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From the Editor The April issue has been a great month for us. Not only have we had enjoyable property, yacht, and BVI life pieces to cover, but we also relished the pleasure of welcoming new contributors to our merry team. Julian Putley, who is renowned for his Caribbean bestsellers Sunfun Calypso and The Drinking Man’s Guide to the BVI, brings his wealth of experience as both an author and ‘sea dog.’ Accompanying his recruitment, comes the return of our much missed monthly feature Skipper’s Tips as well as putting his writing skill to other editorials within our publication. We also introduce you to Sara Sherman, a freelance writer living in the US Virgin Islands, who has been producing articles for our online magazine She now branches out to join our print medium with her perspective on VI lifestyle from across the waters. Kicking off our LAND section, our cover feature this month showcases Batu – an amazing, architectural masterpiece built on the famous boulders of Virgin Gorda, neighbouring The Baths. This Sign up to our monthly e-newsletter

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way the Caribbean is often promoted. And in our SEA section, we are pleased to revive our Skipper’s Tips feature, reviewing the etiquette surrounding gratuity for charter yacht captains. Yacht Spotlight highlights Xenia 62, which literally means ‘hospitality,’ – a fitting name, having experienced the crew’s warm nature with their guests. From Sea Level uncovers the versatility of mangoes – there’s nothing our writer/chef Megan Schlobohm can’t create. BVI Maritime History Tales mourns the passing of two of the island’s oldest comrades, starting this month with White Squall II. And if you haven’t heard already, our interview with DataLinker developers will be an exciting, revolutionary insight that can greatly assist your sailing needs. Coastal furniture is the décor theme with Things We Love this month. Then finally, we present the VI with a store for the discerning modern man, BVI’s Marco’s Men’s Clothier; a boutique that will guide your dress sense into the future with perceptive designs accommodating fashion, function, and climate.

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Batu in Virgin Gorda is a fascinating property that will hold one in awe – this is only surpassed by the vacation experience

Xenia 62 boldly exhibits the nature of her service in the meaning of her name…

Brand new technology to interface between a vessel’s electronics and a mobile device – get in the know

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43 From Sea Level

49 Things We Love

Moonstone takes vacationing in the BVI to the epitome of its fundamental roots – relaxation in the tropics

Lolalita Chef Megan proves her experimental finesse…this time with mangoes

Coastal décor for your living spaces from home accessories experts House

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44 BVI Maritime History Tales

51 Marco’s Men’s Clothier

Always great to get a little insider-info when selling property in the BVI – here are some crucial pointers

35 Skipper’s Tips We welcome this monthly feature back with some tips for tips

Commemorating the passing of two of the BVI’s oldest friends, first we say farewell to White Squall II

New to the BVI! The fashion hotspot for the smart, modern man

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The BVI is blessed with unique properties that range through varying degrees of architectural superiority. Batu places at the highest end of any measure, commanding reverence and creating an astounding visual feast with its Balinese influenced interior, and distinctive, natural exterior. The name Batu meaning ‘boulder’ in Indonesian, is aptly chosen as the property is situated on the boulders of Virgin Gorda (VG) in Whale Bay. Neighbouring the renowned tourist hotspot The Baths—which is approximately a 5-min walk from the home—this villa rental aided by property managers Smiths Gore, possesses incredible allure. The phenomenal architecture, warm interiors sourced by Arawak, and the property owner’s vast experience within the hospitality industry, form the finest vacation retreat a BVI visitor could desire.

working as a hotel manager for small adventure cruise Clipper Cruise Line. “The beauty of the huge boulders as they spill into the sea always stuck with me,” said the pioneering proprietor of Batu. “Once we realised it was actually possible to build on them, there was no stopping us.” There are theories about how VG’s enigmatic boulders were formed: “they are volcanic rocks, but the way they lie appears to be glacial,” explains Paul. Their mystery was sufficient appeal to see the initiation of a dream project which began in 2010, enlisting Jon Osman as the Architect. Paul created the original visual concept of building the villas on top of the boulders and Jon assumed the structural implementation. “One of the things that we liked was Jon’s passion from the first meeting,” said Paul and his wife Wendy. “When he first saw the site, he was jumping from rock to rock, brimming with ideas and excitement.” Owner of Phoenix Construction Samuel Bascombe was tasked with the challenge to build on top of the boulders and Jones Wood Work Corp

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fabricated some of the villa’s doors, windows, cabinetry in the bathrooms,

Batu represents adoration of VG, professional finesse in Caribbean

and closets.

architectural design, and the fulfilment of a dream. Property owner Paul Hamilton—who embraced his ambition to build a property on his favourite location—fell in love with VG in 1993 while

With the exterior built of hardwoods from Guyana—purpleheart and greenheart—with the addition of bullet wood, and interiors designed by Arawak, the living spaces afford a traditional Balinese appearance.

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Batu was completed in January 2016 and is comprised of four air conditioned suites with king size poster beds, four en suite bathrooms all equipped with outdoor showers, and four private decks with views of the Atlantic Ocean.

on with well-known developments like Necker Island, Golden Pavilion, and Sol Y Sombra.” With Jon and Roy’s vast experience of architectural collaboration, synchronisation of the exterior and interior flowed smoothly, overcoming

The perceptive design maximises privacy between the suites, accentuates attention to detail in its decor, and is exemplary of form and function in review of its exterior design. The gourmet kitchen is the epitome of a culinary expert’s dream. “There is no better equipped kitchen in the BVI when it comes to accessories used by a professional and home cook alike,” said Paul, whose own vast experience of the hospitality industry testifies to this fact.

Crafting the Idyllic Living Space Creating this heavenly respite, Arawak Interiors owner and buyer Roy Keegan sourced and designed furnishings that would parallel the warm, earthly appearance that the exterior exhibits. Arawak, who have been involved in interior design for hotels, restaurants, and private villas in the Virgin Islands for over 15 years, are known for offering Balinese or modern, tropical interior packages. Within their portfolio are famous projects such as Necker, Cooper Island, Little Thatch, Peter Island, Saba Rock, Coco Maya, and Golden Pavilion Villa. “I was first introduced to Paul and Wendy by Jon Osman,” said Roy of the

all logistics. “From the carved entrance doors, to Jon’s original furniture drawings concept that he put forward to the owners when they first started the project, we took these drawings and concepts and delivered a full interior and exterior custom package for the Batu project,” said Roy. Arawak made sure that all sourced furniture, fixtures, and fittings blended naturally with the surrounding environment. This included the carved entrance doors, courtyard doors, outdoor stone Batu sign, stone boulder outdoor lighting, synthetic rattan for balconies, bedroom and living room furniture, TV room built-in cabinets, wall art carvings, mirrors for the bathrooms, curtains, and wall sconces made from alabaster throughout the property. The main house entertainment and living rooms offer cosy, oversize daybeds to accommodate enjoyment of the amazing view from this space. “We try and give the customer the dream interior package…offer the correct materials…[to] stand the UV and salt conditions most building sites have to endure in the Virgin Islands,” said Roy. “Once we get a feel of the

project’s inception. “ Jon and I have worked on projects around the Virgin

customer’s preferences for the interior, it’s easy to suggest similar pieces and

Islands and Jon designs using a Bali style for many of the projects he takes

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Being built on the same boulders that make The Baths the most popular

Located on the Atlantic shoreline of Virgin Gorda, Batu’s view of the

tourist site in the BVI, is the focal charm for visitors at Batu. Guests will

ocean alone, provides the serenity sought in a vacation. Like all features

be in awe of the way the structures and pathways fit within the existing

that encompass this heavenly retreat, this was part of Paul and Wendy’s

topography of the site – a true tourist attraction in itself.

perception to make this villa a great vacation. With 30 years’ experience in the hospitality/food & beverage industry,

Promising all the amenities that are available at a luxury resort, Batu offers daily maid service, weekly laundry, private chef if desired,

extensive travel around the world and specifically all the Caribbean islands,

provisioning services, and the lavish standard of in-suite TV, Wi-Fi, phone,

Paul’s choice to create a retreat on VG comes from a well-rounded perspective.

refrigerator, coffee maker, and safe.

“You can’t get the experience like the one Batu offers at any other villa

If seeking to keep healthy, a dedicated building with a fully equipped

location in the BVI,” said Paul. “The breath-taking view, the continuous

gym/workout facility is available and concierge services are provided by

sound of the waves lapping on the boulders, and the sheer majesty of the

property management, who can arrange any spa treatments or excursions

site being completely oceanfront,” he continued.

available within the BVI.

Renting the whole villa, each separate suite makes for a very private

Among such comprehensive holiday accommodations, it’s the unique

experience for visitors, with the indulgence of a private chef that can be

architectural design and location that elevates Batu to a vacation retreat

arranged if desired.

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Whale Bay, Virgin Gorda • 4 air conditioned suites with king size poster beds • 4 en suite bathrooms • 4 private decks • Half bath in main house and one in maid’s facility • 3 parking spaces • Air conditioned entertainment room in main house with 60-in screen TV, internet stereo, Blu-ray, satellite TV/music • The entrance to The Baths and Devil’s Bay Beach are directly next to the property entrance • 10min walk to the beaches of Spring, Valley Trunk, and Little Trunk Bays • 5min walk to Top of the Baths restaurant and shops and the Mad Dog Bar • Less than 1/2 mile to Coco Maya, The Rock Café, and Mermaids Dockside restaurants • One mile to Spanish Town marina, Bath & Turtle, and Chez Bamboo restaurants and The Rendezvous Bar • 2 miles from the Old Copper Mine ruins To enquire about this villa rental: +1 284-494-5240

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his attractive villa is situated on a delightful hillside above the sweeping sandy beach of Long Bay. Moonstone is set in the centre of a

but many prefer the cool trade wind breezes enhanced by ceiling fans if necessary. Wi-Fi is available throughout the villa. As you descend the short steps to the Garden Suite, you are met with a

small community of tastefully designed villas with

delightful patio complete with plunge pool and comfy garden furniture with

panoramic views of Jost Van Dyke, Sandy Cay, and

a gas barbecue on one side. This area is so enticing, you can almost smell

Sandy Spit in the distance. The turquoise water

the steaks grilling while you cool off in the pool or lounge in the hammock.

between Tortola and the distant islands lends an aura of tranquillity much appreciated by those more acquainted with the hustle and bustle of the workaday world.

Entering the living area through the glass doors, the kitchen with breakfast bar is handily located to the right while a colourfully upholstered sofa and chairs look out onto that mesmerising view. The bedroom boasts a king size bed, a flat screen satellite TV with DVD

The first thing that visitors notice is that the area is extremely well

player, and a dock for an iPod. There’s a light and airy bathroom with tiled

kept with walls of local stone, well maintained driveways, and manicured

shower and plenty of closet space together with a dressing table and large

gardens. Verdant nature and floral beauty is seen at every turn. Moonstone’s

mirror; in fact all the comforts of home and more.

ample parking and easy access is a pleasure. The villa is divided into two separate rental accommodations; the Garden

The studio is practically self-contained. It can be accessed down a short stairway from the Garden Suite, but also has its own entrance. A small veranda

Suite with studio and the Penthouse Suite; they can be rented separately

off the bedroom can be enjoyed best as the sun sinks down over the western

or as a whole. If the entire villa is decided upon, then the bedrooms on

horizon. The studio has its own kitchenette and coffee maker, so early mornings

three different levels make for desirable privacy and each unit has its own

can be quietly pleasurable before joining the rest of the group for breakfast

entrance. Every room at Moonstone is serviced with air conditioning,

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As might be expected, the Penthouse Suite is on the top floor of the villa and with a wood frame cathedral ceiling, it provides a certain feeling of grandeur. The majestic king size bed is complemented by wicker furniture, the hallmark furnishing in the entire villa. The Penthouse features a large covered veranda where dining is an absolute pleasure overlooking panoramic views. Both kitchens in the villa come complete with all modern conveniences like electric ranges, microwaves, ample refrigeration, coffee makers, toasters and blenders; enough for the keenest gourmet chef. The spacious shower is equipped with large closet and dressing table facilities. This luxury accommodation also comes with a 32” TV, DVD, and iPod player. This villa is a delight to return to after a day enjoying the BVI’s many tropical pleasures. ‘Location, location, location,’ is a catchphrase we often hear when a site for a shop, restaurant, or rental villa is anticipated. Moonstone receives a 10 on that question. It looks out on beautiful vistas and is within walking distance of arguably Tortola’s best beach. It is within easy reach of several fine restaurants, a good supermarket, shops, and water sports at Soper’s Hole.



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There is a wide selection of properties available for purchase in the BVI. They range from one bedroom beach front condominiums to luxurious residential estates. When the time comes to sell your home, you need to guarantee your property stands out to potential buyers – the following pointers may be useful. 1 Preparation:

While buyers expect to find some features that need some attention, it is

essential that time is allowed to ensure the property is looking its best. Prior to viewing, confirm that the layout of the furniture and general ambiance of the property matches the photographs either prepared by you or your agent

2 Evaluation: Obtain professional advice when valuing the property. With the wonderful diversity of BVI architecture and geography, no two houses are alike. Your valuer or realtor will provide comparable sales, allowing a benchmark for your property as compared to recent sales

3 Survey: Have a copy of the legal survey to hand – this is easily obtained from Land Registry 4 Title: Secure documentation which confirms whether there is a clear title – this is normally freehold, but can be a private lease or crown. Covenants and service charges should be clearly defined

5 Contract: It is essential that an experienced conveyancing lawyer is appointed who has a comprehensive understanding of contract law, including government license requirements, planning, building control as well as environmental issues

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The previous should ease the start of the sales process and the initial

the European Union. There is a very low crime rate – an increasing factor in

negotiations. Individual buyers may also require professional advice on tax

making an investment decision.

planning, banking procedures, and residency requirements. Remember that buyers are attracted to the BVI as a leading destination in the Caribbean for

Taxes: The BVI is a favourable tax jurisdiction with no capital or

many reasons:

inheritance taxes.

Currency: The BVI is unusual in having the US dollar as its legal


tender while all other countries in the Eastern Caribbean use their own currency. For investors from the United States, this eliminates exchange rate

With an idyllic lifestyle, buyers are able to take advantage

of the Virgin Islands’ high standard of living combined with a low population.

risk. There are no exchange controls in the BVI.

Buyers considering the BVI are increasingly international with steady

Security & Stability: The BVI is safe and politically stable.

the UK, Holland, France, Italy, and Germany as well as China, Japan, and

Through its association with the UK, the Territory is recognised as part of

Asia. Luckily we remain ‘Nature’s Little Secret.’

demand from North America. Post-recession has seen more purchasers from

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SKIPPERS TIPS Words by Julian Putley

When I was invited to cover this subject,

just for a second, I thought perhaps the topic was to be about gratuities for charter yacht captains. Of course I soon realised the subject was to be helpful hints on yacht and boat operation, but it has occurred to me that helpful hints on earning a good gratuity might be appropriate for many charter yacht captains. The first thing to do is analyse the guests, their needs, likes and dislikes,

There’s pirate history and the antithesis of peace loving Quakers of a high moral fibre. The ruins of the estates of famous Quakers, John Lettsome and William Thornton (designer of the Capital Building in Washington DC) are accessible today. The story of pirate skulduggery at locations like Norman Island, the Treasure Caves, and Bellamy Cay can have visitors enthralled. The nautical disaster of the wreck of the Rhone is fascinating as is the geological marvel of the Baths. The billionaires’ playground of Virgin Gorda’s

expectations and abilities, so initial conversation is essential. It is wise never

North Sound with mega yachts and their helicopters is a sight to see and

to bring up politics and religion; touchy subjects indeed.

the sandy atoll, Anegada contrasts wonderfully with the rest of the BVI’s

A yacht charter captain maybe one who runs a bareboat or a fully crewed yacht with a chef/hostess combination. The former is not responsible for preparing meals, but if the bareboat captain is a good cook/chef as well, it

volcanic islands. Beautiful Jost van Dyke with several world famous beach bars is patronised by many in the music and entertainment world. Details of all the aforementioned should be at the fingertips of all good

will create huge goodwill if he/she volunteers to prepare a meal or two and

charter yacht captains. After all, one of their important roles is to act as

helps with the cleaning up.

a tour guide. There are many scenic hikes in the islands and wondrous

A professional chef who creates superb cuisine and a captain who has

underwater snorkelling spots, and a great captain will know all of them and

had a bit of practice as a mixologist can be sure of a good tip. However

always have a secret hideaway anchorage to captivate the guests, perhaps

this is not the end all and be all of it; local knowledge of the area is also

with a gorgeous sunset or moonrise to cement an everlasting memory.

essential as well as sharing interesting historical facts, geological and natural points of interest. The BVI has a veritable plethora of interesting locales and accompanying stories. I once wrote an article titled Disney couldn’t have done it better.

Driving the boat from mooring ball to mooring ball, leaving the guests to their own devices, and not engaging them in conversation will not endear them to you. And neither will a comment like ‘Tipping is not a city in China.’ Remember the adage, ‘You usually get what you give.’

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with a name that means ‘hospitality’ in greek, one can’t help but feel at home on the beautiful Xenia 62. For a truly unforgettable

“We have been running charters for nearly eight years and take pride in

sailing yacht experience, this 62-foot catamaran will take visitors to paradise

our work and yacht,” said Chrizaan. “Being part of a fleet, we uphold the Xenia

and help create the holiday memories they’ve been dreaming of.

level of service and quality while adding our unique personalities to the mix.”

The yacht was built by Privilege Catamarans, the recognised maker of

One of the favoured destinations for Xenia 62 are the stunning British

truly luxurious cats. Xenia 62 offers spacious cabins for up to eight guests.

Virgin Islands. Captain Jos can suggest some incredible places to see while

With two king cabins and two queen cabins, all including Apple TV and

allowing guests to create their own perfect day on the water. With two

satellite TV, separate showers and bathrooms, everyone can relax in their

Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) boards, a kayak and plenty of water sport toys, there

own space. Guests will enjoy exploring every nook and cranny of the vessel

is ample entertainment. Plus, Chrizaan’s SCUBA certification means guests

and get an amazing amount of space for a boat of this size.

can enjoy snorkelling and diving in some of the clearest water in the world

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with a top-notch guide. Later, when you’ve had enough fun and simply want to soak up the sun in relaxation among the beautiful scenery, the deck’s comfortable fly bridge is

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perfect for catching up with a good book or enjoying a sunset cocktail. “We offer guests a tailor-made Xenia cocktail, which turns into a ‘guess the ingredients’ game,” said Chrizaan.

suited to guests’ tastes and preferences. Dinner on the deck takes place with the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, setting the stage for an amazing dining experience for every single meal.

The comfortable interior salon offers a quiet place to unwind, play

“We love what we do and want to make every charter the best holiday

games, and simply relish being on the water. With plush seating, Apple

guests have ever had. One of my favourite things is creating a personalised

TV and satellite TV, and plenty of room to spread out, guests will always

memory video for the guests including incredible aerial drone footage of

be comfortable, relaxed, and ready to do anything - even if that means

the Caribbean scenery. We show it during our last night at sea. Guests love

doing nothing.

to look back at the fun they’ve had on Xenia 62,” said Jos.

When it’s time to eat, Chrizaan’s delicious menus make each meal an

From relaxing on the fly-bridge or basking in the Caribbean sun on the

unforgettable part of the yachting experience. With a delectable blend of

breezy trampolines at the front of the vessel, Xenia 62 affords the best of

tropical flavours and utilising the freshest local ingredients, each menu is

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Words and photography by Megan Schlobohm, Chef – SV Lolalita

Mango Versatility Toward the end of a week of charter, I often find myself becoming increasingly inventive as a chef and I enjoy the exercise of stretching my creative muscles. Planning for a week of cooking almost 20 meals for 12 people takes some thought, and having a versatile, go-to recipe that can be used in a variety of ways is always helpful for a yacht chef’s menu. A few years ago, Lolalita hosted guests that requested an abundance of mangoes throughout the week. Being a lover of this particular fruit myself, I was more than happy to oblige. After using mangoes with breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dessert, I wanted to be able to highlight the well-suited potential of pairing mangoes with a savoury flavour. Several experimental tastes later and I came up with a perfect salsa that goes well with fish, chicken, shellfish, pork, or stands alone by itself. Introducing…

Mango Salsa

2 large mangoes, peeled and cubed ½ red onion, diced 4 sprigs green onion, diced ½ red bell pepper, diced 1 jalapeño, diced ½ cup cilantro, chopped Juice from ½ a lime 1 Tbsp mango nectar 1 Tbsp agave nectar 1 Tbsp olive oil Salt and pepper

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Mix all ingredients in a large bowl, adding salt and pepper to taste. This recipe can be served up to 24 hours later if refrigerated. To serve with meats, I recommend the salsa be at room temperature. Serves 8 guests.

Buen Provecho!

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

I must confess that I’m a very sentimental person. I’m capable of becoming attached to some strange objects; for instance, my favourite hammer which I have coveted for the last 27 years or almost every vehicle I’ve owned which I tend to keep way beyond their useful life. Boats are no different and rank high on the list. This past year, I

waters of Drake’s Channel almost every day. My first experience sailing these waters was on White Squall II and I’ve gone out on her more than a dozen times since. The White Squall II is 80 feet in length, constructed of wood, and was

was extremely saddened to learn of the loss of two vessels which

built in 1936 in Sydney Australia. After circumnavigating the globe—

have held a special place in my heart. Perhaps because boats have

including three Pacific crossings—she was brought to St. Thomas

names, it makes them easier to form an attachment to. In any case, I’ve

where she was commissioned by the U.S. Navy and served as a mine

maintained a warm affection for two vessels for almost 20 years. Let

sweeper in World War II.

me tell you about them. The first is a beautiful wooden schooner the White Squall II. Until two years ago, she was the oldest charter yacht offering day sails in the BVI.

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She was berthed on A dock in Village Cay and could be seen plying the

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After the war, she began a career as a charter yacht out of Charlotte Amalie and in 1979, she came to the BVI and began her life as a day sail charter.

Sailing on White Squall II was a wonderful experience. It felt to me like I had gone back in time to a slower, simpler life. On several occasions, the captain would let me take the wheel and steer the boat. For 10 years, the owners and crew along with the Marine Centre at the College would sponsor a Christmas day sail for the staff and children from the Rainbow Children’s Home. It was a holiday tradition that made Christmas special for all who took part. The mounting cost of maintaining an 80 year-old wooden vessel combined with lean economic times and personal challenges for the owners led to her demise. Two years ago, she was no longer in active service and as dock space was very expensive, White Squall II was moved to the western end of Road Harbour and anchored. Over the course of this last year as attempts were made to find a new owner, she began to leak. On at least two occasions, she was almost up to the deck and had to have emergency pumping. Finally, sometime before Christmas, she was towed to Soper’s Hole and driven nose first onto the beach. There she sits today. Although there is a rumour that a new owner has purchased her, it is hard to see how she can make a comeback in her current condition. I dedicate Part 2 next month to another old friend…Isabel December 2015 / January April 2016


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“The problem:

you would like to send your boat’s

sensor data to the internet, but your phone internet is jammed, because you have to use Wi-Fi to get the data in the first place. DataLinker enables you to get your boat’s data (NMEA0183) via Bluetooth 4.0, enabling you to use your internet and saving your battery in the process. Did we mention it’s plug-and-play? The uses are limitless: a regatta live on screen for the spectators, the ability to record and analyse your performance, or receiving data from the windward mark are just a few possibilities.”

dinghies and I came up with this mobile weather station idea. It was a small minicomputer which hooks up to a cell phone where the information can be put on a cloud to share with people who need to see it. We extended the idea to the BVI Spring Regatta race committee last year in 2015 which led to the development of the SailRacer race committee app.

What is the benefit of using Bluetooth 4.0 over similar connectivity methods? We went with Bluetooth because it keeps the internet channels open and is far less complicated to set up than a similar Wi-Fi scenario. Using Bluetooth allows

What is DataLinker?

you to stay connected to your

DataLinker is a new tool which

instruments, while keeping the

acts as the interface between a

internet channel open so you

vessel’s electronics and a mobile

can search weather updates, or

device. It collects and shares the

course changes, and extends the

vessel’s sensor data using Smart

battery life by using less power.

Technology- Bluetooth 4.0.

If you’re using the SailRacer app you can do live updates so your

How was the idea for DataLinker born?

friends and family can watch your data feed and position in

I was thinking of a way to try

real time.

and supply instrument data to



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How does SailRacer work in conjunction with DataLinker? DataLinker is the supplier of information to SailRacer, a full feature app acting as the interface between the instruments and the cell phone which displays numbers in a readable form. In addition, it graphs and averages these numbers so you can tell at a glance what the trends are.

Is DataLinker only for competitive sailing, or can it be used for leisurely sailing? DataLinker is the interphase between the phone and data, so it can be used anywhere and it’s incredibly versatile, therefore useful to any sailors. For example, fishing boats can check the depth of water and bottom graph.

What sensors will the DataLinker device transmit? Position data • Speed of water • Boat speed • Battery of service voltage • Water depth • Wind Speed and direction • GPS information

What are some of the competing technologies available on the market which use Wi-Fi to share sensor data? There are companies which make several different devices using Wi-Fi solutions: NIMEA 2000, NMEA 0183 (old protocol), and Ciroc Raymarine.

How will DataLinker be a revolutionary technology in the world of sailing? DataLinker is a plug-and-play device sharing wind, GPS, and compass information from your boat network to a mobile device. It uses Bluetooth 4.0 that requires less battery power than Wi-Fi and keeps 3g/4g internet channels open all the time. From now on, data you need is always in your

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pocket, on a smart watch, or even on sunglasses. The technology provides the best method to

on the water


pass vessel instrument data to your mobile device and the internet, thereby giving you the ability to display and record your instrument data, provide live tracking in real time, and analyse your performance after sailing. DataLinker has already been tested so there is minimal risk of it having any technical issues. Once the product has been certified by Bluetooth, FCC, and NIMEA 2000, SailRacer will

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launch the technology into mass production. SailRacer will be collaborating with the race managers at Spring Regatta.

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“A man’s appearance is a reflection of his personality. A well-dressed man stands for self-assurance and confidence. This can aid you in your personal as well as your professional life,” says Marco de Wit, co-owner of Marco’s Men’s Clothier.

April 2016


Islands at a unique retail store with unbeatable prices and customer service. Pearlette Wintz and her husband Marco de Wit inaugurated Marco’s Men’s Clothier in October 2015 with a vision of opening a bespoke men’s store, carrying the latest clothing styles for the contemporary man. “The idea came to me when we moved here and I ordered Marco’s first made-to-measure shirt. I thought, wow, Tortola could use a really good men’s store!” said Pearlette. With an array of fashions from casual to business attire at Marco’s, the customer enjoys personal,

expert tailoring in a relaxed boutique

The clothing is sourced and selected primarily by Pearlette during her visits to international fashion exposes including MAGIC, a renowned show

Quality high-end fashions are now offered to men in the British Virgin

in Las Vegas. Marco’s is loyal to the best quality materials that can be sourced. When selecting clothing, Pearlette and Marco choose styles and fabrics that acknowledge the sizzling Caribbean climate. “In addition to what’s offered in the store, we place special orders from our catalogues upon request. We also offer made-to-measure pieces by J. Hilburn where you can opt for everything including the lapels, fabrics, buttons, pockets, sizes, and styles,” explained Pearlette. Pearlette delivers an exclusive level of customer service by appointment

atmosphere. Located in the heart of Road Town, Marco’s is a distinctive store,

only; she is able to work with her client one-on-one to assist their choice

decorated to model an elegant bachelor pad. Selected by Pearlette, the

of fashions which are suited to their physique and personality. Displaying

furnishings and decor complement one another to suit the lifestyle of the

her love for design, Pearlette is enthusiastic about instilling her client’s with

professional modern male.

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“At Marco’s, we like to be more than just a retail store. Recently we started our ‘Marco’s Man’ wall, where each month we choose one of our clients to represent our boutique,” said Pearlette. New for the spring season, Marco’s is offering a collection of stylish men’s footwear by Satori San available in a variety of ‘funky’ colours, imported from Valencia. Additionally, Pearlette plans to bring in the spring with new, exciting collections made with cotton and linen. “At Marco’s, we aim to be a resource, offering exclusive products which men want and need. We are open to suggestions from clients and are here

to assist in bespoke styling as well as gift purchasing on behalf of our clients.


We want to be our clients’ ultimate resource for all their shopping needs.”

32 Porter Rd, Road Town, Tortola.

Marco’s is open from 10:00am - 5:30pm Mon - Fri and 10:00am - 2:00pm

One block from Peebles Hospital.

on Saturday. If you would like to schedule a private appointment, please give us a call.

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Elevated above a rugged shore surrounded by three nearly deserted white sand beaches rises Katitche Point Greathouse: a rare oceanfront estate with captivating architectural lines overlooking the Sir Francis Drake Channel in Virgin Gorda.



Offering a unique blend of luxury and natural beauty, this 6 bedroom villa with additional guesthouse privately perched on nearly 2 acres overlooking the Sir Francis Drake Channel is the perfect place for a family vacation home or a romantic retreat.



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Virgin Islands Property & Yacht - April 2016  

Editor - Stephen L France

Virgin Islands Property & Yacht - April 2016  

Editor - Stephen L France