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March 2012
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Rhumb House

Rhumb House
Bold, Bright & BEAUTIFUL


When I visited Rhumb House on Nora Hazel Point between Brandywine Bay and Buck Island, I was tickled to see jewel-tone and pastel interiors mingling with vivi...
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Rousing Regatta Envy

Rousing Regatta Envy

Every year around this time, the serene waters from St Thomas, through the Sir Francis Drake Channel clear to Anegada, become replete with beautiful sailboats, their sheets full...
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Retreat from Reality

A Retreat from Reality
The Estate at Spring Bay


The Estate At Spring Bay offers a true oasis, an escape from the otherwise bustling landscape of St Thomas. The gate sweeps open to a vast 10-bedroom p...
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Editor's Note
Editor

Editor's Letter
March 2012

“It isn’t that life ashore is distasteful to me. But life at sea is better.”
—Sir Francis Drake

In the Virgin Islands, March means the peak of sailing season. The winds are just right, the seas are high, the sails are full—and regattas are in full swing. This month, we celebrate the St Thomas International Rolex Regatta and BVI ...
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Ask a Pro
Ask a Pro

Ask a Pro: Holmberg on Spring Sailing
Interview conducted by VIPY Editor Dan O’Connor.

Sailing great Peter Holmberg has been racing in both of this month’s big regattas since day one. And since day one, he said his enthusiasm for sailing his native Virgin Islands’ waters has remained constant. Holmberg recently took some time to reminisce on his fonder memories of years past, ...
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Wild Waterbirds
Wild Waterbirds

Wild, Wonderful Waterbirds

Like many other Caribbean destination, the Virgin Islands hosts special company each winter. From Jost Van Dyke to Anegada, our visitors, who have left colder climates behind, can be seen frequenting the territory’s watering holes, lounging in the sun, enjoying fresh Virgin Islands’ fish and seafood and mixing easily with local residents. While some to...
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Just a Beach
Just a Beach

A Beach is Just a Beach or is it ?

Most people would consider a beach to be where you can sit next to the sea, soak up some rays and drink rum punch. Of course, the beach is also a popular gathering place for friends and families, provides for an ideal daytrip for cruise ship passengers and is one of the most valuable natural resources in the Virgin Islands. But what really is a beach? Do they...
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Tools of the Trade
Tools of the Trade

TOOLS of the Trade

We recently held a workshop in our office to train our designers to develop skills using the cutting-edged drawing production software Building Information Management, or BIM. An incredibly sophisticated tool, BIM is rapidly becoming the globally-required platform for documentation of construction information for architects, engineers and contractors; we’re probably s...
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Caribbean Craft
Caribbean Craft

Crafting the Caribbean

“We believe in the power of craft to creatively counter the homogenization of culture and to give Caribbean people cultural pride and identity in the wider world.”

These words help to identify the mission behind the collective organisation that embodies The Caribbean Arts & Crafts Festival, which will take place from March 9 to 15 at Trellis Bay, Tor...
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Maritime Museum
Maritime Museum

Migrating to the Maritime Museum

A daytrip to the Virgin Islands just won’t cut it. It takes more than a quick trip to a packed Cane Garden Bay or a shopping spree at Yacht Haven Grande to shed insight into all that is wonderful and cultural about these magnificent and complex islands. To offer new incentives to those looking to get more than just a hangover and sunburn from their brief ...
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Decking Out a Yacht
Decking Out a Yacht

Decking Out a Yacht

When kitting out a charter yacht, special considerations must be taken into account which do not apply when decorating a home. I met with Pete and Niki from Best Revenge 5, a Signature 60 Privilege catamaran, as they showed off some of Arawak’s boat-friendly accessories. I asked about the difference between selecting items for a boat versus a home, and the first thing...
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Spring-Break Sail
Spring-Break Sail

Stocking Up for a Spring-Break Sail

Spring break season has arrived, and the Virgin Islands is the sailing destination of choice for some very lucky kids and their families. The mantra “a well fed crew is a happy crew” is particularly true when children are aboard. Here are tips to keep your provisioning as smooth as your sailing:

Plan in advance, but be flexible. Prior to your voy...
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