Yacht Charter In The British Virgin Islands

The British Virgin Islands (BVI) is a British overseas territory, located in the north of the Caribbean Sea to the east of both Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. They are part of the Leeward Island chain. The approximate co-ordinates are 18° 20′ N 64° 40′ W. The archipelago of the Virgin Islands archipelago is made up of the US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.

The British Virgin Islands enjoy a sub-tropical climate, moderated by the trade winds. Temperatures remain fairly steady year round with a daily maximum of around 29°C in the summer and 25°C in the winter. The BVI averages about 115 cm of rain per year, although this is higher in the hills and coast is drier. The wettest months are September through to December. The British Virgin Islands are in an area that can see hurricanes from June to October and this effectively limits the sailing season to November – May.

Amongst the many attractions on the British Virgin Islands are the; numerous white sandy beaches; the baths on Virgin Gorda, snorkelling on the coral reefs near Anegada; the well-known bars of Jost Van Dyke Island.

The British Virgin Islands include the main islands of Anegada, Jost Van Dyke, Tortola and Virgin Gorda together with over fifty other smaller islands and cays. The smaller islands include; Beef Island, Cooper Island, Ginger Island, Great Camanoe, Great Thatch, Guana Island, Mosquito Island, Necker Island, Norman Island, Peter Island, Salt Island. Only some fifteen of the islands are inhabited. The BVI are mostly volcanic in origin and have a rugged, hilly terrain. Anegada is the exception and is a flat island composed of limestone and coral. Tortola is the largest island, approximately twelve miles long and three miles wide. Road Town, on Tortola, is the capital of the islands. The British Virgin Islands have a total population of around 22,000 people.

The Virgin Islands were first settled by Arawak Indians from South America around 100 BC and inhabited the islands until the fifteenth century when Carib Indians from the Lesser Antilles Islands displaced them. The first European sighting of the Virgin Islands was in 1493 by Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the Americas. He called them Santa Ursula y las Once Mil Vírgenes (Saint Ursula and her 11,000 Virgins); this was shortened to Las Vírgenes (The Virgins).

In the early sixteenth century the Spanish Empire acquired the Virgin Islands and developed copper mining on Virgin Gorda. Subsequently the English, Dutch, French, Spanish and Danish all sought control of the Virgin Islands. They became a notorious pirate haunt. During the process of European colonisation the native Amerindian population was all but wiped out.

In 1648 the Dutch established a permanent settlement on the island of Tortola. The British captured Tortola from the Dutch in 1672, and the British annexation of Anegada and Virgin Gorda followed in 1680.

The Virgin Islands were considered principally a strategic possession, but were also planted when there were favourable economic conditions. The British introduced sugar cane that became the main crop and source of foreign trade. Slaves were brought from Africa to work on the sugar cane plantations and the islands prospered until the growth in the sugar beet crop in Europe and the United States reduced sugar cane production significantly.

In 1917, the United States purchased St. John, St. Thomas and St. Croix from Denmark for US$25 million, renaming them the United States Virgin Islands and the British renamed the islands they controlled as the British Virgin Islands. The British Virgin Islands were administered either as part of the Leeward Islands Colony or with St. Kitts and Nevis, with an administrator representing the British Government on the Islands. Separate colony status was gained for the British Virgin Islands in 1960 and they became autonomous in 1967.

Since this time the BVI have moved away from an agricultural economy towards tourism and financial services and have become one of the richest areas in the Caribbean. Politically tourism is the more important of the two employing large numbers of the local population and many of the businesses are locally owned. However, economically, the financial service sector is by far the more important and provides nearly 50% of the Government’s revenues in the form of licence fees for offshore companies.

The Terrance B. Lettsome International Airport, also known as Beef Island Airport, has regular connections to San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Saint Thomas, USVI. There are also flights from most of the major islands in the Caribbean, Antigua and Saint Martin. It is located on Beef Island, just off the eastern tip of Tortola. Virgin Gorda and Anegada have smaller airports. The islands are a popular destination for cruise ships in the Caribbean and they use the British Virgin Islands main harbour in Road Town on Tortola. The official currency of the British Virgin Islands is the US dollar. Major credit cards are honoured at the larger BVI establishments but do not expect to use them at small restaurants.

The traditional music of the British Virgin Islands is called fungi after the local cornmeal dish with the same name, often made with okra. The special sound of fungi is due to a unique local fusion between African and European music. The fungi bands, also called “scratch bands and use a great variety of instruments. Fingi is a form of festive dance but also contains humorous social commentaries and is a source of BVI oral history.

The British Virgin Islands are one of the Caribbean’s most popular yacht charter destinations and Tortola is home to the world’s largest fleet of charter yachts. Prospective charters can choose between Skippered or bareboat charter. Motor or sailing vessels. Monohulls or catamarans. The short distances between the islands, often only 2 to 3 hours, make the BVI perfect for the first time yacht charterer and for families with young children. There are many flights to the BVI making access easy. On the downside the BVI can become crowded at peak periods; Christmas; Presidents Week and the Easter holidays. The first two weeks of July are also extremely busy due to Puerto Rico’s holiday schedule. Charter Yachts require a National Park Permit; ask your charter company for more details.

Moorings are increasingly popular throughout the British Virgin Islands to prevent anchors dragging on the bottom and damaging the important coral reefs. Although the cynics will tell you it’s also about revenue raising and at $30 per night it is hard not to sympathise with this point of view. Overnight moorings are on 18” white balls. Other mooring buoys will be encountered while sailing in the BVI and are colour coded as follows;

Orange – Non-diving, day use only.
Yellow – Commercial dive vessels only.
Large Yellow – Commercial vessels or vessels over 55′ in length
White – Non-commercial vessels, for daytime dive use only.
Blue – For dinghy use only

Also note that there is a 90-minute time limit on all moorings.

The major harbour in the British Virgin Islands is at Road Town, on Tortola. And most charters will start and end here. Village Cay Marina is one of the full service marinas available in Road Harbour offering fuel, water, ice, provisioning, laundry, shower facilities, beauty salon and spa. There is a fresh water pool and a waterfront restaurant and bar. Other marinas in Road Town Harbour include Fort Burt Marina and Inner Harbour Marina. There is also another full service marina in Nanny Cay that offers another starting point for yacht charters. The Nanny Cay Marine Centre has amenities including showers, water, gift shop, laundry, ice and fuel, provisioning, storage lockers and two restaurants. There are also a dive shop, mechanical repairs, refrigeration, welding and a 24 hour chase boat service. Allow time at the beginning or end of your yacht charter to explore Tortola. Driving around the island’s steep and winding mountain roads offers some breathtaking views. Some of the finest beaches in all of the BVI are located at Cane Garden Bay and Long Bay, on Tortolas’s north shore. Restaurants on Tortola are held in high regard throughout the Caribbean. Shopping and nightlife tend to be low-key, but a selection of small clubs playing local music can be found in Road Town and in the beach bars around the Tortola.

West End is shown on the charts as Soper’s Hole, a protected harbour lying between Frenchman’s Cay and Tortola. The Soper’s Hole Wharf and Marina offers a full range of services located in charming colourful houses. The Pusser’s Landing features waterfront dining in two restaurants and bars, an outdoor terrace and the company store.

Jost Van Dyke Island was named after a Dutch pirate. It has beautiful beaches, great food and music. Jost Van Dyke is the home to the famous “Full Moon” parties held at Foxy’s and Sidney’s Peace and Love Bar.

Anegada Island is known for its beautiful pink, sugar sand beach and snorkelling with age-old shipwrecks and coral reefs. Anegada’s Reef Hotel is renowned for the local lobster. The dining room and bar are directly on the beach. If you go ashore on Anegada carry bug spray with you. You have been warned!!!

Moorings are available and anchoring is possible all along the coast of Virgin Gorda. Or you can get a berth at the nearby Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbour, a marina with docking for 110 vessels, where the ferry arrives for land travellers. Shops are concentrated around the Yacht Harbour area, especially at the Courtyard. Virgin Gorda Island is famous for The Baths, a day filled with cave exploration and water holes within this unique rock formation. Dinghies are no longer allowed on the shore here and you must swim from a dinghy mooring to the beach. The Bitter End Yacht Club is located in North Sound and is a great place pick up a mooring. You will be amongst some of the beautiful yachts in the BVI here. The small deserted island of Prickly Pear is a great lunch and snorkelling spot and is just a dinghy ride from the Bitter End Yacht Club. Spanish Town on the southwest side of Virgin Gorda is a popular stop over for shopping and provisioning.

Norman Island or “Treasure Island” as the locals know it is home to the pirate ship “William Thornton”. Legend suggests this to be the fabled site of Long John Silvers treasure trove. Norman Island lies close to the boundary line separating the BVI from the US Virgin Islands. Although uninhabited it is alive with tourism. The caves here are one of the most popular tourist attractions in the BVI. This is a popular overnight anchorage and many charterers will take dinner aboard the Willy T, a 100′ steel schooner.

Cheeky Tiger – A New Owner, A New Yacht

Cheeky Tiger, the name itself conjures up images of mischievous fun and this is exactly what you can experience when you step on board this extraordinary luxury charter yacht and cruise the crystal Mediterranean waters.

Following her sale to new owners in 2007 this superb 34 metre Leopard underwent an extensive interior refit in the South of France where she is based. This refit was designed to enhance her already stylish image, giving her a fresh and modern look for her debut luxury charter season.

Her owners invested heavily in order to update the audio visual and IT equipment on board, added fabulous new soft furnishings, throw cushions and bedspreads for all the cabins in clean, neutral tones with a splash of colour to brighten up the interior and create an overall feel which is contemporary yet warm.

New blinds, Sea Grass carpets in the salon and TV room and many more changes have given the yacht a designer feel and she was ready to welcome her guests for a luxury Mediterranean yacht charter in style. Her charter guests and owners were not disappointed.

Sleeping up eight guests in four en-suite cabins, the stunning M/Y Cheeky Tiger can cruise with up to 12 guests in total during the day, providing spacious sunbathing areas forward and aft and a perfect alfresco dining area for those who wish to make the most of the outdoors whilst onboard. The aft and foredeck sunpads were also re-covered in funky khaki tones to create the perfect sun-worshippers haven in pure style. Nothing less than would be expected on a luxury Mediterranean charter!

With an array of water sports equipment on offer for the more active guest and a five star professional crew of four working with an experienced captain, Cheeky Tiger is a pleasure to charter for everyone, in particular those who appreciate the finer things in life.

If speed is your thing then this is the luxury yacht for your luxury vacation in the South of France. Achieving speeds of up to 34 knots, Cheeky Tiger will jet you from Monaco to St Tropez in almost no time. There’s no better way to beat the traffic and congestion that surrounds the hip and trendy resort of St Tropez where the jet set can be seen than to arrive by water. No more waiting in hours of traffic to reach your final destination.

The yacht will be in Palma for the winter 2008/2009 undergoing the second stage of her major interior refit in readiness for her forthcoming charter season. The works include brand new master cabin and master bathroom, substantial upgrade to her TV room, a new day head, a substantial upgrade to both the VIP and twin cabins. Major changes are planned for a new salon along with new carpets in all the bedrooms and hallway. Upgraded fabrics for the aft sun pad and dining area are planned along with design changes to bridge area.

All Inclusive Luxury Motor Yacht Charter Trends

What is so unique about a luxury motor yacht charter? The list goes on and on, but the most poignant trait may be it is the only vacation you will ever take where you get both the control of calling all the shots and the pampering of an all inclusive vacation package. Whether you choose a motor boat or sailboat charter you will be on the trip of a lifetime. Hire a crew to make your vacation even more carefree and you’ll never travel any other way again.
Destinations of the Sea
A typical vacation for you may have been to some pretty exciting or peaceful destinations. Chances are you booked your flight and hotel online or through a travel agent then anxiously awaited your vacation. You fly to a specific airport then perhaps rent a car to use public transportation. Next you see all the sites within a day’s drive of your hotel, hope your flight home and it all becomes a distant memory as you try desperately to recuperate from your adventure.

When travelling aboard a luxury motor yacht charter the experience is entirely different. First and foremost you are not limited by geography and you don’t have to worry about booking a hotel for each city you visit. Your luxury suite travels with you along with your personal chef and butler. On top of that, all of your closest friends and family can come along.

Luxury yacht vacation packages that also include a flight to the departing port can range from weekend trips around the Caribbean Islands and the Bahamas to week long travels to the Mediterranean sea. Generally the Caribbean is reached via Miami and European Islands and those in the Mediterranean are reached by a number of different departure cities. The all inclusive trip is yours for the designing. You choose where you will stop and how long you will stay. There are no other passengers to accommodate other than those you have invited so the choice is yours.
What Is It Like Aboard a Luxury Motor Yacht Charter?
Imagine the finest hotel with the best restaurant in the city at your disposal 24/7 and you only begin to see the luxury of a privately chartered cruise. Now add to that the best a private spa has to offer with exercise equipment, a spa tub and steam room and refreshing dips in a private pool. Now you are getting closer to the luxury of a private charter.

Accommodations are not the only aspect of luxury. Service that is top notch and available around the clock adds to the overall experience. A well trained and knowledgeable crew is always at your disposal. This includes the skipper, a first mate, the finest chefs, and discretely efficient housekeeping services. After experiencing such service you’ll want to take the crew home with you so you can extend the luxury of this type of travel.

Make a date with luxury by taking an online tour and reserving one of the finest sailing vessels on the sea. Your next trip will be the standard by which all others are measured.

Boat Charter – Perth to the Abrolhos Islands

It is that time of the year when the Western Australian government allow boat charter operators to take passengers into the beautiful to catch fish, go diving and surfing offshore. Many Perth boat charter operators make the journey to the Abrolhos Islands whilst others are locally based and operate within their specific area.

For those planning to take these once in a lifetime trips to the beautiful Western Australian coastline, you should be aware that the state government regulates boat charter operators to ensure that they comply with the rules and regulations of the fisheries act and also to ensure that the passengers are properly cared for and that every passenger has a life jacket, the boats have a tracking device in case of misfortune and that they have the best sonar and navigation aids that technology permits.

An Abrolhos Island Charter is a true joy for the water lovers amongst you. The fishing, diving surfing or cruising charters are seasonal due to government regulations protecting the environment. The sensational Abrolhos Islands are located nearly 40 nautical miles west of Geraldton. Geraldton is located about 6 hours north of Perth. They are known as the Houtman Abrolhos Archipelagos and consist of 122 islands in total, divided into four main groups; Wallabies group, Easter group, North Island group and Southern/Pelseart group. It is a real pleasure to look out on the beautiful aqua blue waters and just wonder in amazement at the pristine environment. It is truly one of the world’s best kept secrets.

The warm current means this area provides some of the best coral in the world! This location is idyllic and is ideal for deep-sea fishing, diving, surfing, snorkelling, or simply cruising between the many island groups. View the local species of seals and the majestic dolphins that play alongside the boat.

Many people come just to watch the dolphins ride the waves and join in with the âhuman folk onboard. I personally love the snorkelling and the fishing, although my friend is a mad keen surfer. Many do not realise that the offshore waves attract a committed surfing crowd who go in search of the best waves to be had in and around the offshore environment. Add to all this a jet boat that allows overnight stays on the balmy evenings and you could find nothing closer to paradise.

On an historical note, the Batavia Shipwreck is also a local attraction inside the Wallabies Group where it ran aground with 300 people on board on 5 June 1629 . A lot of interesting history relates to the crew and passengers on this ill-fated ship. The maritime museum in Fremantle has much of the information about the crew and passengers as well as part of the ship, rebuilt partly by volunteers and boating buffs.

Shark Bay near Denham is also a beautiful piece of the Western Australian tourism landscape. Well known for its tourist interactions with dolphins, a charter cruise is an ideal place to get away from it all and experience natural unspoilt beauty.

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Holding the Ultimate Retirement Party – A Chartered Cruise

Retirement is something that comes around once in a lifetime and you should definitely enjoy it. The best way to say adios to your career is to put on the celebration of a lifetime and what better way to do this than hold your retirement party on a chartered cruise?

Chartered cruises are usually far more affordable than most people think and they provide the ability to enjoy amazing scenery and luxury settings while celebrating. It’s a good idea to check with various chartered cruise companies in your area to find the best one, with a price you can afford and a boat of the appropriate size for your guests.

Bring on the Food

The retirement dinner is a definite must-have. Some cruises include a meal, but for true luxury, you’ll want to bring your own chef or caterer aboard and hand-pick the menu. Seafood is always a good option for a chartered cruise and is appropriately elegant for your retirement send off.

Find chefs by looking at the different caterers available in your area. Most of them will be more than willing to cook aboard, they will just need time to load their ingredients and equipment on the boat before your guests arrive. Make sure you schedule everything so that the catering crew and anyone else, including servers, can board early enough that they won’t be loading stuff on the boat as your guests are arriving.

You will want to make sure that there is adequate space for dining on your chartered cruise. Depending on the cruise ship, there could be anything from a cozy dining room to a proper banquet hall. Choose the chartered cruise option that fits the number of people you will be inviting. There’s no point in trying to cram 100 guests onto a cruise meant for 50. Most cruise lines will also limit the number of guests according to the size of the vessel.

Decoration of the Chartered Cruise

What would a retirement party be without a few decorations? There’s no need to be cheesy, with paper signs and such. You can request silver and gold streamers, decorated tables, etc. to suit the theme and still be elegant. It’s often nice to include a little favor for each guest at their place on the table.

Find out ahead of time if decorating is included and if you will need to bring your own table linens etc. Most cruise lines will have their own table settings, but if you aren’t happy with them, you should be able to rent something more appropriate, or speak to the caterer about the possibility of having the tables done to your specifications.

Choosing the Chartered Cruise

Not all cruises are the same. There are a variety of sizes available, from intimate dinners for a dozen all the way up to ships that can accommodate hundreds of guests. It’s completely up to you as to how many people you want.

Some cruise lines require that you use their particular caterer. While this is often fine, it could mean extra cost to you, so make sure you double check prices and find out if there is an option to bring in your own caterer and serving staff, which could save you money in the long run.

A retirement dinner aboard a Toronto Harbour cruise is the perfect way to say goodbye to a lifetime of loyal work. It can be a lot of fun to kick off your retirement with a party on a boat and is a good sign of the fun times yet to come.

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Leverage that network to get ahead

Interesting thing about Africa today is that there’s a lot of us out there who are now educated. This implies that one can no longer differentiate oneself through education. I do, however, say this within context. You do need to have relevant qualifications for specific jobs. So if we’re all now super educated, where do we turn to get an edge and sustain whatever lead we have?
A few years ago I bumped into a very interesting gentleman who was working for a leading global strategy consultancy company who had just completed his MBA. In our deliberations, he mentioned that he hadn’t really learnt much from a coursework standpoint and just went through the motions to get the paper. For him, the value had come from the relationships he had built during his two year MBA academic journey. This was a network that had exposed him to new and exciting opportunities. That for him was where he had and was still getting his return.

Leverage that network to get ahead
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I identified with his statements through another real life experience. A few years ago, one of my colleagues, an account manager in our business development got a life-changing call from a fellow MBA ex-student. The call was to invite our colleague to come and assist him to build his new and exciting venture whose progression was moving at the speed of light. This phenomenal growth had warranted him to reach out to bring on more hands on deck, particularly in a leadership role to assist him to steady the ship. Obviously there was a lot of risk involved, because it was in a way a startup, but who among us today wouldn’t have wanted to be co-CEO of Groupon?

The example above speaks to a statement that’s often dropped in many of the discussions that I have these days: it isn’t about what you know, it’s about who you know. Gone are the days when a robust CV got you that job or first entrepreneurial opportunity, because most of us have one. We now have chartered accountants winning the Two Oceans marathon, medical doctors that play rugby professionally, DJs with law degrees and beauty pageant winners with master’s degrees. So most have risen to the occasion on the academic front and now have CVs that any of their kith and kin would be proud of.

Invest in relationships

It is the relationships where we’re falling short. For most, the alarm bell of nepotism starts to ring and rightfully so. I do, however, like to think of this as “constructive / objective nepotism”. As mentioned initially, most have responded to the education call, delivering superb results. In addition, they’ve also gone out there and accumulated noteworthy experience. It is when they need to jump to the next thing or take the next step that it often comes to a grinding halt. They don’t know anyone besides their fellow colleagues and their employers’ client contacts (professionally). This limits their prospects to leveraging what they have to get ahead. But all of us now have what you have, so what’s your differentiator? Back to the drawing board for you.

However, if you do put yourself out there to establish relationships outside of work based on your area of interest / industry where you feel you can make significant change (including the entrepreneurial front), you’re creating luck for yourself. The more hands you shake in the name of your craft, the more people out there who remember you within that area’s context. Take chances, stand up and address crowds regarding your area of interest. Sometimes you’ll get it wrong. Sometimes your narrative will be ridiculed and other times you’ll be spot on. Your investment in networking results in social currency, which can someday be converted into opportunities of real and commercial value.

I come back to my “objective nepotism” concept. Through your network, if it is asked whether they know of anyone who understands a given topic / subject / concept very well and it is up your alley, who do you think they’re going to call? Lastly, the quality of your network is an aspect that one should also take into consideration. An endorsement from a heavy hitter within a department / organisation / industry is all one needs to secure an opportunity that could change your fortunes for a lifetime. So go out there and network – be brave, be bold, be smart…

V&A Waterfront to host prestige yachting events

The V&A Waterfront has joined hands with the Maserati Cape Town Race Week and the Cape2Rio as co-host of the events.
Space on Jetty 2 will be laid on for the race village from 15 December to 1 January. Several other events, including some much-anticipated shore parties, will be staged at the V&A Waterfront as part of the Race Week and leading up to the Cape2Rio’s final departure day on 1 January.

V&A Waterfront to host prestige yachting events
David Green, the V&A Waterfront CEO, said: “As the gateway between the City of Cape Town and the ocean, the V&A Waterfront fully supports and endorses events such as the Maserati Cape Town Race Week and Cape2Rio. Not only does this event highlight our proud marine history, it also assists with driving our oceans economy and marketing Cape Town to the rest of the world.”

Race Week director Simon Borchert said: “During December more than 100,000 people visit the V&A Waterfront each day and it is a fantastic environment for the race village.”

He added that international yachts entered for the Cape2Rio would be moored in front of Quay 6.

Entry to the race village is free to the public and it will be open from 15 December to 1 January. Visitors will be able to spend time at the Corsa Classica – Maserati’s exhibition of some of the rarest vehicles – and pop-up stores and view the racing yachts from around the world.

“We are proud to be associated with the V&A Waterfront. It is a natural fit given its history with all major global sailing events off our shores,” Borchert added.

Artsmith – SMITH Studio’s Amy Ellenbogen on curating, 2016 and Marsi van de Heuvel

The word ‘smith’ is often used as a suffix indicating a person skilled in creating something with a specific material (think blacksmith, locksmith).
In 2015, Amy Ellenbogen and Candace Marshall-Smith decided that SMITH should become synonymous with the growing art scene in Cape Town.

Ellenbogen, a creative with a degree in art history, and Marshall-Smith, a chartered accountant, decided to combine their individual skills and expertise to create an art gallery with the aim of making art accessible and growing the South African art world.

We spoke to Ellenbogen, the gallery’s curator, about the past year, the allure of Van de Heuvel’s work and the state of art in SA.

Amy Ellenbogen and Candace Marshall-Smith
Amy Ellenbogen and Candace Marshall-Smith

BizcommunityCeremony is Marsi van de Heuvel’s second solo exhibition at the gallery, what attracts you to her work?

Marsi has great discipline in her process, which leads to a very unique outcome. Within her abstract work we are able to see an unexpected result that instantly allows for an emotional response. The works themselves take up a large amount of time and require repetitive line work, which acts as a meditation of sorts for Marsi. When you look at this new body of work there is a definite celebration of colour and space and the transformative healing power of nature.

BizcommunityWhy should we see it?

Not only are the works extraordinary in themselves due to the skill and technique that Marsi has applied but they are also a simple celebration of nature and have honoured our environment. This work appeals to all ages and backgrounds.

Ceremony by Marsi van de Heuvel
Ceremony by Marsi van de Heuvel

BizcommunityWhat are some of the challenges you face?

There are always great challenges within an industry that offers great reward. Remaining true to helping emerging artists while maintaining a sustainable business is a challenge. We are constantly trying to balance a wide, varied and exciting programme, which entails taking risks.

BizcommunityWhat’s the state of art in Cape Town?

I think the industry is thriving here in Cape Town. There are new galleries opening and the Zeitz MOCAA Museum will add great value. There are interesting initiatives like ‘First Thursday’ where galleries extend their opening hours into the evening on the first Thursday of every month and ‘1k’ where established artists sell purpose-made work for R1,000 for an hour only on a particular evening. The founders of the First Thursday event have also created ‘Museum Night’ which is a cultural experience that sees multiple museums within the city keeping their doors open into the evening and offering free admission to the public.

First Thursdays at SMITH Studio
First Thursdays at SMITH Studio

BizcommunityWhat’s missing in the South African art world?

The art industry could benefit from increased government funding or other art specific funding from corporates. There are so many talented artists who don’t make it as full-time artists due to the large barriers to entry that exist as a result of a lack of resources. There are organisations like VANSA and the National Arts Council of South Africa but they barely scratch the surface sadly.

BizcommunityWhat’s the potential of art in this country?

Being a relatively underdeveloped industry there is much room for growth. With new museums opening and an active change in syllabus within the tertiary education system around the country, we feel that art will play an active role in shifting people’s mindsets and facilitating positive change. There is strong interest in African art worldwide and international auction houses like Bonhams, etc. are all reporting enormous prices fetched for African art at auction. There are also lots of Africans buying African art as a result of the strong growth of African economies and the rising wealth of the middle class.

BizcommunityHow important is it for young people to get involved in the arts?

Art plays a vital role in children’s development and allows for much-needed freedom through expression. It is imperative that young people create art and engage with art on their journeys to adulthood. On the other side of the coin are young collectors who will go on to become the large collectors of tomorrow.

Artsmith – SMITH Studio’s Amy Ellenbogen on curating, 2016 and Marsi van de Heuvel

BizcommunityWhat’s been some of the highlights for SMITH Studio this year?

We thoroughly enjoyed the Cape Town Art Fair, which took place in February, and are grateful that a world-class fair like CTAF is taking place in our city each year. We have just returned from our first international art fair (Also Known as Africa – AKAA) which took place in Paris. We found it inspiring and our presence there provided an important platform to engage with the international market and connect with international buyers. Ultimately it’s always a highlight watching a young artist being given an opportunity and seeing them excel as a result.

BizcommunityWhat are some of your plans for next year?

Our programme is looking varied and exciting; we will be turning our sights to photography and allowing for new sculptural injections through group shows. We will be presenting solo exhibitions by Gabrielle Raaff, Elize Vossgätter, Banele Khoze. Grace Cross and Dale Lawrence. As far as fairs go, we are looking forward to the Cape Town Art Fair in February 2016.

BizcommunityWhat are the main things you’re looking for when curating an exhibition?

We are always looking for work that resonates with us and that we can respond to with our heads and hearts. Imagination that creates unique voices is such a joy to engage with and it remains a key part of curating. When artists are able to challenge people’s thoughts and views and cause them to leave the gallery inspired, then we feel we have done our job.

BizcommunityWhat words of advice would you give someone wanting to make it in the art world, in either the creating or curating side of the industry?

Be brave. The art industry requires grit and resilience.

BizcommunityIf you could get any artist (living or dead) to showcase their work at SMITH Studio who would it be?

Hands down Donald Judd.

Works by Donald Dunn
Works by Donald Dunn

Marsi van den Heuvel’s Ceremony is on at SMITH Studio until 21 January 2017, go check it out at 56 Church Street in Cape Town.

New CEO for Oryx Properties

Carel Fourie has been appointed the new chief executive officer of Oryx Properties, the only Namibian property company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange. The appointment is effective from 1 March 2017.
Carel Fourie
Carel Fourie
Oryx Properties has a retail, industrial and office real estate portfolio valued at about R2.326bn which generates a dependable, sustainable and growing income stream for investors. These include the major Namibian shopping centre Maerua Mall and office block in Windhoek, plus several industrial properties in South Africa.

Fourie, a chartered accountant, brings to his new position extensive experience in both Oryx Properties itself and the real estate industry in general. He was appointed chief financial officer for Oryx Properties in 2011. In 2014 he took up the position of chief operating officer with the responsibility of participating in the development of the company’s investment strategy as well as evolving a management structure for the property portfolio.

Francois Uys, the chairman of the board of Oryx Properties, congratulated Fourie on his appointment, and added, “Oryx is well structured with suitably qualified and experienced staff which gives the board confidence that this is the right way forward. We’re completely confident that Mr Fourie is more than capable of taking on his new responsibilities.”

Watch The Beautiful Dubai By Luxury Yacht Charter

Luxury yacht charter; an invention for pleasure and adventure:
Luxury yacht charter was formed in the year 2006. before 2006 cruising lovers were demanding for different facilities in the ships, so keeping in mind their claims the experts designed a unique type of if ship that was full of every luxury of cruising and they named that ship as �luxury yacht charter�. You can pass a beautiful holiday on a luxury yacht charter. Every facility related to cruising and joy is present on a Dubai luxury yacht charter. The decks of Dubai luxury yacht charter are extraordinary beautiful.

Dubai luxury yacht charter and the increasing number of visitors:
catamaran cruise Dubai is an essential thing for luxury cruising, and this fact is being admired by all over the world. People from all countries come to Dubai for cruising in Arabian Sea by Dubai catamaran. A survey supported with the calculations of experts estimates the quantities admiration of Dubai; the survey reveals that in the year 2009 there were 260000 visitors in Dubai, and with a projected increase of 37% these will be 325000, a fact is this that this number will be 575000 in the year 2015 if the ratio of increase remains unchanged.

Dubai luxury yacht charter cares for your time:
Dubai luxury yacht charter utilizes your time in favorable manner. Your time is very precious for us, so to utilize your time in constructive manner we have well trained and well cultured captains for you catamaran cruise Dubai. They cruise on those routes which are more beautiful and pleasing. All the captains of Dubai catamaran are well experienced and are certified, they are holding national powerboat certificate from Royal yachting association (U.K). So your excitement and the reliability of captains of catamaran cruise Dubai make you trip more fabulous.

Catamaran cruise Dubai cares for the life of visitors:
Cruising through Dubai catamaran is very nice and safe experience. While cruising in catamaran cruise Dubai you would have no worry of your life because we are there to take care of your life. All necessity equipments that are helpful in case of emergency are provided to you in catamaran cruise Dubai. Like high quality life jackets, life rings, Dubai VHF radios and radar reflectors.

Catamaran cruise Dubai and the trip to Marina:
Marina yacht club is one of the biggest private yacht clubs of the world. It’s a beautiful club. Its beauty is distributed between its four marinas. These marinas are spread over 3.5 KM canal that is manmade. You can cruise in a nice manner by your catamaran cruise Dubai from Marina yacht club. The landscapes of marina are very eye attracting that you can observe during you catamaran cruise Dubai trip.

Catamaran cruise Dubai and the development of coastlines:
Due to the increasing trend of visiting Dubai the coastlines of Dubai are extended now. Now you can cruise by your luxury yacht charter upto 930 miles offshore instead of 49 miles. This increase in coastlines is made possible by making three offshore islands.