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July 25, 2021
Bellows International & the West Indies Company are Official Liquor Sponsors of the 2021 USVI Charter Yacht Show, Set for November 7-10, 2021
St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Veuve Clicquot Champagne, Whispering Angel rose, Captain Morgan Spiced rum and Love City Seltzer, distributed by Bellows International, as well as Grey Goose vodka, Dewar’s Caribbean Smooth and Tullamore D.E.W. whiskies, Milagro tequila and Corona beer, supplied by the West Indies Company, will be the official beverage brands of the 2021 USVI Charter Yacht Show. These celebrated brands will be highlighted at events held throughout the show, which takes place at IGY’s Yacht Haven Grande Marina St. Thomas, November 7-10.
Organizers additionally remind Crewed Yachts that August 1st is the deadline for the Show’s Early Bird Registration discount of 20% with an active VIPCA membership. Register here: www.vipca.org/usvi-charter-yacht-show/ Plus, registration for the VIPCA Yacht Show Culinary Competition opens on August 20 on a first-come-first-serve basis at www.vipca.org/culinary-competition
Beverages to Love on Land & Sea
Beverages are a key part of the internationally- and locally-inspired cocktails and cuisine served during the U.S. Virgin Islands Charter Yacht Show and year-round on charter yacht vacations in the territory.
“Bellows International and West Indies Company are delighted to once again have our brands featured in this year’s U.S. Virgin Islands Charter Yacht Show. We look forward to seeing what this year’s events bring to our 2021 charter yacht season in the U.S. Virgin Islands,” says Amy Campbell, vice president of strategic initiatives for the U.S. Virgin Islands-headquartered, Leeward Islands Management Company, of which Bellows International and West Indies Corporation are companies under the Leeward Islands Management and Topa Equities and corporate umbrella.
Starting in Europe in describing the show sponsoring brands, the north of France is home to Veuve Clicquot, whose signature yellow label conveys both strength and silkiness as well as the champagne’s perfect balance of aromatic intensity and freshness. In the country’s southern fertile vineyards, Whispering Angel’s Rose provides a pale pink color and bone-dry appeal. Grey Goose vodka, born in Cognac, France, is notable for only two ingredients – single-origin Picardie winter wheat and natural spring water from the producer’s limestone well in Gensac-La-Pallue – used to craft this gluten-free spirit. North from the UK comes Dewar’s Caribbean Smooth, a blend of up to 40 single malts and grain whiskies aged for up to a decade or more and finished in former Caribbean rum casks. Tullamore D.E.W., the original triple blend Irish whisky, is crafted in Ireland.
Across the Atlantic, Mexico is home to Milagro tequila, an estate-grown, 100 percent blue agave tequila known for its crisp fresh taste and world-class smoothness, as well as Corona beer. Noteworthy is that the Corona Better World program is raising awareness of the marine plastic debris and plastic pollution problem ocean- and worldwide. This effort extends to the U.S. Virgin Islands where the brand and West Indies Company’s employees have teamed up in beach clean-ups. Closest to home, the U.S. Virgin Islands-produced Captain Morgan Original Spiced rum, the figurehead of the fleet, is a secret blend of Caribbean rums with a smooth and medium-bodied taste. Love City Seltzer, made on St. John, delivers a ‘tropical kind of tipsy’ in four mouthwatering flavors: Watermelon Dragon fruit, Mango Mandarin, Hibiscus Pomegranate, and Passion Fruit.
Registration Open Now for Yacht Brokers & Yachts
An estimated 150-plus charter brokers from the Caribbean, U.S. and Europe are expected to attend the show, which will include a mix of on-site and virtual elements.
“The USVI Charter Yacht Show is an essential event for any professional charter broker offering charters in the USVI. It allows us an amazing opportunity to see the charter fleets in person and meet the crews, so we can offer the best of the best to our clients. This first-hand knowledge allows us to deliver a far better vacation experience and eliminate the guesswork for the charter guests,” says Kat Gunn-Rushton, a charter broker with Interpac Yachts, Inc., in San Diego, CA. Additionally, “charter guests are wondering where they can go as there are still concerns over travel restrictions and Covid safety. The USVI and the travel portal (https://usvitravelportal.com) has been really useful in keeping everyone informed and safely allowing tourism. There are so many wonderful sailing itineraries here, all within US waters it has really led to an increase in demand for the area.”
Bluebeards Castle, located on Bluebeard’s Hill in Charlotte Amalie and within walking distance of the show, is offering charter brokers the discounted rate of $189 plus tax per night on king studio rooms with a queen pull-out sofa. In addition, Bolongo Bay Beach Resort will offer charter brokers a 20% discount on accommodations. The discounted accommodations for both resorts are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. Brokers must call the hotels directly to make the reservation. For Bluebeards Castle, 340-774-1600; www.bluebeardscastles.com and for Bolongo Bay Beach Resort, 1-800-524-4746; https://bolongobay.com. Use the discount code: Yacht Show. For more information and to register for the show, brokers can visit: https://vipca.org/charter-broker-registration/
Some 70 yachts, including crewed sail and power catamarans, monohulls and luxury motor yachts, are expected to present. One of these is Island Hoppin, a 2018-built Lagoon 52 Fly Bridge Luxury Catamaran.
“The silver lining through the pandemic is that we've been given a precious gift of returning to our local grounds. Whereas before the pandemic, we never had the opportunity to explore much of our local USVI territory - we always made a B-line to enjoy the splendors of the BVI's. As a chef, especially, I take pleasure in serving guests local produce and fresh-caught lobster, conch, or a variety of fish. There's no wonder the anchorages are filling up fast - the word is out - USVI is still nice!” says Margaret Harrington, Chef/Mate with Captain Taylor Smith.
IGY’s Yacht Haven Grande St. Thomas Marina will offer an exceptionally low show berthing rate of $1.50 per foot per day from November 1 through 17. www.igymarinas.com/marinas/marina-yacht-haven-grande/ There is an additional 10% early-bird discount for dockage paid in full before August 1. There’s also an ‘on arrival’ fuel rate that comes with a 5% discount.
Culinary and Cocktail Competitions
Food and drink go hand in hand in every charter, thus the Culinary and Cocktail Competitions are an essential part of the USVI Charter Yacht Show. Winners shine at the show, as well as year-round, with a ‘Competition Show Winner’ medallion provided in the yacht’s central agent brochure.
‘Local ingredients sourced from the U.S. Virgin Islands’ is the theme of the 2021 U.S. Virgin Islands Charter Yacht Show Culinary Competition, set for November 8th. Chefs are required to use a minimum of two locally sourced (i.e., farm or fishermen) ingredients in each dish entered. Courses include appetizer, main dish and dessert. Judges, which will include St. Thomas’ celebrity Chef Julius Jackson, will judge entries based on execution, appearance, taste, creativity, and uniqueness of the ingredients. There will be limited entries allowed in each course. Registration opens on August 20 and closes on October 1. Register at www.vipca.org/culinary-competition.
“The U.S. Virgin Islands have so much to offer when it comes to food, and there is a movement of sorts to place the Caribbean as a foodie destination. I chose the Culinary Competition theme as centered around our local food sources to help bridge that gap between the charter and the farmer. I believe it is crucial to keep sustainability in mind while sourcing our ingredients, and even more meaningful to connect with our farmers, fishermen, butchers, and all who are dedicated to bringing us our quality ingredients. We have access to the freshest foods when we source locally, and we can highlight the beauty of the islands with each bite,” says Maya Wierzbicki, Culinary Competition Coordinator, and owner at Cooking with Habibi.
For the Cocktail Competition, set for November 9, Bellows International and the West Indies Company will provide each exhibiting vessel a bottle of Captain Morgan Spiced Rum and Grey Goose Vodka, respectively. Yacht crews try their hand at dazzling an island-famous mixologist judge with their cocktail-making skills by preparing a libation from scratch in under five minutes. Registration opens on August 20. Register at https://vipca.org/cocktail-competition/
Sponsors of the USVI Charter Yacht show include the USVI Department of Tourism; Yacht Haven Grande; IGY Marinas; Offshore Marine; the Gowrie Group; Catamaran Central; Moe’s Fresh Market; Grey Goose, distributed by West Indies Company; Veuve Clicquot and Captain Morgan, distributed by Bellows International; Parts & Power Ltd., distributor of Northern Lights; the Charter Yacht Broker Association; Cardow Jewelers and Harbor Shoppers.
VIPCA is the territory’s 501(c)(6) nonprofit marine association, whose purpose is to promote, protect and further the capabilities of charter yachts and the marine businesses that sustain them. Projects and initiatives VIPCA membership supports includes producing a marine directory of local information, technical advice and resources; improving Customs and Border Protection facilities; facilitating access for charter vessels between the USVI and the Spanish Virgin Islands; compliance guidance; installation of territory-wide new transient moorings; and marine vocational training for V.I. youth under the organization’s charity fiscally sponsored by Community Foundation Virgin Islands (CFVI.net), the Marine Rebuild Fund.
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