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                                                                                                                               VOLUME 1, NUMBER 1
“Changes in latitude,                             WELCOME ABOARD!
changes in attitude.”
                                                  It is the beginning of a new year- a time for making fresh starts and
--Jimmy Buffet
                                                  resolutions. This year, we are pleased to have a new beginning with our
                                                  bimonthly e-newsletter, Charter Chatter, providing you with helpful,
INSIDE THIS ISSUE                                 engaging articles about Caribbean charter vacations.

1. Welcome Aboard                                 In this and future issues, you will find topics selected with you in mind. We
                                                  will include information on various Caribbean destinations and highlight
2. The British Virgin Islands
                                                  the latest vessels in our charter fleet. We will offer helpful tips to make
3. Gail’s Gems:                                   your chartering easier, share engaging stories from our youngest cruisers,
   Crewed Yacht Charters                          and of course, keep you updated on the latest Caribbean happenings.
                                                  This issue our focus is on the British Virgin Islands. If you have been
4. Musings from Melody                            thinking about a Caribbean charter, now is the time to make and keep that
   and Dennis:                                    resolution. Contact us at to book that ultimate vacation
   Bareboat Charters                              in paradise.
5. BVI Events
                                                                                     We are pleased to bring you Charter Chatter.
6. Full Moon Parties                                                                 From our families to yours, Happy New Year!

7. Top BVI Snorkel Spots                                                             Sincerely,
                                                                                     Tom DeMartine
8. Kids Corner
                                                                                     Proprietor, Virgin Island Sailing, Ltd.
9. Ask Sailgirl

10. Special Givaway

11. Caribbean Cuisine
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12. Upcoming Issue

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                                                 THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
                                                 There is a reason the British Virgin Islands are known as, “Nature’s Little
                                                 Secrets.” Delightfully quiet and picturesque, the BVI take in some of the
                                                 finest and safest charter boat sailing areas of the Caribbean. With more
                                                 than 50 islands and cays dotted with long, unspoiled powdery-white
                                                 beaches and crystal clear waters, it is no wonder this area is called the
                                                 Sailing Capital of the Caribbean. Here, all the action takes places both
                                                 above and beneath the surface of the water. Sailors love the warm
                                                 breezes that blow them from island to island, where you can sample the
                                                 secret coves accessible only be sea, while snorkelers and divers have a
                                                 rich and colorful underworld of reefs to explore. (See inside for our favorite
                                                 dive and snorkel spots). Each island has its unique charms and
                                                 attractions, offering you an infinite range of experiences.

                                                 Tortola is the BVI's largest island. It has a
                                                 mountainous southern coast with scrub and
                                                 frangipani. The northern shores have good
                                                 beaches along with groves of bananas,
                                                 mangos and palms. Mount Sage , a National
                                                 Park rising to 1,716 feet, is covered in dense
                                                 tropical foliage with trails for nature lovers. The
                                                 busy capital and commercial center of Road
                                                 Town has a narrow winding Main Street lined
                                                 with shops in West Indian-style houses, a
                                                 colorful market, many shops, restaurants, and
                                                 several marinas. Virgin Gorda is the next
                                                 largest BVI. The island is
                                                 known for its crystalline beaches and many upscale resorts, including
                                                 North Sound's Bitter End Yacht Club. Huge granite boulders dot the area
                                                 known as The Valley and the spectacular formation known as The baths is
                                                 an impressive display of granite boulders that form a network of stony
                                                 caverns, chambers and pools along the southeast shore. The
                                                 mountainous Jost Van Dyke has its own laid-back charm. The island has
                                                 just a few hundred residents, but some spectacular beaches and a
                                                 number of entertaining beach bars including Foxy’s and The Soggy
                                                 Bottom. Great Harbour, a small community hugging a half moon beach,
                                                 has several good restaurants and beautiful White Bay to the west is
                                                 popular with boaters and day trippers. Cooper Island, home of the Cooper
                                                 Island Beach Club, offers good snorkeling, swimming and a great
                                                 restaurant. Salt Island (pop.1) has two salt evaporation ponds and a
                                                 beautiful reef-protected lagoon on the eastern shore. Offshore, divers and
                                                 snorkelers will be amazed by the wreck of the RMS Rhone. Peter Island’s
                                                 Yacht Club has about everything a super-deluxe island resort should
                                                 have, including a well-equipped marina, but you will also find a secluded
                                                 paradise in its Great Harbour. Norman Island abounds with tales of buried
                                                 treasure in the 3 caves at Treasure Point which can easily be entered by
                                                 snorkelers. If you have worked up an appetite, you can party aboard the
                                                 Willy T or enjoy a Caribbean buffet at Pirates, both located in The Bight.
                                                 Nearby, some of the BVI’s best diving and snorkeling can be found at The (2 of 16)11/29/2007 12:45:21 PM
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                                                 Indians, spectacular coral formations rising above the surface. Anegada is
                                                 the BVI’s only coral atoll. Located about 20 miles to the northeast of
                                                 Tortola, the sparsely populated island is ringed by a swathe of white sand
                                                 that makes it a haven for beach lovers. Much of the low lying island is
                                                 surrounded by the extensive Horseshoe Reef, and is inhabited by
                                                 fascinating fauna including the Anegada Rock Iguana and the Roseate
                                                 Flamingo. Scuba and snorkel enthusiasts will delight in exploring the many
                                                 off-shore shipwrecks.

                                                                                              With a rich and varied culture, there are a
                                                                                              number of events and activities throughout
                                                                                              the year that highlight the local history, art,
                                                                                              dance and music of the British Virgin
                                                                                              Islands. Whether you are aboard a charter
                                                                                              or discovering onshore, your experience of
                                                                                              exploring “Nature's Little Secrets” will be an
                                                                                              enjoyable one!

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                                                 GAIL’S GEMS
                                                 It is very important to me that I recommend the perfect-crewed yacht and
                                                 crew for your Caribbean charter. To insure that I am up to date with every
                                                 yacht and crew that I recommend, I inspect the yachts on an average of at
                                                 least twice a year. I have just returned from the Virgin Islands where I was
                                                 able to inspect approximately 100-crewed yachts and interview the crews

 Are you interested in                                                                             these yachts. I am very happy to say
yachts over 100’ located                                                                           that this year the yachts' owners and
      worldwide?                                                                                   crews are very dedicated to making sure
                                                                                                   that the yachts are up to industry
Check out our sister company                                                                       standards. I am pleased to report that
       Seven Seas
                                                                                                   every year the yachts are getting better
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                                                                                                   and better, offering more and keeping
                                                                                                   up with both the times and needs of the
                                                                                                   guests. This year is no exception. Most (3 of 16)11/29/2007 12:45:21 PM
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     While you are there,                                                                          of the yachts are now not only IPOD
  be sure to sign up for their                                                                     compatible, but many actually have wi-fi
“New to Fleet” monthly update!
                                                                                                   access! During the crews' down time
                                                                                                   this summer, many of them worked on
                                                                                                   not only major maintenance for the
                                                                                                   yachts, but also on refitting the exterior
                                                                                                   as well as the interior with updated
                                                                                                   upholstery, linens, etc. In addition, more
                                                                                                   of the chefs took advantage of the time
                                                                                                   off and furthered their culinary skills with
                                                                                                   continuing education. Although working,
                                                                                                   I did, however, get a chance to play.I

                                                 able to take one day and actually go sailing! I was a guest on a 47 foot
                                                 catamaran called, Viking Dream. It was a fun-filled day that I was able to
                                                 share with a few friends. My hosts, Capt. Mark and Chef Sally made sure
                                                 that everyone was well taken care of. We were treated to a beautiful
                                                 snorkeling spot in a lovely anchorage off Peter Island , and you could
                                                 compare the delicious lunch that Sally prepared for us to any 5-star
                                                 restaurant. You can see Viking Dream by: Clicking Here.

                                                 One of the other yachts that I was very impressed with this year is Elektra,
                                                 a 68 foot monohull sailing yacht. Her crew, Capt. Lee and Chef Nina, just
                                                 keep getting better and better. When I inspected the yacht last year, I
                                                 thought it looked really good, but they have worked very hard on her this
                                                 past summer, and have made Elektra even better with new cushions,
                                                 detailed varnish work and a fresh new look. Elektra has not only won the
                                                 award for Best Monohull Sailing Yacht for the November 2007 show, but
                                                 Chef Nina won a first place culinary award for the best dessert. She can
                                                 now place this award along with the first place award she won last year in
                                                 the entrée category. To find out more about Elektra: Click Here. (4 of 16)11/29/2007 12:45:21 PM
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                                                 Whether you would like to go sailing with Capt. Lee and Chef Nina
                                                 onboard Elektra, or with Capt. Mike and Chef Sally on Viking Dream, or
                                                 any of our other 100 fine yachts, I look forward to putting my knowledge to
                                                 work to help you find the perfect yacht with crew for your group.

                                                 Till next time, Smooth Sailing and Fair Winds!
                                                 Gail Hartman, Crewed Yacht Charter Specialist

                                                 Go to our website at to book your bareboat
                                                 or crewed charter.

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                                                 MUSINGS FROM MELODY & DENNIS
                                                 As we are gearing up for the Caribbean high season (mid December to
                                                 early April), there are many new and exciting yachts being introduced into
                                                 the bareboat fleet. The popularity of catamarans continues to increase
                                                 because of their extremely spacious exterior and stability under sail. In
                                                 addition to these long-standing and well-known benefits, we are also
                                                 seeing an industry trend to increase the interior comfort and performance
                                                 of catamarans, making them attractive to even the most hard-core
                                                 monohull sailors! Lagoon has really done a great job with two of their most
                                                 recent catamaran models: the Lagoon 420 and Lagoon 440.

     To learn more about
   Caribbean music see our
   Caribbean Music Article. (5 of 16)11/29/2007 12:45:21 PM
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                                                                                                                    The Lagoon 420 is the
        Or listen to our
   Caribbean Music juke box
                                                                                                                    new “Green
        to enjoy it now!                                                                                            Catamaran” with dual
                                                                                                                    electric engines and
                                                                                                                    diesel generator. The
                                                                                                                    electronic propulsion
                                                                                                                    system on the Lagoon
                                                                                                                    420 is so sophisticated
                                                                                                                    that electrical
                                                                                                                    regeneration occurs
                                                                                                                    while sailing. This
                                                                                                                    model is silent and
                                                                                                                    smokeless, thus
                                                                                                                    eliminating air, water
                                                                                                                    and noise pollution. In
                                                                                                                    addition, your fuel bill
                                                                                                                    will be decreased!

                                                 The Lagoon 440 is the new “Luxury Catamaran” with an innovative fly-
                                                 bridge on a third level! This fly-bridge offers even more elbow room and a
                                                 spectacular 360° view. Other new features include an extra-wide
                                                 cushioned seat for 5-6 people, a sunning deck, a functional hard-top
                                                 bimini over the cockpit, and a cushioned seat built into the foredeck that is
   Check out our website                         ideal for relaxing, sunbathing or star gazing. In addition, all the sail control
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                                                 lines are within an arm’s reach.

                                                 The Lagoon 420 and Lagoon 440 are available in both 3-cabin or 4-cabin
                                                 layouts, and most are equipped with air conditioning. Again, overall
                                                 comfort and performance is the goal of these new catamarans. Each
                                                 boasts spaciousness in the cabins, galley, salon, cockpit and deck, as well
                                                 as plenty of storage space. Their feel is crisp, clean, airy and bright. The
                                                 performance is exhilarating and the ease of sailing is phenomenal,
                                                 allowing even your captain to relax while under sail!

                                                 If you are interested in trying one of these newest models in catamarans
                                                 or any other bareboat charter, our goal is to assist you in planning the
                                                 charter of your dreams with unforgettable experiences and life-long

                                                 Till next time, keep your sails full!
                                                 Melody Delgado and Dennis Lang,
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                                                  Where would you rather be this winter, shoveling snow or sailing the
                                                        Sir Frances Drake Channel in the British Virgin Islands?

                                                        Go to our website at to book your bareboat
                                                                              or crewed charter.

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   Want to find your
                                                 2008 BVI EVENTS HIGHLIGHTS
                                                 FOXY’S Old Year Celebration-December 30-January 1
 sailboat in a crowded
  anchorage at night?                            These new year’s celebrations are famous throughout the islands for their
   Attach a glow stick to the                    delicious barbecue, wild dancing and live bands featuring local musicians
   bow-spirit or safety line.                    as well as some famous names from the world of reggae. The anchorage
                                                 at Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke is packed. Celebrating begins each
                                                 afternoon and continues late into the night.

                                                 National Parks Trust Flower Show-February 1-9
                                                 Located in JR O’Neal Botanical Gardens in Road Town, this show
                                                 highlights the green-thumbs of the BVI when botanical colors are most
                                                 spectacular. Includes hibiscus, orchids, flower arrangements and of
                                                 course, plenty of food and drink.

                                                 FOXY’S Music Festival-March
                                                 It is always a party at Foxy’s, but it reaches a fever pitch each March with
                                                 tons of Caribbean talent from local bands to established island performers.
                                                 Of course, revelers can also enjoy a mouthwatering Caribbean BBQ,
                                                 dancing, drink and plenty of kids’ stuff. The fun begins Friday afternoons
                                                 and continues ‘til dawn each night of the festival.

                                                 BVI Spring Regatta-March 31-April 6 (7 of 16)11/29/2007 12:45:21 PM
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                                                 Since 1972, this is one of the most popular events on the BVI social
                                                 calendar. The event kicks off with a welcome party at Nanny Cay. Three
                                                 days of destination cruising and racing follows before the main 3-day

                                                 Spanish Town Fisherman’s Jamboree and 11th Annual Wahoo
                                                 Fishing-March 1-May 31
                                                 This is an annual event in celebration of fishing. The main focus is the
                                                 fishing competition which also provides visitors with plenty of opportunities
                                                 to try freshly-caught seafood.

                                                 Virgin Gorda Easter Festival-March 20-23
                                                 Celebrating the festival of Lent, Easter on Virgin Gorda is marked by a
                                                 cacophony of color, food, drink and dance for 4 days leading up to Easter
                                                 Sunday and includes live calypso music and scratch bands.

                                                 BVI Music Festival- May TBA
                                                 Cane Garden Bay Beach turns into a massive musical stage as throngs of
                                                 visitors dance on the sand to reggae, blues, jazz, R&B and calypso music.
                                                 Featuring a line-up including some of the best local and national bands
                                                 from across the Caribbean. Food and drink are plentiful.

                                                 FOXY’S Wooden Boat Regatta-May TBA
                                                 The fun gets underway on a Friday night as revelers wave off the
                                                 competing wooden boats as they set sail. With the boats gone, the party
                                                 continues at Foxy’s until the boats return the following day. As with all
                                                 events at the ever popular Foxy’s, all entertainment comes served with
                                                 authentic Caribbean BBQ.

                                                 Highland Spring HIHO- June 29-July 6
                                                 One of the most popular windsurfing adventures in the Caribbean, the
          Check out our:
                                                 annual Highland Spring HIHO attracts participants and spectators from
          KIDS CORNER                            around the world. Participants are taken on a week-long voyage of
                                                 discovery through the BVI aboard catamarans. Each day the fleet arrives
   Where you will find articles                  at new islands for a day of windsurfing competitions, covering 150 miles
 written by kids, the Buccaneer                  during the event.
Bible ( which is a downloadable
PDF activities workbook perfect
                                                 BVI Emancipation Festival-July 1-31
  to take on your BVI charter),
  and other information geared                   This annual celebration marks the 1834 Emancipation Act which abolished
just for kids! Also see the article,             slavery in the British West Indies. All the islands celebrate with events
   A BVI Sailing Vacation with                   including contests to be crowned festival Queen, live music, dancing,
                Kids.                            street performers, parties and parades. A hotly contested calypso
                                                 competition is held to win the coveted crown of the Calypso King. Food
                                                 and drink is also a big aspect of this celebration. (8 of 16)11/29/2007 12:45:21 PM
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                                                 FULL MOON PARTIES
                                                 During the middle ages, it was a common belief that the full moon caused
                                                 people to behave strangely. In fact, the word, “lunacy” comes from the
                                                 Latin word, “luna” for moon. Full moon festivals are held throughout the
                                                 Caribbean, but no other island throws a party quiet like the BVI. No where
                                                 else in the Caribbean are these parties held every month. (See below for
                                                 the full moon schedule).

                                                                                                         The biggest party in the BVI is held
                                                                                                         every month at Bomba’s Shack in
                                                                                                         Capoons Bay, Tortola. Make no
                                                                                                         mistake- this is a beach bar shack,
                                                                                                         but the music will be pulsating and
                                                                                                         the drinks will be flowing all night,
                                                                                                         including Bomba’s famous (or
                                                                                                         infamous) Bomba Punch and
                                                                                                         Mushroom Tea (yes-it is
                                                                                                         hallucinogenic). Cruisers can anchor
                                                                                                         at Cane Garden Bay or Soper’s Hole
                                                                                                         where plenty of taxis can drive you
                                                                                                         to the raucous fun.

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 Feel free to comment about                      family-orientated fun, the other
        Charter Chatter!
                                                 side of the island is a favorite
                                                 destination. Trellis Bay Cyber
                                                 Café holds the Fireball Full
                                                 Moon Party on Beef Island.
                                                 The party starts around 7 pm
                                                 with a delicious Caribbean
                                                 BBQ, followed by live music,
                                                 gravity-defying Mocko
                                                 Jumbies, and fire jugglers. The
                                                 highlight of the evening is the
                                                 9 pm lighting of Aragon artist
                                                 Dick Read’s famous fireball
                                                 sculptures. Trellis Bay is a
                                                 great anchorage to enjoy the

                                                                                    2008 FULL MOON SCHEDULE

                                                                                                                                Feb. 21
                                                                                                                     Jan. 22    Apr. 20
                                                                                                                     Mar. 21    June 18
                                                                                                                     May 20     Aug. 16
                                                                                                                     July 18    Oct. 14
                                                                                                                     Sept. 15   Dec. 12
                                                                                                                     Nov. 13

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                                                  THE TOP 5 BVI SNORKEL SPOTS

                                                                                                                          1. Great Dog

                                                                                                                          2. The Indians

                                                                                                                          3. The Wreck of the
                                                                                                                             RMS Rhone

                                                                                                                          4. Monkey Point
For more Caribbean Cuisine,
see the article, Got Rum? Part                                                                                            5. Manchioneel Bay
Two: Recipes for Drinks and
Delectables in the article archive
of our web site at www.
                                                  For 7 more super snorkeling spots with complete descriptions of each, see
                                                  our informative snorkel article by clicking here

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                                                  KIDS CORNER
                                                  GOING TO THE BVI FOR A CARIBBEAN SAILING CHARTER

                                                  From Madison, Wisconsin to Red Hook, St. Thomas, USVI, it took four
                                                  planes, a cab and almost a whole day of sitting. (It was just like a day of
                                                  sitting in school!). I thought I was going to die, but once I got there, it was
                                                  worth every minute of travel. Once we finally touched ground, it was time
                                                  for a cab ride to meet the rest of my family. When I got in the cab for the
                                                  first time and we crossed over to the other side of the mountains, I felt like
                                                  I was on a rollercoaster as we went up and down over all the hills. Another
                                                  thrilling part was driving on the left side of the road! It took several miles
                                                  and several turns before I could get used to it. The intersections gave me
                                                  butterflies because it was hard to figure out who was coming and who was
                                                  going. After dropping off other riders at their hotels, we finally got to Red
                                                  Hook. All I could see was mile and miles of beautiful blue oceans and
                                                  tones of sailboats. After that, my aunt and uncle picked me up and took
                                                  me by dinghy to our catamaran. It was huge-I had never been on a
                                                  sailboat that big before. The first night on out boat, I was so excited I
                                                  thought I was never going to be able to sleep. But, I was wrong. It was like
                                                  getting rocked in a cradle. I don’t think I have ever slept so good. When I (11 of 16)11/29/2007 12:45:21 PM
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                                                 got up I the morning, I got to eat breakfast while watching a beautiful
                                                 sunrise. It had reds, blues, and pinks in it. You would never see sunrise
                                                 like that in Wisconsin. Checking into customs for the BVI was fun! I got a
                                                 really cool stamp in my passport. Spending a week sailing in the BVI was
                                                 totally awesome. (I’ll tell you all about it-snorkeling, swimming, learning to
                                                 drive a dinghy, eating, getting my hair braided – in other stories). It was
                                                 the most fun I had in a week. Living on a catamaran in the middle of blue
                                                 oceans and seeing beautiful sunrises every morning is a picture I will
                                                 never forget. Even though it takes forever to get there, I can’t wait to go on
                                                 our next BVI sailing trip!
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                                                 ASK SAILGIRL
                                                                                                       Dear Sailgirl: How do we get to the
                                                                                                       charter base from the airport or ferry
                                                                                                       dock?-L.W, Mansfield , OH .

                                                                                                       Dear LW: Taxis are always available
                                                                                                       at the airport and ferry terminals. Most
                                                                                                       of the charter bases will also provide
                                                                                                       pick up services, if you want. Let your
                                                                                                       charter agent know when you book
                                                                                                       your charter. If you are flying into St.
                                                                                                       Thomas and plan to ferry over to
                                                                                                       Tortola, be aware when planning your
                                                                                                       trip that the last ferry of the day leaves
                                                                                                       St. Thomas between 4:00 and 5:00
                                                                                                       pm, depending upon the day of the

                                                 week. Check the ferry schedules with your charter agent and in your
                                                 Cruising Guide for accurate information.

                                                 Dear Sailgirl: Can I still use my cell phone and e-mail in the BVI? –K.C.,

                                                 Dear K.C.: If you want to use your cell phone in the Caribbean , check
                                                 with your provider to see whether it will work there and what the call
                                                 charges will be. Most dual-band digital phones that are primed for roaming
                                                 can work on most Caribbean mobile networks. Blackberries will also work
                                                 if they are set up for international roaming. If you do have a cell phone that
                                                 works in the region, the cheapest way to make calls is to pay a nominal
                                                 fee for a local SIM card or chip which you can insert into a phone brought
                                                 from home and use it to make local and international calls. SIM cards are
                                                 available from independent mobile phone stores and Cable and Wireless/
                                                 Digicel outlets throughout the Caribbean . Note that while you are sailing
                                                 in the BVI, and you have a good line of site to St. Thomas , you can
                                                 access through St. Thomas which is part of the United States network for
                                                 most wireless companies. Another option is to rent a phone through the
                                                 charter company. Many of the larger charter bases have them available to
                                                 use. One of the best ways to keep in touch while traveling in the
                                                 Caribbean is using a free internet e-mail account that can be accessed
                                                 from anywhere, such as Yahoo, Hotmail, or GMail. Many of the islands
                                                 have internet cafes that allow you access for a nominal fee. In the BVI,
                                                 you will find them in Road Town and Cane Garden Bay , Tortola; the
                                                 Trellis Bay Cyber Café; the chandlery in the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor ,
                                                 and the Bitter End Yacht Club.

                                                 Dear Sailgirl: What currency should I bring with me to the BVI? -B.J, New
                                                 York (13 of 16)11/29/2007 12:45:21 PM
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                                                 Dear B.J: The US dollar is accepted everywhere in the BVI. In addition,
                                                 Visa and Master Card are also accepted. I would not recommend trying to
                                                 use your American Express. Few places take it in the BVI. ATMs accept
                                                 debit and credit cards linked to the Cirrus, Plus and Visa networks.

                                                 If you have a question for Sailgirl, submit it to:

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                                                 ISSUE SPECIAL GIVE-AWAY
                                                 Book your charter by February 14 th , and receive a bottle of house wine
                                                 with dinner OR a round of specialty drinks with lunch at Myett's Garden
                                                 and Grille. A little slice of Heaven on a big stretch of Paradise . Myett's
                                                 hotel and restaurant, nestled among lush tropical foliage, is located on the
                                                 beach of romantic Cane Garden Bay , Tortola.

                                                 Please ask your broker for a voucher upon booking.

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                                                 CARIBBEAN CUISINE

                                                                               MANGO PINEAPPLE CHEESECAKE

                                                 Crust: 1 ½ cups vanilla cookie crumbs

                                                 3 Tbsp. melted margarine or butter

                                                 Combine. Press into bottom of 9 inch ungreased spring form pan. Freeze.

                                                 Filling: 4 pkgs. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, softened

                                                 1 ½ cups sugar

                                                 4 eggs

                                                 ½ cup drained crushed pineapple

                                                 ½ cup finely chopped mango

                                                 1 Tbsp. rum

                                                 2 tsp. vanilla

                                                 Topping: 1- 8 oz. can crushed, unsweetened pineapple

                                                 ½ cup chopped mango

                                                 Beat cheese and sugar on medium for 3 minutes. Add eggs one at a time,
                                                 beating after each addition. Stir in mango, pineapple, rum and vanilla.
                                                 Pour over crust. Bake at 350°F for 45-55 minutes until top is light brown
                                                 and center has a slight jiggle. Cool on a rack for 2 hours. Cover with
                                                 plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight. Decorate top
                                                 with crushed, unsweetened pineapple and chopped mango.

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                                                 UPCOMING ISSUE

                                                 1. Summer Vacation Destinations: Ideas for inexpensive sailing charters.

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