Another busy year for Nanny Cay. If you missed the news through the year, here are the highlights…
Rite Way kicked off the year by opening a new provisioning store, open 7 days a week from 7:00am – 7:00pm, is fully stocked with a wide range of groceries, chilled and frozen foods, fresh meat, beers, wine and spirits, and a delicatessen. Nanny Cay undertook a full refurbishment of the space which included a complete gut and refit of flooring, shelving and refrigeration.
We welcomed Luis Rafael Samuel Henriquez to the post of Restaurant Manager at Peg Legs. A familiar face in the BVI hospitality industry since 1985, Luis brought his smiling face and experience to Nanny Cay after many years on Virgin Gorda.
The 2015 BVI Spring Regatta provided an extensive time on the water in gorgeous conditions, in three days of racing. This year the wind, waves and courses varied every day, giving the participants a wide variety of exciting and challenging racing.
On Thursday April 30, trimaran Triple Jack and crew managed to take 6 minutes and 38 seconds off their existing Round Tortola record, rounding the island in 2 hours, 33 minutes and 40 seconds. It was Triple Jack’s third Round Tortola Record.
A record fleet departed Nanny Cay for World Cruising Club’s ARC Europe & ARC USA. Venturing west to east across the Atlantic, more than forty boats sailed with ARC Europe this year; thirty leaving from Nanny Cay, and six from Portsmouth, Virginia, USA for the first stage of the rally, a passage to Bermuda where a further seven yachts joined.
On Thursday July 9, construction started on the Nanny Cay outer marina expansion project. The new outer marina will have 120 slips suitable for yachts from 30-75 feet with T-heads and a bulkhead capable of berthing megayachts up to 160′ in length. A 6.5-acre outer marina peninsula and revetment will have 8 new condo blocks each with three 4-bed and four 3-bed condo units.
We carried out our routine inspections of the docks earlier in June to ensure that all yachts visiting our marina will have a safe and solid base to dock on. During August, the process of replacing a few of the floating docks began as part of our on-going marina maintenance programme.
A new, larger Budget Marine BVI chandlery and marine superstore opened in our new building by the main car park.
Nanny Cay joined forces with the BVI Tourist Board to launch the Sunsail Pirate Treasure Trail, a family fun, pirate-themed treasure hunt around the BVI.
We hosted this year’s Virgin Islands Property & Yacht Readers Choice Awards on the beach; we collected our fifth “Best BVI Marina” award and Kyle was runner up as “Best BVI Bartender”.
Premier and Minister of Tourism, Hon. Dr. Orlando Smith, received his Great Festival Sloop Shootout trophy on the lawns of Nanny Cay for his victory in this year’s event. Director of the Virgin Islands Studies Institute at the HLSCC, Dr. Angel Smith, presented Premier Smith and his team with the award recognising his office’s seventh victory in 12 years.
November was a busy month for us, starting off with our Block Party. It was a fun night despite the weather. See the photos here. The 46th Peg Legs Round Tortola Race, which started and finished at Nanny Cay, was won by Boomorang.
The RC44 Class returned to the BVI to hold the season finale of the 2015 RC44 Championship Tour here. Nanny Cay was the staging point once again and we watched these one-design racing machines emerge from their plastic-wrap chrysalises.
The 2015 ARC Caribbean 1500 wrapped up in Tortola with the final prize giving on Monday, November 23, just in time for crews to get home for Thanksgiving.
200 children between the ages of 4 to 17 years in the BVI went through the 2015 Kids And The Sea Swim (KATSWIM) session which drew to a close on November 14.
Tradewind Yachting Services, the BVI’s authorised Yamaha dealer, relocated to Nanny Cay.
We finished the year by doubling our back-up power capacity with the installation of a second 750 KVA generator. As our power needs increase when the new outer marina comes online in mid-to-late 2016, the generators will run in tandem, balancing the loads if necessary. However, we will able to provide more than enough power for both marinas when full.