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June, 2017

  • 8 June

    Christmas in July on Virgin Gorda

    In the summer doldrums? Need to add some holiday spirit to your life? Then join a flotilla of Puerto Rican boaters, along with dozens of other fun-loving party-goers for Christmas in July in Virgin Gorda’s North Sound. Held this year on July 23rd, Christmas in July attracts hundreds of boats …

  • 8 June

    A Watery World

    Virgin Islands Search and Rescue, the all-volunteer organization that keeps BVI waters safe for boaters, is holding the annual 2017 Swim & Sup The Sound on Sunday, June 4th. At this fun event, swimmers and standup paddle boarders join together with family and friends for a day of competition, food, …

  • 2 June

    A Seafaring Tradition Takes on New Life

    The Tortola sloop, which once ruled local waters, has a long and storied history. At one time the sight of men hammering and sawing boat frames was as common as the fast cargo carrying sloops they produced. But as fiberglass vessels became the norm over the last 50 years or so, …

  • 1 June

    Firecracker 500 Fun

    Celebrate that quintessential American holiday, the Fourth of July, BVI-style with the Firecracker 500. This sailing race is a pursuit style race taking participants around Sandy Cay and other area islands. Sponsored by the Loyal West End Yacht Club, this popular and fun-filled competition will take place on Saturday, July …

May, 2017

  • 8 May

    Take a Hike

    Photo by Julian Putley

    A Trail Guide for Sailors (And Landlubbers Too) The BVI’s enduring appeal is sailing. It usually entails a week’s cruise around the islands, often on a fine yacht with a professional crew, or “sail yourself” on a bareboat. From personal experience a typical day might involve departing from the previous night’s anchorage …

April, 2017

  • 18 April

    Fort Recovery – Love at First Sight

    photo by Greg Smith

    Former Broadway producer Anita McShane transforms a Dutch fort into the backdrop of a boutique hotel on Tortola’s West End Fort Recovery, perhaps the oldest historic site in the British Virgin Islands, looms large on the waterfront of its namesake hotel, Fort Recovery Beachfront Villas & Suites. Once the gateway …

  • 5 April

    Virgin Gorda’s EASTER Festival 2017

    Celebrating 50 Years of Fun Visiting Virgin Gorda is always a treat, but at Easter Festival time, it’s really something else because it feels like the entire island is having a party. As you step off the ferry, one of the first things you’re bound to see is an outdoor …

March, 2017

  • 31 March

    Sultan of Swing

    Photo: Chrystall Kanyuck-Abel

    A Rockin’ History and the Health Benefits of Hammocks From a tire swing at Ivan’s Campground (White Bay, Jost Van Dyke), to bench swings at Peg Leg’s at Nanny Cay, to a traditional wood swing at Cow Wreck Bar on Anegada, and dozens, if not hundreds of hammocks strung out …

  • 15 March

    A Passion for Sailing

    BVI Spring Regatta Director Judy Petz has organized the BVI’s most prestigious sailing event for over a decade For 14 years Judy Petz, the Director of the BVI Spring Regatta, has taken on the Virgin Islands’ biggest sailing event with the efficiency of a military commander, the dexterity of a …

  • 3 March

    Yacht Club Costa Smeralda

    Photo by Jeff-Brown

    Regattas and new facilities on Virgin Gorda 2017 marks not only the third edition of the Rolex Swan Cup Caribbean held at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) in North Sound, Virgin Gorda, but it is also the 50th anniversary of the yacht club’s founding in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. Organized …