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From the Editor

OCTOBER is one of the VIPY team’s favourite issues.

It is the edition when a vast section of the magazine is literally created by you for you in our annual Virgin Islands Property and Yacht Readers’ Choice Awards.

This year, there were some distinct changes in results with longstanding title holders losing their crown and newcomers revealing their popularity in taking first position. The variations could be attributed to an improvement in reputation for the winners. It might have been the introduction of nominations, jolting readers’ memories of other possibilities; this compared to previous years where voters might not have thought of certain people, places and/or services.

Regardless of the reason, competition was fierce and gathering from perceptions of the BVI community and reviews on Trip Advisor, it is clear why certain winners took the gold.

This year, to unveil either the closeness in competition or landslide victory, we are listing off the top three in each category and presenting the percentage of the vote that each candidate acquired. The award ceremony is set for Thursday October 16 at 6:00pm at our usual central Road Town, Tortola location of The Dove Restaurant.

On top of this celebration, we have some great articles in store. The Moorings exhibits their newest catamaran crewed yacht Prodigious – a 58ft luxury yacht with some beautiful differences, including one of the most fantastic flybridges that will captivate guests and have them never wanting to leave the top of the boat.

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We review our VIPY team’s favourite Virgin Island properties from the features of 2013/2014 while also viewing the 10 best ways to create a comfortable social setting in a Caribbean home in our BVI HomeSense column. The BVI Theatre Series unveils their new annual line-up for the Territory, including screenings of award winning performances The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Shakepeare’s King Lear, Mariinsky Ballet’s Nutcracker, and Treasure Island where the audience will be invited to participate in a pirate-themed dress up. Geoffrey Brooks investigates a controversial subject in BVI maritime history, regarding the Virgin Islands sloop and its origins – all the expert historians and researchers appear to have their own theory, however, through meticulous exploration, Geoffrey believes he has unearthed the answer. On the lifestyle side of the magazine, Stacie Leiphart interviews two pioneering Humane Society volunteers and Virgin Islands Life takes a turn to show another very popular side of the attractions of Caribbean residency in getting married with a tropical backdrop.
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Stephen Leslie France – Editor

We wish you a great high season for 2014 – 2015 and look forward to seeing you at The Dove Restaurant on 16 October for the VIPY RC award ceremony. Stephen L France

PS – Congratulations to Geli Maynard for winning our VIPY Reader Giveaway last month taking with her a Nutmeg Designs’ Room for Improvement makeover valued at US $1000.

Stephen Leslie France, Editor
Hailing from London, UK, Stephen graduated with a BA English Literature degree at the University of Southampton in 2007. He works as a freelance editor and can be found here: https://stephenlesliefrance.com/
Stephen Leslie France, Editor
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