Crews in St. Thomas have been organizing weekly food orders shared between multiple boats to obtain goods from a local farm and local baker. Sugar Brown Farms delivered to Crown Bay Marina to one crew representative, wearing mask and gloves. Safe distance was kept and payment collected online. Crews in St. John have also organized group orders with Sugar Brown Farms who met their representative in Red Hook. Love City Lunchbox has been delivering fresh bread orders by powerboat to crews in Brewer’s Bay, St. Thomas, while also keeping safe distance and wearing gloves in the exchange of goods.
Several crews have also created chat groups and radio support networks within their current harbors in effort to share news & updated protocols set forth by the Government of the USVI. These groups are also coordinating provisioning and trash runs, which is productive in limiting the number of crews going ashore. Kelly, a local provisioner on St. Thomas, has asked that boats consider group orders so she too can limit her trips to the store and make more productive provisioning runs.
Consideration of our precious marine environment is very important to local charter crews and the dumping of any kind of waste is a matter taken very seriously. Crews moored near Waterlemon Cay in St. John with scuba diving equipment recently organized a Project AWARE underwater debris cleanup of Lameshur Bay, while another crew in Brewer’s Bay has taken it upon themself to ensure that incoming vessels unfamiliar with the bay avoid anchoring on top of coral reef habitats. Hats off to all crews doing their part to be positive stewards of the community. We see you, and we appreciate you.