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BARAKA POINT

A serene, environmentally-friendly beach retreat

LAVISH, EXTRAVAGANT, LUXURIOUS

VIPY REVEALS THE 2016 WINNERS OF STYLISH SPACES OF THE YEAR.

The 2016 Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous

The judges have decided! Enjoy our 16-page special winners’ feature

LE BOUTIQUE

European-style shopping paradise for visitors and residents alike!


KOKOMO Great Camanoe US$1,500,000

WATER’S EDGE Virgin Gorda, US$3,900,000

A DREAM COME TRUE Virgin Gorda, US$2,900,000

SHANNON MANOR Tortola, US$2,500,000

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 Stunning photography. We’ve said it before and we gladly say it again – we love good quality photos and we know you do too. Sometimes images can have more impact than words, and although we relish epic, poetic, fluid prose, that raise a property to life or add a glow to a beautiful yacht, May’s issue exhibits even more fantastic photography than usual to parade the articles we have in store. After four years, Baraka Point Estate—presented by Coldwell Banker BVI—returns to VIPY as our cover feature; it looked great in 2012 and is even better than ever before. Currently for sale, the retreat has been the recipient of praise from multiple travel publications and is a property investment that provides endless revenue. Our VIPY Stylish Spaces of the Year segment has concluded with the aesthetically pleasing results Sign up to our monthly e-newsletter at bvipropertyyacht.com

that the competition sought. Enjoy the 16-page spread of the Virgin Islands’ finest quarters in idyllic properties across the Territory and feel inspired.

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Our Yacht Spotlight takes a peculiar turn in examining a racing yacht as opposed to our customary

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luxury charter yachts; Wild Horses is a suitable name for the speed she can demonstrate on the water.

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BVI Maritime History Tales moves to Part Two of its story, following April’s issue in memory of two BVI vessels – this time focusing on Isabel and the fond memories our marine historian recalls. The renowned Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous this year was as prestigious as always, boasting fantastic racing, and luxurious after party frivolity. Enjoy our review of the event and if you visited, relish reminiscing in anticipation of next year. Things We Love adds its smooth touch to outdoor home design accessories with Kate and Fran of House and finally, Le Boutique introduces herself to VIPY – this trendy, contemporary store embodies a cool European edge that seems outer-worldly to traditional Caribbean culture, yet caters fashion necessities and luxuries perfectly to visitors and residents alike.

Wishing you enjoyment of the LAND, SEA, and LIFE in the Virgin Islands

Stephen L France

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PS – VIPY Readers’ Choice Awards in association with Veuve Clicquot - coming SOON!

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Rare Waterfront Property in Nanny Cay Marina with Buildings, Mooring Balls & Commercial Dock

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Contributors 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

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

Julian Putley

Sara Sherman

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

Sara Sherman is a freelance writer, yogi and accidental island girl living in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Learn more via her website at SaraMSherman.com and read about her island adventures at: IslandersFromIowa.com

aLookingGlass Team Erin Paviour-Smith – Project Manager

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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Baraka Point Estate - the idyllic retreat on the beach - photo by Rainbow Visions BVI


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Baraka Point Estate—now for sale—is the esteemed beach retreat that travel publications keep talking about – find out why

Loro Piana Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous – what an amazing event!

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49 Things We Love

Our most prestigious property competition closes and we are pleased to flaunt a 16-page spread of the winning dream rooms within exquisite hideaways across the VI

Outdoor accessories for your home to lap up the summer with our resident experts House

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50 Fashion Distinction

Our usual luxury charter yacht steps aside this month for Wild Horses, exhibiting its racing prowess

Le Boutique delivers a breeze of European flair in their elegant fashion store. Take a look!

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54 Property Listings

Part Two of our eulogy for the passing of two famous BVI vessels – farewell Isabel

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Presented by Coldwell Banker BVI

a luxurious, environmentally friendly retreat on the beach Words by Chris Smith, Managing Broker – Coldwell Banker BVI Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI

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Coldwell Banker BVI is delighted to offer this entirely unique estate for sale. Named after a Swahili expression which translates as ‘Hurry, hurry is no blessing,’ Baraka Point is situated at Nail Bay on the west coast of Virgin Gorda. Baraka Point sits atop a rocky promontory between the postcard perfect beaches of Mountain Trunk and Nail Bay. The property has been successfully operating as an exclusive private retreat since its completion in the early 2000s with consistent rental revenue, and has built up an international reputation that has been well documented in the world’s most prestigious travel sections and publications. Designed with the most discerning of travellers in mind, Baraka Point captures the colours of the Caribbean and sets them against hard woods, sumptuous handmade silks, and ethnic furnishings from Indonesia, India, and China. Winding pathways of local stonework lead through two acres of tropical gardens out of which rise the 12,000 square foot villa’s distinctive copper-peaked pavilions with five king-size ocean view suites, and an additional four small children’s bedrooms. A fourth, larger pavilion

An infinity-edge pool of which dreams are made leads to the Seaside Deck: a wooden veranda built among the boulders on the edge of the ocean. It is the perfect spot to end the day with a tropical cocktail and a Virgin Gorda sunset view. Overlooking the ocean, the Games Room has a full-size pool table, home theatre room, and wet bar. A roof terrace overlooks the beach, providing functional and versatile space for events and entertaining. This pavilion also has air-conditioned conference facilities and can be used for corporate retreats. Baraka Point has three 900 square foot master suites, each with a private entrance, air-conditioned sleeping area, sitting and dressing areas, and ocean views. The Kerala Master Suite is a heavenly space featuring rich colours and a giant hand-crafted teak four poster bed with ocean views. The Kerala Suite also has its own plunge pool with a private sun terrace. Two 700 square foot family suites—Madura and Rajastha—each have a king-bedded central sleeping area with two adjoining twin bedrooms so parents can maintain their privacy, but feel at ease in the knowledge that their children are close by. An additional en suite bathroom and sleeping accommodation are

incorporates the spacious living, dining, and entertainment areas of the

available in the Games Pavilion, ideal for teens wanting their own space. The

villa and two additional pavilions house the spa and waterfront Games

outdoor covered deck area makes a model setting for meditation or yoga

Room respectively.

practice to the sound of birdsong.

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The kitchen at Baraka Point is currently used by the permanent chef on staff to create world-class cuisine for groups of up to 14 people, so you can be assured that it is fully equipped to the highest standards including: stainless steel appliances, wine cellar, wood-burning Italian pizza oven, and an Italian gelato machine to mention a few with the addition of a built-in outdoor stainless steel barbecue for alfresco cooking. Environmental sustainability is central to the operating philosophy of Baraka Point and sets the property apart from other estates on the island. The tortoise enclosure is home to nine tortoises, which consume all the fruit and vegetable leftovers from the kitchen and form a valuable part of the estate’s recycling plan. Only natural fertilisers are used throughout the two acres of tropical gardens preventing chemicals leaching into the soil and running off into the ocean causing damage to the abundant coral and marine life. Likewise, environmentally friendly cleaning products and insect-repelling sprays are used inside the house. Rainwater is collected in a 70,000-gallon cistern and all wastewater is recycled, UV filtered to ensure its purity, and re-used in the irrigation system for the gardens. Baraka Point branded still and sparkling water is bottled on-site using cutting edge technology and re-fillable, sanitised glass bottles from Vivreau, Canada. The air-conditioning units in each bedroom have Mitsubishi technology which use 30% less electricity than the average unit. Privacy and tranquillity at Baraka Point Estate are assured – the additional amenities of the Nail Bay Resort can be reached within a short walk. bvipropertyyacht.com

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Baraka Point Estate

Property ID: CS923 Beds: 9 Lot: 2 acres Location: Virgin Gorda Location Type: Beachfront Water: Cistern & Desal

US $16,500,000 For more info contact: Chris Smith Phone: (284) 495 3000 Mobile: (284) 340 3000 chris@coldwellbankerbvi.com www.coldwellbankerbvi.com

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Here are the Winners! The results are in! Here’s our 2016 VIPY Stylish Spaces of the Year!

Background In December 2015, entries under six categories were thrown open to home owners, business owners, interior designers, and architects to find the most stylish residential and commercial spaces. The judging panel made up of industry experts were looking for entire rooms or spaces where the interior/exterior dĂŠcor and design complemented one another and delivered a cohesive creative statement. Thanks to all of our 2016 entrants. Look out for the next competition launching in December of this year!

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Best Indoor/Outdoor Flow

WINNER Villa Lune, Tortola Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI

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“Villa Lune is the perfect composition of indoor/outdoor living. The open flow allows for a seamless transition from kitchen to dining to outdoor living spaces and bedrooms. The water feature that flows from the rear courtyard down through the dining table is a subtle way to enhance the flow of indoor/outdoor space. Villa Lune was designed to make the most of its setting and is an outstanding example of indoor/outdoor living.� - Ben Butler, BCQS International

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Most Stylish Kitchen

WINNER Ida Crest Villa,

Simone Aida Baur Global Inspirations Design Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI

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“This beautiful kitchen has an elegant and sophisticated European style. The owner wanted a modern look and this was achieved with clean minimalist lines ensuring that the space encapsulated the beauty of Tortola’s beaches through understated sand coloured cabinet doors and the off-white quartz countertop which worked beautifully in this large, light filled space.” - Charlotte Bailey, Elian

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Most Creative Space

WINNER Gull Reef,

Lagnappe Custom Interiors Photography by Don Hebert

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“We were asked to review the entries for most creative use of space and for best expression of creativity. All entries were excellent but we were bowled over by the stark expression of creativity in the winning entrants use of colour. The artwork seamlessly incorporated the existing architectural features of the space, framing the kitchen window elevating this entry head and shoulders above the others.� - Johann Henry and Tatenda Gotosa, Harneys

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Most Stylish Living Room

WINNER Aquamare, Virgin Gorda Photography courtesy of Aquamare

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“The elegant calm colours in this living room allow the spectacular view to take centre stage. Neutrals are interesting when different textures and finishes harmonise together i.e. the jute rug, terra-cotta floor vases, and linen upholstery balance the dark wood finishes. Soft lighting from different directions and sources both inside and outside complement the scheme with -

both function and mood.� - Kate Henderson and Fran Morrell, House BVI

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Best Use of Colour

WINNER Urban V.I. Tortola Pier Park Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI

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“In selecting the winner for Best Use of Colour from the top three vote getters, we looked for a space where the use of colour was simple but one which had a profound effect. The winning space, Urban VI, reflects a sense of cohesiveness with their colour palette of red and olive green on the walls coupled together with black and the natural tones of wood and concrete used for flooring and display shelving. The space is functional and the colours brings about a sense of harmony and a level of design maturity.� - Shalina Pickering, Paint Factory

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Best Use of Small Space

WINNER Marco’s Men’s Clothier Tortola Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI

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“Pearlette and Marco’s vision was to turn a small apartment into a stylish, and upscale men’s clothier, a bachelor pad where men would feel comfortable shopping. What struck the judges most was the creative way that this apartment was used for the purpose, veering away from the standard retail store space, creating an entire scene where a stylish way of life is brought to fruition, encapsulating total style - which is everything that Marco’s stands for.” - Erin Paviour-Smith, Virgin Islands Property & Yacht

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Supreme Award

WINNER Aquamare, Virgin Gorda Photography courtesy of Aquamare

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“We believe that the Aquamare villa in Virgin Gorda deserves the VP Bank Supreme Winner award as it represents the true spirit of the British Virgin Islands. A very well designed ocean front home, exquisitely decorated with its layout appealing to every sense. A luxury Caribbean villa, modern in comfort and amenities.� - Sjoerd Koster, VP Bank

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Yacht Spotlight:

Words by Julian Putley. Photography by YCCS/BIM/Borlenghi

there may not be a yacht in the world

Wild Horses was built in Maine in 1998 at the Brooklin Boat Yard. She was designed by Joel White in what has become known as ‘The Spirit of Tradition’ class – a fleet of beautiful yachts. The yacht continually competes in regattas and classic shows like the St Barths Bucket and the

that is better described by the word elegance than Wild Horses: she is

Antigua Classics; Donald is not afraid to admit that she has won more

the epitome of grace and beauty. At the recent 2016 Loro Piana super

than her fair share of events.

yacht regatta based at Virgin Gorda’s Yacht Club Costa Esmeralda (YCCS),

Soon after her completion, she spent several months at the Bitter

I had a chance to chat with owner Donald Tofias. His love of beautiful

End Yacht Club offering enthusiasts and visitors sailing excursions with

yachts combined with what makes a fine yacht really work is palpable.

a surprising turn of speed in the spirit of tradition. Wild Horses was

From the waterline up she has classic lines with a graceful sheer, spoon bow, long overhanging stern with a gentle wine glass transom – in fact what might be called a champagne saucer transom. Under the water is a different matter; she has a deep draft fin with bulb and a spade rudder; in other words, a classic yacht with a fast underbody.

joined by sister-ship White Wings, launched just three months after her famous progenitor. The Bitter End’s renowned water front had never had a more stylish pair of ladies showing off their pretty transoms. It would be remiss of me not to mention that the love of traditional

The 76-ft yacht is built to a light displacement by cold moulded

boats came to Tofias with his friendship of the White family and their

construction and the fractional rig is modern too with carbon fibre

connection to classic yachts and boats. Donald calls himself a yacht

spars and sails of light weight Aramid fibre.

developer and together they build and promote boats in a unique class,

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the W-Class. There are vessels from the tiny peapod row boat to the 136-ft

The first day of racing started in boisterous conditions with 20 to 25-

classic yacht. Sometimes there are different builders and designers but the

kt winds and 6 to 8 ft seas. Organisers set the course for day one to sail

common thread is that they are all classics. It is refreshing indeed to see

around Virgin Gorda in a clockwise rotation so that the first leg would be

someone today dedicated to class and quality in the yachting field.

in the lee of the island. Wild Horses eventually beat out the classic Oyster

Wild Horses races with a crew of about 12 and sometimes with as many as 20. The format for the Loro Piana is that of a pursuit race with competitors divided into classes with the smallest yachts starting first. This prevents crowded start lines avoiding the possibilities of expensive/dangerous accidents. The finish line is a different story. The courses are set the day

Pandemonium and took 4th place in Class D. On the second day, conditions were similar but a misjudgement of the location of a mark ended up giving them a DNF, the acronym for Did Not Finish. Undeterred by the still unruly weather, the last day saw Wild Horses come in 5th in her class. The huge rigs

before the race to consider winds and sea conditions. Wild Horses was one of

on the larger yachts had a definite advantage, but as one of the officials

the first to start as she was the smallest boat in a fleet of 21 competitors. Her

said, sailboat racing is not only about winning, it’s about competing –

class in category D consisted of five yachts.

undoubtedly, the lavish regatta after-parties were enjoyed by all.

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

Following, last month where I bid farewell to White Squall II, there is

had been transporting supplies and fuel to his native Anegada for

another renowned boat that has left BVI waters for which I have fond

years. Isabel would carry vehicles, personal items, building materials,

memories and deep sentiment.

food supplies for stores and restaurants – you name it; whatever could

My other friend to depart service is not a beautiful antique wooden boat like the White Squall II, but a steel barge; a utilitarian workhorse.

could travel one way to or from Anegada. At one time, she made the

Her name’s Isabel and for over 20 years she has been the supply ship

trip twice a week, but in past years it was only a weekly adventure.

serving the island of Anegada.

Captain Faulkner would leave Setting Point in Anegada around

Regular ferry service to Anegada is a fairly recent addition. Before

5:00am. He would reach Port Purcell in Road Harbour around 9:00am

this, the only means of public transport to our most distant Island was

and begin spending the day loading cargo for the trip back. Isabel

by charter plane or on board the Isabel.

usually departed for home around 2:30pm and would reach Anegada

She was owned and operated by Captain Kenneth Faulkner, who

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On arrival at Setting Point, she would be greeted by a large crowd with pick-up trucks and other vehicles to load up their supplies. Isabel and Captain Faulkner were literally the lifeblood of the community. Beginning in 2005, I spent a year and a half travelling back and forth to Anegada on Isabel. I was helping local shipwright Watson White build a traditional wooden sloop and I would come over twice a month from Thursday till Tuesday. Over that period, I got to know Captain Faulkner and his mate Jose very well and I looked forward to my trips on Isabel and visiting with them. There was no proper passenger seating and everyone made do as best they could, sitting on cargo or coolers or the steps on the back of the wheelhouse. There was a lower interior space in case of rain and she had a head (bathroom for you landlubbers). I liked to sit back on top of the cargo on the stern and watch Tortola and Virgin Gorda slowly disappear as we plied the 14 miles from Scrub Island to Anegada. I’m very comfortable on boats and it isn’t long before the rocking motion puts me to sleep, so for me, the afternoon voyage was relaxing. In 2013, Captain Faulkner passed away after a long illness and his son and daughter operated Isabel. Try as they might, the constant struggle to keep an old steel barge free of rust and corrosion was proving to be a losing battle. My last voyage on Isabel was in July last year and the signs of wear and age were showing. Finally on November 6, 2015 she sank in shallow water just outside Setting Point. Isabel had spent the previous night in Road Harbour due to rough weather conditions and had left the next day for home. The seas were still up and as she was sailing into the passage heading to Anegada, waves began washing up the stern and flooding into the rear hatch. She almost made it home and although sunk, her pilot house was still above water and the crew made it safely to shore. Isabel has since been re-floated and sits at her dock at Setting Point, but the hopes of her

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restoration are slim. I will always look back with very fond memories on my time spent sailing on both the White Squall II and Isabel and cherish the moments through the photographs I’ve taken of them.

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Lavish, extravagant, luxurious – all words that can describe this annual regatta designed for the superyachts of the world. Hosted by the prestigious Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Virgin Gorda’s North Sound, the location is apt indeed. The North Sound is commonly called the ‘billionaire’s playground’ with local residents like Sir Richard Branson and co-founder of Google Inc. Larry Page. This year, a ‘rendez-vous’ of motorised mega yachts was invited to attend with spectator status, special events, and parties. It was a beautiful Caribbean day when I arrived at the dock at the YCCS marina to take in the scene and chat with the owner of Wild Horses (See Yacht Spotlight this month). It was the day before the start of the threeday regatta and crews were madly preparing for the last practice session. Winds were brisk, in excess of 20kts and the yachts were straining at their anchors with a cross wind that had many owners and captains anxious; spinnakers were trying to escape from their carefully packed bags on deck and sail covers were wildly flailing as crews tried to control the almost uncontrollable.

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Still, it was impossible not to be impressed by the millions (perhaps

The original Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (Yacht Club of the Emerald Coast)

billions) of dollars’ worth of floating luxury and elegance. Varnished cap

was founded by the Aga Khan in 1967 and will celebrate its 50th anniversary

rails, gleaming awl grip topsides, polished stainless and miles of teak deck

next year. It is very exclusive with a membership fee of $20K and annual

impressed. The yachts somehow seemed to justify the magnificence of the

dues of $5K. This membership now includes the Virgin Gorda club as well

YCCS marina—one of only two facilities in the world—whose president is

and entitles the yachts, owners, and crews to special rights, privileges, and

His Majesty the Aga Khan.

discounts. However, the club is also open to the general public.

I wandered up the terraced property past the large tent where the

The upper deck of the club is fashionably appointed with cream coloured

Welcome Drinks and Barbecue party was to be held. The band was already

walls, coral tiles, tables, and chairs with sun umbrellas. There’s an alcove

setting up. At the upper level, by the pool, I met public relations and press

for private parties and a well-stocked al fresco bar. The restaurant is on

officer Jill Campbell, who described in detail the history of YCCS club in

this level and seats up to 150 persons; the views overlooking the Sound

Sardinia, Italy and the relatively new sister club in Virgin Gorda. She went on

and adjacent islands are stunning. A step or two down on a sub level is the

to explain the three-day race formats involving staggered starts. This pursuit

infinity pool with fresh towels and beach loungers provided. The facility also

racing alleviates the bunched up start line in traditional yacht campaigns

boasts a gym, boutique, and wine bar.

that may cause collisions and damage by over exuberant skippers. Finally, I

Next day, racing began at the very civilised time of 11am with the first

learned of all the parties, dinners, and special events – many of them taking

class of yachts, Class D, starting on their clockwise circumnavigation of

place at the nearby exclusive Oil Nut Bay.

Virgin Gorda. The sun was out and 20kt plus winds out of the north east

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On the final day, the spectator boats were treated to some thrilling action when Nilaya returned to her glory with a win for the regatta in Class A. Class B saw Yacht P2 crossing the finish line in first place. Bella Ragazza was first in Class C and the indomitable Freya, Class D, took the win with all three races under her belt. The final tally saw the following champions: Nilaya, P2, Seahawk, and Freya.Nilaya also claimed the Loro Piana Prize: Boat International Media Trophy for the top scoring superyacht overall.

Yacht Club Costa Smeralda This luxurious yacht club, although designed with the patronage of mega yachts in mind, is actually open to the public. Many charter boaters and yachtsmen seem unaware of this and feel it is out of their league; too posh, too expensive. In fact, it could be the perfect answer for that special occasion, celebration, or party during your Caribbean interlude. The floating docks are in pristine condition with rub rails and non-slip surfaces. Rates are not unreasonable at $2.50- ft stern to or $3.95 alongside. All the facilities described above are available and the Italian style restaurant offers mouthwatering choices. The brunch menu includes poached eggs with asparagus and Parma ham at $15. Boiled eggs with lobster and crème fraiche is $18. The most expensive item on the dinner menu is American farmed filet mignon with mashed pumpkin, potatoes, mushrooms and a mustard sauce at $42. There are several fish dishes and a large selection of desserts. The club stands by on VHF Ch08.

made for exciting sailing. As the yachts rounded Pajaros Point, spinnakers were set and a thrilling broad reach had some yachts hitting 18kts. Then the courses diverged with the bigger yachts in classes A and B having to leave Ginger Island and the Dogs to starboard, while classes C and D had to deal with the simpler and shorter course of circumnavigating Virgin Gorda. Both courses were challenging though with the fickle winds in Gorda’s lee. At the conclusion of four hours of racing, winners in their respective divisions were the 34-metre Nilaya, with famed Volvo Ocean Racer Bouwe Bekking as tactician, in Class A. This win was especially rewarding since a broach causing a spinnaker blow out almost ruined their chances. The 46-metre Unfurled won in Class B, the 59-metre Seahawk, Class C, and the 28-metre Freya in Class D. On day two, winds were similarly brisk and the shorter course around the out islands proved beneficial for the 33-metre Inoui which took the bullet in Class A. The huge 66-metre Hetairos won Class B whilst Seahawk and Freya maintained their winning ways in Classes C and D respectively. bvipropertyyacht.com

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Outdoor poufs are stylish and comfortable. Use either for seating or add a tray and transform them into a side table

Outdoor Accessories Words by Kate Henderson and Fran Morrell - House

Rope monkey fists weather beautifully outside. Either use as a door stop or for decoration

Indoor/outdoor rugs are available in many different styles and make an outdoor space an extension of indoors

All weather pillows! Freshen up seating and bring pizzazz to any patio party

Dog beds for the pampered pooch to lounge outdoors. Colours and styles to suit every coat!

These nifty candles can be switched on by a timer. They will turn on at the same time every night and stay on for five hours. Added bonus they will not blow out in the wind!

Sturdy outdoor lamps with removable Sunbrella shades are a great way to add mood lighting to outdoor areas

Perfect for magazines, towels, and shoes. Wicker baskets are an ideal way to tidy up clutter with class

TWO STORE LOCATIONS Romasco Building, Road Town, Tortola (next to ‘Latitude 18’ and ‘Mi Amor’) Wickhams Cay 2, Tortola, British Virgin Islands (284) 494 1920 info@housebvi.com I www.housebvi.com bvipropertyyacht.com

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LIFE Words by Sara Sherman Photography by Rainbow Visions BVI and courtesy of Le Boutique


In the heart of the newly built Tortola Pier Park, Le Boutique offers a slice of shopping paradise for visitors and residents alike. With a distinctly European feel, the chic white interior and shiny stainless steel accents will quickly climb to the top of the list of favourite spots to shop while in the British Virgin Islands. Owner and proprietress Julia Gulevych is a fashion lover and entrepreneur wanting to provide a unique and luxurious shopping experience for women on Tortola. After two and a half years in the BVI, she missed having a store that sold quality intimates and swimwear. “My friends always ask me to help them choose clothes, and I wanted to create a truly elegant store with women’s lingerie and swimwear,” said Julia, “Now women have a place to purchase great basics along with special, sexy pieces.”

Julia designed all three levels of the store herself, and chose every detail to ensure her vision was achieved. The light wood-panelled floor is from Italy, and every shelf, clothing rack and display was painstakingly chosen to create a chic and modern vibe. When stepping into Le Boutique, the white walls create a canvas for all the colourful swimwear to shine. An architectural staircase leads to a second floor, filled with silky sleepwear and lingerie, complete with a white leather couch to lounge on near a window to either see, or be seen. The range of intimates available at Le Boutique rivals any specialty shop found in the Caribbean with trusted brands like Wacoal, offering wardrobe necessities. Bras in every colour and a plethora of sizes mean each woman will find something she loves. Other brands like b.tempt’d provide trendier bvipropertyyacht.com

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pieces with sexy details. In addition to the best basics, Le Boutique also provides French silk sleepwear and the ultra-chic Heidi Klum intimates collection. An entire bridal collection of lingerie will also appear soon on Le Boutique’s shelves. “The shapewear collection is our best seller,” said Julia. “Women want to feel their best in any outfit, and these pieces help them achieve a smooth and polished look.” Any island getaway isn’t complete without a fantastic swimsuit. Julia has carefully chosen pieces that reflect the laid-back Caribbean lifestyle with a flair for high-end fashion. From sophisticated two-pieces in solid colours to trendy strapless numbers in a rainbow of hues, every shopper will find their perfect piece to feel flawless and flaunt it at the beach. The Brazilian brand Larissa Minatto offers sexy bikinis with 14k-plated details, and a variety of other high-quality swimwear brands mean shoppers will find the perfect swimsuit not seen anywhere else. Matching cover-ups, flowy tunics with sparkling details and lightweight rompers take a look from a day in the sun to sunset cocktails with ease.

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Shoppers will even find something for the littlest ones at Le Boutique. With soft organic baby sleepers and onesies from Beanstork as well as adorable swimwear and breathable play clothes from Masala Baby, Le Boutique has something for everyone. Sweet Bamboo offers super-soft clothes for babies and toddlers made from real bamboo. Love a matching look? Check out charming swim trunks for dads and boys, along with coordinating girls’ swimwear from 98 Coast Av. In addition to swim trunks, 98 Coast Av. has a great selection of men’s linen shirts, perfect for a day on the boat or dinner out on the town. Le Boutique is fast becoming the place for women to purchase items not found anywhere else in the BVI. With a variety of price ranges sure to fit all budgets, Julia and her team enjoy outfitting their clients in the very best. “I wanted good quality pieces for a good price; a place any woman can shop and feel beautiful,” said Julia. From luxe swimwear and intimates to cute kids clothes and charming home accessories, Le Boutique will become a vital stop on any shopping trip in Tortola.

Tortola Pier Park Building 7 +1(284)340 99 44 +1(284)544 97 27 julia_gulevych1985@yahoo.com bvipropertyyacht.com

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BVI SOTHEBY’S INTERNATIONAL REALTY PROPERTY SHOWCASE

AQUAMARE
 MAHOE BAY, VIRGIN GORDA
 


An exceptional property comprising three villas, sold separately or as a whole. Each of the three villas is designed with a private waterfront infinity pool with unobstructed ocean views of Drake's Channel, gourmet kitchen and inside and outside dining areas for group gatherings.
 
 


BVISIR.COM, PROPERTY ID SMNCY7
 US$ PRICE UPON REQUEST


KATITCHE POINT GREATHOUSE
 MAHOE BAY, VIRGIN GORDA
 


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


BVISIR.COM, PROPERTY ID MYTT7X
 US$7,950,000
 


DOS SOLS
 LEVERICK BAY, VIRGIN GORDA
 


Tucked into an extensively gardened hillside high enough to enjoy cool trade winds, Dos Sols sits virtually beach-front, with direct access to palm groves and sandy beaches mere steps from the villa. Enjoy endless onthe-water activities including world-class snorkeling. BVISIR.COM, PROPERTY ID FCR9LZ
 US$1,750,000
 


DOUBLE SUNRISE
 LEVERICK BAY, VIRGIN GORDA 


This carefully positioned home sits on three quarters of an acre, elegantly designed to maximize the flow of tropical breezes and exclusive views of frequent sailing vessels cruising the turquoise and cobalt waters surrounding Leverick Bay, Gun Creek, North Sound and South Sound.
 


BVISIR.COM, PROPERTY ID B4K8RZ
 US$1,600,000

MARITHA KEIL (broker)
 +1 284 340 5500 | maritha@bvisir.com
 


ANTHONY CLARKE (sales associate)
 +1 284 340 5552 | anthony@bvisir.com
 
 




 Each office is independently owned and operated


BVISIR.COM | +1 284 494 5700

LOBLOLLY


COHOBA HOUSE

PINEAPPLE PLACE

Havers, Tortola US$2,990,,000


This secluded property, on over six acres of land, is a rarity in the BVI offering a flat elevated position.


Belmont, Tortola, US$2,500,000


Belmont, Tortola, US$1,950,000


Entertain high in the hills of Belmont Estate in this modern, renovated "turn key" property overlooking Long Bay.

A haven for the senses, this property is cool and peaceful, with the relaxing sound of surf in Smuggler's Cove below.

DOVELAND

SUMMERSALT


ELYSIUM


Belmont, Tortola, US$1,800,000


Contemporary and elegant, this home has magnificent tropical gardens positioned on 1.38 acres.

Belmont, Tortola, US$1,750,000


SummerSalt comprises two villas, one on each side of the swimming pool terrace, providing space and privacy.

Completely renovated in 2015, this property has a sophisticated contemporary look and feel.

BROOK COTTAGE


Beef Island, US$995,000


Entertain on the pool deck with inspiring and active views North and East at Little and Great Camanoe.

ISHA O'BRIEN (sales associate)
 +1 284 346 5553 | isha@bvisir.com DAMARA PENN (sales associate)
 +1 284 340 5558 | damara@bvisir.com

A lovely two pavilion estate, designed in neoclassical style, immaculately maintained with cooling trade winds.

LESLIE HOUSE

SHANNON HEIGHTS


Shannon, Tortola, US$1,295,000


Little Bay, Tortola, US$1,400,000


Havers, Tortola, US$945,000


Like the bow of a ship projecting out of the hillside into the panoramic view of the Sir Francis Drake Channel.


OFFICE NUMBERS
 +1 284 494 5700 (Tortola)
 +1 284 495 6700 (Virgin Gorda)
 BVISIR.COM


FRENCHMAN'S CAY, TORTOLA The Tower House

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US$5,950,000

Villa Taino

3

3

SANDY GROUND ESTATE, JOST VAN DYKE Loblolly

US$485,000

2

2

US$2,750,000

3

Fandango House

WINDY HILL, VIRGIN GORDA

3

HAVERS, TORTOLA

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Wyndcliffe

4

US$625,000

PRINCESS QUARTERS, VIRGIN GORDA

Sea Watch

Casa Blanca

US$2,500,000

Bay House

4

US$1,625,000

US$549,000

CROOKS BAY, VIRGIN GORDA

SPRING BAY, VIRGIN GORDA The White House

Governor’s Point

Frenchman's Chalet

US$1,750,000

SPYGLASS HILL, TORTOLA

BELMONT ESTATES, TORTOLA US$2,500,000

HODGE’S CREEK, TORTOLA

FRENCHMAN'S CAY, TORTOLA

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LEVERICK BAY, VIRGIN GORDA Altamira

US$995,000

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2


2010 Winner, “Best Vacation Experience.” –Fodor’s Gold Choice Award

SOL Y SOMBRA Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

US$8 Million This spectacular beachfront villa boasts four beautifully decorated air-conditioned suites, each furnished with custom-made teak furniture. Outside amenities include an ocean-front infinity pool and lit tennis court, bound within lush tropical gardens. Inside, take advantage of a European-style kitchen, private movie theater, daily maid service and state-of-the-art gym. An in-villa cook is available upon request. www.solysombrabvi.com

Smiths Gore Limited : : British Virgin Islands

T 1(284) 494 2446 F 1(284) 494 2141 E bernadette@smithsgore.com


Distinctly Refined. Exceptionally Rare. Consciously Preserved. On the secluded eastern tip of Virgin Gorda lies a place where life is spent in perfect harmony with the ocean tides. Spread across 300 pristine acres, Oil Nut Bay offers freehold home ownership opportunities and unparalleled resort experiences in a setting where attention to detail and casual elegance abound. Explore all the treasures of Oil Nut Bay through an array of signature services and resort activities for endless land and water adventures. Home sites and homes from $2,950,000 to $50,000,000. Villas and suites available for rent starting at $750 per night.

Contact us to learn about ownership opportunities or to inquire about villa rentals. bvi 1 284 393 1000 us 1 800 761 0377 info@oilnutbay.com oilnutbay.com

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