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invite residents and visitors alike to this awards night to revel in the readers’ choice of the ‘best of the best’ not only in the British Virgin Islands, but the US Virgin Islands too! For the first time ever, it’s a pleasure to welcome our sister isles into this measure of our audience’s favourites; we hope the results displayed in this issue assist both residents and visitors in finding their way to the most popular establishments and businesses within the respective categories. In first feature of this special edition issue, aTec return for the third instalment in their ‘power revolution’ series. Teaming up with island neighbours CSC (Caribbean Solar Company), readers will Sign up to our monthly e-newsletter at

recognise the distinctive benefits of solar power, if not to preserve the planet to at least preserve their bank balance.

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CaribSupply continue to deliver on maritime safety – a significant role when the island’s economy is

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with a combined communal effort, we can pay homage to all who have contributed to the thriving country the BVI is today. We indulge in the first of our VIPY Style & Beauty feature, granting readers the latest in fashion trends in the BVI and Things We Love continues to exhibit the retail world in a good light with attractive lamps and mirrors for sale from House. We catch up to our eco-pioneers Green VI and their latest initiatives to make the Virgin Islands environmentally-friendly, maintaining the region’s natural allure, and finally, beautiful charter yachts are on ostentatious exhibition in Virgin Islands Life.


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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 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

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43 43 VIPY Style & Beauty

10 Expanding the Power Revolution!

26 BVI Maritime History Tales

Our alternative energy experts aTec have united with Caribbean Solar Company of the USVI to expand and enhance their provision of solar power

A shout-out to the community so that we might remember all those lost at sea – there are still many people unaccounted for out there

The first feature of our NEW monthly segment, we reveal the most fashionable products for under $50

16 BVI HomeSense

31 VIPY Readers’ Choice 2016 Results

48 The Treasures in Trash

Friendly advice for villa owners on how to best utilise this quiet time of year to your advantage – it’s renovation time

The grand day has come – we unveil the best of the best in a number of categories across LAND, SEA, and LIFE – enjoy the results voted by our readers for our readers

Green VI update us on their latest planetsaving initiatives, keeping nature natural

20 Supplying Safety to the Marine

42 Things We love

Industry and Beyond

Marine safety is of prime importance and CaribSupply are at the focal point to instil peace of mind through their products

Mirrors and lamps are the star products this issue to add the extra ambiance and expansion to any room

51 Virgin Islands Life The crewed charter yacht industry – a place of beauty and luxury

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“Our team is friendly and professional,” promotes aTec Managing Director Dana Miller. “Your experience as our client is a top priority; we make sure you are satisfied and happy with your power generation system and our service response time.” aTec’s most recent development is the company’s partnership with

a monthly energy bill definitely has its place among the desires of most BVI residents. The world is going in a clear direction when contemplating energy resources; the only questions amid the inevitable change to renewable energy (RE): are we on-board with the power revolution and reaping the benefits already? aTec stand as an authority, leading the BVI’s energy resource ascension. They continue to provide a smooth, professional experience for their clients who make the wise transition to renewable and sustainable sources, affording their customers with expert installation of

Caribbean Solar Energy (CSC); their unified intention is to provide BVI

their cutting-edge technology.

residents with total solar energy, energy storage, and energy monitoring

installing residential, commercial, and utility-scale photovoltaic systems,


including, site assessments, custom system design, planning and

The partnership will combine aTec’s proficiency in commercial and off-grid RE projects with CSC’s expertise in residential and grid-tied solar

and system maintenance to customers in the Virgin Islands. CSC offers

projects; a fusion to present a one-stop shop for all energy projects.

various types of photovoltaic systems including, grid-tie (grid interactive),

“The combination of aTec and CSC is a highly strategic, value-enhancing step that brings together the unique strengths of our companies to deliver best-in-class RE technologies and services to customers in the BVI,” said CSC

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local utility provider). CSC has been in business since June 2012. Locally owned and operated in St John, USVI, the business is dedicated to offering clean, reliable solar

that shares values of quality workmanship and customer service will greatly

energy for Virgin Islanders. “With a construction portfolio of more than 100

facilitate the implementation of renewable energy into this new market.

renewable energy projects, we pride ourselves on our innovative projects

Together, we will focus on the residential and light commercial sector of the

designed to harness solar energy in the Caribbean,” said CSC Co-owner/

BVI solar market.”

Operator Kevin Schnell.

alternative energy source to residents in the Caribbean by selling and VI PROPERTY & YACHT

battery back-up (grid tie and battery back-up), and off-grid (independent of

Co-owner/Manager Maya Matthews-Sterling. “A strong local partnership

CSC’s mission is to provide an environmentally friendly and affordable


construction, system installations, system monitoring, system warranties,

Like aTec, CSC is a full service operation providing customer service throughout the entire process of installation, including obtaining all

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necessary permits, processing paperwork with the utility company on the customer’s behalf, and registering installed products with the manufacturer to ensure the customer’s warranty coverage. This unification will witness CSC managing the sales, system design, and

The second is an electricity usage monitoring device, which will keep clients informed of their property’s real-time energy consumption 24 hours a day. “This equipment is helpful to make energy usage transparent and bring unusual ‘load profiles’ into view,” said Kevin. “For example, this equipment

engineering with aTec using their existing framework to ensure that the

will point out abnormal energy consumptions such as a bad hot water

systems are installed efficiently and to code.

heater that is heating water more often that it should, which is nearly

The BVI has passed a law to allow solar energy systems to be tied into to

impossible to identify without this leading edge technology.”

the utility grid. The future sees a clear pathway to permit these systems and

The result is that clients will know how much energy their property

a net-billing scheme in place where BVI residents will receive compensation

is consuming at any time from their computer or smart phone, allowing

for energy their solar systems put onto the grid. This will make ‘going solar’

further efficiency and money-saving opportunities. This is the future and the only question property owners should be

easy and affordable. The aTec/ CSC partnership will offer BVI residents more than solar energy systems. They have aligned with leading energy storage technologies and manufacturers to offer a variety of reliable backup power and off grid

pondering is how quickly they are going to take advantage of the inevitable change of the tides. The ‘power revolution’ is on.

energy storage solutions so that customers may have clean and silent backup power in the event of power outages. aTec/ CSC will also be vending two other products. The first is a cistern level monitoring tool; once installed in a cistern, this device allows property owners to view the water level in their cistern remotely from any internet-connected tool. With this device, individuals may also set alerts so that they are notified via email or text when their property’s cistern reaches a certain level.



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Elegant Villa Alicia, launching this season! Vacation Rentals and Corporate Events.

With this slowing of occupancy, most property owners cease operations, some going so far as to barricade their houses in hurricane mode. More astute owners view September and October as a time to prepare their properties and operation for the upcoming high season. Ironically, while this

VACATION RENTAL RENOVATIONS Words by Bernadette George – Smiths Gore Photography courtesy of Smiths Gore

is a period of no rental income, it may be the period of highest expense as vigilant owners address outstanding maintenance and upgrade needs. If you are the owner of a vacation rental property, the months of

The months of September and October have historically shown reduced

workforce available at this time, as the larger resorts are also closed, freeing

activity in the vacation rental market. This slump in occupancy is linked to

up their staff.

in the continental US from where most of our tourists originate, means that the islands are less frequented then.

Here are some of the activities that should be done now: 1. Have professionals assess the status of all appliances including fans and air condition units, and have all appliances serviced 2. Repair, refinish, or upgrade all furniture, hand rails, and decks



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4. Check swimming pool lights and change as needed. Sometimes this requires the pool to be drained which can only be done when there are no guests. Service the pool system 5. Check all linens and towels. Replace any items that are frayed, stained, or worn

September and October are perfect to prepare for the upcoming high season with its promise of back-to-back rentals. Take advantage of the affordable

the onset of the peak hurricane season. This, coupled with warmer weather

3. Power wash exterior walls, decks, and deep clean windows. Deep clean the entire house!

6. Trim trees and prune bushes so that the views can be maximised 7. Update the ‘Guests Note Book’ to include brochures and contact details to new providers 8. Check and replenish stock of complimentary offerings such as toiletries, coffee/teas, sunscreen, and mosquito repellent 9. Check the condition of all amenities including games, music/movie discs, books and snorkel gear, beach umbrellas and chairs. Replace as needed

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10. Have a professional chef check the condition of all kitchen utensils and replace as needed 11. Orientate new providers such as chefs, supermarket deliverymen, taxi drivers, or massage therapists to the villa 12. Meet with your management company to review financial records and rental policies 13. Most importantly, review contracts with rental agents and wholesalers. Inquire about new rental companies and enter into contract with them. Update marketing materials. Take new pictures that testify to upgrades and re-release your villa to all rental agents. Increase rental rates and circulate to all agencies 14. Invite rental agents to tour your property or even to enjoy a complimentary stay. Agents who have seen your villa personally and know it intimately are more likely to recommend it to guests While September and October traditionally have the lowest occupancy rate, if used wisely, this period can result in a more successful rental property. With improvements to your villa, upgraded amenities, and updated marketing, your vacation rental property can enjoy higher occupancy in 2017.





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These advanced firefighting systems come with automatic alarms and triggering devices and can be professionally installed by CaribSupply; the managing director has been with the company for 35 years and has seen explosive growth in the Territory’s marine leisure industry. He is more than helpful with all enquiries.

CaribSupply’s Need-to-know Info Propane is used island wide for cooking and although the petrol stations are largely responsible for supplying this product, associated copper pipes, fittings, tools, regulators, tanks, and portable bottles are all necessary components. Itinerant yachts sometimes request natural Words by Julian Putley Photography courtesy of CaribSupply

gas for their cooking needs but CaribSupply recommends a retrofit to propane, more readily available throughout the Caribbean. Modern barbecue grills on new yachts use portable bottles – clean, efficient,

CaribSupply is the pre-eminent supplier of safety equipment, fire

words, wood and paper products, inflammable liquids, and electrical fires.

extinguishing agents, installations, and expertise in the BVI’s burgeoning

CaribSupply can fill all sizes of portable extinguishers with the appropriate dry

marine leisure industry. The risks of huge losses caused by fire are very real

chemical and issue the necessary tags. Maintenance and examination of fire

and are often attributed to short circuits in poorly maintained wiring and

protection systems and extinguishers are as critical as their initial installation,

faulty electrical motors. This coupled with the presence of fuel, oil, or gas,

and CaribSupply offers this service. Inspections should be done at least yearly

lifeboats and the BVI’s new hospital has a liquid oxygen supply system

can result in disastrous consequences.

and in some cases hydro testing may be required.

installed by CaribSupply. Nitrous oxide is also available in the hospital

CaribSupply plays an important role in devising systems and solutions when it comes to fire detection and suppression. Yachts, ferries, and commercial crafts often

and easy to use, the company stocks this handy item. The company supplies all mixed and integrated gases for medical use. Many yachts carry a cylinder of oxygen for medical emergencies. Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) carries oxygen aboard its

Many larger vessels now opt for one of the automatic fire extinguishing systems in their engine rooms. Sea-fire is one, and Fireboy is another and these use the ‘clean agent’ fire suppression methods. These systems also

and is used in surgery and dentistry for its anaesthetic and analgesic and 8% carbon dioxide; however, in the event of a fire, when Inergen is discharged, it mixes with the air present in the room to create a mixture that

effects, along with carbon dioxide and nitrogen. Refrigerants are important components in air conditioning and

have inflammable and explosive materials on

require annual checks – CaribSupply is certified to carry out all the necessary

is composed of 67.3% nitrogen, 12.5% oxygen, 17% argon, and 3.2% carbon

board. Hydrogen can be generated from

inspections and will issue certificates for insurance and USCG requirements.

dioxide. No other inert gas has the unique ability to rapidly extinguish a fire

Gases for welding are also available and an essential part of metal

Now, there is new cutting edge technology in firefighting. It combines

and at the same time provide a safe environment for any person within the

fabrication. Oxyacetylene, a mixture of oxygen and acetylene can

occupied area by decreasing the risk of cardiac distress, maintaining arterial

be used for brazing, bronze welding, forging/shaping, and cutting.

wet cell batteries, propane is used for cooking, methane is

effectiveness, safety, and eco-friendly results. CaribSupply BVI Managing

produced from holding

Director Felix Findlay, explained

blood oxygenation and mental performance in low oxygen levels.

tanks, and petroleum

that although carbon

“The system is ideal for pleasure and commercial craft as well as

products are used for

dioxide is still used, it

businesses with sensitive equipment like IT rooms, laboratories, and

small engines.

has been superseded

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by Inergen systems

requires yachts to

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have fire extinguishers

‘clean agent’ properties.

able to fight A, B and

Inergen is a mixture of

C type fires; in other

52% nitrogen, 40% argon,

theatres. We have installed the Sapphire system in the Government Complex Building and the Inergen system at the Digicel offices in Road Town,”

refrigeration systems – the company supplies Freon for this purpose.

Specialised welding may use gases like argon, carbon dioxide and helium - all available at CaribSupply. The company also includes a well-stocked hardware store and may well have ‘hard-to-find’ items like protective clothing, specialist tools, and fixtures and fittings. Their retail outlet is just off the dual carriageway between Pasea and Port Purcell.

explained Findlay. Then the director produced a bottle of the liquid called Sapphire Solution and demonstrated its use by pouring some of it on a printed document; no degradation or smudging occurred. “This solution will extinguish a fire with the same results as the Inergen system with the added benefit that precious documents are fire proofed; Telephone: (284)494-2885

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SEA tragic loss of life and limb. Whole families have been displaced and it is only fitting that a day be set aside as a National Day to remember all of them and the sacrifice they made to bring us to where we are today. In planning this first of what will be an annual ceremony, we were faced with many challenges not the least of which is that there has never been a record—to my knowledge—of who was lost at sea over the years. I have records of different vessels that were lost and—in most cases—crew and passengers, but they are individual and incomplete at best. The great challenge that we are faced with at the Maritime Museum is to compile that list and in chronological order. We don’t even know the complete list of those lost on the Fancy Me. I have added three additional names over the past years when family members informed me of relatives not on the list. Passenger manifests in the past were not kept in the strict fashion they are today; many people joined a sloop or vessel at the last minute before sailing, and we will never know who they were. When putting together the programme for this year’s event, it was decided to include only those vessels that we had certain knowledge of. We listed vessels that were lost in a 40-year period between 1902 and 1942. This list included six vessels and 90 souls that were lost. In addition to a concentrated effort through

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our continued research, our list will soon be on display at the Maritime Museum and a provision made for the public to add names and vessels that might be missing. There is another aspect to these tragedies which has had a profound effect on my feelings. In most cases when a sloop is lost, there are many members of one family either as crew and/ or passengers on board. The loss of one of these vessels often devastates a particular family

on the water


for generations. I am a sailor and when I research the conditions surrounding the loss of one of these vessels, I can visualise it clearly in my mind. I understand what went wrong and what little chance those on board had of survival. I am not from here, I am not related to any of Words and photography by Geoffrey Brooks, Curator – Virgin Islands Maritime Museum

On July 25, 2016 at 9:30am, the Maritime Museum at the Centre for

There wasn’t a family that was not touched by this event and for years it

Applied Studies situated in H. Lavity Stoutt Community College, held a

has been a controversial and sensitive memory.

short ceremony remembering those BVIslanders who lost their lives in

Although this ceremony is meant to remember all those who were lost in mishaps at sea, the date of the loss of the Fancy Me has always

tragedies at sea. This ceremony was organised by the Virgin Islands Studies Institute, of which the Maritime Museum is a part, hosted on the 90th anniversary of the loss of the Schooner Fancy Me. Fancy Me was lost in an early season hurricane off the Dominican

been put forward as the most appropriate day to set aside to remember them all. The Fancy Me not only represents the largest loss of life in a single event, but its close proximity to our Emancipation Festival gives it

these people, but when I view the actual event in my mind’s eye and think of the tragic loss to these families, it makes my heart break. These feelings only increase my resolve in preserving their memory and honouring their sacrifice. The ceremony held on July 25 included remarks by the Deputy Premier, the Leader of the Opposition, and the Minister of Education and Culture. There was a hymn and reading from Scripture. Eternal Father the Navy Hymn was sung by a local primary student and was followed by the names of all those who have perished while a ship’s bell was rung after each name.

Republic on July 25, 1926. She was ferrying local Virgin Islanders who

special meaning at a time when many sons and daughters of the soil

The ceremony then moved across the street where the Deputy Premier and the Leader

had worked harvesting sugar cane and were now on their way home

return home for family reunions.

of the Opposition placed a wreath in the sea and the commendation was given by Rev.

to celebrate the annual Emancipation holidays. There were over 80

Virgin Islanders have always relied on the sea for their livelihood; be

people comprising crew and passengers, and 59 of them drowned in

it fishing, trading, boat-building, or personal transport. The sea can be

what was the worst maritime tragedy to impact our local population.

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Readers’ Choice 2016 Results The three months of voting have flown by…. …you placed your opinions and the results are in. We are proud to reveal our VIPY RC winners of 2016 – your favourite people, places, and services across a number of categories comprising LAND, SEA, and LIFE in the Virgin Islands. With our NEW addition of the US Virgin Islands for the first time EVER, we hope this inspires residents and visitors to take in the VI as a whole with its diversity of businesses, amusements, and entertainment. Both the bartender category and the NEW Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year Award are to be announced on the evening of the award ceremony – Tuesday October 4, 2016 at Nanny Cay Beach Bar. In alphabetical order of category, here are the results, nominated and voted by VIPY readers.

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Best Air Travel or Air Tour company

Best Bartender – Top six bartenders to compete on October 4!

BVI – Antilles Helicopter Services

Shavon Stoutt - Pirates Bight (BVI)

USVI – Cape Air

Josey McKie - Saba Rock (BVI)

Virgin Islands Overall – Antilles Helicopter Services

Quincy Woolford - Captain Mulligans (BVI) Laurel - Big Kahuna Rum Shack (USVI) Leon Miller - Foxy’s (BVI) Mic Penn - Aromas Cigar Bar (BVI)

*** Those that aren’t able to compete on the night have been disqualified. Runner-ups may be replacing those that can’t participate

Best Architectural Firm BVI – Roger Downing & Partner Co. Ltd USVI – Springline Architects Virgin Islands Overall – Roger Downing & Partner Co. Ltd



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Best Crewed Yacht (individual) BVI – Xenia USVI – Feel the magic Virgin Islands Overall – Feel the magic

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Best Day Sail/Day Charter BVI – Aristocat USVI – New Horizons Daysails Virgin Islands Overall – Aristocat

Best Land Activity BVI – Navanchor Events USVI – Virgin Islands National Park Virgin Islands Overall – Navanchor Events

Best Health & Spa BVI – Studio One Salon & Spa USVI – SUP Yoga VI Virgin Islands Overall – Studio One Salon & Spa

Best Marina BVI – Nanny Cay Marina USVI – Yacht Haven Marina Virgin Islands Overall – Nanny Cay Marina



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Best Marine Activity

Best Provisioning

BVI – Island Surf and Sail

BVI – One Mart

USVI – Sunset Sail with Sail Pepper

USVI – Sunrise Provisions

Virgin Islands Overall – Island Surf and Sail

Virgin Islands Overall – Sunrise Provisions

Best Marine Chandlery/Maintenance Company BVI – Marine Maintenance Services USVI – Budget Marine Virgin Islands Overall – Marine Maintenance Services



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Best Real Estate Company BVI – Smiths Gore USVI – Islandia Real Estate Virgin Islands Overall – Smiths Gore

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Best Resort/Hotel/Accommodation

Best Retail Store

BVI – Guavaberry Spring Bay Vacation Homes

BVI – Marco’s Men’s Clothier

USVI – The Buccaneer St Croix

USVI – Yacht Haven Grande

Virgin Islands Overall – Guavaberry Spring Bay Vacation Homes

Virgin Islands Overall – Marco’s Men’s Clothier

Best Restaurant/Bar BVI – The Island, Last Resort USVI – Dinghy’s Beach Bar and Grill Virgin Islands Overall – The Island, Last Resort



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Best Sailor BVI – Captain Jacques Schoonees @ Tropical Day Sails’ Tropical Spirit USVI – Captain Don @ Virgin Islands Boat Rental Virgin Islands Overall – Captain Jacques Schoonees @ Tropical Day Sails’ Tropical Spirit

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Best Vacation Villa (individual) BVI – Limin’ House Virgin Islands Overall – Virgin Islands Overall – Limin’ House

Best Yacht Charter Company BVI – Tradewinds Cruise Club USVI – Caribbean Soul Charters Virgin Islands Overall – Tradewinds Cruise Club

Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award – Nominees Charlotte Bailey Geon Anthonette Boreland Claudine Bourdon Alexandra Durante Kristin Frazer Best Yacht Brokerage BVI – BVI Yacht Sales USVI – The Moorings Virgin Islands Overall – BVI Yacht Sales



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Maritha Keil Winner to be announced at the event on October 4 2016

October 2016



This coastal inspired round mirror could be used as a focal point in a room. The rope frame offers a casual feel as a statement

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VIPY’s Style & Beauty Editor, Pearlette Wintz has sourced these great

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products right here in the BVI. Please look in our Style & Beauty Retailer Directory for more information at the end of this section.

Developing the coastal theme, this lamp adds some island feel to a room

A large burnished silver framed mirror adds glamour to a hallway, bathroom, bedroom or living area

Tréfle Scarf This vibrant small scarf from Tréfle Atacama Collection adds an artistic element to any outfit… or handbag. It comes in varying shades due to the large print effect. TO BUY: $30, Taino Boutique, Pier Park

Eminence Tinted Moisturiser Soften and protect skin with this antioxidant-rich, nonclogging tinted moisturiser. Available in three flattering shades from light to dark, delivering lightweight, sheer coverage and a natural finish. Contains zinc for SPF 25 sun-protection. TO BUY: $48, Allure Day Spa, Catherine Christopher Building, Road Town

Essie Nail Polish With dozens of pretty polishes, Essie has a colour for absolutely everyone! It is a rich formula, easy to apply, and resists chipping for a long time. TO BUY: $10, Body Glam Cosmetics, Pier Park

Faceted gilt lamps. Small enough for bedsides and smart enough to use as a decorative table lamp

Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Shampoo & Conditioner Faux coral in a burnished gold finish adds elegance to a smarter design scheme

Right on trend, pineapples are the traditional sign for ‘welcome.’ This quirky lamp adds interest and could slot into many colour schemes

This frame is a chunkier ‘nautical nod’ for an impressive piece at home which would fit into a range of styles

This elegant navy and white lamp would brighten up a neutral colour pallet with its darker, richer base



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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 I

Wake up and experience pure refreshment with this unique combination of tea tree oil and peppermint. This special formula stimulates the scalp to help promote healthy hair and prevent moisture loss. TO BUY: $49, Studio One Salon & Spa, Main Street

Coola Sunscreen Protect and boost your skin’s defence against aging caused by the sun with this antioxidant-infused, Farm to Face® sourced broad spectrum, SPF 50 sunscreen. 70%+ certified organic ingredients. TO BUY: $40, Solé Spa, Mill Mall, Road Town

Vaiza Dreamcatcher Wallet Most women buy fashion items simply because they are beautiful. But, if you get quality too, you will be twice as happy. Vaiza’s Collection marries both quality and beauty in a strong combination of colour, textile, plastic and details of leather. TO BUY: $45, Taino Boutique, Pier Park

PJ Salvage ‘Jet Setter’ Sleep Mask Sleep in peace tonight with this cotton eye mask from PJ Salvage. The perfect escape for some rest and relaxation. Made of 95% cotton and 5% elastane jersey. TO BUY: $27, Le Boutique, Pier Park

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Allure Salon & Day Spa....... Tel: 284 494 8993 | Catherine Christopher Building (opposite Banco Popular), Wickhams Cay 1, Road Town | Amara Spa.........................................................................................................................................................Tel: 284 543 3554 | The Moorings, Road Town | Arawak Interiors................................................................................................................................Tel: 284 494 5240 | Road Reef Plaza, Road Town | Arawak Surf Boutiques..................................................................................Tel: 284 494 5240 | Leverick Bay, Nanny Cay, Sopers Hole Marina | Body Glam Cosmetics.........................................................................Tel: 284 346-4526 | Building 7, Tortola Pier Park, Road Town | Breeze Paddle & Surf .............................................Tel: 284 494 5423 | Wickham’s Cay 1 (opposite Banco Popular), Road Town | Diamonds International......................................................................................Tel: 284 541 8507 | Tortola Pier Park, Road Town | Le Boutique......................................................................................................................Tel: 284 544 9727 | Tortola Pier Park, Road Town | Marco’s Mens Clothier....................................................................................Tel: 284 542 4009 | 32 Porter Road (one block from Peebles), Road Town | Prana Spa........................................................................................................................ Tel: 340 776 7899 | 5302 Yacht Haven Grande, Charlotte Amalie, USVI | Sea Grape Boutique.....................Tel: 284 495 9084 | Cooper Island Beach Club, Manchioneel Bay, Cooper Island, BVI | Serenity Spa..........................................................................................................................Tel: 284 547 7899 | Sopers Hole Marina, Frenchman’s Cay | Sole Day Spa............................................................................................................................................................................Tel: 284 494 5999 | Mill Mall, Road Town | Studio One Salon & Spa.......................................................................................................................Tel: 284 494 9988 | 130 Main Street, Road Town | Taino Boutique & Gifts...........................................................................................................Tel: 284 443 1212 | Tortola Pier Park, Road Town | Trefle ´ @ Taino Boutique & Gifts...........................................................................................Tel: 284 443 1212 | Tortola Pier Park , Road Town |

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LIFE The ultimate vision for Virgin Gorda is the development of an ecoindustrial park that aims to transform the current dump site into a hive of various activities that convert waste into useful, locally made products, providing a rich environment for growing more BVI businesses.

Virgin Gorda Recycling Pilot Traditional recycling is difficult in the BVI due to economies of scale and distance from recycling markets. For the majority of recyclables, the value of the materials received will not cover the basic costs of collection, Words by Charlotte McDevitt, Executive Director – Green VI Photography courtesy of the companies

processing, and shipping. This is a complex issue that will take time, resources, prioritisation, and strong partnerships to make lasting progress. The key difference between the Virgin Gorda Recycling Project and

Green VI’s Fragile T’ings exhibit was a poignant commentary on the fragility of the environment and how we can work as nature does, by using waste as a resource to produce beautiful and useful products whilst still protecting our environment. As stewards of planet earth, we have a

Internationally, the emerging paradigm in progressive waste management

solutions such as demonstrating how problematic waste streams (organic

traditional recycling, is local application. Through an innovative coalition

strategies is to redefine waste as useful resources or materials that need to

waste and sewage) can be converted into energy through anaerobic

effort, waste streams will be considered sources of marketable products for responsibility to handle nature carefully. As with glass, once broken, it is

be managed accordingly.

digestion – a natural process where bacteria break down organic waste

use on-island. To this end, Green VI has worked closely with Government,

and release methane as a by-product. Saltwater sewage from boats and

local recyclers, and the community for many years. Virgin Gorda has

world where there is no such thing as waste. Waste simply becomes food

sargassum will be also tested for viability. Green VI’s Glass Studio aims to

been identified as the initial island to implement a recycling pilot and

or resources for other systems. The BVI has numerous examples of this

ultimately use multiple waste streams to run its facility:

the programme is set to launch later in 2016. This pilot will develop,

Materials are managed in a closed loop system that mimics the natural

concept in action and these are paving the way for the Territory to be a centre of excellence for materials management.

Green VI’s Glass Studio Green VI is an environmental not-for-profit (NPO) in the British Virgin Islands. Green VI’s Glass Studio—the NPO’s most visible project—has been

implement, test, and support systems for recycling throughout the BVI.

glass waste = recycled glass art textile waste = packaging cardboard waste = packaging and fuel

a small-scale demonstration of a closed loop system utilising ‘waste’

used vegetable oil = fuel

materials for raw material inputs. Having outgrown their home in the

sewage = fuel

beautiful Cane Garden Bay, Tortola, BVI after four years of operation, the Glass Studio will be relocating to a larger site at Leverick Bay on Virgin Gorda. The location also permits Green VI to test further environmental



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impossible to restore nature to its original state of exquisiteness.

organic waste = fuel sargassum = fuel

The Department of Waste Management has procured recycling bins, as well as a dedicated collection truck. Glass, aluminium cans, all types of plastic, and used vegetable oil will be collected on Virgin Gorda. Currently, the Waste Management Department separate and barge glass from Jost van Dyke to Virgin Gorda for processing. Local recycler, Green & Clean VI Ltd. has procured equipment to implode glass bottles to make aggregate that can be used for a range of

Green & Clean VI Ltd. is a private recycler on Virgin Gorda who

applications such as roads, base material, drainage, landscape material,

transforms glass waste into aggregate that can be used for construction

countertops, and floors. A plastics recycler—Plastics VI—will transform

purposes such as fill material, aggregate for roads, drainage material, and

discarded plastic into outdoor furniture and polywood.

decorative applications for countertops and floors.

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VI Plastic, based on Tortola, will be converting discarded plastic into outdoor furniture and polywood. Valley Day Primary makes bags from old newspapers and uses old textile waste and cardboard to make iPad covers. These are sold at stores on Tortola.

Nutmeg Designs is a great local business, demonstrating how old sails can become beautifully made bags – the perfect product for a sailing destination.

Green VI’s CHAIR-ity Auction and Trash to Treasure workshops have created ‘hands-on’ opportunities for the community to experience what we discard as inherently valuable.

Crewed Charter Utopia The BVI’s no. 1 pastime is no better celebrated than being able to cruise with the hot sun on your skin, a light breeze in the air, and a cocktail in hand. The beauty of these particular charter cruising yachts is only outshone by the services they provide – it literally is a dream brought to reality with your every wish catered for. It’s all part of the Virgin Islands life. Based on Virgin Gorda, Greencrete BVI makes unique products for

Metal recycler, ENS Excavating Ltd., based in Sea Cows Bay, Tortola is

homeowners and tourists from concrete, recycled glass, conch, and

continuously improving his systems to increase the value of the derelict

whelk shells.

vehicles and scrap metal he processes.



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Virgin Islands Property & Yacht - October 2016  

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

Virgin Islands Property & Yacht - October 2016  

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