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OCTOPUSSY

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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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From the Editor Slow season: a time of reflection and absorbing the serenity of the islands. In preparing ourselves for the new season when we will host our Readers’ Choice 2016 (see inside) in proud partnership with Veuve Clicquot, VIPY have taken what our audience sought in our Reader Survey of late 2015 and will be introducing a new feature to commence in October of this year. Presenting VIPY Style & Beauty, this segment seeks to appease our readership’s tastes for the fashionable, luxurious lifestyle that the Virgin Islands bestows. With the rise in boutiques and sophisticated retailers, our intention is to support this expanding industry with a feature promoting the latest, trendy products and services available; see our promotional page inside for more information on how you can advertise with us. Our first feature this issue is our regular BVI HomeSense, lending advice for soundproofing when it Sign up to our monthly e-newsletter

comes to the frivolous Festival we all love. August Carnival is certainly a great time, but for those who

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BVI Maritime History Tales excites us with a trip back into the past, discovering the rise of Festival and the sloop races. It’s interesting to see how events like Carnival rose to their present, renowned state.

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From Sea Level provides a popular recipe that always has their guests jumping up for more with chef Megan’s Grouper Bites. In honour of reflecting during this tranquil month (following Festival), we provide you with an 11-page spread of our favourite Yacht Spotlight features from over the years; this editorial is sure to provoke the unadulterated awe of those who love to cruise the Caribbean islands and we encourage you to visit our ISSUU e-publications where we originally featured these yachts. Things We Love show us the best items to keep our homes organised and finally, we review an inspirational book designed by Scott Taylor for the younger generation of visitors and residents of the BVI – Pirate Islands; this fun, educational book will encourage families to explore the BVI with their kids as they take to the enjoyable poems and activities that relay a past many of us are unaware of.

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Contributors Geoffrey Brooks

Kate Henderson and Fran Morrell

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

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Megan Schlobohm

Julian began his writing career while sailing the world in his small yacht, a Tayana 37, in the early 80s. He is known for his Caribbean bestsellers Sunfun Calypso, a satire on Caribbean island life and The Drinking Man’s Guide to the BVI

Chef Megan has a fierce passion for cooking. Perfecting her menu on various yachts, most of her phenomenal culinary abilities are selftaught, bringing innovative cuisine to Crewed Yacht Lolalita

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Boarding for the cruise of a lifetime with superyacht Octopussy


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We all love Festival, but for the few of us who won’t be participating, here are soundproofing tips you will need

A recipe from Lolalita Chef Megan that will have you jumping up for Festival

Our thrilling new editorial feature with fashion and style expert Pearlette Wintz

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Editor’s Choice time! I present five of my favourite Yacht Spotlight features that conspicuously shone in the magazines

For visitors and residents of the younger generation, this stimulating new poems and activities book will have kids knowing their BVI history in no time

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We learn of the exciting history supporting the rise of Festival and sloop races

This month, items to keep the place organised and tidy with House BVI

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Octopussy pridefully lives up to its association with James Bond through its opulent aesthetics


LAND Words by Lucienne Smith – Smiths Gore

The BVI has a vast array of events throughout the year, but none are as vibrant, colourful or meaningful as the Emancipation Festival. Held in late July and early August, this annual festival celebrates the 1834 Emancipation Act which abolished slavery in the British West Indies. The festival is a time for everyone to congregate and rejoice in the freedoms that were fought for by the islands’ ancestors.

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Parties and celebrations are held far and wide and activities include live music performances, dancing, street art, donkey and horse races, a freedom march, emancipation church services, boat races, parties, and parades. The centre of the festival is the purpose-built pop-up village in Road Town, Tortola which has a number of bandstands and an array of food-stalls and bars. The atmosphere is captivating and not to be missed; however, those living in Road Town and the central south side of the island can find themselves going without sleep as the partying is loud and steady for nearly two weeks. If you need to get up for work (which some residents may do despite the holiday) or if you have youngsters in the house, the following tips might help with sound control.

• Close all the windows and doors at the front of the

• Settle in for the evening and listen to movies and/or music

building (facing Festival ground) to limit what sounds

with the surround sound on. Failing that use headphones if

travels through the house. Create a seal around the

you have them

windows (tape will work) to give maximum protection • Invest in some earplugs (available for a few dollars • Curtains are good at absorbing sounds, but make sure

from the drug store) so you can snooze while the party

they’re dense and heavy and reach right down to the

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floor. Blackout curtains (designed to stop heat and make rooms darker at night) can significantly improve sound

• Alternatively, take some time off to explore other islands

insulation for problems like traffic and street noise

in the BVI; all will have lots going on but you will be able to find a quiet corner

• Sound is absorbed by fabrics and carpets so move as many cushions and rugs to the rooms in the front of your house to soak up as much sound as possible • Run fans and air conditioning if you can; the motors will

Whatever you do, make sure you find some time to enjoy and participate in the celebrations. There is a great deal of uncertainty in the world at the moment and celebrating this Territory’s emancipation under a warm sky is a really special way to spend a summer’s day and/or evening.

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BUILDING FUTURE HISTORY...TOGETHER CELEBRATING 80 YEARS IN THE CARIBBEAN

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ctopussy; the very name sums up a James Bond image of a fast, opulent, audacious and dazzling vessel, coupled with a certain sexual innuendo. This 143-foot super yacht has a history of ground-breaking speeds and attractive design features. In 1988, with the yacht’s lightweight aluminium hull and superstructure, she recorded a top speed of over 53 knots; that’s over 60 mph. Now after a complete refit in 2015, she boasts a cruising speed of 25 knots in complete comfort and style. There’s a modern anti-roll stabilising mechanism installed to ensure a smooth and comfortable charter vacation and the designers have managed to limit the draft to an amazing 5-feet whereby shallow anchorages and bays can be accessed with ease. Octopussy is equipped with an array of fun toys including a 32-foot Intrepid chase boat, water skis, wake boards, stand up paddle boards and a good selection of the latest fishing equipment. All this is in addition to the standard snorkelling gear, arranged scuba dives, floating mattresses, and inflatable rings.

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A large swim platform and additional floating dock offer easy access to the water, tenders, and toys. The interior and exterior styling is exceptional. The upper deck with

windows. Similarly, the main salon is decorated with jazzy furnishings and fabrics; an ultra-modern feeling that Picasso himself would feel at home in. The flexible cabin layout for up to 12 guests includes a full beam master

dining options for 16 and a spacious seating and lounging area aft, offers

suite with his and hers bathrooms and a walk-in wardrobe, two double

outstanding panoramic views. The main salon with bar has multiple seating

guest rooms, and two twin rooms that can be converted to doubles along

areas and a separate dining space with 310 degree vistas; the floor to ceiling

with two Pullman beds, ideal for children.

glass doors open onto the main deck aft. The sundeck sports a Jacuzzi and

Professional styling, beautiful furnishings, and a bright and fresh feeling

is provided with warm towels, sun pads, and an awning, which may be

of modernity feature throughout to create an elegant and comfortable

removed at the request of sun worshippers.

atmosphere. The stainless steel atrium staircase that runs from the lower

The completely refurbished yacht has been fitted out in state of the art interior dĂŠcor with vibrant colours, bold prints, and flexible accommodations to suit a variety of tastes and desires. The breakfast nook

guest cabins through the main salon to the sky lounge, reminds one of the titanic luxury of a bygone era, albeit modern and utilitarian in nature. All modern amenities like WiFi and air conditioning are available

is intimate while exuding an early morning wake up ambiance. The bright

throughout and a crew of up to seven are on hand to cater to your every

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SPECIFICATIONS Builder: Heesen Year Built/Refit: 1988/2015 Length: 43.59m (143ft) Beam: 7.96m (26.1ft) Draft: 1.5m (5ft) Speed: 25 knots cruising – 32 knots maximum Cabins: 5 Guests: 12 Crew: 7 Cabin Configuration: 1 Master, 2 Double, 2 Twin (both convert to doubles), 2 Pullmans Summer 2016: British Virgin Islands, Florida/Bahamas/Caribbean/Cuba Winter 2016/2017: British Virgin Islands, Florida/Bahamas/Caribbean/Cuba

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

Emancipation is traditionally celebrated throughout the English

economy. The competition involved in trading goods to St. Thomas had

speaking Caribbean on the first Monday of every August to mark that

created a keen interest and pride among the local boat captains as to

day in 1834 when the first proclamation was read in public.

whose sloop was the fastest and each village claimed their champion.

Here in the Virgin Islands, we hold a solemn remembrance at the Sunday Morning Well, even though the proclamation was actually read in the Anglican Church. Every year after that, the day was commemorated as a ‘day of remembrance.’ In fact, in 1853 the government declared that an unpopular cattle tax was due on that day and their lack of appreciation for the importance that the people placed on this occasion, led to one of the worst riots in Virgin Islands history. After the turn of the century and the end of the First World War, the emancipation event started to expand and picnics would be held at different villages throughout the Territory during the first week in August. Bands would move around and play at the different locations,

During the 1920s, this sloop racing tradition flourished and grew. It developed in a similar way in Anguilla where sloop racing is still held at the different villages all week long. In 1952, the coronation of Queen Elizabeth was celebrated in Road Town on August Monday with a big parade. It was so successful that it was decided to have a festival celebration every year with a grand parade on August Monday and a water sports day on Tuesday, featuring sloop racing and aquatic events such as a greased pole and swimming competitions. Horse racing was later added to fill out the festivities. It was this period that led to the way we celebrate Festival today.

and other entertainment was provided, including horse races and

Although we no longer hold picnics in all of the villages, we still move

sloop racing competitions. By this time, traditional wooden boat

around from Road Town to East End and finally finish the week off in

building and maritime trade was well established as the centre of our

Carrot Bay.

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The sloop races in the 1950s were a big deal. 25 to 30 sloops would participate, racing all the way to Virgin Gorda and back, with shorter races around Dead Chest and returning to Road

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Harbour. The prize money was substantial, the competition keen, and the bragging rights to the

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winners highly coveted. These races continued on until the late 1960s, when wooden boat building and trade with sail ended. It is interesting to note that one of the primary reasons for this decline was the introduction of refrigeration to St. Thomas. No longer was there a need for beef to be transported live on the hoof from the BVI. Emancipation Festival celebrations continued to grow, but the sloop races became a memory. Slowly, the existing sloops were left rotting on the beaches. Transport moved on to use steel barges and a whole generation of traditional wooden boat builders—the last generation—began to disappear. With them went their knowledge and skills lost to future generations to come.

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In 2003, the Maritime Heritage programme—through the Virgin Islands Maritime Museum at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College—began a modern revival of the traditional festival sloop races. Now in its 13th year and known as the Great Festival Sloop Shootout and Heritage Regatta, it features two to three races with upwards to five existing sloops participating and is

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highlighted by a race between our Hon. Premier and H.E. the Governor. We know of no other place where the two heads of state square off against each other to compete in a race on the water and it has made news all over the world. Although our festival sloop races cannot compare to the level of participation found in Anguilla or Grenada, we are still holding our own and who knows, perhaps a new generation will rise up to the call.

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SEA Words and photography by Megan Schlobohm, Chef – SV Lolalita

Jump Up for Fresh Fish The Caribbean islands are world-famous for many things, especially that jovial time of year known as Carnival – a celebration of emancipation. While everyone celebrates for different reasons, the spirit of the festivities is alive and contagious. Calypsostyle music can be heard on every street with the unique sounds of the steel drums and island-style lyrics. Vivid costumes are worn to accentuate the bright energy of the music, alongside choreographed dances to mesmerise the crowds. Through this rich cultural celebration, one can see a long story of love and pride, and the talent exhibited extends through to the kitchen. Delicious, aromatic flavours join the party and continue to prove the power of culture among Virgin Islanders and their exceptional history. A favourite carnival food in particular is a fried fish, fresh-caught by local fishermen. Here’s a delicious recipe for Jump Up Grouper Bites with Piña Colada Sauce.

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Ingredients 2 tbsp butter 1 medium onion, chopped 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 tbsp fresh-grated ginger ¾ cup aged rum ½ cup cream of coconut ½ cup pineapple juice ¾ cup crushed fresh pineapple 1 tsp chili pepper flakes ¼ tsp salt 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped 2 lbs fresh grouper fillets (or firm white fish) 2 limes, juiced Salt and pepper 1 cup flour 1 cup cornmeal 1/4 cup milk 2 eggs, beaten Coconut oil for frying  Fresh basil, chopped 2 limes, cut into quarters

Directions:

In a saucepan, melt butter and sautée onions, garlic, and ginger until lightly brown. Deglaze pan with aged rum and let alcohol cook off. Mix in cream of coconut, pineapple juice, chopped pineapple, chili flakes, and salt. Simmer until reduced and sauce covers the back of a metal spoon. Mix in fresh cilantro and set aside to cool. Cut grouper fillets into strips; season with salt, pepper, and lime. Heat several inches of coconut oil to 375ºF. Use extra care with hot oil! Beat together the milk and eggs and dip the fish strips; then coat with flour, removing excess. Fry until golden brown on

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all sides. Remove from pan and let sit uncovered on paper towel. Garnish with fresh basil and cut limes, and serve with Piña Colada sauce immediately. Happy times? Jump Up!

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Editor’s Choice

Words by Stephen L France Photography by Bill Harrigan, Rainbow Visions BVI, Virgin Limited Edition, Yacht Shots BVI, SkyVision VI, and Bugsy Gedleck

I have had the pleasure of enjoying and featuring some incredible luxury yachts over my tenure.

It’s nice to reminisce about those moments of cruising across the water on one of these amazing boats and so I constructed a list of my

Since I’m from the city of London, UK, the entire crewed luxury yacht

preferred featured yachts. This was challenging to decide, but in ascending

industry was completely new to me in emigrating to the BVI and it was

chronological order, here are my five favourite features that VIPY exhibited

a pleasure to not only view these magnificent vessels, but also relish the

since inception of Yacht Spotlight in 2013:

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THE MAJOR AMENITIES THAT MADE CUAN LAW such a great feature were that this 105-foot vessel has full scuba diving facilities on board. She also has an incredible story behind her foundation, spearheading the crewed yacht industry in the BVI since 1971. This yacht truly exhibits the magic of BVI innovation and if you’re interested in more information, please see our February 2014 issue online available on ISSUU. bvipropertyyacht.com

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THIS FAMOUS VESSEL HAD TO BE ON THE LIST. Necker Belle is a 105-foot cruising catamaran tailoring their charters around the Caribbean to the guests’ pleasure. Named after Sir Richard Branson’s home and favourite retreat Necker Island, her accommodations are second to none. I remember sitting on this vessel and marvelling at the size of the flat screen TV in the salon. Discover more in our September 2014 issue on ISSUU. bvipropertyyacht.com

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PHENOMENAL HOSTING IS WHAT I RECALL MOST about

boat was a comfortable space and one could see the perceptive design

this vessel and I thoroughly enjoyed writing the feature. At the time

invested into the spacious fly bridge area that we concluded guests

when I boarded, Prodigious revealed elegance and functionality, allowing

would find to be the preferred spot. See October 2014’s issue on ISSUU

for relaxed cruising across the BVI’s waters. Every single area of the

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A VESSEL OF PRESTIGE, it’s no wonder she has such a name as Kings Ransom. Experiencing this yacht’s hospitality and comforts, I certainly felt like royalty. On first appearance, the most noticeable aspect was its ample, airy space. There are some flats in London that could stand to use such room! For this city guy, it was astonishing. For more about Kings Ransom, please see November 2014 issue on ISSUU.

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FINALLY, not a yacht I got to appreciate hands-on myself, but I’m certain by its phenomenal appearance that it is quite the sensation. I felt the Diamonds are Forever feature rose the bar of our magazine, similar to our other James Bond inspired boat—Octopussy— this month. Just like the opulence of a royal palace, the imagery glistened and all I can do is hope that one day, I will have an opportunity to jump on board this vessel or something similar! To see more about Diamonds are Forever, visit our September 2015 edition on ISSUU.

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Striped lidded storage box, perfect for toys or towels. This sturdy storage option also doubles as a seat

Keeping Organised! Words by Kate Henderson and Fran Morrell - House

Larger covered storage options covered in stylish patterns that co-ordinate to your room décor

This is a perfect option for outdoor storage on a deck or a coastal scheme River washed bedside storage with wicker drawers. Also available as a tallboy and in a white finish

Fun stripes storage boxes also double as side tables

Over-size beach bags, perfect for the bathroom to keep laundry or rolled towels

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the reader, spoke – and we responded.

Introducing our Style & Beauty Editor: Pearlette Wintz Pearlette was born in Tortola but has spent most of her life in Houston, Texas. A graduate of the University of Houston, Pearlette

Late in 2015, we held our VIPY Reader Survey to determine what

worked full time in the oil and gas

our audience desired to see more prominently in our magazine.      With an outstanding number of responses, VIPY Style & Beauty— launching in October’s issue—has been created.  

industry from 1990 until 2005.      In 2005, she decided to pursue business plans that allowed her to combine two of her passions: planning effective meetings and facilitating

   This new lifestyle feature—dedicated to Virgin Islands beauty, style, and

training; Elan Meetings & Events LLC was created, followed by Nth Power

fashion—will primarily cater to our female demographic, which constitutes

Development Coaching.

66% of our readership. But, for all of you gentlemen out there who read

   Pearlette is a licensed coach, who focuses on personal development;

VIPY, there will also be something in this segment for you too.

she works with BHP Billiton, Chevron, Cobalt, and Transocean.

   Traditionally in the BVI, many beauty and fashion products are

   After relocating to Tortola, Pearlette opted to indulge in yet another

purchased online and imported, making them more expensive for

joy of her life: style. She and her husband Marco introduced Marco’s Men’s

consumers; however, in recent years, there has been an influx of companies emerging in the BVI, who serve the beauty and fashion industry, removing the necessity to purchase online.      Supporting our community, VIPY is standing behind the rising growth of

Clothier to the BVI in October 2015.      Marco’s excels past the point of fashion, bestowing a fresh perspective on style for the BVI. For Pearlette, style incorporates everything from our clothes, food, beauty products to the way we design and decorate our homes; it’s an all-inclusive ethos. As such, Pearlette sees herself as a

VI boutiques and retailers, intending to promote the products and services

personal style coach and is optimistic in bringing her expertise to VIPY’s

that this evolving market presents. With our strong female reader base, we

Style & Beauty section.

hope our audience will find this editorial section to be of great assistance for all their shopping needs.

Look out for us in October’s issue!

Please contact our Account Manager, Erin Paviour-Smith - erin@alookingglass.com to find out how VIPY can help promote your beauty, style, and/or fashion products and services. bvipropertyyacht.com bvipropertyyacht.com

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Words by Stephen L France. Images courtesy of Scott Taylor

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t’s no simple task finding resources to educate children about the history of the BVI.

For Scott Taylor—who’d lived in the region with his wife and children for

over six years—he noticed the void in materials to unveil the BVI’s exciting history for kids. With an extensive background in graphic design for children, he created Newbie Junior with aLooking Glass in 2015 to provide facts and activities for infants/juniors; a book that exhibited what they can see and do in the BVI. Thoroughly enjoying this project, his passion to make certain that children have a plethora of educational resources was ignited…and so, Pirate Islands was conceived.

Conception “Pirate Islands provides a fun educational resource through poems and puzzles for kids, visiting and living in the BVI,” said Scott. Through sponsorship from ATU General Trust BVI, his ambition was made concrete. With illustrations completed by the same studio responsible for Newbie Junior, readers will be met with swashbuckling rogues who escort them through the BVI’s plundering past, keeping focus on the history and unique features of the individual islands within the Territory.

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Inspiration From foundation of Newbie Junior, Scott had gained knowledge of the BVI’s marine, plant, and animal life as well as its history – with this abundance of information, he decided to create Pirate Islands and is optimistic about establishing a brand that will grow to become the fun resource for kids in the BVI. “The main inspiration for creating this book was my two boys and their friends in the BVI,” said Scott, highlighting the fuel behind his fire. “As we went on adventures, trips, and did activities on a weekly basis, I quickly realised that there was no literature for their age group that covered the amazing islands that we called home. I would always make up stories to get their imaginations going when we were on boats, at the beach, or walking the trails on a hike, so from there I thought about fusing the ‘make-belief’ with ‘reality.’” A crucial attractive point about this fact-fiction book is that children will recognise many of the locations found within its pages, and Scott hopes it will inspire them to discover the other islands with their families. “I suspect book buyers will be parents motivated to enjoy family activity even more, by perhaps reading the poems to their kids that illuminate familiar BVI locations, history, features, and creatures,” said Scott of the book’s audience. “It has fun pirate inspired characters that live on each of the islands, introducing readers to the world around them and things they may not know, influencing family day excursions to explore and discover what they read.” bvipropertyyacht.com

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Future “A second book titled Pirate Islands, Wonders of the Deep, is currently in development and due for release later in the year,” said Scott of the future for the Pirate Island brand. Following the pirate characters from the first book and a few innovative ones, the volume takes its audience on underwater adventures showcasing the amazing marine world of the BVI. With games and facts central to educating kids on the animals and plant life of the islands, readers will be presented with tips on what they can do to preserve the natural environment of the BVI. Currently, Pirate Islands is on sale through Arawak’s three main Arawak Surf locations—Nanny Cay, Soper’s Hole, and Leverick Bay—the Moorings gift shop, Foxy’s Taboo on Jost Van Dyke, and at the boutiques in Cooper Island and Peter Island. Along with the book, there is an activity poster map of the BVI featuring pirate ships, sea monsters, and a detailed layout of all the islands and bays. The book is also available to download on iPad as an interactive ibook in the online Apple Store.

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LIFE

This is the final month of voting before our closing date of September 1, 2016! Have you voted? Are you backing your favourite bartender or showing support for the yacht charter company you love the most? If not, make your voice heard!

Readers’ Choice was originally created as an entertaining activity to recognise businesses, establishments, and individuals across the BVI, who have made a valuable contribution to the Territory’s wellness and prosperity; this acknowledgement spans a diverse range of categories covering the three areas of our magazine – LAND (property related), SEA (marine endeavours), and LIFE (BVI lifestyle). Initiating in 2011, each passing year the awards have witnessed an increase in popularity among readers and a surge in competition with the nominees. September 2015’s concluding ceremony at Nanny Cay was a thriving success with a multitude of activities to enjoy, amid the announcement of the winners.

2015 event photography by Alastair Abrehart – Broadsword Communications

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Fresh for our 6th annual event, we introduce our proud sponsors Veuve Clicquot. We’ve also expanded the Readers’ Choice event so that it’s incorporative of the Virgin Islands as a whole – we are really excited about this development as now each of the categories will unveil three winners:

1) BEST OF THE BVI

2) BEST OF THE USVI

3) BEST OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS

Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award 2016

Additionally, we’ve created a new category presented by Veuve Clicquot – Business Woman Award. Originally created in 1972 as a tribute to Madame Clicquot, the annual Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award champions the success of business women worldwide, who share the same qualities as Madame Clicquot: Her enterprising spirit, her courage, and the determination necessary to accomplish her aims. Highly prized and sought after, it is the first international award formed specifically to recognise the contribution that women have made to business life and is now regarded as the ‘Oscar’ for female entrepreneurs and business leaders around the World.

So, for the first time, we are proud to present this Award here in the Virgin Islands. Nominees are required to supply their name, a 200 – 300-word ‘Elevator Speech,’ including their education, achievements, and a photograph. Judging will take place, with a selection of three finalists prior to the final winner announcement at our Award’s event in October.

The VIPY RC categories are listed in alphabetical order. Voting commences online NOW at bvipropertyyacht.com The closing deadline for voting is 1 September 2016. Keep in mind, the longer that nominees are online, the more chance there is for them to get votes so nominate now if the company/individual you wish to see win is not there! We really hope you enjoy the 2016 awards and find the final results helpful in relishing residency or vacation in the Virgin Islands. Happy voting and best of luck to all nominees. bvipropertyyacht.com

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Best Air Travel or Air Tour Company Best Architectural Firm Best Bartender Best Crewed Yacht (individual) Best Day Charter Best Health & Spa Best Land Activity Best Marina Best Marine Activity Best Marine Chandlery/Maintenance Company Best Provisioning Best Real Estate Company Best Resort/Hotel/Accommodation Best Restaurant/Bar Best Retail Store Best Sailor Best Vacation Villa (individual) Best Yacht Brokerage Best Yacht Charter Company Business Woman Award – presented by Veuve Clicquot

Voters will be entered into a raffle for prizes. Please check the website for regular updates on the growing number of goodies available! Brandywine Estate Restaurant: 2 x gift certificates valued at $100 each Antilles Helicopter Services: A Cloud 9 Scenic Helicopter Tour for two people valued at $180 Sole Day Spa: A full body holistic treatment. 120 minutes -$175 value More prizes TBA – keep a lookout online – bvipropertyyacht.com


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Virgin Islands Property & Yacht - August 2016  

Editor-in-Chief – Stephen L France Design and Layout – Scott Taylor Project Manager – Erin Paviour-Smith

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