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From the Editor We were trying to think of a positive spin to put on September…but the fact is, every single year it’s a slow month. No other way to look at it. Residents go on vacations or visit their families in their respective homes, and holidaymakers are on the cusp of returning for the commencement of high season in October. Keeping this all in mind, we’ve constructed an issue that bestows both reflection and activity ideas for this ‘gentler’ time of year. The first feature—BVI HomeSense—entertains 10 reasons an individual needs a realtor, whether buying or selling property. There’s a wealth of information involved in these transactions and professional advice can simplify the process immensely. Yacht Spotlight shines its ray of sunshine on SeaLyon, the award-winning superyacht that appears fit for aristocracy; a very attractive vessel. Sign up to our monthly e-newsletter at

BVI Maritime History Tales relays the fable surrounding the disappearance of Gloria Colita. This is most definitely one of the creepier tales of our monthly feature and intriguing all the same.

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We look at our favourite recipes From Sea Level, providing you with inspiration if you’re an avid cook;

apt for this period in the year when your time may be freer for culinary experimentation.


Things We Love dabbles in decoration you can hang up to augment design themes in your homes and

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make your residences more pleasurable. We also reflect on artists that have stayed or live in the BVI – this land is known to inspire creativity in

many residents and visitors, conceiving a visual feast from the perspectives of talented individuals. Since this is the quieter month, we recommend a trip to the elusive Anegada. Very often neglected, this island is one of the most unique looking places in the world being so flat. But if that doesn’t take your interest, maybe hiking is the hobby more suitable as we present another sample of Trails & Tales, the hiking guide to the BVI. As we’re sure you’re aware, Readers’ Choice voting has now closed. We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday October 4, 2016 for our 6th annual event when the award-winners will be announced amid drink, food, and entertainment. Finally, a reminder that VIPY Style & Beauty is arriving in October. This is our upcoming feature that will reveal the latest trends and fashion ´ from various retailers in the Virgin Islands, keeping you in the know.

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10 BVI HomeSense

26 Our 5 Favourites From Sea Level

10 reasons you need to solicit a realtor’s advice – they can make all the difference whether you’re buying or selling

We review the best recipes our talented chef/ scribe Megan Schlobohm of Lolalita has produced over the last couple of years


53 45 Take a Hike Trails & Tales offers another sample hike for the healthy and energetic among us

32 Things We Love

14 Yacht Spotlight SeaLyon – an award-winning superyacht of remarkable design and luxury blesses us as a stunning showcase

24 BVI Maritime History Tales Gloria Colita is certainly an eerie story – think of the 1997 horror Sci-Fi Event Horizon, but with a boat

Hung up in September with nothing to do? Perhaps a little decoration on the walls will add that extra spark to your humble abode

33 Artists’ Corner – Reflection Looking back over some of the talented individuals that live in or visited the islands and gave back with incredible works

39 Six Gems of Anegada You Can’t Miss Anegada is a unique location, being the only flat isle in the BVI – here are some unmissable aspects of the ‘drowned land’

50 VIPY Readers’ Choice Voting Closed! Voting is now closed for the biggest competition in the Virgin Islands – see you on Oct 4, 2016 for the awards ceremony at Nanny Cay Beach Bar

53 VIPY Style & Beauty Our thrilling new editorial feature with fashion and style expert Pearlette Wintz


10 REASONS YOU NEED A REALTOR Words by Bernadette George – Smiths Gore

Whether your objective is to buy a blissful bit of paradise, or you’re ready to sell your island home, you’ll definitely need the support of a realtor to guide you through the process. Here are 10 reasons a realtor is essential and what you need to seek when soliciting their services:



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1. When selling a property, choose a realtor who tracks all listings, sales

7. Work with an agent who is easy to reach by email and phone. If they don’t

activity, and market trends. A leading realtor will record this data and will

respond in a timely fashion to your initial approach, they may not be that

periodically publish reports on the state of the market. A credible agent will

responsive during critical offer and negotiation stages.

be able to share comparable data with you to help identify your selling price. 8. Identify a realtor who is genuinely interested in your success and property. 2. A realtor with strong, international affiliates and extensive website presence will mean wider reach for selling your property and more potential buyers.

3. Choose a realtor that offers a full complement of supporting services;

A good realtor plans well in advance, makes time to stage your property for showings, and presents its unique attributes.

9. Personality matters. Choose a realtor with an air of calm confidence and

appraisals, residential sales and marketing, property management, rentals, and

an engaging, enthusiastic personality. Trust your instincts as you must feel

accounting services, all mean extensive in-house support for a buyer or seller.

comfortable with the realtor assigned to take your life’s plan forward. First impressions count, especially in real estate.

4. Ensure your realtor will devise a marketing plan specific to your property, budget, and will also provide regular activity reports.

10. Opt for the realtor who is not too busy to pay attention to your needs and that of your property. Do not be quick to choose the agency with the most

5. Choose an agent with a proven track record of the buying/selling process in the BVI. Knowledge of government requirements, licenses, planning regulations, and strong legal and banking relationships will make your acquisition much smoother.

6. Ascertain the reputation of the agency, its realtors, and support staff.

listings as that realtor may be too occupied to provide your property the dedicated time needed.

With a sluggish world economy, and oh-so-slowly recovering real estate market, choosing the right realtor is key to a successful transaction. A good

Fundamental tenets like, ‘honesty,’ ‘care for clients,’ and ‘confidentiality’

realtor becomes a keeper of secrets, family friend, business advisor, or squash

must apply.

partner as needed. In choosing a realtor’s expertise, balance and trust are key.

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Yacht Spotlight:

Words by Julian Putley

September 2016


When it comes to contemporary mega yachts, it would be hard to find one

Technogym equipment. There’s a TV, iPod system, treadmill, free weights,

more opulent, more glamorous and better equipped than the 62 metre

a Power Plate, and more. While you’re working out, the gym allows you


to enjoy sea views through large windows. The bridge deck Media Room

She was born a mere seven years ago and looks brand new today.

is a retreat for total relaxation featuring a 103-inch plasma screen and

SeaLyon has four decks and a unique glass elevator with modesty

the world’s first segmented sun orrery chart on the ceiling. An orrery is a

misting to transport you to your desired level. The al fresco split-level

mechanical model of the solar system based on a heliocentric design. It

sundeck forward, boasts a large 12-person Jacuzzi with Chromatherapy

makes for great reference to astronomy as it can provide the positions of

lighting, purported to have healing and relaxing properties. The area has

celestial objects such as planets with a high degree of accuracy; another

its own umbrellas and stylish décor with comfortable semi-circular seating

unique feature in SeaLyon’s inventory.

surrounding the Jacuzzi, offering 180-degree panoramic views. Aft, and

The magnificent main deck Master Suite is a large airy room that provides

one level down is another spacious lounging area with a circular revolving

panoramic views and includes a walk-in dressing area, large marble

sun bed and misting system for intermittent cooling. Adjacent are two sun

bathroom with a spa bath and shower. The luxury bathroom area includes

loungers and semi-circular seating ideal for enjoying aperitifs and hors

two built-in televisions, his and hers.

d’oeuvres. There’s a bespoke dining area here, which can be transformed into a stage and may be enjoyed after dark as an outdoor cinema. The main deck is equipped with a gym kitted out with state of the art



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There are four guest cabins on the lower deck and a VIP suite on the main deck. These are comprised of two twin bedrooms that can be converted to doubles, two spacious double rooms, and a VIP cabin with queen-size bed.

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There’s a fully equipped office in polished rosewood on the bridge deck. The formal dining room is especially luxurious with an artistic overhead lighting arrangement, dark polished glass topped table and comfortable seating. There’s direct access to the reception room for pre-dinner cocktails or after dinner drinks. Fixtures, soft furnishings, and lounge furniture complement the polished dark woods imparting a feeling of unrestrained opulence. SeaLyon offers its guests a full array of water toys including jet skis, Sea-bobs, a 7m slide, climbing tower, snorkeling gear, and a selection of towables with a two jet propelled RIB tenders by Castoldi; Scuba diving can be arranged. The Superyacht SeaLyon combines luxury with quality and design excellence, all authenticated when she won the prestigious World Superyacht, International Yacht, and SBID (Society of British Design) awards. SeaLyon may not be the biggest superyacht out there but she could arguably be the finest. SeaLyon will be available for charter in the British Virgin Islands and the Caribbean for the winter season 2016/2017.

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

My stories have always been centred on our local vessels and events that impacted us here in the Virgin Islands. Today, however, I would like to expand my boundaries and tell the

Building both trading sloops and schooners, Bequia shipwrights were well respected and their products were used throughout the Caribbean. During the late 1930s, there lived in Bequia a shipwright and captain of

tale of one of the most incredible mysteries in the Maritime annals of

outstanding abilities. His name was Reg Mitchell. Reg was the son of a

the Eastern Caribbean. It is the story of a legendary shipwright and

shipwright and stood seven feet tall, an impressive sight at any distance.

captain, and the fate of his schooner the Gloria Colita.

He’d built and operated several trading schooners and in 1939, he

It begins in Bequia, which is a part of St. Vincent and the

designed and built the largest wooden sailing vessel ever constructed

Grenadines. Best known as a whaling station, Bequia is also one of the

in the Caribbean. She was named the Gloria Colita; she had three masts

four major boat-building islands in the lesser Antilles. The other three

and was 165 feet in length overall. She weighed a whopping 175 tons.

are Carriacou, which is part of Grenada, Anguilla, and of course the Virgin Islands.



The Gloria Colita began service in the spring of 1939 and a typical voyage commenced with a trip to what was then British Guyana, or ‘Bee

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Gee’ as they called it. There, they would load rice and sail to Cuba. In Cuba, they would sell the rice and load a cargo of sugar cane. She then sailed for Mobile, Alabama where she sold the sugar and took on a load of lumber and returned to Cuba to sell

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the lumber. This steady commerce kept Reg busy for two years until his last and mysterious voyage in May of 1941. Reg had loaded rice in Bee Gee bound for Havana. There he loaded sugar and went to Venezuela. Once in Venezuela, he discharged his entire Bequia crew and signed on a Spanish speaking crew. From there, they sailed to Mobile and loaded lumber destined for Havana, Cuba. After they left Mobile, they were never heard from again until a United States Coast Guard

She was eventually towed back to Mobile and sold to an American for scrap. No trace or word was ever heard of Captain Reg Mitchell or his crew and the story of the Gloria Colita drifted into Caribbean folklore where her legend and that of her seven-foot captain has continued to grow ever since. Stories and theories abound as to what happened. Some say that the Spanish crew mutinied and killed Reg only to be lost themselves on the ship’s tow boat. It’s rumoured that there was food on the table in the cabin and that the ship’s dog was alive on board when

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plane sighted the Gloria Colita awash, drifting in the Gulf Stream with no sign of life on board.

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the tow boat reached. My favourite story, is that a German U-Boat took Reg prisoner and forced him to act as a pilot. It is claimed in many corners that throughout World War II in the Caribbean, there were reports of a tall dark man not in uniform seen on the bridge of a German Sub as their vessel was being sunk by the deck gun.

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The true story? We’ll probably never know. The question that nags me, is why did Reg change crews in Venezuela? If I knew the answer to that, I think the mystery might begin to unravel. I would like to thank Douglas C. Pyle whose classic book Clean Sweet Wind provided the story and photographs for this article.

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SEA Words by Stephen L France Photography by Megan Schlobohm, Chef – SV Lolalita

I have often said to our culinary arts scribe Megan Schlobohm that being a yacht charter chef has got to be one of the most challenging jobs in the world. I say this because I was a bartender for one of the busiest BVI restaurants – Myett’s; during high season, you could get ‘slammed’ as the expression goes and it was about meeting the drink orders hurled our way in quick fashion. The unique difference of the catering industry whether on land or sea is there’s more demand than the act of supply; you don’t have to go through the arduous positon of selling something, but you best make certain you deliver on the customers’ requests. The step up for caterers on the sea is that these ‘soldiers’ are obliged to be at the call of their guests 24/7 – there is no going home after a shift. For the guests’ vacation time, the yacht chef is on call all the way through and one has to applaud the phenomenal level of commitment and deep composure that must be maintained. In addition to this, the yacht chefs of the Virgin Islands have to be at the top of their game; the BVI is especially famous as the yachting capital of the world so there’s extra gravity to be best culinary expert on these luxury boats, presenting the epitome of gourmet cuisine in aesthetic and taste. Chef Megan of Lolalita is self-taught so her phenomenal skills are only limited by her creativity; essentially, this means there are no restrictions. Over the years, her feature page From Sea Level has presented some incredible meal, dessert, and beverage recipes that will make readers crave a yacht charter holiday. Here, we’ve constructed a cooking extravaganza from previous magazine issues to occupy your day as September can have BVI residents lost for activity in this traditionally quiet month:

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Breakfast Coconut Chorizo Qunioa with Fried Eggs and P ico De Gallo September 2014 As Megan quite rightly pointed out in this issue, “eat your breakfast.” It is often neglected in our fast paced work schedule, but this particular recipe is loaded with protein and whole grains to make certain you’re healthily fuelled up till lunch. You will find the full recipe in September 2014’s magazine online.

Lunch Shrimp Ceviche March 2014 Keeping in line with recipes that living and visiting the Caribbean demands, this fish dish is one of those mixing operations that will surprise you in the simplicity of its preparation and resulting taste; the recipe is available in March 2014.

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Snack Citrus Kale Salad March 2015 The story behind this creation is testament to Megan’s creativity – a mother on-board one of Lolalita’s charters asked Megan to provide a way for her kids to enjoy their greens. Keeping things simple, this recipe is delicious kale with the blend of extra flavour to make sure it harbours universal appeal. Our March 2015 edition is where you will find this recipe.

Dinner Seared Tuna with Mango Jalapeño Slaw April 2014 This dish was inspired by the versatility of mangoes. Megan paired the fruit with tuna to birth this refreshing, light meal. Find the recipe in April 2014.



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Dessert Pecan P ie Cheesecake with Salted Caramel November 2015 Encouraged by Thanksgiving that month, November 2015’s issue presented Megan’s timely dessert for an occasion that unites family and friends.

Bonus Beverage The Monkey Lola June 2014 We couldn’t go without offering a cocktail of sorts, after all, this is the Caribbean. This is undoubtedly the best chocolate cocktail on the islands. Plenty of smooth liqueurs and chocolate. Find this eclectic recipe in June 2014’s edition.

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Echo the sea surrounding us with decorative coral wall art which works for any room in the house

Hung up in September Words by Kate Henderson and Fran Morrell - House

Pick a bright accent colour for open wall shelves. Fun in a bathroom or kitchen

This wooden arrow with oversized markers can be used as a growth chart and would look great in a child’s room or playroom This beautiful rope framed mirror looks gorgeous in coastal schemes. Pair with aqua or navy schemes for a coastal or nautical look

A magnetic knife strip in the kitchen keeps drawers free and allows easy access to the perfect chopping utensil!

Tell the time in style with Newgate wall clocks of all shapes and sizes. These look fabulous in a kitchen or a hallway

Wall art can be funny, or remind us of friends. These framed sayings make great gifts for friends, or just use for amusing inspiration

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Words by Stephen L France Photography courtesy of the artists

As part of the reflection month that is September, VIPY fondly looks back at a few of the great artists we interviewed over the years. The islands are phenomenal inspiration and motivation for the creative side in our nature, and what better way to express perceptions and emotions than art? To see our entire list of Artists’ Corner profiles as well as other talented individuals visit here: You may find someone you recognise‌.

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“I think you’re born hardwired – it’s a deep passion,” – Christine Taylor. Interviewing Christine Taylor was a true delight. Getting to the depths of what inspires an artist, we discussed the fact the creative arts are innate. With Christine, her trigger to encourage her gifts came as an infant viewing a painting of a coastal scene with coconut trees and light sparkling off them. She questioned how she would paint this threedimensional effect in her own artwork. Following this early curiosity, the watercolour artist was born. “You have to place a dynamic spirit in your work…I always paint the eyes first - once I get the eyes and the spirit of what I’m trying to accomplish, everything else is easy.” – Christine Taylor



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Being well-travelled is perhaps one of the fundamental reasons why Petra’s art-form is so diverse. The uniqueness expressed in her works as a mixed media artist is powerfully expressed in the visuals that catch her attention. She has accomplished the arduous task of walking the BVI – all the way from Nanny Cay to Trellis. On the journey, she’s been granted the perspectives that many will miss, driving in vehicles. One of her greatest achievements was the physical and emotional challenge of self-discovery on the pilgrimage known as the Camino de Santiago de Compostela – further inspiration for her art. “One of the things that inspires me is that there’s always contrast in life. There is always the positive and the negative. There is always the high and the low – there can’t be a high without a low, there can’t be light without shadow.” - Petra Lovrekovic

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I remember thinking of Picasso’s work when I first saw Desirée’s art at the August 2014 Bamboushay culture event. “Pop Art is a style of art that makes reference to recognisable aspects of popular culture, such as people, music, [and] brands,” Desirée explained to VIPY back in October 2014. “These popular culture references are then often times addressed outside of their usual context and presented in a visually stimulating, new, and interesting way.” The artist described her allure to her occupation as a vocation – a calling. Like many artists, her works express her opinions about the subjects she chooses, intending to bring beauty and awareness to her audience. Are you an artist in the Virgin Islands? Please contact VIPY if you have works that you would like to showcase in our magazine:



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In our July issue, we offered an extract from one of aLookingGlass’s publications Trails & Tales. Since September is a quiet time of the year in the BVI, challenging residents with how best to entertain themselves, we’re offering another exciting walk that may fill the void for activity on one of your vacant weekends. If you haven’t heard, this is the ultimate guide book to make certain you don’t get lost on the BVI’s most beautiful hikes, and absorb as much of the island’s natural environment as possible. Author Ron Beard came to the Territory in 2011 on a two-year contract as Deputy and then Acting Chief Planner in the Premier’s Office. After several DIY hikes, he realised that there was no guidance literature on the island for this hobby. After collaboration with aLookingGlass and sponsorship from Sir Richard Branson, Henry Jarecki, Biwater International, VP Bank, and the BVI Tourist Board, Trails & Tales was conceived.

Road Town Heritage 2.5 hours

3 miles

TYPE: Round Trip


Village Cay


in S tre

Cruise Pier


The walk guide is just that. Stray from it as you wish. Watch your step, side walks are sometimes uneven both horizontally and vertically. It almost goes without saying, nevertheless be sensible if wandering off the main route.

Russell Hill

Road Town Ferry Terminal

0.25 miles

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Turn right from the CAC and on to Lloyd Road, past the recently extended Mariasby-the-Sea Hotel beyond which is a collection of brightly painted huts known as Crafts Alive Village


. This attraction

provides accommodation for traders to sell locally crafted produce and is a worthy attempt to promote traditional skills, so take the time to explore this

Trail Directions From the Cruise Pier

(see Waypoint

colourful corner. Look for locally-made A

on the map) head for Admin Drive, turn left and continue for 250yds towards the centre of town. But before proceeding too far, look S and begin to understand how the horse-shoe shaped harbour or ‘roadstead’ was protected by Fort George, Fort Burt and Fort Charlotte all strategically positioned on the hills rising steeply either side of its broad entrance. The Premier’s office and other Ministries of the Government are housed in the Central Administration Complex the first building on the left as you head generally W


. You may wish to turn left

and walk towards the complex along the central path, noting the well-tended beds with the tiny flaming red ixora, multicoloured bougainvillea and stately royal palms with pearly-eyed thrashers and bananaquits flitting amongst them.



wood carvings, dressed dolls, paintings, foods and drinks amongst the mass of imported ‘souvenirs’.


which is in the process of being

transformed, from a rather barren open field, into a 4ac landscaped park on the waterfront that will surely become a popular venue for family outings in the future. Almost immediately opposite, an electric gate guards the formal driveway to Government House

. The well-

tended gardens and oleander hedge beyond partially obscure the imposing private residence of His Excellency The Governor, which is not open to the public. However immediately right of the main entrance is a smaller gate, giving access

Beyond Crafts Alive, turn left and continue S along Waterfront Drive past the busy International Ferry Dock




regular sailings to and from the USVI, Virgin Gorda and Anegada. Beyond this, and on the opposite side of Waterfront Drive, enjoy the scale and colour of some of the early local commercial/ residential buildings on your right, including Richardsons Rigging Services. It is interesting to note that, until

to Old Government House. The original House was trashed by a devastating hurricane in 1924 and rebuilt as the first concrete structure in the Territory, surviving for many decades. However as a result of the slow deterioration of the building, a decision was taken to construct an entirely new residence for the Governor in the

comparatively recent reclamation, these

gardens and this was completed and

looked directly over the sea.

occupied in 2003. Thanks to the efforts

Some 400yds farther on, observe an

of many, the original building was saved

uncharacteristically grand pillar and cast

and converted to what it is today Old

iron structure running parallel to the

Government House Museum

left hand edge of the road. This fence

to explaining and commemorating the

encloses Queen Elizabeth II National

role of the Governor as the representative

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local souvenirs are available at the small but perfectly formed museum shop. As you depart, look out for the two well preserved heavy cannon outside the old front door to Old Government House. Return down the driveway and steps to Waterfront Drive, turn left and follow the green fence round left and off Waterfront Drive. Once past the gate signposted Office of the Governor, turn right along a peaceful residential street. This is the beginning of Main Street and, on a quiet Sunday, it seems to retain much of its oldtime atmosphere. A few paces on the left in an attractive two-storeyed half-timbered house and, only if the doors are open, admire the craft of the joiner, Who said coffin making was a dying trade? Note the colourful traditional timber houses opposite, especially number 39 the First Bailiff’s House

, perched on

of the British Monarch. Clamber up some

scenes from windows of the grand house,

brick pillar foundations to keep previous

steps up and past a glorious flamboyant

imagined from the past. Postcards of

inhabitants above the high tide mark, but

tree and a steep driveway, noting the

these rooms, books and many other

now almost engulfed by vegetation.

grand portico-ed front entrance. While this no longer fulfils its original purpose, look out for a well-concealed door on the left side of the building that is now the entrance to this charming Museum. The helpful staff will gladly show you around, point out items of note and regale you with anecdotes from the past. Amongst many interesting features there are several formal rooms furnished as they were half a century or more ago, with artefacts from much earlier period. The old building also plays host to a comprehensive (but mouldering) library, the unique National Stamp Collection and ‘The Quaker Room’ telling the eventful story of that sect and its influence on the islands from some 250yrs ago. There is also a wonderful garden laid out by Margaret Barwick wife of David R Barwick CBE, Governor of the BVI between 198286. She also painted the exquisite murals on the walls of the dining room depicting

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considerable time, sits Mr Penn’s Pharmacy . This is a substantial three-storey building with attractive arched ground floor and was once the chemist of choice on Main Street. However, squeezed by competition from elsewhere, the business has recently closed, but it is to be hoped that the new users of the handsome property will respect its heritage and maintain its fabric. Opposite this the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Commercial Division sits in judgement on issues related to alleged business misdemeanours. The new building, of the ‘eclectic’ school of design, overlooks a much older single storey building on the After about 75yds, look left up a cascade of steps to the original Peebles General Hospital G left , named after its founder Major HW Peebles (Commissioner of the Virgin Islands) in 1922. The new hospital, immediately behind, is now operational after several long years of effort. Continue on past the old steps noting the Noni tree on the left. Its fruit is processed and consumed for more traditional medicinal purposes than that which it’s common name (‘painkiller’) would have us believe. ‘The Painkiller’ is a world famous locally invented libation requiring pineapple and orange juice, coconut cream, half a flagon of rum, all topped off with some crushed ice and freshly ground nutmeg … rather yummy. Continue on past several historic structures which Dr Mitchell (Mitch) Kent will be only too pleased to tell you all about on one of his irregular but memorable Main Street walks. (Details through Old Government House Museum.)

opposite side of Customs Street, with a few small windows covered by grilles. This is what remains of one of the Territory’s early detention-cell blocks I and, as such, may send a shiver down the spines of some of the accused that enter the Court opposite. (Incidentally, the ‘cells’ now house a

Some 200yds past the hospital, look out for Russell Hill Road on the left and a view of the quaint little end-stop building housing offices of The Beacon H . This is a reputable local weekly newspaper, published on Thursdays and essential reading especially if you want to keep track of which of the 475,000 companies registered in the BVI have gone into voluntary liquidation during the past week! A few paces past the modern offices of Harney’s, a cornerstone of the legal establishment in the Territory for some



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hairdresser cum beauty parlour!) Continuing along Main Street, pause in the Old Market Square, now Sir Olva Georges Plaza J which sits between the Ferry Dock right, beyond Waterfront Drive and the Old Post Office left. Sir James Olva Georges, O.B.E., M.B.E., K.B. 1880-1976, after whom the square is named, was a distinguished public servant, community leader and member of the Legislative and Executive Councils as well as the first BVIslander to be knighted for services to the Territory.

Imagine the market scene in the middle of last century, before Trust Funds replaced farming as the territory’s principal source of income and before the sea bed was reclaimed and Waterfront Drive constructed. This little square and the stretch of land beyond to the original town dock, illustrated below in the painting by respected local artist Ruben Vanderpool, was where the bountiful produce of the land was brought by precipitous donkey-track and by locally built sloops from farms across the islands, to trade in the local market and to export to St Thomas, St Croix and farther afield.

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Voting Closed! For detailed information about this event, please visit: In 2011, VIPY started the Readers’ Choice as an entertaining way to see who our readers favour most in a number of categories pertaining to our magazine’s themes of LAND, SEA, and LIFE in the Virgin Islands. At present, the categories stand as the following 20, listed in alphabetical order: Best Air Travel or Air Tour company

Best Real Estate Company

Best Architectural Firm

Best Resort/Hotel/Accommodation

Best Bartender

Best Restaurant/Bar

Best Crewed Yacht (individual)

Best Retail Store

Best Health & Spa

Best Day Sail/Day Charter

Best Land Activity

Best Sailor

Best Marina

Best Vacation Villa (individual)

Best Marine Activity

Best Yacht Brokerage

Best Marine Chandlery/Maintenance Company

Best Yacht Charter Company

Best Provisioning

And… The Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award

From 2011 – 2014, we held this growing awards event at the Dove Restaurant in Road Town, BVI. By 2015, we required a larger venue and moved to Nanny Cay, where all who attended were able to enjoy the announcements of the winners while relishing food, drink, and entertainment.



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Fresh for our 6th annual event, we’ve introduced our proud ‘in association’ sponsors Veuve Clicquot and expanded the Readers’ Choice event so that it’s incorporative of the Virgin Islands as a whole – we’re excited about this development as now each of the aforementioned categories have three winners:




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

BUSINESS WOMAN OF THE YEAR JUDGES Sybille Sorrentino – Owner of Virgin Islands Ecotours, Kayak, Hike & Snorkel Adventures

Linda Markham – President of Cape Air Linda serves as President of Cape Air, which has been operating in the

With a vast, varied, and incredibly

Caribbean region for 18 years. Linda

impressive entrepreneurial

is the only active female airline

background, Sybille currently runs

president in North America and first

Virgin Islands Ecotours where she endeavours to educate

female Chair in the 41-year history of the Regional Airline

visitors, local residents, and students about the importance


of environmental conservation of mangrove lagoons and coral reefs in an entertaining and enjoyable way. Her management resume commenced at Fort Wines &

Upon her arrival at Cape Air, the company employed approximately 300 people and served 17 cities. Cape Air now employs over 1,200 people and serves 43 cities in six

Spirits and in all her pursuits, she has expanded businesses,

regions around the world. Her devotion to the communities

increased profitability, and delivered excellent customer

served by Cape Air, as well as to the employee group and

service. During more than a decade of being an owner of

all divisions of the organization have led to Cape Air being

international wine distributing, importing, wholesale and

named “One of the Top Small Airlines in the US” by Condé

retail business, she was the only woman in the wine industry

Nast Traveller magazine.

in the world who owned, managed, and operated a wine business.

Third judge TBC

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2016 READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS CEREMONY • Nanny Cay Beach Bar, Tuesday October 4th 2016, 6pm till late • DJ and other entertainment • Welcome glass of Veuve Clicquot or rum cocktail on arrival for all guests • Best Bartender Cocktail Competition: this is a key difference in this year’s event. The top six voted bartenders of both the BVI and USVI will have to demonstrate their best cocktail on the night, using Brugal Rum as the main ingredient. Judges: Scott Hart from Peter Island, Robert Knock from Caribbean Cellars and Phillip Jarrell representing Eddington Group • Prize giveaways for voters

RULES OF THE COCKTAIL COMPETITION This year, we’re levelling the playing field for one of the most popular categories in the awards. The top six voted bartenders in the BVI and top six voted bartenders in the USVI will be invited to compete in a cocktail challenge on the day of the event. The Bartenders’ cocktail creations will be judged on the night by a panel of industry experts to decide the winners for BVI, USVI, and Virgin Islands overall. BASIC RULES: - Competitors must be employed in the BVI/USVI hospitality industry - Competitors must be 21 years old or over

CREATIVE LICENSE: - Competitors will be given a free bottle of Brugal Rum with which to practice - Competitors are expected to create and mix an original mix featuring Brugal Rum - Brugal Rum must be the main alcoholic ingredient - Other alcoholic ingredients are allowed but must not overshadow the main ingredient of Brugal Rum - Points will be awarded for:  A) Taste B) Appearance C) Creativity D) Front of house skills/Personality - Judging will be by a panel of three judges

For detailed information about this event, please visit: Keep an eye on our Facebook Event page for more details as they’re confirmed.



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the reader, spoke – and we responded.

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

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

worked full time in the oil and gas

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

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

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

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

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

Development Coaching.

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

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

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

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

   Traditionally in the BVI, many beauty and fashion products are

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

purchased online and imported, making them more expensive for

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

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

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

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

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

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

Style & Beauty section.

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

Look out for us in October’s issue!

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

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Virgin Islands Property & Yacht - September 2016  

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

Virgin Islands Property & Yacht - September 2016  

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