Dear friends of St Barths,

As the first photos and updates come in from the island of St Barts (mostly via facebook) those of us monitoring the situation from the safety of Monaco can already see that Hurricane IRMA has caused a lot of damage to property on the island.

The official French government communications sadly talk about a loss of life of 9 between St Maarten and St Barts. As if that is not enough hurricane Jose is expected in the area in the next two days!

The Gustavia Yacht Club has decided to step up to these challenging times and provide much needed financial help to those in need who have been hit hard by the Hurricane(s). Contrary to popular belief not everyone is a millionaire on St Barts.

With this in mind the Club's Commodore Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou has asked the Club's bankers in Monaco ( CFM Indosuez) to set up a special ring-fenced sub-account in the name of the Club with the designation "St Barts - Hurricane IRMA disaster relief fund".

The Stelios Philanthropic Foundation will be the first one to donate €100,000 (one hundred thousand euro) to this disaster relief fund and we are hoping that more members and friends of the island will contribute to the cause by donating in cash to this account. The information on how to donate is at the bottom of the page and attached as a PDF for bank wire transfers.

The funds raised will be disbursed wisely and transparently by decision of the executive committee of the Club ( Sir Stelios with Ken Griggs and Gustavo Riccobon) under the watchful eye of the full board of directors. We will give priority to real people in real need in our home port of Gustavia first and the island as a whole, always trying to assist people who might not get hand-outs from the government or other bodies. We will try to help the neediest first in a quick and efficient way and will be publishing updates on our facebook page and website and have a full report out by the end of 2017 by which time we want to have disbursed all the funds to good causes. It is difficult to be more prescriptive at the moment about where the needs are ( it could be the hospital or the old people's home or it could be a neighbour who has been left homeless. It could be funding the cost of a soup kitchen or just handing out small sums of cash for people to get by day to day).

We are stronger together and we hope to play an active part in the rebuilding of our beautiful island.

 For direct transfers of aid:

Sincerely,                                                                                                                                            "St Barts - Hurricane IRMA disaster relief fund" through CFM Monaco Bank

Gustavia Yacht Club                                                                                                                                         IBAN: MC58 1273 9000 7005 8612 1000 071   BIC: CFMOMCMXXXX

 

Wonderful article written about the Club and St Barts:

 

St Barts Gustavia Yacht Club launched on the “Jewel of the Caribbean”

HomeTravelSt Barts Gustavia Yacht Club launched on the “Jewel of the Caribbean”

Santiago Travel July 1, 2017

By Simon Piggott

The St Barts experience starts immediately as you fly across from St Martin (SXM) and touch down on the island at Gustaf III Airport (SBH); this reminds the newcomer of some of its historical origins, when the island was a free port under the Swedish Crown.

 

You fly in over spectacular views of the Port of Gustavia, the island’s capital, which also takes its name from King Gustav III. The short airstrip is at the base of a gentle slope which ends directly on the beach. Considered the third most tricky airport in the world to approach, the descent to the runway is extremely steep, passing straight over a hilltop roundabout. Departing planes take off right over the heads of sunbathers, as at St Martin, although signs advise sunbathers not to lie on the beach at the end of the runway: a barrier has been put up to discourage bathers walking across the beach at that point. Anyway only specially licensed pilots are allowed to land at St Barts so do not worry!

 

 

The island’s original name was Ouanalao, Amerindian for pelican. It was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 and renamed by him after his brother Bartolomeo. French settlers arriving in 1663 called it Saint-Barthélemy. In 1784 France ceded the island to Sweden in exchange for trading rights at the port of Gothenburg. The Swedes then sold it back to France nearly a century later in 1878.

At 25 sq.kms, the island is small and was not conducive to plantations, such as sugar, due to its being dry and rocky. It thus became a centre for buccaneers before and during the colonial wars, when bounties could be exchanged without paying tax. Over the years the inhabitants, while retaining their free port status, converted to trading, fishing and farming.

In 1957 David Rockefeller, who died earlier this year at the venerable age of 101, bought a plot of land and built a property at Colombier, one of the most beautiful bays on St Barts. Slowly the dormant island, which had become a département of France in 1946 (a similar status to Hawaii in the US) emerged onto the map of an eccentric collection of characters, who settled on the island in search of its privacy and seclusion vis-a-vis better known spots frequented by the international jet set. A good read is Randy West’s book of tales “A Sunny Place for Shady Characters” about his encounters over the past 40 years at Le Select, the island’s only Caribbean-style bar, located in the centre of Gustavia.

 

 

Over the past 20 years, the island has developed into a hub for discreet luxury tourism under the savvy guidance of Bruno Magras, first as mayor from 1995 and then as Président de la Collectivité, following its independence from Guadaloupe in 2007. The original settlers and even the sailors who visited the island in the early 1980s would hardly recognize St Barts today!

Christmas and New Year’s Eve now attract an international crowd, with superyacht spotting becoming a “national sport” – 2016 saw the likes of the 162.5m “Eclipse” whose owner also has a property on the island, the 115m “Luna”,  the 113m Le “Grand Bleu”, 101.5m “Symphony”, 96.25m “Limitless”, 92m “Aquarius” SY 88m “Maltese Falcon”, 85.6m “Aquila” and many more anchoring off Gustavia Port, which berths its largest yacht “Excellence V” at 60m. The owners are a mixture of European and American billionaires and friends, who appreciate the beauty and safety of the island, many of whom are members of Cercle.

 

 

It is within this growing international context that the Gustavia Yacht Club was established in 2016 by its Commodore, Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, and a number of founding members, who have fallen in love with the island and its human dimension, but lacked a place in which visitors and inhabitants alike could come together to enjoy the island’s beauty and its fascinating nautical past
and present.

Over a short period of time since September 2016 GYC has gathered in its Clubhouse on the Port of Gustavia over 280 members (many of whom have made St Barts their winter residence) including Benefactors, Founding and Ordinary Members in a cosy atmosphere reminiscent of a home within a home, with members active in sailing, motor yachting and all the other activities that the island offers Club members have started to take part in sailing events held on the island, starting with the New Year’s Eve Regatta round the island, which saw Donald in his W Class “White Horses” among others. This was followed by the coveted Bucket Regatta, which this year celebrated its 30th Anniversary.

In the Club’s first Role of Honour we congratulate GYC member Kim and his crew for winning the Les Gazelles des Mers class on the 33m Baltic “Win Win”, and Elena on her 88m Perini “Maltese Falcon” entering into the true spirit of the Les Grandes Dames des Mers class, which was won by the 56m Perini “Rosehearty” with Paul Cayard of America’s Cup fame as tactician.

 

 

 

 

“Koo”, the 43m Vitters won Les Voiles Blanches, racing under the new Corinthian Spirit Class ORCcs handicap , while “Wisp”, the Royal Huisman 48m sloop, took the Les Mademoiselles des Mers class.

“Spiip”, the 34m German Frers designed and Royal Huisman built sloop won the Les Elegantes des Mers class and was crowned overall winner of the Bucket! Add in the return of the mighty
J Class, Le retour des legendes being won by “Hanuman”, a Royal Huisman built in 2009, and the 2017 St Barts Bucket was really an unforgettable trentennial celebration!

Next on the sailing agenda was the Voiles de St. Barths in April, which saw a number of members and friends competing. This will be followed by the America’s Cup rendezvous in Bermuda in June, at which many GYC members will be present.

Fair winds to you all and looking forward to seeing you in the Med for the season and at the Monaco Yacht Show at the end of September, where the Club will have a stand on the port.

Read the original article here: http://ccercle.com/st-barts-gustavia-yacht-club-launched-on-the-jewel-of-the-caribbean/

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Picture courtesy of Andrew Lampert 
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What an amazing America's Cup! 


With everything on the line and Team Oracle down 5-1 against the Kiwis it was a perfect opportunity for the members of the Club who were there to see it all unfold. On Friday they gathered at the Royal Bermuda yacht club to discuss the competitors and the conditions which were plagued with high winds early on. Several members pointed out the distinct advantage the Kiwis had with their new pedal powered hydraulics, see http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sailing/2017/05/24/new-zealand-embrace-pedal-power-americas-cup-bid/ while others criticized few but grave mistakes the Americans made in a few races one of which cost them penalties for racing out of bounds. It looks like the next America’s cup gathering will be in Auckland where we should all be to cheer on the competitors.


Special thanks to our Social Committee representatives Mai Norton and Doug Foregger for hosting. 

 Thanks to all our Members for having participating to this great event at Sag Harbor in the Hamptons ! 

This was a lovely evening with friends and some live music.

The food that came out was excellent. They had put out and amazing cheese & crudites plates. The wine was excellent and varied. The staff was attentive courteous. 

Everyone thanked Benjamin, our Club Manager throughout the evening for a wonderful opportunity to get together.

 We hope you enjoyed it ! 

 

Sunday 4th June:
«Saint Barth Clean Up» : Organised by the Lions Club and the Rotary Club, it will take place on Sunday, 4 June. Meet-up is scheduled at 7am on the parking in front of Tom Beach Hotel. Gloves, bags, water and croissants will be given to each participant. People doing deep diving are expected by Serial Divers on the Colléctivité Quay at same time.
Benjamin will be at Tom Beach with a Gustavia Yacht Club Cap and will be representing the Club for the beach clean up day.
Celia will be with Serial Divers at the Colléctivité Representing the club there.
St-Barth Clean Up organisé par le Rotary Club et le Lions Club aura lieu le
Dimanche, 4 Juin prochain en partenariat avec la Collectivité, les clubs de
plongée Serial Divers et Splash, et Saint Barth Essentiel. Le rendez-vous est
donné à 7h sur le parking en face du Tom Beach, à Saint-Jean. Sacs, gants,
eau, croissants seront remis à chacun des participants. Les apnéistes seront
attendus par Serial Divers sur le quai de la Collectivité à la même heure. Un
pique-nique sera organisé au Zion le même jour pour remercier tous les bénévoles
impliqués dans cette action. Venez nombreux nous aider à rendre cette
île plus propre.

CONCERT DE FIN D'ANNÉE
DE ST BARTH HARMONY : The School of Music St Barth Harmony is pleased to invite you to the final concert of the year with violins/violincelles taking place on Sunday 4th June at 4pm in the Anglican Church. Free entry.
L'école de musique St Barth Harmony a le plaisir de vous convier à son concert de fin d'année de violons /violoncelles qui aura lieu le dimanche4 juin à 16h00 à l'église anglicane.
 

Tiki Cocktails
Thursday, 8th June at the Clubhouse there will be Pina Colada's being poured for thirsty members 1800h-2100h. Usual snacks and beverages will be served as well. 
Jeudi 8 Juin au Clubhouse, Pina Coladas sera versée pour les membres assoiffés de 18h00 à 21h00. Des collations et des boissons habituelles seront également servies.    Clubhouse Hours:
Monday-Friday 900h-2100h
Saturday-Sunday 1100h-2100h
*Boutique will have the same hours as the Clubhouse*
**please note that while these are the posted hours the club is always accessible to members with the keycode to enter. 

THE CLUBHOUSE