Until you actually visit the place, it’s hard to fathom the destruction and havoc wreaked by the terrible tandem of hurricanes Irma and Maria, which plowed through the British Virgin Islands and other Caribbean countries in September 2017. Remarkably, the islands and many of the restaurants and watering holes that make the BVI such an alluring and cherished destination are coming back strong.
So too are the charter companies themselves, many of which suffered devastating losses during the storms, and which serve as the gateway to the islands for so many visiting sailors each year. Everyone who weathered the historic tempests has a story to tell, and that goes for the charter operators themselves. What they experienced and how they’ve reacted is nothing less than amazing, which I discovered on a tour of several bases during my own recent trip to the BVI.
Nanny Cay serves as the headquarters for several charter firms, and my first glimpse just about made me gasp. Sunken and wrecked boats dominated the seascape, and during my visit in early December, three full months after the hurricanes, it was hard to imagine what the scene looked like in the immediate aftermath of the disaster.