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From the Editor Who’s going to win? This is the current question in the aLookingGlass office as we continue our 2015 Readers’ Choice vote for the best people, places, and services in the British Virgin Islands. It’s always interesting to see who emerges as the most popular in the region and while some companies have held their award like a vice year after year, others have slipped at the wayside to their contenders with votes so close we were compelled to provide a runner-up award in 2014. We wish every nominee good fortune in this competitive event and if there are any queries, please email us: Voters will be entered in for great prizes so jump to it at Highlighting the contents of this month’s issue, we enjoy a relaxing retreat in the serene Cane Garden Bay Cottages – several of the aLG team can testify to the tranquillity of this seaside haven and its Sign up to our monthly e-newsletter at

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BVI Maritime History Tales take a present day spin as two traditional sloops are bestowed upon HLSCC in their mission to share the historical culture of Tortola. Continuing in our SEA section, exploration of our coral reefs’ future reveal some positive developments from ARK (Association of Reef Keepers) and Blue Rush Water Sports unveil the newest way to ride the waves. Moving to our LIFE portion, travel essentials for this summer season are on display in our Things We Love feature by home accessories retailer House, and the HIV Aids Foundation, a charitable organisation stationed in Road Town steers to educate the Territory on national health. Finally, we have an extra special Artists’ Corner segment this month with the introduction of the Killi Killi Arts Centre that offers cultural diversions in the BVI, so if the sea and water sports don’t enthral you, there are always more gentle pursuits.

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32 BVI Maritime History Tales

46 Raising Awareness –

Cane Garden Bay Cottages offer a traditional Caribbean respite from urban lifestyle

A present day ‘fable’ this month with HLSCC welcoming some new additions to their sloop fleet

17 BVI HomeSense

35 Coral Gardening and the Future

We set about to reassure you that BVI architecture stands strong against hurricane season

20 Yacht Spotlight The hybrid submarine-superyacht design of the future promises a spectacular view at sea level

30 From Sea Level One of many delightful final courses in Lolalita’s outstanding culinary profile – Almond-Lemon Custard Tart


of Our Reefs

ARK make huge strides in preserving the seascapes that tourists from all over the globe travel to enjoy

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The charitable HIV-AIDs Foundation implores residents to be educated in national health

50 Artists’ Corner Not an individual profile this edition – art centre Killi Killi introduce themselves to VIPY

38 Blue Rush Water Sports

52 VIPY Readers’ Choice Awards

The newest way to ride the waves is here in the BVI

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44 Things We Love

55 Property Listings

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of calabash, banana, coconut and almond trees, and fuchsia hibiscus flowers are two charming cottages, easily distinguished by their classical ake up to the sound of

Caribbean colours of lemon and marigold with white and turquoise

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harmonising with the gentle waves as they kiss the white sandy shores, and the calm breeze travelling between the leaves of coconut palm trees. As the morning light illuminates the cottage, touching each window

Both of the island-inspired houses contain two one-bedroom apartments for two guests, with the option to join cottages 3 and 4 and pull-out sofas in cottages 1 and 2. These affordable vacation accommodations were designed for travellers wanting to maximise their time by the ocean. Its location is

one by one, you change into your swim suit, walk out the door, and

within steps to the beach, and two minutes to the main entertainment

within steps take a refreshing dip in the Caribbean Sea – the Territory’s

strip of Cane, allowing guests to come and go as they please throughout

most magnificent swimming pool. Treasure your beachside vacation in

the day and night. Frequently utilised by passionate sailors, the

the Cane Garden Bay Cottages presented by Villas of Tortola.

beachside retreat is a great place to spend a few days on land when

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Renting a vehicle is not necessary during your stay, as the traditional beach village features all the necessary amenities for a comfortable and soothing vacation. The shore is lined with beach bars, restaurants, live music, and nightly entertainment suiting a variety of cuisine and musical preferences. There are also provisioning stores, a laundromat, gas station, churches, and several service businesses within the Cane community. The Cane Garden Bay Cottages are in good proximity to the centre of the action, and sufficient distance for peace and privacy. Time spent at the property can be shared with others, as the expansive grounds not only provide ample shade, but also a prime space to entertain. Guests can pull out a folding lawn chair and sit out on the grass, or under the picnic pavilion with two tables and a charcoal grill, perfect for cocktails or a delicious island barbecue. Personal relaxation can be spent here sunbathing on the lawn, or snoozing in the hammock in the shade between two coconut palms.

Inside, the cottages are equipped with Wi-Fi, iPod docks, and a cell phone with a complimentary $5 credit for your use. The large double doors open to a living area, furnished with wicker beach-style furniture and decorative sea-side ornaments. A full-service kitchenette boasting the amenities to fulfil any culinary requests, make home cooking an option when retreating from the lively ambiance of the areas’ dining establishments. Indoor dining can be enjoyed on the glass table in the adjoining solarium

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Hurricane Survival 7-Point Checklist Words by Stephen L France. Photography by Antilles Helicopter Services

To find someone who relishes the subject of hurricanes would be rare; however, the topic is a reality in the BVI and one that must be addressed. Fortunately, the area we’re situated in on the globe has seen less ‘action’ than some of our neighbours with 2010’s Hurricane Earl being a recent exception; the main positive in that affair was that damage to buildings was relatively light. The scarcity of hurricane impact is a strong allure for choosing the BVI as the location for your Caribbean property purchase in stark contrast to other islands that endure unpleasant conclusions during hurricane season. Nevertheless, it’s always prudent to be informed and so here are some facts about ‘hurricane vs BVI buildings’ amassed from architects and realtors over our VIPY publication tenure. Any property buyer or individual constructing a new-build home would want to use this checklist with their employed professionals, just to be doubly safe.

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Generally speaking, BVI buildings are constructed with structural engineers


Walls and roof of the property are crucial in protection, but one

preparing for unfavourable scenarios, making the overall standard of BVI

cannot forget the foundations. The uplift force of hurricanes has been

architectural construction sound

known to raise properties out of the ground



Despite the overused term ‘natural disaster’, the correct definition

Solid windows and doors protection are imperative. If any of these

for a hurricane is ‘uncontrollable natural event.’ The ‘disaster’ part

openings are breached, the wind enters the building. Subsequently, the

usually only befalls an individual if unprepared. This is where attention

laws of physics take a miraculous turn causing a dramatic expansion

to rigid property design, quality materials, and perceptive professional

in internal pressure with the usual result seeing the roof lifted and

construction are significant

the walls pushed out. Thickly laminated impact-resistant glass is the


recommendation here as well as heavy duty fabric sheet systems with Architectural strategy rooted in the minds of the experienced recognises

that unpredictable wind forces are the unique component of a hurricane that provoke the most apprehension. The erratic direction of the wind impacts all

stainless steel fastenings to cover openings, fix around verandas, and shield decks

faces of the building – in knowledge of this, the outer skin/envelope of the


building must remain intact allowing wind to flow over and around it

is where one needs to make certain that their property is air tight as


Another unpleasant factor in hurricane season is torrential rain. This

water coming from all directions will seek a way in One of the most common ill-conceived areas is the roof of a

property. With the possibility of metal sheeting, tiles, or shingles being

Following this checklist with the property construction professionals you hire

uprooted due to inappropriate fixings, these materials can then become

is a sure direction to peace of mind. Of course, the professionals should know

potential airborne missiles. The integrity of the building, windows and

these issues by default, but it’s useful to be clued up on these points as well.

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Nemo Concept Design

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Imagine landing onboard a luxurious super yacht on your private helicopter, then cruising

superyacht, was established in November 2011 when Edwin visited the

along the water enjoying a gourmet meal with a delicious cocktail as you

Marine Equipment Trade Show at the Superyacht Pavilion in Amsterdam,

watch the sunset. Fast forward an hour later, when you are entertaining

where he met Harley O’Neill, a superyacht exhibitioner with a background

your guests with a phenomenal party under the water’s surface, viewing

as a US Navy Fast Attack Submarine Navigator.

fascinating marine life as you dance the night away in the salon. Edwin Van der Mark’s Nemo concept combines all the lavish properties of a superyacht with an advanced technological design allowing the vessel to travel depths below the water’s surface like a submarine. Based in The Netherlands, Edwin Van der Mark is a talented naval concept designer and the mastermind behind Nemo. Prior to his current career, Edwin worked for 27 years in the advertising and real estate businesses as a designer and illustrator. As a product designer, Edwin was an autodidact, teaching himself concept design using a programme called Rhino, where he applied his past experience designing

The idea for Hybrid 2021, the original concept of a submarine-

Hybrid 2021 began as a research and development project where Edwin, the lead concept designer, and Harley were assisted by a few other partners who shared experience in the fields of naval architecture, ship building, and engineering. “The Hybrid 2021 concept, born on a yellow Post-It paper and grown up in the computer, is a total new and ‘out of the box’, cutting-edge type of superyacht,” said Edwin. The shape of the Hybrid 2021 concept features clean and organic lines, and had two large units at the stern that slide open on arrival at a the

automobiles, motorcycles, and buildings to the intricate renders of yachts.

destination or when cruising above water, offering guests a spacious area to

Edwin has been a nautical enthusiast for many years, as his early work

enjoy a patio sun deck, gym, and a garage for their favourite watersport toys.

included a few projects with shipyards, and as a sailor in his spare time, he was always fascinated by the sea, boats, and especially superyachts.



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At the stern of the yacht, a swimming pool and ‘beach club’ with a loungebar and Jacuzzis provide space to entertain while soaking up the sun.

“The Hybrid 2021 concept, born on a yellow Post-It paper and grown up in the computer, is a total new and ‘out of the box’, cutting-edge type of superyacht,” - Edwin Van der Mark. Nemo Concept Design

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Nemo Concept Design

Owners of the majestic vessel will relish their private penthouse

improved and principal dimensions (listed below) have been perfected.

located on the top deck with two sundecks; the hidden one completed

There is now also an option available for the vessel to either act as the

with its own Jacuzzi.

superyacht-submarine hybrid which can submerge completely, or remain a

Inside, Hybrid 2021 offers an expansive space for guests to enjoy their personal space, and contains a movie theatre, indoor swimming pool, and

super yacht with two waterlines allowing one deck to sink below water. Nemo will be tested to ensure that the propulsion solutions, exhaust

a state-of-the-art gym facility. The design has yet to determine the number

systems, coatings, and materials will uphold contemporary principles in

of guest cabins, but the vessel will contain all the standard features such as

preservation of the environment.

a galley with state-of-the-art appliances and additional luxuries common in modern superyachts. When the boat is below sea level, guests are invited to explore the ocean, and in the keel of the vessel subsea hatches and moon pools are able to launch divers or a mini submarine. Hybrid 2021’s unique design to transform from a superyacht into

Whilst the interior of the proposal is still in development and he has yet

“I believe that there is a market of [young] superyacht owners out there who are wanting something new and dare to be different.” - Edwin Van der Mark

to generate illustrative renders, Edwin envisions it will be one as lavish as its bold and elegant exterior. By working with a renowned interior designer and the custom preferences of its owner, the possibilities are endless to decorate a flawless final product. “I would keep the interior clean and timeless but with a nice

a deluxe extraordinary submarine is made possible by double-locked and

underwater theme. Of course the future owners will have their own

water tight doors and hatches which lead to the outer decks. Hydrogen and

ideas, but the end result will be a good balance with my design and the

oxygen generators and a water maker supply the ship with full power, fresh

clients’ wishes,” said Edwin.

air and clean water, with an eco-friendly design powered by hydrogen fuel cells and magnetic motors. Last year, the Hybrid 2021 was updated to develop the new Nemo concept – a more advanced and realistic evolution on the fascinating submarinesuperyacht theme. The design and features still remain the same, yet technicalities were

Edwin admits that because Nemo is still only a concept, the design will require further research before the first prototype is built; however, it is opening a new way of thinking on superyacht design. As our new generation thrives as consumers of the latest in technological advancements, he believes that the concept of the submarine-superyacht will be highly appealing to the younger, new superyacht owners.

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Principal Dimensions: Length Overall: 102 m* // 105.4 *** Length on Waterline: 97.6 m* // variable *** Beam: 17.3 m // 19.5 ** Draft: 4.8 m / 8.5 m (second waterline) // 6.9 m or submerged *** Top speed / cruise speed: 25 Knots > / 17 Knots // 25 Knots // 7 knots submerged *** * Longer versions are possible // *** Submarine conversion



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The Sweetest Part of the Day

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Almond-Lemon Custard Tart

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

Though not really a history tale this time, we are pleased to celebrate a present day event with regard to our traditional seafaring culture, the Virgin Islands sloops… The H. Lavity Stoutt Community College through its Virgin Island Studies Institute and the Maritime Museum has—by the kind donation of two private individuals—recently acquired two traditional sloops to add to their growing fleet of locally designed boats. The most recent addition is a half-finished hull which was traditionally constructed in Anegada by local shipwright Watson White. She was the result of a UNESCO funded project which had Mr. White teaching traditional wooden boat building skills to several local youths. The project began about seven years ago and lasted about a year until the limited funding ran out. Although successful in teaching skills



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to young men which would otherwise been lost, it left a half finished hull under a shed in Anegada. Over the years, a hurricane blew the roof off the shed and Mr. White sold most of his property to what has now become the Anegada Beach Club, an upscale and green resort. With the threat of termites invading the frame, it was time to make a move or lose any hope of finishing the sloop. The problem as with most endeavours came down to money, or lack of it. Funding at the College has been cut over the last few years and there just wasn’t enough in the Maritime Museum budget to take on a project like this. The museum and Virgin Islands Studies Institute has come to rely more and more on help from the private sector to achieve their goals in the preservation of Virgin Islands culture; this time help came from a long-time supporter, VP Bank. VP Bank has in the past helped fund the publishing of Building a Virgin Islands Sloop, a book I authored as a primary school tool to educate the young about traditional wooden sloop construction. They purchased Intrepid, a traditional wooden sloop discovered in St. Croix

and donated her to the College. They also sponsor ‘The Tortola Sloop

He first built her hull at his home in Horse Path and she made her

Spring Challenge,’ an annual traditional sloop race which is part of the

public debut in the August Monday Emancipation Celebration Parade

BVI Spring Regatta.

two years ago in Road Town. Last year, she was fitted out and barely

Sjoerd Koster President of the Bank has not been satisfied to just

made the start of the August Tuesday Great Festival Sloop Shootout

fund these events, but has recently enjoyed racing as crew on the

between the Governor and the Premier. It was actually her first time

sloops and is learning the skills of traditional Island sloop sailing. It

sailing and although she gave a good account of herself, the Premier

was during a recent conversation that he shared his desire to bring

won first place.

more sloops into the fold and increase the size of our fleet. I told him about Watson’s unfinished sloop in Anegada and he did not hesitate to jump on board. Sjoerd immediately provided funds to transport the boat to Tortola and has since been securing

This year, Mr. Nibbs officially signed ownership of Esmie over to the College in a ceremony held during the Tortola Sloop Spring Challenge, an event in which she swept first place by overpowering her competition. Esmie is proving to be a very

the needed capital to finish

fast sloop; she is the largest

the project and put her in

of our fleet at 29ft and is what

the water.

we are calling a hybrid sloop.

Watson White had already

She is traditional in design and

given us his blessing, so on

proportion of rig, constructed

Thursday June 18, 2015, Dr

of wood, but covered in

Angel Smith, Director of the Virgin Islands Studies Institute and myself travelled to Anegada and with the kind help of Mike Riegels and the crew at the Anegada Beach Club, we loaded the hull onto a trailer and she was transported to Tortola on the barge Isabelle courtesy of Sylvia Faulkner and crew. She is now located at the College’s centre for Applied Marine Studies where work should commence soon. The only missing piece is what to name her. The second new arrival to our fleet is the sleek and beautiful hybrid sloop Esmie which was designed, built, and most generously donated to the College by local businessman Mr. Leando Nibbs. Mr. Nibbs grew up working on and around traditional sloops and it has been a long held dream of his to build one himself. This he accomplished over the last three years.

fiberglass. Her mast and boom are aluminium and this ‘hybrid’ nature is found in Anguilla racing sloops. Esmie needs a lot of ballast and a large crew to compete successfully, but she is a true thoroughbred when wellhandled. She even looks fast when just sitting at the dock. The next big race for her will be this month’s August Festival races. In conclusion, let me say that I am very heartened by the support our programme in preserving the Maritime Heritage of the Virgin Islands is receiving from both local businesses and private individuals within the community; I hope it will continue long into the future. The example being set by the dedication and generosity of VP Bank and local entrepreneurs like Mr. Leando Nibbs is ensuring the salvation of our local culture for future generations of Virgin Islanders.



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Words by Dr. Shannon Gore, Managing Director – Association of Reef Keepers (ARK) Photography courtesy of The Nature Conservancy

August 2015


The concept sounds simple enough and seems almost unquestionable as to why it shouldn’t be implemented in as many places we can find. Coral have declined upwards of 80% throughout the Caribbean over the past 40 years, makes one wonder what the future will bring for younger generations; however,

reefs are necessary for food, coastal protection, tourism, and even to help replenish the sand that creates our beaches. While the benefits of having healthy reef ecosystems far outweigh the

coral restoration programmes, particularly programmes that propagate

cost of developing and maintaining coral nurseries, growing coral isn’t

corals in a ‘nursery’ have become popular throughout the region as an

quite as easy as simply growing a garden.

effort to reverse the decline of deteriorating reefs. Like a garden nursery uses a greenhouse to help grow young fragile plants in a protected environment, the same concept is used for coral nurseries. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) ‘trees’ or cinderblocks are used to ‘house’ small fragments of coral until they grow strong enough (about the size of a cantaloupe) to remove from the nursery. Where these corals are then planted

Several years ago, a number of applications from various organisations were submitted to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Labour to implement coral nurseries in the BVI; however, a coral nursery is considered as a ‘development’ under Virgin Islands laws and technically requires both a sea bed license and permission from the Planning Authority. Coming up with a way to waive these requirements for a programme

depends on whether or not there are any existing threats such as potential

ultimately for the good of the community has not been easy. It has taken

anchor damage, runoff, or sedimentation; to plant corals in areas where their

careful planning regarding the responsibilities and management of the

fate would be destruction from impact would be counter-productive.

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fruition and the implementation of the BVI’s first coral nurseries were established off of Little Thatch and Virgin Gorda. The Coral Reef Restoration Committee acts as the managing body of the nurseries and is composed of both local government and nongovernmental organisations. Over the following year, this pilot project is being guided by the financial and technical support of the Nature Conservancy to ensure the success of the nurseries while the day-to-day management of maintaining the nurseries is being carried out by the Association of Reef Keepers (ARK). As the committee and a select few volunteers literally ‘get their feet wet’ learning what it takes to have successful nurseries over this first year, these lessons learned will be passed on to the local community to help participate in the programme. With all the stakeholders contributing, reversing the decline of our coral reefs has a much better chance of succeeding, thus maintaining the natural environment of the BVI.

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Words by Lauren Charley. Photography by Melville Lettsome

August 2015


You’re shot into the air high above the ocean’s surface, feeling the wind on your cheeks and the waves splash against your skin. Spectators stare in awe and ponder what could possibly cause you to shoot above the water’s surface at such an incredible speed. Flyboards and hoverboards are among the hottest new trends in extreme water sports, gaining popularity in locations throughout the Caribbean. The intriguing activity is now available to try at Leverick Bay in the North Sound on Virgin Gorda with the experts at Blue Rush Water Sports. Blue Rush Water Sports was founded by cousins Trevor Walters and Josh Wheatley as a new watersport enterprise in the North Sound. What began with two jet skis has expanded to include a diverse array of water activities including kayaks, hobie cats, paddle boards, and its latest addition, flyboards and hoverboards.



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After numerous requests from customers who tried the company’s other activities, the guys decided to invest in this cutting-edge device that permits flight over the sea. The original flyboard, invented in the fall of 2012 by Franky Zapata, is a personal jet pack which mounts to the rider’s feet, attached by a 55 foot hose connected to a personal watercraft (PWC) – typically a jet ski- which provides a blast of water with enough power to propel them up to 40 feet in the air. Hoverboards were introduced after flyboards with the same technical design, yet instead of strapping the feet into two shoes, they are perpendicular to the board using slip-in bindings such as those on a kite board. Using aflyboard must always be done under the supervision of experts, such as the qualified professionals at Blue Rush. Riders are provided with a lifejacket and helmet, and must complete a five minute safety training session to ensure that they will not come into contact with foreign objects.

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Although the sport appears to be intimidating and looks quite challenging, using a flyboard is surprisingly easy to learn, and can be enjoyed by anyone ages seven and up. With assistance, riders strap their feet into the shoes on the board and are lowered into the water in an upright, standing position with their legs remaining as straight as possible. Navigation on the flyboard is done by using the knees and ankles, pointing the toes down to move forward, using the knees to rotate, and the arms to stabilise. The power of the water is controlled by the driver of the PWC who watches to identify the rider’s positioning to increase or decrease the power to provide a comfortable descent back into the water. “For beginners, the flyboard requires little to no body strength and that’s because the board takes care of everything. However, when you get into the backflips, dolphin dives and all the other high-powered moves then you will need mid-section and lower body power to execute the moves successfully,” said Trevor Walters, co-founder of Blue Rush Water Sports. The beauty of this exciting new sport is that it requires no skill and little confidence in order to ride successfully. In fact, Trevor guarantees that if Blue Rush doesn’t get you flying in the first ten minutes, your session is free.

mesmerised the crowd with his impressive tricks including backflips, spirals, and dives, reaching the device’s maximum heights. Trevor and Josh encourage those interested to check them out at their

In March 2015, Blue Rush debuted their new flyboards and hoverboards

shop’s location in Leverick Bay in the North Sound on Virgin Gorda for a

at Rosewood Little Dix Bay during a demonstration led by the professional

chance to try flyboarding and the many other watersports the company

flyboarder, Jonathan Julien of St Martin. During the show, Jonathan

has to offer.



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Travel Essentials By Kate Henderson and Fran Morrell, House Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI

Catch up on the correspondence you’ve been meaning to write all year, with these fun card sets from Kate Spade

These travel sponges are filled with moisturising soap, so it’s all you need to take in your wash bag

For your extensive summer reading list, don’t forget to pack a pair of stylish readers

Bring the luxury spa with you with this delicious travel soap and lotion set

NEW STORE NOW OPEN ROMASCO Building, Road Town, Tortola (next to ‘Latitude 18’ and ‘Mi Amor’) Stop your jewellery ending up as one big tangled mess upon arrival with an organised jewellery travel case



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Words by Lauren Charley and provided by BVI HIV AIDS Foundation

In 2004, the HIV-AIDS Foundation (BVI) Limited (HAF) was established as a non-government, not-for-profit charitable organisation incorporated and registered under the laws of the Virgin Islands. The establishment of the foundation was to financially assist pregnant women to access HIV testing – following, it enhanced the development of a collaborative relationship with the national health programme and facilitated the development of the Prevention-of-Mother-to-Child-Transmission (PMTCT) Programme.


The foundation will be known and recognised as the lead non-governmental organisation in the British Virgin Islands to reduce HIV transmission and advocate for the rights of people living with HIV.



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*Tests are performed at the BVI HIV AIDS Foundation’s offices at 33 Porters Rd in Road Town.

Appointments can be made at 284 541 4243 or via

To prevent HIV

transmission through sexual

email at

health education programmes,

reducing and halting HIV

transmission in the BVI To promote the dissemination of

information about sexual health, safe sexual practices and regular testing in the BVI, non-governmental organisations and the government of the British Virgin Islands

with a view to raising awareness about HIV-AIDS Support for people living with HIV to access

quality comprehensive treatment, care and support

within an environment of privacy and confidentiality To advocate on behalf of living with HIV and defend

their human rights, seeking to reduce the stigma of HIV/AIDS and instances of discrimination


All are welcome to become members of HAF. Membership is open to all individuals and organisations who agree to accept the foundation’s vision, mission, and objectives. An annual membership fee of $25 is required in order to maintain its current operations and support the further development of the charity.


HAF primarily uses social media such as Facebook as a resource to target the younger population by educating, raising awareness, and encouraging testing in the Territory.


The foundation provides free and confidential HIV testing services Monday through Friday by appointment at their office in Road Town. Testing is made simple by an ‘OraQuick’ test which is fast, painless, requires no blood, and only a swab of the gums to provide results in just 20 minutes*.


In the past, the foundation raised money by requesting donations from companies and individuals who support them. However, HAF is now working with these sponsors to fundraise through raffles and events which bring the charity to the public’s attention and encourage the community to get involved. HAF has many ideas for future events in the BVI, including the prospects to host an exciting World Aids Day later this year.


“Our main goal for the foundation is to eliminate the stigma that is attached to HIV and that is ever so present in the BVI. We want people to understand that HIV is a chronic disease just like diabetes or cancer except that it is 100% preventable if you use protection and if you are aware of the risks. Most importantly, HAF want to teach people that with the right medication and care, one can live a healthy and normal life if you are HIV positive, and that we are here to help achieve this.” - Cid Nava, Chairman of BIV HIV AIDS Foundation.

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Words by Lauren Charley. Photography courtesy of Killi Killi

Prepare to take flight as you spread your wings and expand your mind by exposing yourself to a whole new world of artistic creativity. Named after what our local culture calls the American Kestrel Sparrow Hawk, ‘The Killy,’ Killi Killi Arts Company invites residents and visitors to the British Virgin Islands to join classes and social gatherings founded on a passion for arts and the spirit of community. Killi Killi was established in January 2014 by Nick and Vanessa Cook, and Mary Ormond to expand the options offered in the creative arts for children and families. The company operates on a non-profit organisation model (awaiting official status), therefore all the furniture, toys and equipment at Killi Killi have been donated by businesses and individuals in the community. “We want to be a friendly, ‘door-open’ community centre where all are welcome to just hang out and have fun,” said Cloudia, theatre practitioner and dance instructor at Killi Killi. The facility in Road Town is now a popular social hub for families and individuals, which includes a lounge area for parents, two studios, a play area complete with a performance stage, and a vast outdoor area where a community playground will be built for the autumn Child and Youth Programmes At the centre, tots, children and older youths are welcome to sign up for a variety of educational artistic classes season. offered on an alternating basis in the artistic mediums. In addition to general visual arts, dance, music, and drama, they also offer unique courses including toddler aerobics, children’s yoga, and musical theatre.

Adult Programmes Killi Killi also encourages individuals to sign up for classes, as well as engage in social gatherings such as book swaps. Popular adult classes such as jazzercise, yoga, aerobics, playwriting, and sewing regularly appear on the schedule, as well as a special circus class for those who wish to learn tricks such as juggling, hula hooping, and even fire dancing. The company hopes to offer a ‘Production Project’ in the fall where they will select a play or musical to showcase for the community; participants can sign up and audition for the course which will conclude with this grand finale.



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Playgroups and Summer Camps Mothers and fathers have found Killi Killi to be a fantastic place to meet other parents and a great social experience for their children. Babysitters are also provided for parents who wish to have an hour to themselves whilst they enjoy one of the adult-only classes. Summer camps are great to keep kids busy and happy during their time off school, where each week new theme camp options are available for children ages 4 and up.

Birthday Parties and Special Occasions The facility is available to hire as an indoor and outdoor party area for birthday parties and special occasions. Guests are given exclusive use of the property including all the studios and the outside gardens, and have the option to provide their own catering and entertainment, or use the talented staff and performers at Killi Killi to create a customised party.

Community Events and Performances Throughout the year, Killi Killi hosts events for children and families such as car boot sales and holiday parties, which include Santa’s Grotto at Christmas, an egg hunt at Easter, and haunted house at Halloween. From their musical and theatre classes, children and adult performances are held where all are welcome to spectate the centre’s talent. The professional skills of Killi’s performers is also available to hire for private events in the BVI.

For a complete listing of what Killi Killi Arts Company has to offer, visit their website and sign up for either their general or adult only email newsletter by emailing to stay up to date with the latest excitement.

August 2015



Virgin Islands Property & Yacht Readers’ Choice Awards 2015

The Vote Continues!

If you’re not familiar with our event, please peruse the information surrounding the background of the VIPY RC…

About The Virgin Islands Property & Yacht Readers’ Choice Awards 2015 In 2011, VIPY created the RC Awards’ vote and event to commemorate individuals and organisations for their distinctive contribution to the British Virgin Islands community. This is conducted via categories relevant to people, places, and services situated within the BVI. The voting is concluded with an award ceremony congratulating winners with the highest reader appreciation and this finale is held in October of every year. The RC participation has expanded considerably since the event’s inception and the competition has intensified. This is the second month of VOTING which can be placed at: This will close on August 31, 2015. In voting for the nominees, readers will be entered into a raffle for one of several great prizes – voters must also join the Facebook Event Page “Readers Choice Awards Night 2015” to qualify for entry into the raffle.

Prizes available for Voters Antilles Helicopter Services – Cloud 9 ‘Get High on the BVI’ tour for two guests Big Sexy Boat Rentals – 1/2 day charter to White Bay, Jost Van Dyke. (Does not include fuel or captain) Sole Spa – The Perfect Pamper Package. 4hs The Dove Restaurant – 3 course dinner for two with a bottle of wine Blue Water Divers – 2 tank dive (If the winner is not a certified diver they can do the Discover Scuba Course) Brandywine Restaurant – 1 of 2 $100 gift certificates for lunch or dinner Soggy Dollar Bar – $100 Gift Certificate (Dining room and food only) Willy T – Dinner for 4. One entree per person (Drinks not included) Arawak Interiors – $50 Gift Voucher

The VIPY RC Categories 2015 These categories are divided into the three sections of VIPY.

LAND the property and sustainable development side of our publication Best BVI Vacation Rental Did the villa have a memorable chef perhaps? Or maybe an excellent excursion? Best BVI Resort/Hotel What BVI hotel or resort has impressed you? Best BVI Architectural Firm What BVI structures have left you awe-struck? Best BVI Real Estate Company Who provides the best service in the BVI?

SEA the maritime segment of our magazine Best BVI Sailor Have you got a favourite captain, crew mate, or enthusiastic maritime regatta fanatic? Best BVI Marina Which marina do you find has all the comforts for a stop-over? Best BVI Marine Activity Which company has provided you with the greatest service for your aqua delights? Best BVI Yacht Brokerage For those who have brought or sold yachts, who sorted you out with your pride and joy? Best BVI Crewed Yacht There is an abundance in this category, but we’re sure one will be conspicuous Best BVI Yacht Charter Company And in this category, there is also a vast range – choose wisely Best BVI Day Charter Day sails are extremely popular - which one brought you fond memories?


the lifestyle portion of Virgin Islands Property & Yacht

Best BVI Provisioning Who’s always stocked with what you need? Best BVI Health & Spa Any resort, special building, or room where an individual is provided services to improve and/or condition their body Best BVI Restaurant/Bar Your choice may include beach establishments and the BVI’s renowned and muchloved shacks, measuring their service, ambiance, and of course, culinary skill. Alternatively, it could simply be that restaurant that has the best view you’ve ever seen Best BVI Bartender Who made you the greatest cocktail? Who made you laugh the most? Who was that entertainer when you needed it? Best BVI Retail (Non-Groceries) Which store do you find yourself doing most of your shopping? Best BVI Local Artist Photographers, musicians, painters – who has caught your eye? Best Air Travel or Air Tour company in the BVI Who provides the most comfort and enjoyment in the air? Best BVI Land Activity What cultural, sporty, or alternative activity has spurred you on?

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The first impression of quiet seclusion is quickly followed by the awe inspiring expansive view of the bay below and the islands on the horizon.

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A rustic Italian-style home that has three separate buildings. Archways lead to the villas and 1800 square feet of patios on the "saddle" of Camanoe.

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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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Virgin Islands Property & Yacht - August 2015  

Editor - Stephen L France

Virgin Islands Property & Yacht - August 2015  

Editor - Stephen L France