Bitter End Yacht Club helps rebuild British Virgin Islands

Following hurricane Irma, the Bitter End Yacht Club is helping raise money to aid the recovery and recuperation of the British Virgin Islands (BVI) after the hurricane hit in late 2019.

The Bitter End Yacht Club, in Virgin Gorda, was one of the many locations destroyed by the disaster. Having built up and owned the Bitter End Yacht Club for the past 50 years, Lauren Hokin and her father, said “The place was just decimated. We were used to storms, but this was orders of magnitude worse.”

Taking a full year to clear up the remnants of about 70 buildings spanning 65 acres, the focus turned to how the areas were to rebuild. 

Fans of the Bitter End Yacht Club wanted to help with recovery. The family set up Bitter End Provisions, a clothing and accessory line of “seaworthy goods for salty people,” with $1 from every sale going to Bitter End Foundation. The foundation uses the funds to support the BVI communities as well as the marine ecosystem.

Reconstruction of the marina has been completed, with phase one of the rebuild expected to be finished shortly and an anticipated reopening date set for early November 2021.

The revamp of the marina building will include a sunset view lounge, a formal dining room, a multi-concept restaurant, a pizza and wine bar, and a sports bar complete with foosball and pool tables. The marina will also be fit with a market stocked with prepared foods, groceries, beer and wine as well as boasting a Bitter End Provisions retail unit on site.

“All of these buildings are in a pedestrian plaza,” Hokin said. “We have gotten rid of—as much as possible—vehicular traffic. There won’t be any golf carts by the water. It will all be pedestrian. Having a meal when a golf cart drives by as you’re enjoying a sunset—that’s not ideal.”

The team was also able to save some of the original building beams, ship lamps, signs, and other significant objects from the ruins.

“We can put it out on display in the redeveloped property. It can help to tell the story and contribute to the character of the place,” she said. “The last thing we want to do is plunk down a brand-spanking-new, inauthentic, shiny bunch of buildings.”

For more information, visit Bitter End Yacht Club. For more news and yachting tips, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

 

Source: Yachting Magazine


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