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March 2011
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Baraka - Day & Night

Baraka Point by Day & Night

The golden Caribbean sun sears the horizon as it reddens and sinks below the Sir Francis Drake Channel, a moment seemingly suspended in time from my cozy beach lounger o...
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Women in Real Estate

Women in BVI Real Estate           

A collective, cautious optimism is shared by three female real estate agents.

Bonnie Dougall
Dougall and Associates

H...
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Soft Spot for Squibs

A SOFT SPOT for Squibs

When it comes to promoting the sport, sailors are among the most generous and dedicated athletes I’ve ever encountered. The dedication of Alison Knights Bramble at BVI Wate...
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Editor's Notes
Editor

Editors' Letter

March 2011
It’s hard not to like where I live, but it’s easy to  love it.


I moved to Tortola two years ago from Chicago, during a winter season that yielded a couple dozen inches of snow and about three months littered with sub-zero temperatures. I love where I come from, but I’d trade in a shovel and pair of galoshes for six-pack of Caribs and flip-flops a...
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Carrot Bay's Plan
Carrot Bay

Carrot Bay Faced with Future Plans
Residents debate a new look for community  


As one of the last bastions of the old BVI, where foreigners are few and land is still closely held by families, Carrot Bay serves as a touchstone of cultural authenticity.

While many residents head over the hills to Road Town every morning to work, it's still an agricultural and fishing village where farmers sel...
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Shut Up & Sail
Shut Up & Sail

Shut up & Sail

“Don’t let go of the tiller,” Dave, my instructor, shouted over the sharp rush of the wind, the hum of the sails, the splash of the waves and the fissures of rain pouring down the Gore-Tex hood of my jacket "Would you let go of the steering wheel of your car?"
    
I grabbed for the piece of wood in the centre of the cockpit but didn’t know wh...
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Organic Architecture
Organic Architecture

Organic Architecture in the BVI

“Form follows function—that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.”
—Frank Lloyd Wright


A search for the definition of "organic architecture" displayed image results as varied as Kendrick Kellogg’s mushroom-looking High Desert House, Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Falling Water, a beehive-s...
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Steele Point
Steele Point

Revitalising Steele Point

The luxurious Steele Point Estate on Tortola’s Westernmost side doesn’t need much introduction, nor does it need help standing out from the rocky peninsula with which it seems to have become one.
    
Built by architect Michael Helm more than 30 years ago, the private and secluded villa sanctuary has thrived on a wealth of return visitors, who pref...
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Lunch of Champions
Lunch of Champions

The Lunch of Spring Regatta Champions

BVI Spring Regatta is fast approaching, and sailors are preparing their boats for the British Virgin Islands’ signature regatta. With attention turned to hull cleaning, replacing hardware and discussing race tactics, food is often an afterthought on racing boats.
    
Granola bars are the norm on some boats, and a basic sandwich might be a s...
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A BVI Hero
A BVI Hero

A BVI Hero

BVIslander Samuel Hodge would forever stake his name in history, when in 1866 he bravely volunteered and fought in a battle against a ruthless West African tribal chief.
    
He fought heroically and fearlessly under the United Kingdom flag, with his West Indian regiment, eventually earning himself the highest honour bestowed upon a UK soldier of war: The Victoria Cross. Hod...
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BVI Spring Regatta
BVI Spring Regatta

The BVI Spring Regatta Sails Over the Hill

The BVI Spring Regatta will turn 40 this month and mark its anniversary on the same tranquil blue waters and with the help of the familiar flowing trade winds that have brought many of the familiar faces back year after year. And while the premise for the regatta and love for the sport remain constant, the event’s success has perhaps exceeded the exp...
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Green Building
Green Building

Green Building — Four Years Later

Back in 2007, I wrote a five-part series for Property Guide on the subject of green building which looked at the broader aspects of environmental sustainability and focused on more specific issues such as the economic considerations, energy and water efficiency, waste and recycling, renewable energy systems, environmentally-friendly building materials and pro...
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