From the Editor

The April issue has been a great month for us.

Not only have we had enjoyable property, yacht, and BVI life pieces to cover, but we also relished the pleasure of welcoming new contributors to our merry team.

Julian Putley, who is renowned for his Caribbean bestsellers Sunfun Calypso and The Drinking Man’s Guide to the BVI, brings his wealth of experience as both an author and ‘sea dog.’ Accompanying his recruitment, comes the return of our much missed monthly feature Skipper’s Tips as well as putting his writing skill to other editorials within our publication.

We also introduce you to Sara Sherman, a freelance writer living in the US Virgin Islands, who has been producing articles for our online magazine She now branches out to join our print medium with her perspective on VI lifestyle from across the waters.

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[one_half]Editor-in-Chief – Stephen L France[/one_half][one_half_last]Project Manager – Erin Paviour-Smith[/one_half_last]

Kicking off our LAND section, our cover feature this month showcases Batu – an amazing, architectural masterpiece built on the famous boulders of Virgin Gorda, neighbouring The Baths. This villa is astounding when considering the structural engineering required to create this extraordinary, visual display.

BVI HomeSense provides five important pointers for those selling property – always good to have a little insider-knowledge.


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Vacation rental managers Villas of Tortola, exhibit Moonstone – a tranquil abode evoking calm the way the Caribbean is often promoted. And in our SEA section, we are pleased to revive our Skipper’s Tips feature, reviewing the etiquette surrounding gratuity for charter yacht captains.

Yacht Spotlight highlights Xenia 62, which literally means ‘hospitality,’ – a fitting name, having experienced the crew’s warm nature with their guests.

From Sea Level uncovers the versatility of mangoes – there’s nothing our writer/chef Megan Schlobohm can’t create. BVI Maritime History Tales mourns the passing of two of the island’s oldest comrades, starting this month with White Squall II. And if you haven’t heard already, our interview with DataLinker developers will be an exciting, revolutionary insight that can greatly assist your sailing needs.

Coastal furniture is the décor theme with Things We Love this month. Then finally, we present the VI with a store for the discerning modern man, BVI’s Marco’s Men’s Clothier; a boutique that will guide your dress sense into the future with perceptive designs accommodating fashion, function, and climate.

Wishing you enjoyment of the LAND, SEA, and LIFE of the Virgin Islands

Stephen L France