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May 2011
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Endymion

Endymion
Provokes Poetry in Motion

“Therefore, ’tis with full happiness that
I Will trace the story of Endymion.         
The very music of the name ha...
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Hi-Tech Gizmos

Hi-Tech Gizmos Reach Local Shelves

The revolution that has brought the iPad and the Kindle to the masses has brought similar wonders to the more humdrum worlds of navigation and safety. The same consum...
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Team INTAC

Team INTAC Clean Sweeps the Heineken Regatta
VI sailors slam the St Maarten Seas


Mark Plaxton and the INTAC team have been making a name for themselves over the past few months—this time more nota...
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Editor's Notes
Editor

Editors' Letter

This month marks my third birthday on this tiny rock and no doubt others, and—a few gray hairs later—I haven’t skipped a beat.

I turned twenty-six at the Tamarind Club four months after moving here. At the time, the welcoming embrace of the BVI had already begun to take hold of me. I sat next to Cat Clayton—who has lived here the better part of ten years&...
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Renewable Energy
Renewable Energy

Sustainability and the Law
Transitioning to Renewable Energy


Few economies are as dependent on oil as the BVI, where 100% of our electricity and transportation is dependent on fossil fuels. Recognizing that our society’s economic success has been driven by cheap, readily available oil, countries around the world have turned their focusing toward increased sustainability rather than short-term...
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aLG Does BVISR
aLG Does BVISR

aLG Does BVISR

The Sir Francis Drake Channel was replete with sails of every size during the first weekend of April. The smaller sails of windsurfers, Squibs and IC-24s raced closer to shore while the bigger guys, including Sir Richard Branson’s 105-foot catamaran Necker Belle, raced courses around Norman, Dead Chest, Flanagan, Peter, Salt and other islands strewn about the Channel.
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Saving the OGH
Saving the OGH

The Saga of Saving the Old Government House
How the historic house was saved from demolition


In 1996, then-Governor David Mackilligin’s wife refused to live in their dilapidated house any longer. The roofs leaked, termites were everywhere, the plumbing and electricity were shot, cracks were appearing in many walls—so the governor and his wife were moved to temporary quarters on Beef Isla...
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Superyachts
Superyachts

Sound of Superyachts

On a Friday morning, some friends and I sped from Road Harbour, Tortola to the North Sound of Virgin Gorda at 33 mph on a bouncy RIB with one objective in mind: finding superyachts. We knew that the Caribbean Superyacht Regatta and Rendezvous was taking place, based out of the new Yacht Club Costa Smeralda Marina in the North Sound, but we missed the starting line, and we didn&...
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Solo in St Martin
Solo in St Martin

Solo in St Martin

I first visited St Martin a year-and-a-half ago, with a group of 12 rowdy friends hell-bent on tearing up the town for a birthday celebration—and tear it up we did. The 34-square-mile island is great for romping around on a celebratory booze cruise, shopping spree or for fine-food binging—especially with a gang of friends or a hot date. But for my most recent trip I tr...
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Poisoned Poissons
Poisoned Poissons

Poison in the Poissons
Ciguatera threatens to salt our seafood


Conservation and Fisheries Officer Zeke Pickering said he has fond memories of growing up in the BVI and fishing and feeding from its plentiful waters. At the time, fishermen a generation or so older than him passed down their knowledge of the trade, guiding him to areas stocked full of a healthy catch. As far back as he can remember, Pi...
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Furnish for a Cause
Furnish for a Cause

Furnishing for a Cause

When the crew at Cooper Island Beach Club thinks renovation, they first think about the environment. The resort has set its sights high on becoming entirely dependent on alternative sources of energy, while upholding high sustainability standards in every facet of their work. So when Arawak’s Roy Keegan presented them with a furniture line that promotes both community g...
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Know-It-All Sailor
Know-It-All Sailor

Know-It-All Sailor

I’ve been called a know-it-all before. And while I’m sure it’s not intended as so, I take it as a compliment. During many a Friday night quiz at the Tamarind Club, our team has argued over a question’s correct answer, and I’ve found the trick to convincing the others that my answer is right is by having a backup source at the ready. Well, my new back...
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