveway lined with beautiful tropical palm trees and meticulously landscaped flora, it is a modern spin on traditional

of the luxurious retreat, Ridgemont House, proudly presented by

Caribbean-style accommodation. Hand-laid stone walls outside complement

Villas of Tortola.

the main and guest houses’ characteristic appearances, which feature vivid

Ridgemont is a 1.8 acre compound located on the hillside of Long Bay, in the West End of Tortola. Long Bay Beach is renowned for its beautiful

multi-colours. Ridgemont House was newly renovated in 2014, undergoing an outstanding

turquoise waters and mile-long white sand shore. With two beach restaurants

transformation of redecoration, brand new furnishings, and the latest

offering Caribbean-American menus, and one of Tortola’s most unique beach

technological gadgets.

bars, Nature Boy’s, Long Bay is a tranquil choice to spend a day by the sea,

The main house of the villa contains The Great Room, a spacious living room

embracing the sunshine while escaping the more commercial beach areas.

with cosy sofas; perfect for enjoying an evening movie on the 60” flat screen

Renowned Smuggler’s Cove is also a 10 minute drive from the property; prime

television. Its open plan contains an elegant glass table for indoor dining, and

for an ultimate snorkelling experience.

a Sonos surround system which travels throughout the main level. Floor length

The location of the villa offers maximum privacy, yet it is close enough to

windows provide stunning views overlooking the ocean, creating natural light

amenities for convenient access. Ridgemont is a short drive from many shops

and breezes which carry throughout, opening up to a modern kitchen with

and restaurants located in the West End, including Soper’s Hole Marina, Apple

gorgeous quartz countertops and state-of-the-art appliances.



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Attached is also an air-conditioned office space with an Epson printer to catch up on necessary business between holiday excursions.

the entire horizon, expanding from Jost Van Dyke and Sandy Cay to the Northern tip of Tortola.

Accommodating up to 10 guests, there are five charmingly decorated

Beside the pool, a conveniently located sixth bathroom is easily accessible

bedrooms, each with their own en-suite bathroom, king size bed (two of

for poolside access or use when socialising in the common areas. Located on

which can alternatively be converted into two XL-twins), air conditioning,

the shaded side of the patio, a deluxe grill for cooking and Bluetooth sound

and ceiling fans.

system, complete the option of an al-fresco dining experience.

Private balconies attach to every room, with spectacular views of the

Supplementary outdoor seating extends beyond this space into a veranda

surrounding mountain range and Atlantic Ocean. Additionally, the lower

surrounding The Great Room, with rocking chairs perfect for relaxing while

bedroom of the main house contains its own kitchenette and private path out

watching the sun as it glistens on the gentle waves.

to the driveway. The bedrooms also feature Bluetooth sound systems and 40” flat screen televisions for when private down-time is a must. Throughout the villa, the interior is a tribute to classic explorers, and each of the bedrooms is named after a historical figure who first travelled the Caribbean seas. All of the unique décor and furniture was hand-picked by the owners—some acquired from Africa during a safari. Ridgemont’s appearance is unique to other luxury villas, as the juxtaposition

Its prime location offers an exclusive, serene spot for absorbing the island’s most alluring views of the Caribbean seas. Set atop the property’s highest peak is a charming wooden gazebo, complete with a comfy hammock, perfect for private relaxation or a casual cocktail gathering. From this point, the views overlooking Jost Van Dyke and its neighbouring islands can be seen from a higher altitude. Additionally, this peak offers breath-taking vistas of Peter Island and Norman Island,

of character and class creates the perfect match for a special kind of elegant

appearing as art work as they sit upon the horizon beneath the perfect


alignment of the clouds. At sunrise and sunset, the gazebo is an optimal

Between the houses, a spacious deck with outdoor lounging furniture

spot for the perfect picture, as the sun is visible at its very best, creeping

provides over 2000 sqft of living space. This area features an infinity

behind the hills as it illuminates the divide between Long Bay and the Sir

pool, where a refreshing dip can be relished while absorbing a view of

Francis Drake Channel where Ridgemont is situated.



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Ridgemont House is true peace, suited to be enjoyed by anyone, especially catering to intimate vacations for family bonding, or retreats for friends and couples wishing to spoil themselves in affluent luxury travel. On any occasion, Villas of Tortola will work to accommodate their guests for an incredible vacation in the pristine British Virgin Islands

Presented by Villas of Tortola Location: Long Bay, West End, Tortola Bedrooms: 5 (3 x king, 2 x king/twins) Bathrooms: 6  Maximum Guests: 10 Pool: Yes - 30’ x15’ Beach: 5 min drive Maid Service: every other day Contact: Sam Pierce 284-542-7872

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The Superyacht Regatta was first launched in Porto Cervo, Sardinia in 2008, marking the beginning of the Mediterranean superyacht calendar. This four-day celebration of classic, performance and cruising vessels, has become a highly anticipated event within the European sailing community. It has since expanded to include a second annual regatta in the Caribbean in the beautiful BVI. Loro Piana began in 1924 as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of fine fabrics. Over the past 20 years, the brand has expanded in the luxury goods market, upholding a dedication to uncompromised quality in order to offer collections of fine Italian-made clothing and accessories.

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Deputy Chairman Mr. Pier Luigi Loro Piana is a keen sailor and member of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), and in 2009 the company became the title sponsor of the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta. Loro Piana supplies their fabrics to furnish luxury motor and sailing

many of our sailors have never visited before,” said Jan Pachner, Secretary General of YCCS. During the 2015 regatta, sailing yachts came together to experience three days of competitive racing, whilst motor yacht owners were invited

yachts, and has also launched a range of clothing specifically for active

to spectate the sailing fleet and show off their own prized possessions to

wear, appealing to those interested in sailing and water sports.

the rest of the sailing community. At the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht

The Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous began in 2012 when YCCS opened their second base in the North Sound on Virgin Gorda. Hosted by the state-of-the-art YCCS Marina, the impeccable facilities serve as a premiere venue for a regatta of this kind. The welcoming staff provide exclusive hospitality services and outstanding social occasions to be relished along with the competitive action out on the water. YCCS was originally founded in Porto Cervo, Sardinia in 1967 by H.H. the Aga Khan, as a non-profit sporting association to serve those in the sailing community. The beautiful location in the North Sound was chosen

Regatta & Rendezvous, owners gather for more than just a regatta, but rather a tribute to the yachting community by partaking in a variety of organised social and networking events, in addition to the exciting three days of competitive sport. “Superyacht regattas such as the Loro Piana have a very different flare, and are very important to both yacht owners and designers. The social experiences and bonding shared through networking events, dinners, and cocktail receptions are equally as significant as the sporting experience,” explains Jan Pachner. In collaboration with YCCS, the regatta was also organised by Boat

to be the organisation’s new winter base as it is one of the safest natural

International Media, the publisher of Boat International, the number one

harbours in the Caribbean, providing an ideal cruising base for those

magazine for the luxury global super yacht market. Embraer Executive Jets

sailing the collection of equatorial archipelagos.

and Oil Nut Bay resort were gold sponsors of the event.

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When not out on the water, social events were held both at the YCCS Marina and on the grounds of Oil Nut Bay, a secluded community of luxury

villas lining the coast of the crystalline Caribbean waters, accessible only by water or helicopter. Some of the lavish social events which occurred over the week included a Welcome Cocktail and BBQ on the YCCS Lawn, owner’s dinners and cocktail receptions, and of course, a prize-giving and farewell ceremony to complete the week. Perhaps the most extravagant event to take place during the week was the Hollywood Glamour Beach Party, hosted by Oil Nut Bay at their outdoor pool and patio entertaining area. The vintage Hollywood themed party attracted an exclusive list of guests, who dressed up in fancy attire, with feather boas and elaborate accessories, complementing the property’s extravagant decor. At the Loro Piana Owner’s Dinner at YCCS meanwhile, a noted Italian soprano was flown in to regale guests during a gourmet dinner. The regatta was a huge success for all those who viewed and participated in the races. After three days of racing events, the overall victory was awarded to P2 in Class A, and Marie in Class B. Loro Piana Deputy Chairman Pier Luigi Loro Piana, was elated: ”I want to express my gratitude for everything that was organised this week by the BVI government and by the yacht club. It was a spectacular, beautiful week and I am certain many of these boats will be joining us both for the Porto Cervo event and the 2016 edition in Virgin Gorda.”

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Gliding along the water,

the 180 foot superyacht can be witnessed,

demonstrating strength and dominance as she performs against competing vessels and claims victory in her class. Her jet black exterior, massive carbon fibre masts, and symbolic red ‘M’ present on her spinnaker, give the magnificent Marie—Star of the Sea—her signature identity when she partakes in prestigious, world renowned regattas. Since her launch in 2010, Captain Wes Cooper from Aukland, New Zealand, has been the proud skipper of Marie. The yacht is run with eight crew members including Jasmin, the chief stewardess, and Tammy, the head chef, who work together to provide guests with an unbeatable experience on the water. During the weeks when Marie participates in regattas—typically five per year—extra race crew are needed and a skilful team are flown in to participate, bringing the numbers of the sailing team up to 21. “It’s a real thrill for me to be able to say that I am the Captain of this boat,” boasts Wes Cooper, Captain of Marie. “Everywhere she goes, she is the most beautiful yacht on the water.” Marie is the strikingly attractive product of Vitters Shipyard, one of the industry’s leading builders of modern, luxury sailing yachts, and specifically the signature work of yacht designer, André Hoek.



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“Vitters Shipyard is one of the finest shipyards in the world for building sailboats,” remarks Wes. Her design and build from start to finish took roughly

main themes of music and antique armour and armaments, displaying gorgeous oil paintings and unique artwork pertaining to each concept.

22 months. The yacht has a beautifully classic and timeless appeal, modelling

Beautifully illuminated staircases direct guests between the two levels

traditional designs from the ‘Golden Age of Yachting,’ yet she is built with the

of the vessel, which includes an upper dining area with an office space, and

latest in technologies to deliver an optimal sailing performance.

a lower salon with a formal dining area. Unique on board, is a lavish grand

Her spacious interior is two levels of elegant divinity, equipped with all the modern comforts and amenities of a 21st century superyacht. Contrary to Marie’s dark and bold exterior, light colours of champagne and gold create an open, welcoming ambiance for all who have the privilege of being her guest. Marie is the perfect boat both for competitive sailing and cruising, as the main deck has several areas suitable for al-fresco dining, casual lounging, and entertaining. Inside, there is a lavish master suite and three deluxe guest cabins,

piano situated in the main salon. Down in the galley, meals are prepared from seasonal and local provisions, catering to the requests of those who are present on Marie during each venture. The yacht is used extensively for both private use as well as for charter. During the Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous 2015, Marie competed in Class B, where she took overall victory against the other boats in her division. Marie has cruised extensively in the

accommodating up to eight people. The guest cabins each have an en-

Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and even faraway places such as the South

suite bathroom, double beds, and are decorated with crisp linens and

Pacific and New Zealand.

personalised pillows sporting ‘Marie.’ The Master Cabin includes a king-sized bed, as well as a separate study and office. All of the staterooms exhibit décor consistent with the yacht’s

Still, Captain Wes and his crew love to venture to the British Virgin Islands and participate in the prestigious regatta held here, where the sailing conditions are optimal, and the level of hospitality is first class.

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SEA Words and photography by Megan Schlobohm, Chef – SV Lolalita Wine pairing courtesy of Caribbean Cellars

To start off, I, chef Megan, am a shameless hugger. I love a parental-hug; a sibling-hug; a friend-hug; heck, I love a dog-hug. Just as hugs are all about love, so is the food I prepare for our very special guests onboard Lolalita. Every detail is carefully selected and dreamed-over, with the expectation of pure, delicious delight as a final plated result. When Lolalita is preparing for charter guests’ arrival, we get to know them through email and phone conversations, and already, before the week begins, we start to feel the bond. People board and I want to give them big hugs right out of the gate – not only because I love hugs, but because I feel I’m already acquainted with them and can’t wait to know them better. Naturally, some guests become very comfortable with the crew as the week progresses. As night-time falls, the cocktails flow and the



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atmosphere warms with laughter and good cheer. One evening, anchored outside Spring Bay on Virgin Gorda, after enjoying a beautiful sunset overlooking the Sir Francis Drake Channel, we started our dinner service for a particularly affectionate group of Canadians. All throughout the day, we had been laughing, cutting jokes, becoming ‘framily:’ a loving mix of friends and family. After serving the main course, I went back out to check on our guests and one man stood up abruptly. As could be imagined: I was intrigued. He pushed his chair away; walked swiftly over to me; held my face in his hands; and kissed me on the forehead, exclaiming, “THIS IS THE BEST RISOTTO EVER!” I laughed, relieved at his elation. A chef can’t complain about so overt a compliment. And so, here’s my ‘Kiss The Cook Risotto,’ made with love, and served with sheer bliss.

Kiss The Cook Risotto


2 cups risotto rice (Arborio, Carnaroli, or Maratelli, for example) 5 cups simmering beef stock (homemade is best) 1 tbsp olive oil 4 tbsp butter 1 medium onion, minced 4 cloves garlic, smashed and minced ¼ cup sundried tomatoes in olive oil, minced ¼ cup crispy-fried bacon, diced (not as fine as the sundried tomatoes) ¼ cup minced fresh basil ½ cup finely grated parmesan cheese ¼ cup finely grated romano cheese ¼ cup finely grated asiago cheese ¼ cup mascarpone cheese ½ cup sour cream Salt and pepper to taste Whole basil sprigs for plating

In a deep saucepan, melt olive oil and butter. Sautée onions; add in garlic; cook until just opaque, barely caramelising. Add in risotto rice and stir constantly. The rice will turn slightly brownish-golden in colour and will give off a gorgeous nutty aroma. Add in sundried tomatoes and bacon. Lower heat and, one cup at a time, add in beef stock until rice has completely absorbed each cup, stirring constantly. When all beef stock has been added, turn off the heat and add in the basil, parmesan, romano, asiago, mascarpone, and sour cream, folding everything together thoroughly. Salt and pepper to taste and serve in a plating ring. This risotto has a strong enough personality to stand all alone, or beautifully complements many dishes, such as filet mignon, ossobuco, mahi mahi, or roasted chicken. Buon appetito!

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Take a day to discover the British Virgin Islands from the deck of your private yacht. Experience a day sail with The Moorings where you can island hop with a professional skipper. You’ll find the freedom to swim, snorkel or simply soak in the sun while surrounded by turquoise waters. Prize includes: Day sail on a Moorings catamaran for up to 10 people from 8am to 5pm, plus skipper, snorkel gear and ice. Does not include any government taxes, meals, drinks and Skipper’s gratuity if applicable.

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

In 2005, I spent many weekends on the island of Anegada helping local shipwright Watson White build a traditional wooden sloop named Sea Moon. My record of that endeavour has since been recorded in a book titled How to Build a Virgin Islands Sloop which is aimed at educating youths at the primary level about the techniques used in traditional sloop construction, and to nurture an appreciation of the maritime heritage of the Virgin Islands. In addition to learning these construction techniques from Mr. White, I was also very fortunate to hear many stories from the past as related by him during our long days cutting wood in the bush, and under the sea grape tree preparing the frames. I would like to share two short ones with you now. The first took place in Anegada during the Second World War. Although most of the fighting occurred in Europe and Asia, the Caribbean became a battleground too as the war at sea was waged here also. German and Italian submarines, or U Boats as they were called, roamed the region sinking merchant vessels bound for the Allies in Europe. In response, the U.S. built a naval and submarine base in St Thomas in Charlotte Amalie. One day, late in the war, Watson White was out fishing with his uncle towards the West side of Anegada when they came across



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a very strange object floating in the sea. It was large, black, and made of steel with several long prongs sticking out of it. Without any idea that what they had just discovered was a naval mine with enough explosive power to sink a large ship, they tied a line to it and towed it back to the

settlement with them. When reaching the shore in Way Pole Bay, Watson’s uncle declared he was heading home for lunch and would return later to investigate their find. He suggested that Watson do the same thing. Watson however decided to linger a bit after his uncle had left and being a young teenager, his curiosity won the better of him. There was what looked like a large inspection plate, bolted onto the cylinder and with a hammer and screw driver he found nearby, he began to knock the bolts off of the plate. What a surprise to Watson when he finally knocked off the plate and discovered that the cylinder was full of gunpowder. He may not have possessed knowledge of naval mines, but he well knew what gunpowder was. Watson’s heart stopped as fear crept over him. Not only the fear of blowing himself up, but that of discovery when his uncle found out what he had done. As luck would have it, his uncle showed up just as he was attempting to put the plate back on. He had cut short his lunch out of curiosity of his own and an intuition that his nephew might do exactly as he had done. There was no need for punishment as the appearance on Watson’s face told him he would never do anything like that again. His uncle’s only words were: “My God there wouldn’t be enough left of you to bury.”

This second story takes place five or so years later in the early 1950’s. Watson was sailing in a sloop with his uncle to Charlotte Amalie with cargo to sell and a few passengers aboard. It was a very calm day with light winds if any at all. At times, they had resorted to oars to help them on their way and as they reached the end of the Ghut, approaching the rocks called the Cow and the Calf, Watson’s uncle saw some black shapes off in the distance. He ordered a young and very strong Watson to shimmy up the mast as far as the hounds—the point on the mast where the forestay and the shrouds meet—and get a better look at what was ahead. At reaching this height, Watson reported what looked like people in the water hanging on to bags of charcoal. They sailed in that direction and rescued five people indeed hanging on to bags of charcoal for dear life. They came from what I believe was the sloop May. There was the Captain, his young grandson, and three passengers. With the current being stronger than the wind, they were forced onto the Cow and the Calf where the sloop broke apart being also overloaded. There were two others onboard who drifted away from the first five, and they were fortunately saved by another boat.

This was a fairly common occurrence in those days. Boats were almost always overloaded beyond a safe level for operating and in light wind, if the current was against you, there was no way to control the progress or direction. There is one other anecdote that goes with this story. One of the passengers rescued by Watson and his uncle was a young man from St Thomas named Hughes. This Hughes was in love with a very beautiful woman, but was so shy and nervous, he was afraid to approach her. Apparently, he took his problem to some of his older friends and relatives and was given some very sound advice. They told him he needed to go to the pharmacy in town and ask for some ‘Compelling Powder,’ some ‘Taming Oil,’ and pills called ‘Come Bring Her To Me,’ which he did. The pharmacist on hearing the request said “Just one moment.” He retired to his back room and soon returned with the requested order filled for which he was paid in full. How these prescriptions were administered or the end results are not clear, but one thing is certain, Hughes did not return to complain or ask for his money back – perhaps he was too embarrassed.

May 2015


LIFE Words by Stephen L France

It’s back and it’s circulating the island with its improved format and lengthier content. But how did BVI Newbie emerge? And what does the future hold for the guidebook that has positioned itself as the prime information resource for visitors and new residents? We take a look… When I came to live here in 2010, I made a list of all the administration procedures that required completion in order to start working. I specifically recall the advice provided by an English Before 2011, visitors and residents had a challenge finding a great deal of bartender at The Bat Cave/ Spaghetti Junction, an establishment traded information pertaining to staying or living in the BVI. in to history now; he said “When I first came here, I did what you did in I remember my first time on the island in 2009 and then return in making a list. Think yourself lucky if you do one item on that list a day.” 2010 to commence work. For my vacation time in 2009, I utilised the There I was looking at a relatively simple list of about 11 items that only information source you had—word of mouth; people who had been I envisaged accomplishing in one day, but things didn’t/don’t work on the island for sufficient time to know directions or opening times of that way in the BVI. You need patience and perhaps one or two reliable certain general establishments. sources of information to prepare you for the lifestyle change. With a The obvious issue with this is that the information could be wrong, clear void in the market, this is where the BVI Newbie book and brand have changed, or be one of those situations where there are no fixed entered the arena. rules; i.e. a shop that does not follow a pattern of opening times.

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aLookingGlass’ (aLG) Traci O’Dea and Nick Cunha were the pioneering innovators behind BVI Newbie’s conception as founding editor and creative director respectively. The book revolutionised the direction people turned to for their BVI information hub and made life a lot easier.

The Birthing Pains of BVI Newbie The fact is, a book of this scope and the recognition of how significant this publication would be to both visitors and residents, manifested aLG’s necessity to seek assistance. With savvy data compilation from a variety of reliable sources, the new publication was constructed. The BVI community’s combined expertise came from contributors who serve a range of industries; either volunteers who provided knowledge from their professional standing or simply from years of residency here in the Territory. By initiation of 2011, the BVI’s first comprehensive guidebook was released and has since evolved with every passing year.

BVI Newbie 2015 and production of BVI Newbie 2016 Introducing BVI Newbie 2015, the annual, quirky, and entertaining go-to guide for visiting and living in the British Virgin Islands– a book that encompasses all of the details needed to know the islands, formatted into easy-to-navigate sections with a conspicuous, unique design. With pillar sponsors LIME, VISAR, and Sail Caribbean, the book was able to expand, to further assist the community and a brand new kids’ section—the brainchild of graphics and layout designer Scott Taylor—was created, meeting the wished of the younger generation. 2015’s version is in heavy demand from readers, literally flying off the shelves in each location it hits. It stands in

over 100 distribution points throughout the BVI and in some high traffic locations, it is positioned in stylishly merchandised magazine racks. It is also widely distributed among the hands of charter guests inside provisioning orders courtesy of RiteWay Stores and The Moorings. Additionally, it will be available for purchase via “BVI Newbie helps those looking to move to the BVI and learn to sail whilst they are here, and find us in a quick and efficient manner,” said Emma Paul, a program director and 14-year veteran of the BVI’s renowned Rob Swain Sailing School. “It has lots of input from long-time residents who have jumped through the hoops many times before that helps newbies feel at home in a country, which whilst beautiful has some weird and wonderful customs.” BVI Sotheby’s International Marketing Manager Sebastiaan Opschoor commented: “For me personally, I still sometimes use the Newbie, after the initial few weeks, to find fun new activities or beaches to go to… [it’s] a very useful book….it looks great and it’s a fun read. I think as an advertiser the Newbie has evolved into a place where we can advertise more efficiently. The new sections with tabs make sure you will pick up the Newbie faster and therefore use it a lot more often. This creates a lot more views for our ads. We are looking forward to the upcoming years as the Newbie continues to grow.” If Newbie sounds like a project that you believe can work for your business, there are many advertising opportunities both in print and online. aLG will develop unique campaigns specifically helping your organisation while improving a staple product for the BVI community. Production of Newbie 2016 has already commenced and aLG remain fastened to their ethos of enhancing content quality, better design, and further accessibility. See more testimonials online at or call BVI Newbie’s Account Manager to find out how Newbie can help promote your business. +1 284 546 1559 or

May 2015


Beautifully drawn and hand-glittered notecards from Karen Adams

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The delicious scented candle comes in a coral centre piece that can be used for years to come

For the mum that has everything‌ these shell filled paperweights are the perfect pressie

For her many lists! Notebooks embossed with fun slogans in eye-catching colours

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crews have joined the battle of eliminating the invasive lionfish species. The CYS’s annual show promotes sound environmental practices, offering recycling stations to educational seminars, resulting in gold certification through ‘Sailors for the Sea.’ By Janet Oliver

Tradewinds Cruise Club trains all our base and yacht crew around the globe to live and charter GREEN. Vinegar, baking soda, castile soap, and essential oils are used to wash laundry, galley, cabins, heads and surfaces. Regular use of Borax powder and Diatomaceous Earth keeps our boats bug free. For rust remover, degreaser, holding tank cleaner and boat wash, we use Sanitation Compiled by Charlotte McDevitt, Executive Director – Green VI

Over the years, ‘Green’ initiatives have made gigantic strides

Solution’s green products. Desalinated water (instead of bottled water), solar power, holding tanks, reduced use of AC and generator, reef safe sunscreen, environmentally safe cleaning products, and educating our guests, are nonnegotiable practices on our yachts.

in the ascension toward sustainability and environmental friendliness. Here

As the proud recipients of the Charter Yacht Broker Association’s Save

are some lead examples of companies and organisations contributing their

The Blue Challenge at the 2012 and 2013 Antigua Boat Show, we strive to

time to the benefit of the LAND, SEA, and LIFE of the British Virgin Islands.

preserve our waters and spread the message. By Marli van Wyngaard

The BVI Spring Regatta has been awarded the ‘Sailors for the Sea’s’ gold certification for the past five years and in 2013, became the first carbon neutral regatta in the world. Green actions include:

The BVI Charter Yacht Society membership, constitutes 85 independent crewed charter yachts based in the BVI that work consistently

Recycling stations for glass and aluminium (in partnership with the Department of Waste Management, Green and Clean, and

.. .. .. . .

Green VI) Promote use of non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaning and

On board water makers and

personal products

refillable water bottles reduce

Prevent discharge of untreated sewage or backwater

disposables; solar panels and

Require motorised vessels to carry oil spill kits

wind generators mean fewer hours

Promote use of durable or biodegradable products

of burning fossil fuels. Purchasing reef friendly products – whether for

A Green Boat Award in conjunction with Nutmeg

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sun tanning or boat cleaning – has resulted in fewer toxic chemicals

Rotaractors serve as green rangers to educate

visitors and keep the village clean

entering the water. Whether recycling glass or sails, crew will pass it along if

Presenting recycled or practical race awards – this

year, the awards have been made from recycled glass

there is another use for it. Most of our VI PROPERTY & YACHT

Reusable water bottles and refilling stations

Distribute scraps from food vendors to local pig farmers

toward the goal of sustainability.



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Green and Clean VI Limited’s glass imploder manufactures aggregate and sand for pavement, glass-scaping, aquariums, etc. Clean glass food jars and bottles as well as clean cans may be dropped off in the recycling bins at LEVERICK BAY and at VIRGIN GORDA YACHT HARBOUR. See the Dockmaster for details. Future plans include scrap metal and plastics recycling, and an organic waste facility. By Julie Swartz

Greencrete BVI, based on Virgin Gorda, makes one of a kind concrete and recycled glass products for homeowners and tourists from concrete, recycled glass, conch, and whelk shells. Bottles are collected from restaurants, bars, and homes. Custom products include countertops, stepping stones, lights, picture frames, and much more. By Akeem Lennard

Green Technology offers a full range of biodegradable food and beverage containers made from corn, plant starch and sugarcane. Available wholesale as well in handy

Cooper Island Beach Club produces 75% of our energy with

convenience packs. By Abigail O’Neal

244 photo-voltaic panels producing 65kWh, saving over 350,000lbs of carbon

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emissions to date. A small desalination plant runs on solar power to supplement

Wickham’s Cay 2 in Road Town, is

our rainwater supply and Solar Water Heaters are used for showers. A custom-built Submerged Membrane Bio-Reactor processes our grey and black water to produce 1000 gallons of recycled water daily for irrigation and washing down boats. We produce our own drinking water and provide it free to our restaurant guests. We try to keep disposable cups, cutlery, straws and take-out boxes to a minimum, and those we do use are biodegradable eco-products made from corn. We shred our tree trimmings into mulch and compost all kitchen vegetable waste, using it to grow fruit and vegetables for the kitchen. By Sam Baker

the BVI’s first and only sustainable goods retail shop for home furnishings, gifts, accents and accessories. Products are made from reclaimed wood, metal, sailcloth, recycled glass handpicked for their eco-friendly qualities and many are made right here in the BVI. Products include annie macphail™ bags made from rejuvenated truck tarp from Brazil, recycled sail cloth bags manufactured in Road Town, Eco-Me cleaning products, natural bug repellent and sun block, and Klamoboe mosquito nets. We custom design signage and collaborate with Green VI to produce, lighting and other recycled glass products including Green and Clean’s crushed glass. By Annie MacPhail

May 2015


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Virgin Islands Property & Yacht Readers’ Choice Awards


Nominations are open June 1 Started in 2011, Virgin Islands Property & Yacht presented a set of awards to congratulate companies within certain industries for their respectable contribution to the BVI community. Every year since, VIPY has run the awards with the number of voters increasing and the competition ferocity intensifying. BVI visitors and residents have found the awards to be extremely helpful with the results at the end representing the most popular companies within each category. Due to its soaring popularity, in order to prepare you for the 2015 reader vote adequately, we are alerting you about this early. Subsequently, over the next few months we will be conducting both the nominations and voting period for this anticipated event: June’s issue will outline full definitions of each category for people to nominate their favourites as well as the rules for voting July and August’s issues will be the period for voting September we will tally and screen the results The final event will be in October as is usual with the venue to be confirmed



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The villa was designed and built by its owner for his family. The attention to detail is reflected in the many unusual touches evident throughout. 

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Scrub Island, starting at US$1,200,000

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The elegant suites are envisioned as the heart and soul of the Scrub Island Resort & Marina with fantastic views over the marina.

The property is great for entertaining with its large pool and patio. The living area has a grand view and looks out over Road Town Harbour.

Built from traditional construction materials, but to a much higher standard than usual, this house accentuates its indigenous settings.




Ridge Road, Tortola, US$695,000

An inviting two-bedroom main house with one-bedroom guest house conveniently located close to Road Town on the Ridge Road.

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The villa has 2 levels that can be 'locked off' to provide rental opportunities. The lower level comprises a spacious open plan kitchen and living area.

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

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Editor - Stephen L France