Please take a look at our latest blog piece – some amazing news!
Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria
Horizon Yacht Charters in the BVI is pleased to announce the arrival of a beautiful, brand new Saba 50 with 5 cabins, 5 Heads and Air conditioning. And this week, we are offloading 4 more shiny brand new yachts from a container ship in St Thomas:
- Bavaria Cruiser 37 ‘New Beginnings’
- 2 Bavaria Cruiser 41’s – 2 Cabin ‘Patches’ and 3 cabin ‘Island Karma’
- Bavaria Cruiser 46 ‘Blue Parrot’
As soon as these yachts are commissioned and made charter-ready, they will be going into charter service in the BVI by mid-December and have space available for Christmas and New Year bookings!
We also have a new Lagoon 42, 3 Cabin catamaran joining us too – just for the high season (through to April 15th) with space available!
We are opening our base at Nanny Cay Marina full time on January 6th, 2018 with this core fleet of brand new yachts, plus by the end of January 2018 we will have a further 6 yachts fully repaired and looking like new again. So by April 2018, we will have a total fleet of around 20 yachts in the BVI.
The British Virgin Islands as a country continues to improve daily, and everyone is working very hard to rebuild and recover after the terrible storms that this hurricane season presented to us. Its lovely to see how hopeful and positive everyone is for the future; people take the time to smile, chat and generally a caring spirit is very prevalent in all walks of life. Horizon Yacht Charters BVI has been in business in these islands since 1998, and we feel that this season will be like stepping back in time a couple of decades, so if you remember how it used to be here in the “old days” and miss those quiet anchorages, and old world feel, we know you are going to love the vintage BVI! The mooring balls are still there, but gone is the race to get to them at the end of the day! And many beach bars and restaurants are open already for business and others will be opening very soon.
The hills are green again, and many beaches on the outer islands remain as beautiful as ever. Environmental committees have been snorkeling various areas to assess clean up needs especially in more populated areas such as Cane Garden Bay. There is a lot of work being done to ensure that our environment returns to its pristine state, and the beaches and waters are safe for everyone to enjoy. The famous Wreck of the Rhone commemorated its 150th Anniversary recently, and divers were surprised and pleased to see how little it was affected by Irma and Maria. We love this website – www.bvitraveller.com – it’s a great resource for seeing the progress made on the islands and to find out what services are available.
The supermarkets are always stocked with fresh products and the flights into each of Beef Island, Tortola (EIS) and St Thomas (STT), as well as the ferries, are running well.
We know that if you decide to sail with us in 2018 you will have a wonderful experience, as each and every one of us relies upon our wonderful visitors for our income and economy, and you will be welcomed with open arms as you will forever become part of our recovery efforts.
Annapolis Boat Show was an incredible show for us this year. We were overwhelmed with the support and love shown by our charter clients and yacht owners following the passage of Irma through the BVI base on Sept 6th. We would like to thank you all for taking the time to come and visit with us, and for your kindness and your many generous donations to our Staff Irma Relief Fund. Here is the link again, as so many of you asked us for this at the boat show: https://www.youcaring.com/horizonyachtchartersbvistaff-956205 BVI Fleet Update – we have 7 brand new yachts on their way to us, 5 of which arrive in November and the remaining 2 will arrive in the Spring. The new yachts arriving first are a Saba 50 catamaran, Cruiser 46, two Cruiser 41s and a Cruiser 37, and two Helia 44 catamarans arriving next year. We were very pleased to see so many of our yacht owners committing to buy new yachts at the show with us too! We also have 14 yachts that are being repaired for charter service as well. By this time next year, we will have a fleet of approximately 25-30 yachts again in the BVI, most of which will be brand new. We are commencing charters out of the BVI from January 6th, 2018 so please enquire with our BVI base for bookings – you can submit a Reservation Request here). If you had a booking on a yacht that was written off and you were waiting to see what the future would hold, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to see if you can be switched to a new yacht. Please note that our landlines and toll free numbers are still not in operation at the BVI base, so we can only accept emails. While the BVI may not be so beautiful as previous years as we lost so many trees, and many buildings will be undergoing reconstruction, the water is still clear and blue, the beaches are amazing and the tradewinds still constant. Many beach bars and outer islands are aiming at opening in December, so choices may be somewhat limited for options ashore initially, but there will be enough open for you to enjoy land-based cocktails at sunset and the occasional dinner ashore. We sincerely hope that you will be able to come and sail with us, and support the recovery of the BVI, so we can be even better and stronger than before. Our Antigua, St Vincent and Grenada bases are filling up fast, so if you would like to try one of our other bases for your charter this year, please do not hesitate to contact them. If your chosen yacht in the BVI is no longer available, these bases may also be able to accommodate your charter, so please talk to our partners there directly. Maybe its time to discover the delights of these enchanting cruising grounds! Thank you again for your continued support. The BVI is our home and we have lived here for decades. We are all working very hard to ensure that it recovers quickly, and we know that your sailing playground will be back up and running better than ever, and you will be warmly welcomed by us all in the islands. We look forward to seeing you!
Following Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria touched the BVI as a probable Category 1 or 2, causing more damage to roads and flooding. The BVI thankfully escaped the devastating Category 5 winds that unfortunately went over Dominica and caused severe damage, and our wonderful neighbours in Puerto Rico bore the brunt … the Puerto Rican Navy (as they are affectionately called here in the BVI) were the first to offer assistance to the BVI when we were stricken after Hurricane Irma. Our hearts and prayers go out to them all. Horizon Yacht Charters in the BVI sustained further damage to our already debilitated office, and it has taken us some time to clear up the water and fix back the repairs to the roof. We apologise for the further delay but we will be able to function out of our office from Monday 25th September. A couple of yachts that we thought could be repaired, are now losses. On the upside, we have 3 brand new yachts en route, we are ordering new yachts for the BVI fleet and have new yacht sales under way, so 2018 will see a fleet of shiny new yachts on our docks at Nanny Cay Marina! Nanny Cay Marina is improving daily, with its own generator, reverse osmosis plant and other services in operation. We are awaiting the arrival of the new docks in a month or so, and the marina owners are being extremely helpful to all businesses and residents to help us recover from this natural disaster. If you have a charter booked with the BVI base, we will be sending you a personal message next week to tell you more about options available to you. Our bases in Antigua, Grenada and St Vincent are also standing by, ready to assist you in relocating your charter if you wish to do so. We thank you for your patience and understanding. Horizon Yacht Sales will be on the Bavaria factory stand at the Annapolis Boat Show, October 5-9, 2017. We will be displaying our new Open 46 Bavaria Catamaran and there will be a range of monohulls there too. HYC Grenada will also be there, and will be assisting clients to relocate charters as well as book new ones for all 3 down-island bases which are fully operational. Now is the time to discover the delights of these cruising grounds! Our amazing staff are in good spirits and are working hard to finish assessing damage, and tidy up the base and get operational again. Some staff have very little left, and we ask that you kindly consider donating to our HYC BVI Staff fund. Any amount will be gratefully received. Thank you again for your support, and we will post further updates in the next few days.
Horizon Yacht Charters