Wonderful yachts arrive and progress in the yard!

Friday 21st January 2011

The word is getting out! Dockage in Admiralty bay. Just look at our wonderful view this morning! Two yachts moored and looking georgous!

We've been clearing litter along the beach and encouraging windlife to live with us at the Marina. Over the next few months we will designate wildlife areas within the Marina. This includes our beach and reef!

The entrance to the Marina is getting built. You'll see a welcome sign on this wall within days. Imagine flowers along the top of the wall and lights to help point the way to our after dark arrivals! Before anyone asks, no, we have no idea where the dog came from :)

The litter/garbage area is getting a flower bed in front of it. Soon the main area behind will be concreted and a second bin room added. White fences will be erected in front of the old container (which is not on our land) to hide it.

Branding and signage

Thursday 23rd December 2010

The signs and t-shirts arrived today so we had a little "2011 kick-off" party up at the cottage.

Tracey and Vernita model our new t-shirts! How cool !

When you arrive at the Marina look for "The Yacht Club" and you'll know you've found a member of staff. Or from the back...

... you'll see "crew".

Signs have started to go up around the Marina. Here is the sign that welcomes our TradeWinds cruisers to the base.

... and here is Julicia; our receptionist in front of a "now signed" reception.

Happy Christmas everyone!

Clearing the yard and slip

Tuesday 30th November 2010

The slip and yard has been going through a major transformation of late. Seven trees were felled by hurricane Tomas, all of which have been cleared, cut up and removed. A rotting dingy, landrover and digger have been sold or scrapped. Huge amounts of trash have been collected - all adding up to some 10+ lorry loads of waist.

A back hoe was brought in to level the walls on the slip. Much of the debris was used to build a dry stone wall along the back of the property.

Lastly, the large piles of sand left after hurricane Omar have been leveled apart from one which we'll keep for building soem walls around the property.

We now have the luxury of a big, open and flat space - let the landscaping and creativity start !

Building reception

Monday 15th November 2010

We are very very nearly open for business. Our old downstairs office has is being transformed into a reception area for the hotel, the dock administration office and a supply station for our chartered services business.

We're only a coat of paint and some signs away from kicking in the season and being ready for business!

Hurricane Tomas

Wednesday 3rd November 2010

On the 30th and 31st of October 2010 Hurricane Tomas battered St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines. In St Vincent and the Grenadines over 1200 roofs were lost on peoples homes. Our base in only 10 miles south of St Vincent. The hurricane was a category 1 hurricane and brought with it 50 knot winds. Three TradeWinds boats were crewed throughout the storm and only received superficial damage. Lou, a member of one of the crew lost her big toe nail just before the storm took hold which was, thankfully, our only casualty (get well soon Lou!!).

Not everyone was as lucky as us though. We wish everyone all the best with their recoveries. The boat below was re-floated and lost her mast in the process.

Building wise we have three roofs with slight damage, the worst being a store room.

The garden on the other hand was nothing short of armageddon!

Our breadfruit tree lies horizontal (on top of our telephone and Internet lines). It is far to say that no part of the garden / slip area looked any better than this!

Our bin storage shed lies on it's side with a Mango tree in the background - it's at 45 degrees learning against the house.

Another breadfruit tree down to the left and in the background another tree which took out any communications that the first tree did not manage to destroy ;)

Clearly it was time to rally the troops. We bought a chain saw and set too. By lunch time we'd cleared the first two trees.

... creating a 10ft high pile as we did.

The beach was covered in leaves, branches and debris. More for the pile!

By the end of the day all paths were clear, trees removed and electricity and communications restored. Thanks everyone for a fantastic recovery operation!!

For those cruising, come visit us - we're the marina without any trees ;)

TradeWinds

We are proud to be the home of TradeWinds for their 'Bequia and the Grenadines' cruises. If you are cruising with them please see their website for more information.

TradeWinds Luxury Crewed Yacht Charter

The Reservations team resides here and are always happy to say hello if you, as a TradeWinds Member or guest wish to pop upstairs.

About Bequia

The tiny island of Bequia has a unique magical charm which is hard to find anywhere else in the Caribbean. With fewer than six thousand inhabitants, it feels like home from the moment you arrive; friendliness is the watchword, and the pace is relaxed and easy-going. Don't be surprised if you are greeted with a warm hello as you walk along the street!

You can find out more about Bequia from our Bequia Tourism Association. If you want to know what's on then download their "what's on" leaflet.

Flags

The Bequia flag and the St Vincent and the Grenadines flag are available from the book shop on Front Street.

Bequia flag

The courtesy flag is the official St Vincent and the Grenadines flag. Fly the Bequia flag under it and attract smiles from locals :)