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Rambutan Nail Bay, Virgin Gorda US$2,200,000

Windy Hill Villa Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda US$1,800,000

Seascape Villa Leverick Bay, Virgin Gorda US$1,150,000

BUILDING ON THE EXTRAORDINARY As the exclusive luxury real estate market on Virgin Gorda continues to grow, so has the need for a dedicated on-island Sotheby's international real estate office. We have now opened an office in the Valley with 3 agents available, including a professional photographer, to help with either listing or purchasing a property. We take great pride in using our local expertise, resources, and global connections to unite extraordinary places with buyers who will cherish them as the people of the Virgin Islands do. The office is located in the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour across from Scotia Bank, located upstairs. Opening hours are Monday - Friday from 9AM to 5PM, unless agents are out for viewings.

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From the Editor 44 years in and March for the BVI means one thing….

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the incredible and internationally diverse Spring Regatta and Sailing Festival; an event that has formed a global following, promoting the BVI’s fierce passion for sailing, and exhibiting its worldly image as the capital for this nautical pastime. Springing forward first of our LAND articles is the cover feature which unveils the fantastic dual property in Sunset Watch and Sundowner on the tranquil private residence of Virgin Gorda’s Nail Bay. We follow suit with further answers to FAQs from our realtor expert Bonnie Dougall in the BVI Property Forum. She explains more about how to easily navigate the complications of buying and selling property in the British Virgin Islands. Review of Coral Hill House in Tortola reveals a charming story; a dream of travellers who journeyed the globe extensively in search of the best location and picturesque home to spend their winter months, while BVI HomeSense opens to some innovative ways to make a home even more attractive on the property market. Our biggest feature this issue from Chris Smith on North Sound and the people that made it the mecca for sailing and real estate, is the first in a series of articles covering the North Sound phenomenon. Moving to SEA, our Yacht Spotlight unveils Zenyatta, a luxurious sailing catamaran and the ‘Queen of Racing,’ – you will understand when you read the article. From Sea Level crewed charter chef Megan, delivers another tasty recipe in Citrus Kale Salad, while returning writer Kelly Bos provides helpful tips for that big family sailing trip you might be planning, or currently enjoying; also, maritime historian Geoff Brooks tells the tale of the Perseverance and its mysterious disappearance. At this moment, it is appropriate that we mention that the VIPY team were sad to learn last month of the passing of Captain Hugh Whistler, MBE – our previous resident historian. We wish his family well and are very grateful for his dedication to preserving BVI history, and generously contributing his profound knowledge to VIPY in previous years. In our LIFE section, House shows us the Things We Love through their coastal chic range – the first of two product placements exhibiting this theme. Innovative creative designer Jasmin Powell unveils her new clothing range mimiyuyuberlin available at Cooper Islands Seagrape boutique, and finally, the diligent Humane Society present their plans for the new animal shelter they have in construction. In closing, we wish you a great month and enjoyment of Spring Regatta – it is one of the BVI’s best occasions.

Stephen L France

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Great Value Properties for Sale BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS Ideal Land for Golf Development South Virgin Gorda

Villa Sunshine-Charming Home on Havers Hill near Nanny Cay, Tortola

Rare Flat Land 14+ acres, road access and electricity to site

Pretty 4 Bedroom/3 Bath Home with Pool on 0.64 acres

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Asking US $850,000

Rare, Private 1 Acre Beachfront Brewer's Bay, Tortola

Gorgeous Home 5 Minutes from Smuggler's Cove, West End Tortola

Private, Gorgeous Home Tucked Away in Cane Garden Bay

Lower Eastern Side of Brewer's Bay with its Own Road Access, Electricity to Site

4 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Home with Pool at end of Quiet Lane

3 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom Home with Pool. 0.338 acres Land

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CONTRIBUTORS

Kelly Bos Kelly is a psychotherapist, professional blogger at The Yummy Mummy Club, writer and speaker. She specialises in psychology and counselling with a passion for facilitating healthy relationships through her writing and counselling practice.

Geoffrey Brooks Geoffrey is the curator of the Virgin Islands Maritime Museum and both pioneers and takes part in many of the initiatives related to the traditional art of sloop building.

Bonnie Dougall Bonnie has been a property owner and BVI resident since the mid 1980’s and in real estate since 1980 as Principal of Dougall Real Estate BVI. The views expressed in her BVI Property Forum column are exclusively her own and may not represent the view points of the Virgin Islands Property & Yacht magazine.

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

Maritha Keil Maritha heads BVI Sotheby’s International Realty; the global authority for property sales and rentals in the British Virgin Islands. Providing property valuation and management, the company specialises in residential sales, vacation villa rentals, commercial property, including private islands, marinas, hotels and resorts.

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

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

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Sunset Watch and Sundowner Words by Stephen L France. Photography by Heidi Schumann and Todd VanSickle

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Would you like to call Paradise Lane your new address? With ownership of Sunset Watch and Sundowner, you will be entitled

Touring the property, cobblestone paths wind through landscaped greenery, encompassing palm trees and colourful flora that create a lush

to a slice of paradise in Virgin Gorda on a .773 acre beachfront property

Garden of Eden appearance. Two pools adorn the residence while the two

on Paradise Lane in Nail Bay, adjacent to the brand new Nail Bay Private

villas are comprised of three master bedroom suites with full bathrooms,

Golf Club.

and three living/kitchen/dining areas.

Sunset Watch and Sundowner are two beautiful villas situated on a

In Sunset Watch—the higher level property—the two bedroom

gorgeously landscaped lot with fantastic sunset views. These villas were

suites enjoy their own bathroom, dynamic living areas with central air-

designed to allow a large main residence to be built with 125 feet of

conditioning, private access, a large veranda for viewing the amazing

beachfront and unobstructed views of Sir Francis Drake Channel; it is one of

seascape, and the added amenity of parking space.

the last buildable waterfront lots on the western shore of Virgin Gorda. Situated within the 148 acre Nail Bay resort below Gorda Peak in Virgin

The upper veranda with its wraparound deck allows panoramic views of the pool, enticing sea, and the Dog Islands, inspiring artistic photography.

Gorda—the ideal location for tranquillity in a stunning setting—this seaside

The lower deck accommodates fluid air flow via large screens conducive

haven offers a heartfelt, family home-space and/or the opportunity for an

toward a sociable combo of indoor/outdoor living. All rooms are equipped

astute investor desiring a second form of revenue via vacation rental.

with the necessary home amenities to feel completely at ease; the kitchen

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possesses a huge fridge, microwave, oven, and CorianŽ counter tops for a master chef to perform their culinary arts in pleasure, while the living areas have the electronic entertainment devices to sustain connection to the outside world if needed. Sundowner, the one bedroom beach front villa suite with its own fully functional living space, large kitchen with granite countertop, plunge pool, and a large covered and uncovered deck, is perfectly positioned below the upper pool area, making it private from Sunset Watch. Between the villas is a vast entertainment space that exemplifies true vacation desires with adorning palm trees, the beach at the foot of the property, and the grille for al fresco dining. Many days can be spent enjoying the tropical climate or hosting cocktail parties – a customary luxury of Caribbean lifestyle with a night sky blanketed with stars and the moon rising above Gorda Peak, adding to the property’s serenity. www.bvipropertyyacht.com

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Rarely seen on properties in the BVI, is the addition of a custom made 80 x 20 foot wide private white sand beach within the property —a further unique attribute. With the sunny abode facing the ocean, the relaxing sounds of the waves and the grand vistas for reflection, the home could also be utilised as a holiday retreat for a change of scene from busy city life.

Sunset Watch & Sundowner Paradise Lane, Nail Bay, Virgin Gorda

As an investment opportunity for owners wishing to use it as a vacation rental, the abundant reviews of the property from previous holiday guests, reveal adoration of the technological and functional features as well as the incredible view of the Dog Islands; all three bedroom suites are consistently occupied the year round as holiday rentals. Three kayaks are available at the property to explore the beautiful waters of Nail Bay and Long Bay beaches. One can enter the water in front of these villas and snorkel to witness the incredible sights down under the Nail Bay reef. Other features of residency within the expertly-paved Nail Bay area include the Sugarcane Restaurant—a fine dining experience serving Caribbean fare, and three other quiet beaches within walking distance.

• Beds – 3 • Full Baths – 3; Half Baths – 2 • Pools – 2 • Land – 0.773 Acres with a buildable home site for a main residence • Large outdoor verandas • Hammocks • Lush gardens with over 1,000 plants, palm trees, flowering plants and fruit trees • Outdoor showers

• Brilliant seascape view and private white sand beach • Suitable as a family home or vacation rental • Great second income opportunity through vacation rental • Nail Bay provides a large pool, restaurant, lighted tennis court, desalinated potable water supply, and stand by generators

US $3,100,000

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Words and photography courtesy of Bonnie Dougall, Principal Dougall Real Estate BVI

For an introduction to this forum, please see Dec 14/Jan 15 issue of Virgin Islands Property & Yacht or log on to bvipropertyyacht.com, and visit the VI Property Advice section under the Property tab on the homepage. Any queries, please contact vipy@alookingglass.com or the editor directly Stephen@alookingglass.com Summary of owning property in the

• No capital gains tax, no gift tax, no sales tax or value added tax, no profit tax,

British Virgin Islands

no Corporation or income tax, and no inheritance tax or estate duty tax

The British Virgin Islands are an overseas territory of the United Kingdom and as such have close links to the UK and EU as well as a judicial system based on

• Payroll Tax varies between 10%-14% of total payroll paid out

English law that falls under British defense and protection. The country is run by a parliamentary democracy. The currency is based on the US Dollar. The islands are quite safe with low crime and are not over populated nor over developed.  Current resident population as of 2015 is estimated to be around 30,000. The BVI economy is one of the most prosperous and stable in the Caribbean – the islands have enjoyed an average GDP growth rate of 9.5% from 2004 up

The BVI has a strong international business corporate presence. Principal activities include: corporate domicile, trust and estate planning, mutual funds administration and management and captive insurance companies. The Territory now has one of the highest values for land in the Caribbean and property prices have remained relatively stable in the residential sector, despite the worldwide downturn impacting property prices elsewhere.

to 2007 and has been fairly stable even in aftermath of the last four-year world recession. Estimated GDP was $51,273 (2007 estimate). There is almost no

What are the advantages and disadvantages of

unemployment.

building a new home over buying a resale home?

The economy is dominated by two main sectors of financial services and tourism, and both world-class sailing and land based villa/hotel rentals. Above and beyond the stunning natural beauty, the BVI has highly attractive tax benefits:

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• Buyers will achieve significant savings in Government Stamp Duty if they

able to recommend architects and builders with good reputations along with

build, currently 12% for Non-Belongers and 4% for Belongers. The Stamp Duty

the banking institutes in the BVI.

will only be charged on the value of the land for a new build, not on the land and house as would be the case in a resale home

Can I buy property in the BVI? The short and the long answer is ‘Yes.’ There are additional restrictions and

Disadvantages:

requirements that off islanders must meet versus Belonger/Resident buyers,

Length of time before occupying a home - For the resale

but land, resale homes, and even custom building your own home are

home, once the Non-Belonger License has been approved by the government

possible here.

and BVI Governor, the property can be bought and moved into within a 7-9 month time period for Non-Belongers and about half that time for Belongers, if

How long does it take to purchase property in the BVI?

the banks are involved in financing the home.

The overall period varies from 6-8 months at the writing of this article. The

Construction of the home will normally take around 1 year, and could take

BVI government controls all land dispositions in the Territory, minimising

longer if the house is extensive in scope. Construction cannot begin before

speculation. Most Non-Belonger licenses are approved, but it takes a bit of

the new owners have acquired the land, hence the overall time before buyer

paperwork and patience.

occupation of a home could be almost two years for Non-Belongers and 1 ½ for Belongers.

How many properties can I buy as an ‘off-islander?’ ‘Off-islanders’ are only allowed to own one property each. Transfer to direct

Finding a good reliable builder/architect that buyers have confidence in within a budget while providing

family members is easily facilitated with no stamp duty invoked. Undeveloped land must be built on within 3 years of purchase by ‘off

a quality product. It is suggested to buyers to get referrals and/or

islanders,’ again minimising speculation. The result is that Belongers own

testimonials for any builder/architect they are considering and might also want

about 70% of all land in the BVI (59 square miles) and there is much virgin

to get a quote from several builders for the build cost. Most realtors will be

and green space.

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Your Local BVI Real Estate Experts...

We are committed to finding your BVI home. Leave it in our capable hands.

Bonnie Dougall

buyers for a wide variety of homes and land here. However in late 2008, she decided to launch her own Real Estate Company.

Principal of Dougall Real Estate BVI bonnie@realestatebvi.net mobile: 284-541-3003

With her extensive knowledge of buying and selling in the BVI market, Bonnie enjoys the Real Estate business and loves to help clients find the home or land of their dreams either to rent or buy. For clients wishing to sell their Properties, with her experience in home renovation, Bonnie can give Owners a lot of input on how best to market and ‘stage‘ their home to achieve a faster sale for the most money.

Bonnie Dougall is the Principal of Dougall Real Estate BVI. Bonnie has been involved with Real Estate in both Canada and the BVI for over 34 years. Born in Alberta Canada, she attended the University of Alberta obtaining a BSc with Honors in Computing Science. However after meeting her husband Fred Warrilow, an experienced renovator, they began to invest in buying, renovating, renting and selling real estate in the Toronto area of Ontario Canada for over 15 years. Upon a sailing trip to the BVI in 1987, Bonnie & Fred bought their BVI tropical beach house and have been addicted to the BVI ever since.

Just as important, once a Sale or Rental has been negotiated, Bonnie focuses on following through the entire legal pathway to the end, helping clients understand and feel comfortable with process. “We look forward to getting to know you better and be of service. Give us a call”

In 2002, Bonnie & Fred moved permanently down to the BVI. She worked for various BVI Realty companies finding both renters and

Tingalayo -West End Mountain Top Home

Hawksnest-3 Acre Hideway Luck Hill, Tortola

Great Value Villa Long Bay Beach, West End, Tortola

Fabulous 6 Bedroom Upscale Villa

Very private 3 Bedroom home with Separate 1 Bedroom Guest House

Modern 3 Bedroom, 3 Bathroom home with pool, on large land lot 1.265 acres

Asking price US $3,200,000

Asking Price US $2,250,000

(284)495-3003 info@realestatebvi.net

Asking Price US $850,000

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aving extensively travelled the Caribbean, Africa, and

Taking advice from other homeowners, observing the mistakes made

Europe searching for a warm weather haven to spend

elsewhere, and viewing many properties on the island, the owners chose

the winters, the owners of Coral Hill House finally settled

Alan Smith of Smith Arneborg Ltd. to be their architect whose design style

on Tortola after receiving a glowing recommendation

was a close match to their own. Additionally, Larry Adams Construction was

from a friend.

selected to achieve the build quality they were seeking.

Despite the best efforts of the island’s realtors, no

The result of this collaboration is Coral Hill House, a three-bedroom, four

suitable properties were on the market at that time and a new build seemed

and a half-bathroom home, built in the traditional Caribbean style, with a

the obvious choice. When two adjacent lots became available along the

distinctly Colonial feel. Guided by the Chinese philosophy that you should

top ridge of Belmont Estate, they purchased the land without hesitation,

not look at your entire view at any one time, the owners decided not to build

combining the two lots into one outstanding piece of real estate.

on the top of the ridge, but slightly lower down instead to offer pocketed

Having just completed a construction project in Maine, the owners were

views of the stunning scenery.

well-experienced in the construction process. They set to work immediately

Few homes currently available for sale can boast such a spectacular setting

on procuring the best team of craftsmen in Tortola to realise their vision for

or thoughtful attention to detail. Great care and consideration are evident in

the property.

every aspect of the house, but privacy was the highest design priority.

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By angling the position of the home due north, Coral Hill House does not overlook the neighbouring properties and also avoids the brunt of the afternoon sun whilst still permitting plenty of light. Sunset views are guaranteed. Privacy was also the guiding force in the layout of the property. The spacious and airy master bedroom is a standalone building adjacent to the pool and is completely secluded from the two guest bedrooms on the opposite side of the property. With screened windows on three sides of the master bedroom, you can take advantage of the prevailing breezes and hear the lulling sound of the waves below. The guesthouse is its own gingerbread cottage with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a spacious porch along the full length of the building. An artist’s studio at the bottom of the driveway could easily be converted into a fourth bedroom. Underneath is an enclosed and secure garage. Even the driveway was carefully designed with a turning circle at the top and a bend halfway down, easily navigated in one turn. Due to this thoughtful layout, Coral Hill House would work well as a family home, or for a professional couple, and is ideally suited to vacation rentals. The fact that the owners did not rely on an outside project manager, but closely monitored the progress of the construction themselves, is evident in the high quality of the fixtures and finishing. Spending one week of every month in Tortola, the remaining time was

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spent in New York scouring antique shops for decorative pieces of Chinese

Quite simply, if you are looking to invest in property in the BVI to live year-

and Indian furniture, and sourcing the travertine tiles, unique lighting, and round or just for vacations, you will not find a more thoughtfully designed high-end bathroom fixtures. The covetable outdoor lanterns that illuminate and luxuriously finished home than Coral Hill House. the house at night were sourced from Lee’s Art Supply on New York’s 57th St. Bright Caribbean colours have been restricted to the vibrant local artwork

Coral Hill House

adorning the walls and the house itself has been decorated in a palette of calming and peaceful hues. Flexible functionality aptly describes living at Coral Hill House. The kitchen was custom-designed to allow two cooks to comfortably work without fighting over workspace. A Viking stove and Kitchen Aid refrigerator are no less than you would expect from the owners who love to cook. An intimate dinner for two or a cocktail party for 50, the living space lends itself to all possibilities. Every nook and seating area has been created to take advantage of the ocean views and trade winds. The cool and breezy courtyard surrounded by traditional Caribbean stonework that is punctuated with handpicked coral, is the ideal spot for a lazy breakfast. The main porch offers a shady spot on which to relax and dine at any time of day. The submerged ledge in the infinity-edged pool is the perfect place to enjoy a sunset cocktail whilst gazing over the white beaches of Jost van Dyke. Following the stone steps through the mature and immaculately landscaped gardens, leads to the lookout point and seating area where the views take in

Property ID: CS840 Beds: 3 plus studio Baths: 4.5 Approx. ft2: 3500 Lot: 1.576 Location: Tortola Location Type: Beachfront View: Dramatic and breath taking westerly and northerly views from St John to Jost Van Dyke. Fabulous Sunsets Water: Cistern

US $2,500,000 For more info contact: Chris Smith Phone: (284) 495 3000 Mobile: (284) 340 3000 chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com www.coldwellbankerbvi.com

270° of islands and ocean to the north, south, and west.

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Plant your roots

care given with the homeowners themselves, gaining

Taking time to cultivate your own private oasis is always a sound investment. Lush gardens full of texture and

full appreciation of what it takes to make a home

colour will transport you and all who enter your

exude charm.

home to a tranquil world where cares melt as

Recently, we were invited to share an afternoon

the flowers grow. The BVI is blessed with rich

walk through such a home—an intriguing

tropical vegetation, so choose plants and

property quaintly known as Pineapple Place.

trees that speak to you. Shade gardens

This private tour revealed refined details at

painted with orchids, or tropical fruit trees are

every turn, with eclectic and thoughtful décor enhanced with artefacts from lives well-lived. Our time in Pineapple

excellent ways to tempt the senses and keep you at ease throughout

Place inspired us to share a few of the visionary design ideas that have

the year.

charmed us over the years, and we hope they will inspire you too.

Tell tales of travel

Handcrafted havens

Tell your life story by peppering your home with artefacts collected from

Incorporating décor elements that are labours of love, crafted by hand to

travels afar. These conversation pieces will provide a glimpse into your

provide more than mere functionality always trumps the conventional and

past, and are the perfect way to fill your home with memories while

mass-produced. For select features, consider commissioning local artisans

inspiring you to make new ones. At Pineapple Place, we were regaled with

to craft authentic or one-of-a-kind pieces to incorporate into your design

adventurous tales from the near and far east as we discussed a beautiful

scheme. At Pineapple Place, hand-carved wooden doorways beckon your

sculpture that captivated our eye, passing through arched doorways into

attentive glance with their arresting detail as you pass from room to room.

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Set the tone Add appeal and accentuate your own unique style by incorporating a bit of colour into your home. Caribbean estates traditionally wear vibrant tropical hues to great effect, but even if you prefer natural tones, consider adding accents to enliven your space. Use the allure of the BVI as inspiration, and let your inner artistry take over. The guesthouse at Pineapple Place dons a lively coat of violet, as if freshly picked from its surrounding gardens.

Your own point of view Establishing your own personal relationship to nature’s best offerings is why owning property in the BVI is so alluring, and this is undoubtedly due to its world-class sweeping vistas. Giving attention to endless sapphire seas, and neighbourly nods from surrounding islands, make for an excellent way to while away the hours. Make the most of your view by planning your gardens and lounge areas, so they enhance your viewing experience. If possible, arrange multiple viewing angles so you and all your guests can relax, kick up your feet, and savour the splendour of island living.

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orth Sound is fast becoming renowned for the famous billionaires who are investing there as much as for its natural beauty and perfect sailing conditions. With such upscale developments, the real estate market has never been more buoyant. But much of North Sound’s appeal is owed largely to the wealth of local personalities, which has made it the place it is today. North Sound has a very special place in my heart because it was the starting point for my BVI adventure when I arrived here in 1992.

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My own history is inextricably linked with the progress of the real estate market and over the course of my career, I have sold some truly outstanding properties and met some remarkable people and lifelong friends. Let’s explore the stories of these people to tell the history of North Sound and how it has arrived at this point today. During the 19th Century, North Sound was described as the best harbour in the whole of the Virgin Islands but was overlooked by the British Government in favour of the flourishing port in St Thomas where the regular steam packet from Britain would visit. The harbour begins at Anguilla Point, is bordered to the south and east by the mainland of Virgin Gorda and by the islands of Little Saba (now known as Saba Rock), Prickly Pear and Moskito to the north. There is a channel through the reef called the King’s Channel deep enough to allow large vessels to pass without difficulty. This part of Virgin Gorda is not affected by the ground seas (large swells) during the winter tourist season like the southern end of Virgin Gorda, resulting in North Sound being ideal as an anchorage and for sailing all year round. The majority of the land in the North Sound was either Crown Land or owned by local families. According to former Premier of the BVI, Ralph

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Centre: Little Bay Right: In the front right to left - Ralph O’Neal, Peter Brill, and Myron Hokin

T. O’Neal, at that time the people of North Sound felt neglected by the government in Tortola even though, as shown in the first official census of the BVI in 1944, North Sound had close to a quarter of the total population of 4,500 people. In the 1950’s land in South Sound was sold by the Crown to local farmers to raise their cattle. Mr. O’Neal recalls helping to survey the land to ensure its correct distribution. Yet even as late as 1970, there was no electricity in North Sound and to reach Spanish Town, one had to navigate a rough trail on foot. Mr. O’Neal’s daughter and owner of the Fat Virgin Café at Biras Creek, Esther Wheatley, recalls her childhood jumping from rock to rock, up and down the hill on her daily walks to the beach in what she describes as very happy times. The advent of these two vital amenities in the early 1970s really heralded the beginning of North Sound’s gradual development. Mr. O’Neal had been the headmaster of what is now called the Robinson O’Neal Memorial Primary School. He was outspoken in his call for the careful and planned development of an area that he loved, born from a deep understanding of the people he lived and worked with. He recalls spending many weekends exploring and walking the land in the North Sound area. In a document written most likely around 1970 entitled The Development, Conservation and Preservation of the North Sound Harbour Area, Virgin Gorda,

Mr. O’Neal set out his vision for a planned development of the area and a clear call to action for the government to commission surveys and environmental impact studies of the area and formulate a comprehensive plan before permission for any further development be granted. He called for Prickly Pear and Necker Island to be declared National Parks to preserve the habitats of the abundant wildlife. Mr. O’Neal predicted that the North Sound would become “the Yachting Mecca of the Virgin Islands”. He was a true visionary and way ahead of the times. Even before the arrival of electricity, the first ‘outsiders’ had already bought land in North Sound, doing so because they loved Virgin Gorda; they loved the people and more importantly, they wanted to be a part of the local community. They got involved. They built properties sufficient for their needs to be able to enjoy the beauty of their surroundings and certainly not to detract from it. Mr. Stanley Washburn first sailed through the Virgin Islands in 1957 and fell in love with North Sound. He purchased the lease from the Crown for a plot of land at Anguilla Point at the entrance to the harbour and built on the land between 1959-60. His contractor? Ralph O’Neal’s brother Waldo and Cecil Rhymer. The house was simple in design, well- suited to the environment and has changed very little since then. John George was employed to care for the property and his son, Elmo, continues to do so even to this day. Mr. Washburn decided that www.bvipropertyyacht.com

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a dock could be perceived as an invitation to visit; so invited guests had to wade ashore. Consequently, the marine life off the Anguilla Point beach is untouched and simply stunning. Anguilla Point remains in the Washburn family and continues to be passed down through the generations in accordance with Mr. Washburn’s wishes to keep the property as a memorial of simpler times in the BVI. The current family caretaker is Tyler Leinbach who first visited Anguilla Point for his sixth birthday in 1967. Says Tyler: “Bitter End was there in much smaller form and was still owned by Basil Symonette, Bert Kilbride owned Moskito Island [which had been sold in 1888 to John Richard Vanterpool for £5. Bert bought it in 1964 for $85,000 and built Drake’s Anchorage], Biras was under construction, Leverick was not in existence, and the only boat to pass through the Anguilla Point/ Moskito cut was the Chocolate Queen which ferried folks back and forth daily to work from Gun Creek to Tortola.” The North Sound may have moved on since then, but Anguilla Point remains unchanged. The plaque at the entrance to the property sums up the Washburn Family ethos. Eustatia Island (and Little Saba - thrown in the deal as it was thought to be too small to develop) was leased to Mr. Alan Hickok. According to his son, Elihu, Cecil Rhymer had until that time been raising goats on Eustatia. He was approached by Mr. O’Neal, a close family friend, and asked if he would approve of the island being leased to someone who could develop it. Mr. Rhymer was happy with the arrangement so long as it was for the benefit of the North Sound community. At the other end of the Sound, land at Little Bay (close to what is now the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda) was leased by the Crown to one of the first chef’s at Little Dix Bay. He didn’t develop it and the lease was subsequently purchased by a Puerto Rican family headed by Jose Beauchamp and his son, who built two modest homes to accommodate their family, enabling them to spend quality time in the place they loved. Similarly at Blunder Bay, a parcel of approx. 4.5 acres was leased to Mr. Robert Eastham and 22 acres were of freehold land were sold to a group at Mooney Bay.

An American, Leon Stackler bought 36 acres of freehold land at Leverick Bay. Unlike Anguilla Point and Blunder Bay which were owned by the Crown, Leverick Bay and Mooney Bay had been privately and locally owned. The East End area of Virgin Gorda, now referred to as Oil Nut Bay, was owned by Ralph O’Neal’s grandfather for many years before selling the 300 acres to Dr Eric O’Neal of St Thomas on the condition that he maintain the payment of taxes and never let the land lapse back to the Crown. The land remained in the O’Neal Family until recently and is now being developed by Victor International, a development we will discuss in a later article. North Sound was changing and ready to be discovered by the next generation of homebuyers. In the next edition’s article, we will explore the development of the Bitter End Yacht Club, Biras Creek Resort, and the next few decades of North Sound history through the stories of these early buyers. For more info contact: Chris Smith Phone: (284) 495 3000 Mobile: (284) 340 3000 chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com www.coldwellbankerbvi.com

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month is Captain Owen Johnson and First Mate/ Chef Brianna Theriault with their Gunboat 6203 Zenyatta. Zenyatta is a famous American champion thoroughbred racehorse whose nickname is ‘The Queen.’ The vessel is seen as ‘The Queen of Racing,’ hence the inspiration and adoption of the name. With the Gunboat ethos in mind of high-performance catamaran sailing combined with extravagant amenities, the common phrase often pegged for vehicles—‘built for speed and comfort’—is aptly suited to this vessel. Manufactured in 2003 by yacht builder Jaz Marine Pty Ltd in South Africa and naval architect Morrelli & Melvin, the boat has reached a top speed of 28.8 knots and accommodates six guests and two crew members to their desired destinations. In each room, air conditioning, reading lights, fans, and suave-looking fully equipped rest rooms comprise the sleeping areas. The Master cabin has an office/lounge area and a flat screen TV, and the port hull has a separate walk-in shower, granting a feeling of spacious luxury.

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Making certain to facilitate the high performance that the yacht advertises with North 3Di sails, retractable rudders and daggerboards for cruising areas requiring a shallow draft, and a 14’ carbon fibre pure inflatable dinghy with 60hp Yamaha outboard engines, Zenyatta is a smooth cruising experience. A 100” projector screen that turns the aft cockpit into home theatre and two flat screen TVs connected to a hard drive containing 2,000 movies and TV shows, oblige guests who may wish to indulge their less-active senses; however, for those visitors who seek to explore what a tropical climate offers, watersports’ instruments—SUP boards, inflatable kayaks, wakeboards, and kite boarding gear—are offered. With the yacht achieving its share of travelling throughout the Caribbean, East Coast US, and the Mediterranean, when not sailing, Zenyatta can be found nestled in the ‘yachting village’ of Nanny Cay harbour. In an era when the cruising catamaran is a strong preference to the traditional monohull, the more variety offered in the BVI, the happier guests will be and Zenyatta more than exceeds the wishes of its visitors.

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Words and photography by Megan Schlobohm, Chef – SV Lolalita

The food of a vacation is becoming the centre of attention, and as a chef, I love this shift. Every new charter week onboard Lolalita comes with the opportunity to stretch my creativity muscles and invent exciting, surprising new combinations. Reading guests’ preference sheets to prepare for their time onboard, I get excited to see ‘adventurous’ and ‘gourmand’ written in the cuisine sections. To make guests’ acquaintance through their preference sheet is a skill that all charter yacht crew learn over time; through reading about guests beforehand, and then experiencing their personalities in actuality when their time onboard comes to fruition. But the real art is reading between the lines; knowing where you can be ‘creative’ and where to be more ‘safe.’ A favourite group of people that I thoroughly enjoy cooking for is none other than the young generation. I love building kids’ menus, mainly because I love the wonder and awe that they express when beautiful culinary creations are placed before them for their dining pleasure, and even moreso their surprise when it tastes good. The world is a magical place to kids and their energy fuels my imagination, but they can also be very tricky customers. Their developing palates tend to require the ‘safe’ side of menu design. It’s simultaneously a big responsibility and great fun.   One guest – a mother – learned of my adoration for fresh, wholesome foods and begged me to help her kids learn to enjoy eating healthier throughout the week. I gladly accepted the challenge, loving the idea of opening her kids’ eyes to the big, delicious world of healthy dining.

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And so came the inspiration for this splendid salad that I serve every week on Lolalita, to people of all ages, all palates, and all desires – I’ve yet to receive anything but a plate practically licked clean. Nutritious kale? Delicious flavours? It’s a ‘win-win’ in my recipe book. And, yes, the kids loved it.

balsamic vinegar, agave nectar, Dijon mustard, and salt and pepper. In a large bowl, toss together the chopped kale, shredded carrots, and red onion, and mix dressing in evenly. Serve even portions on your frozen plates and garnish with oranges, pine nuts, and red pepper flakes. Kale is hearty, so leftovers store very well.

Citrus Kale Salad

2 bundles of kale (about 8-10 stalks total), chopped chiffonade style, very small 1 cup shredded carrots 1 small red onion, cut into thin half-moon pieces Zest of one orange ½ oz. fresh orange juice ½ oz. fresh lemon juice ½ cup olive oil ¼ cup balsamic vinegar 1 oz. dark agave nectar 1 heaping tsp Dijon mustard Salt and pepper to taste 3 oranges, peeled and cut into sections 1 cup pine nuts, toasted 1 tsp red pepper flakes (if you like spice!)  Place salad plates in freezer 30 minutes before serving. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together orange zest, orange juice, lemon juice, olive oil,

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SEA Words by Kelly Bos Photography by Crimson Photography

Every year,

exciting escapes are planned and realised in the beautiful British Virgin Islands. The high seas and the islands play host to many happy wanderers, including families looking for an adventure—a family sailing trip delivers. What you pack can make all the difference. If this is your first trip with your family on the open water, you might be wondering what to bring and what to see; here are some tips to accomplish the best in both brackets.

Babies and Toddlers: Your floating accommodation will likely be an upgrade in views and mobility, but smaller in space. Since quarters are efficient but close, consider the sleeping arrangements. Fold down travel cots work brilliantly in the cabins, especially the lightweight ones that are long and narrow. A travel cot also provides a break from worrying about your toddler’s location and can serve as a handy barrier to areas you want blocked off. Typical charter boats do not have netting at the life lines to contain little ones, so lifejackets are important and should be warn at all times; a good rule for older children too. It becomes the uniform of the boat with no arguments about putting it on each time. Easily packed down baby inflatable floating devices with canopy’s make it possible for little ones to join in the water fun, adding to the family experience.

For families with wee ones: the perfect pairing? Cooper or Peter Island’s quiet beaches, boardwalks, and paths for the stroller, provides plenty of shade, great restaurants, and a lovely cafe at Cooper for caffeine ingestion for sleep deprived parents.

The pre-schoolers and school-aged children: The BVI usually has incredible weather but there are no guarantees. To stave off rainy day blues with small children, set up a colouring/entertainment area for poor weather, quiet time while parents finish their coffee, or even a break from the noon day sun with crayons, markers, books and games in the galley. Beware of the trampoline – it is not for jumping on despite its unfortunate name. Encourage star gazing from it – sailing is also a great time to learn about the ocean, winds, and the vessel so create opportunities for your school-aged child to pick up some sailing tips and how to read a chart. Many captains will be happy to teach and offer an incredible experience. Pick up a sea guide for the underwater life; many children and adults alike find it very interesting to learn names of snorkel and dive sightings.

Parents and the middle ages: the perfect pairing? Norman Island or Leverick Bay for pirate lore and pirate performances, fun restaurants, and great beaches. Also check out The Indians and The Caves for exciting snorkelling adventures.

The teens: Space is limited so pack light. Assure your teen—prone to over packing—that sixteen outfits won’t be necessary even for the most fashion conscious. For the majority of the trip, one usually wears a bathing suit, t-shirt, or cover up for the boat or island hopping,

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As for gear, most charter boats are kitted out with stand up paddle boards, snorkel sets, kayaks and the like for anchoring and beach fun, so you won’t need to pack much entertainment. If bringing technology, remember to use wet bags and Ziploc bags for careful transfers from boat to shore. And speaking of technology, here is a tip I learned from Tim Schaaf of Jet Stream that works well for the selfie-taker who isn’t so keen on having constant sea salty hair – put conditioner in your hair and then rinse with fresh water prior to taking the plunge; it helps facilitate a comb getting through your hair after snorkelling expeditions. Of course, one has to capture the beauty of our islands with the camera, but remember, the best way to experience the BVI is hands free.

Families with Teen Spirit: the perfect pairing? The Baths and Jost Van Dyke for cool climbs, bubbly pool, funky shops, beach games, and excellent restaurants.

The rest of the packing list:

A duffel or wet bag packs down well 3 swimsuits 1-2 rash-guards 1-2 coverups Toiletries Beach towels are likely provided by the boat. If not provided bring lightweight and quick dry micro-fibre towels Sunscreen, some boats have preferences both for sea life and for the boat A few outfits/shoes for restaurants/ hikes/ sightseeing Flip-flops/sandals Pj’s, it can get cool at night! Raincoat Sunglasses Cash Camera Small bag to carry small necessities to shore Kid/baby friendly food if shopping for yourself and if having the boat provide let them know of any dietary sensitivities or restrictions for any of the passengers Beach toys

Take these tips and have a wonderful sail. With the stunning beauty and incredible experience, it will be a trip like no other, remembered through the years.

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

It was a hazy warm morning on Monday September 9, 1932. Five sloops laden with cargo and passengers had cleared customs out of West End to make their journey to St. Thomas. The boats consisted of the Wonder Why J.E.W. Georges boat from Road Town, the Daisy which belonged to the Martins of Soldier Hill, and the Consolation, Sonny Henley’s sloop from Cane Garden Bay. Ten minutes behind were the Perseverance—Reginald Tomar’s boat from East End—and the Guyana belonging to Capt. Rudolphus Hodge of Cane Garden Bay. There was nothing unusual to mark the day; there was very light wind and about halfway down the Ghut (the area between Johnson’s Reef and Red Hook), the wind died altogether. The boats were forced to take to the oars and row to make headway.

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It wasn’t long before a breeze returned and they thankfully shipped their oars and resumed sailing. The wind steadily increased as they reached the end of the Ghut and made their tack to the west to head for Charlotte Amalie. The sloops struggled to maintain their sails with the wind growing stronger and stronger and they were soon racing into the teeth of a gale. In the 1930’s, the word ‘hurricane’ was not in use. These powerful storms were called gales and were referred to by dates instead of being named. The weather worsened and as the sloops got closer to the harbour’s entrance, they could see the gale warning flag flying on Signal Hill. The Wonder Why and Daisy were first to make it in. The wind entering the harbour was blowing from different directions and it took expert tacking and boat handling to make it to the dock. I have raced in many St. Thomas Regatta’s and can confirm that the wind is very tricky, often changing in an instant while entering Charlotte Amalie. Races have been won and lost at the last moment due to this phenomenon.


The next boat to reach was the Consolation, having a terrible time negotiating the entrance. The crew struggled as the ‘Consey’ (as she was nicknamed) was knocked one way and the then the next. Finally between the skill of the captain and crew, and the prayers and coaching of the ones who had already made the dock, she too found safety. Now it was the turn of the last two sloops to attempt to pass the gauntlet. They had left minutes behind the others and were now facing the worst of the storm. The Perseverance went in and met a solid wall of wind and water. No one is really sure what happened next or what they saw; it may have been a water spout or a tornado spawned by the storm. The maximum winds that day were estimated at 90 mph with the likely hood of stronger gusts. Given the unstable nature of normal conditions in the entrance, this was a recipe for disaster. What people on shore and in the sloop behind did see was described as a white smoke like foam or mist and it was into this mist that the Perseverance vanished. When it cleared, the boat was gone – there was nothing to be seen of her. She had 13 people on board, 12 men and One woman. This left one sloop, attempting to make it to safety: the Guyana. After seeing the Perseverance disappear and being driven by the teeth of

the storm to the south away from the harbour’s entrance, Capt. Rudolphus Hodge or Dulphie as he was known, made a heroic decision. Rather than risk the life of his crew and passengers, he chose to sacrifice his boat. With the relentless wind driving him South and struggling with all his might to control the tiller, he drove the Guyana straight onto Buck Island at full speed destroying his sloop, but saving all on board. His courage saved the lives of seven people, including his own. The next morning after the storm had passed and the weather cleared, they were picked up and brought safely to shore. It is sad to say that those on board the Perseverance were not so fortunate. There was never a trace of them or their sloop ever seen again – not even a piece of wood or other debris washed up in the harbour. She vanished without a trace and stands today along with the Fancy Me as one of the Virgin Islands’ worst tragedies. As the anguish and sadness overwhelmed the community of East End, the usual melee of a curse or unlucky number 13, or every kind of obeah made its rounds to try and give a reason to such a sudden and unexplainable loss of life. In the end, it can only be attributed to the mysteries and powers of the sea and the universe to take us at will.

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Frenchmans is a small resort located on the eastern tip of Frenchman’s Cay just off Tortola. With just nine cottages set over twelve acres, Frenchmans is its own spacious paradise. We offer a small beach with luxurious cabanas, a regulation tennis court, lush gardens, ocean side pool, excellent snorkelling, kayaking, and the Clubhouse Restaurant. Our cottages are appointed with full kitchens, ample living rooms and large balconies to take in the ocean breeze and spectacular views. Renowned for our attention to great service, Frenchmans is the perfect escape.

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LIFE Words by Stephen L France Photography by Lucy Blackmore, AVEDA Berlin

Two complementing components construct today’s successful artist – ‘passion,’ and ‘drive’ to transport those cherished ideas to life. Jasmin Elizabeth Powell exemplifies this concept and like the rare few individuals who have catapulted into the public domain with a vocation in creativity, she has found a career in trendy clothing design for children. Uniting her experience in the European fashion industry, styling for Red or Dead founder Wayne Hemingway, creating Avant Garde hair sculptures for AVEDA Berlin runway shows, handcrafting luxury couture handbags for Rui Duarte, and as art coordinator at The Be Smart Academy in Berlin, Jasmin found her calling. Ironically however, while attempting to inspire children via art at the academy, she found the reverse effect and was herself stimulated by them. “It was at this stage that I naturally combined my two passions—designing, and working with children; it was here ‘mimiyuyuberlin’ was born,” said Jasmin in reference to the birth of her children’s-wear brand; the title was formed from the nickname of her beloved niece Amelia ‘Mimi’ Powell. Sporting a playful, modern theme for the young adventurer, Jasmin sees her clothing line as representative of a transition from city to beach, utilising chic, simple silhouettes that focus on the print. In fuelling her inspiration, Jasmin unveiled her clothing design ideas to her pupils at the academy and was rewarded with insightful feedback. “I would show them my designs and listen intently to their input,” said the designer. “Their intelligence, thirst for knowledge, and sense of adventure have really affected my outlook on life and continue to do so to this day.” Growing up, Jasmin spent a lot of time in Africa where her father was born, and senses her allure to bright colours originated from the vivacious scenery of the continent. Also encouraged by the scene of the south coast of England where she was born, the traditional appearance of her school uniform attracted her to classic styles in clothing design as well – a stark contrast to her adoration of the vibrant.

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“I spent my early years travelling over Europe every summer which inspired me to move to Berlin when I was just 21 years old,” continued Jasmin in recollecting the origins of her career and her favourability toward European fashion. “The diversity, deep history, and people I met sparked inspiration in me. I worked for several different fashion houses – Scandinavian, Italian and of course German.” In March 2014, Jasmin emigrated to discover the delights of the BVI and more specifically, Cooper Island. “Working and living at Cooper has inspired me more than I ever could have imagined, the ocean in particular,” said the enthusiastic designer. “I have never visited a country that has such an array of incredible animals and sea life...I try to see things as children do in order to design. I became so fascinated with the abundance of hermit crabs we have on island. The crabs remind me of alien-like creatures hence, ‘Diving into Space’ being the title of my first clothing collection.” With her first T-Shirt range seeing Berlin based artist Niels De Jong creating an array of sea creature illustrations in his renowned abstract style, Jasmin felt this was the most innovative method of bestowing uniqueness in her clothing. “I knew I had to have Niels on board…his illustrations are popping up all over Europe, in furniture design and print,” Jasmin explained. “His fun yet complex designs play with shape, colour and texture, which completely embody what ‘mimiyuyuberlin’ stands for in children’s clothing.” With the launch of her website mimiyuyuberlin.com and the first collection ‘Diving into Space’ this spring— exclusively to the Seagrape Boutique at Cooper Island and Nantucket USA—Jasmin seeks further exposure in California this summer to meet with various boutiques. Her optimism lies in continuing to design modern, future-thinking children’s wear: “I want to push myself further with each new collection whilst continuing to stay true to my aesthetic.”

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Q & A with Nancy Woodfield Pascoe Interview by Stephen L France Photography by Shannon Gore and draft architectural design by Thor Downing, Roger Downing & Partner Co. Ltd.

The Humane Society of the BVI was established in 1975 to promote animal welfare and preservation of wildlife in the Territory. In a recent interview with Nancy Pascoe—a member of the Humane Society’s Board of Directors—she talked to VIPY about the news and progress of the new animal shelter with the phenomenal efforts of the BVI community. The Animal Shelter as it is more commonly known was originally supported by non-profit membership of individuals and corporate members, whose annual membership fees provided financial assistance to daily operations. Ms. Tessa Gunter took on the role as the first Humane Society manager; a position which she held until she passed away in April 2013. Since 1997, the assistant manager of the Animal Shelter has been Vijay Bissoodutt who then became the manager in 2013.

What is the BVI Humane Society and when was it founded? In December 2013, the Humane Society of the BVI was legally registered as a Non-Profit Organisation (NPO) under the Virgin Islands Non-Profit Organisations Act, 2012. It is governed by a board consisting of Nancy Pascoe, Colin Riegels, and Nigel McPhail. The society is no longer a membership based organisation, but donations are received as a result of animals adopted, fundraising activities, grants, and bequeaths. Additionally, the Humane Society provides revenue generating services such as boarding pets, grooming, and sale of pet supplies. This income allows the recurrent expenses for the Animal Shelter to be provided for, with any additional being saved in the new Animal Shelter development fund. Annual fundraising events include Gaming Night, the Dog Show, and an auction entitled Paws for a Cause.

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What is the intended purpose of the new shelter? Where will it be located? And when will it be finished? The Animal Shelter is currently located at Johnson’s Ghut. At this location, the Humane Society was able to construct a facility with larger boarding kennels, a veterinary clinic, multiple yards for dogs, and the ability to care for animals other than cats and dogs. In 2013, we purchased one acre of land at Josiah’s Bay, Tortola for $150,000, using funds saved over the past 10 - 15 years for the construction of this new facility. As the land is located close to a salt pond, we are very aware of the environmental sensitivity of the area. As I work for the National Parks Trust, I want to ensure we build a sustainable facility and have therefore invited Dr Shannon Gore, former Marine Biologist at the Conservation and Fisheries Dept. to be our advisor for the project as she literally wrote the book, Best Management Practices: A Guide to Reducing Erosion in the British Virgin Islands.

Please tell me more about donations of money and building materials for the cause Detailed construction costs will be generated from the architectural drawings. Construction will take place in phases and it is hoped that once planning permission is acquired early this year, phase one can begin. The Humane Society has approximately $200,000 available at present that will be used to begin phase one. Fundraising events will be set up to encourage people to donate towards the cost of a kennel, or square footage. All donors will be acknowledged on artistically designed plaques at the new facility. We are also writing grant applications to charity foundations and have been successful in acquiring $25,000 from the Martha Morse Foundation in the USA.


21'-1/4"

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The Tortola Humane Society - Draft Future Premises

Open Shelter for Horses 442 sq ft

21'-1/4"

Remainder of area for Horse Grazing

Buildinjg Setback

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Satellite Television

Vehicle Access to Horse Grazing area

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Boarding Dogs 6

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Canine Isolation

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Food Prep

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Grooming Supply - Laundry Room

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Additionally, the Paypal facility on the Humane Society website will be activated to allow online donations - bvihumanesociety.org

scan here How will the Humane Society progress in the future? We are developing an awareness campaign for spaying and neutering pets in order to create a future community that has less stray animals. We will be identifying members of the community from all cultural backgrounds to pose with their pets that have been spayed and neutered with messages about the health benefits and responsibilities that pet ownership brings. We would like to encourage members of the community to volunteer at the Animal Shelter. We have two full time and one part time member of staff, but the Shelter is open 365 days of the year and the animals must be cared for by compassionate people. With lots of cats, kittens, dogs, and puppies available for adoption, the diligent work of the Humane Society is never done. It is with further assistance from the community that the organisation will make those huge strides to accomplish their goals as a BVI animal haven.

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