Update on Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria – 25th Sept 2017
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.