Australian yachting legend Jon Sanders and his faithful SV Perie Banou II, stopped off at Nanny Cay for a few nights on his record-breaking 10th voyage around planet earth. Jon, now 78 years old, is taking one last circumnavigation of the world. Jon stopped at Reunion Island, Cape Town, and St Helena Island, before making his port of call here in the BVI. He is now heading towards Panama.
The year ended on a high note, as we opened the new outer marina after 17 months of construction. At a ceremony held at the entrance to the new outer marina on December 12, Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE, declared the marina officially open.
A ceremony held at the entrance to the new outer marina last night (Monday, December 12), heralded its opening at Nanny Cay. With speeches by Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Honourable D. Orlando Smith, OBE, the Honourable Julian Fraser, and Miles Sutherland Pilch, general manager of Nanny Cay, the ceremony also included sailing demonstrations by the Royal BVI Yacht Club’s Youth Sailing programme and a kitesurfing flypast.
The unloading of the first 9 of 12 containers on the new peninsula at Nanny Cay heralded the arrival of the new docks for phase one of the new outer marina. Two specialists from the docks’ manufacturers, Walcon Marine, arrived yesterday to start the Meccano-esque assembly of the pontoons. They are working with some of the Nanny Cay Projects team and Husky Salvage & Towing.
Nanny Cay has added an island-style garbage truck to its fleet of vehicles that includes Travelifts and backhoes. This new garbage truck will enable better management of garbage removal around the property.
In July last year, construction started on a new outer marina at Nanny Cay. Here’s the progress date: The revetment is 90% complete, while dredging and construction of the 6.5-acre peninsula - which is a combination of dredged material and land we have literally moved from one side to the other - is 75% complete. Sheet piling to form the inner wall of the marina has started, and construction of the main access bridge is underway.
Tradewind Yachting Services, now part of the Nanny Cay family, recently relocated to Nanny Cay. Tradewind is the BVI’s authorised Yamaha dealer together with Caribe inflatables, Walker Bay dinghies and AB Inflatables.
With the use of a truck crane, backhoe, a generator wrangler, and some engineers (see the pictures below), we have just doubled our backup power with the installation of a second 750 KVA generator. With current loads, this addition gives us one redundant generator enabling us to use them on an alternating basis.
Danny was the wake up call for the “quiet” 2015 hurricane season. Soon after it rolled off the African coast, it was christened Danny and rapidly grew from a storm to a category 3 hurricane. Forecasters never deviated from their predictions that Danny would eventually succumb to strong wind shear and weaken if not dissipate completely. However, you can never be too careful when it comes to hurricane preparation - once it’s too late it really is too late.