VIRGIN GORDA, British Virgin Islands, Jan. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Victor International and Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) are pleased to announce the completion of the highly anticipated Yacht Club Costa Smeralda Virgin Gorda (YCCS VG) in North Sound, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands (BVI) with the grand opening of the new clubhouse. The clubhouse is the final element to be unveiled at YCCS VG, signifying the official debut of the new yacht club and marina. Setting an unprecedented standard in the BVI with the highest level of services and amenities, YCCS VG is the ideal home base for cruising the Caribbean.
In true entrepreneurial fashion, Victor International, an internationally-respected luxury real estate developer - known for its high standards of design and construction and commitment to creating unique, sustainable environments that exist in harmony with nature - is pioneering the superyacht industry in the BVI. Leading the construction of this premier facility and partnering with the world renowned YCCS to operate it, Victor International is bringing the BVI destination to the forefront of the international yachting stage for the first time.
For more than 40 years, YCCS has been one of the leading yacht clubs in the Mediterranean with its home base in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. The new YCCS VG enables the international sailing and yachting community to enjoy YCCS' legendary expertise in the organization of top-level international sailing events and exclusive hospitality services in the British Virgin Islands.
With a prime location strategically positioned on a private peninsula on Virgin Gorda in the protected waters of the North Sound - one of the safest natural harbors in the Caribbean - YCCS VG is ideally situated to take full advantage of the region's renowned sailing waters. Set amidst lush landscapes, pristine beaches, protected anchorages and crystal clear waters, the new yacht club & marina feature easy access to the best of what the BVI has to offer.
Echoing YCCS Porto Cervo's tradition of excellence, YCCS VG offers exceptional amenities and hospitality services including an external bar, pool, boutique, gym, wine bar and a restaurant capable of hosting up to 150 guests. The event lawn in front of the clubhouse hosts all on-shore functions related to major sailing events. YCCS VG is also linked to the new Oil Nut Bay community and Beach Club, as well as Biras Creek Resort, a Relais & Chateaux property.
YCCS Marina Virgin Gorda is currently operational and boasts 38 slips for yachts up to 100 meters in length and 9 meters of draft. This state-of-the-art superyacht marina features extensive on-board provisioning services as well as crew facilities and on-site customs clearance. The marina design includes a central T-shaped dock measuring 267 meters (867 feet) that is accessible from both sides. It is well protected from prevailing winds, ocean swells and is free of surge: an ideal base for cruising the Virgin Islands and the great arc of the leeward and windward islands. Yacht owners and guests also have access to Biras Creek Resort facilities including fine dining, a spa and wellness center, beach and sports activities.
"The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda is delighted to inaugurate our new clubhouse in Virgin Gorda together with Victor International. YCCS VG honors the tradition and excellence YCCS is known for and brings together the world's sailing and yachting enthusiasts in one of the most beautiful locations in the Caribbean," commented Riccardo Bonadeo, Commodore of the YCCS.
Victor International is also the developer of Oil Nut Bay, a premier community nestled on a private peninsula on the eastern tip of Virgin Gorda, BVI. The epitome of "life on vacation", Oil Nut Bay provides an unparalleled experience for those seeking barefoot luxury coupled with the intimate feeling of private island living. Only accessible by helicopter or boat, this pristine 300 acre, low-density property offers freehold ownership for only 88 families. A one-of-a-kind living experience, Oil Nut Bay brings together distinctive architecture, stunning natural beauty and a host of world-class amenities including a Beach Club, marine nature center, kids club, full service spa, wellness center, and marina.
Coming into its own this season, Oil Nut Bay is emerging as one of the hottest living opportunities in the Caribbean, with individual residences now complete and several others underway. The Beach Club is officially open this season, featuring exceptional amenities & service including a collection of patios with dramatic views of the ocean; three stunning pools with a waterfall & grotto; an expansive pool deck with king-size loungers; a pool bar with in-water seating; a range of dining choices and a variety of watersports activities.
"We are thrilled to unveil the clubhouse in partnership with YCCS, celebrating the completion of the new yacht club & marina - YCCS VG," said David V. Johnson, chairman of Victor International. "We have combined the finest real estate marine property in the Caribbean with one of the world's leading yacht associations with decades of tradition and sailing excellence to create an unparalleled Caribbean resort destination. YCCS Virgin Gorda and Oil Nut Bay offer the highest standards and services for owners and guests."
Many prestigious yachting events organized by YCCS, in partnership with Boat International Media, are scheduled to take place at the new YCCS VG location. Upcoming events include the 2nd annual Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous on March 14-17, 2012.
About Victor International
With a 30 year history of integrity and a vigorous respect for environmentally sound principals, Michigan-based & BVI-based Victor International Corporation is a leading real estate developer, founded by David V. Johnson. Victor has created more than 40 developments throughout its history, including, in the U.S., the Urban Land Institute's Award of Excellence winner, Bay Harbor, Michigan, a $1 billion, 1,200 acre luxury resort community extending along five miles of Lake Michigan; and Turtle Lake, a premier, $400 million low density private community in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. In the Caribbean, Victor International is developing Oil Nut Bay and YCCS VG and operates Biras Creek Resort, top luxury destinations in the Caribbean and world. For more information, call (800) 761-0377 or (284) 495-5400 or visit www.oilnutbay.com; www.victorintl.com.
The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda was founded in Porto Cervo, Sardinia in 1967 by current president, His Highness the Aga Khan, and a group of founder-members as a non-profit sporting association for fellow sailing enthusiasts. YCCS is renowned for organizing international sailing events such as the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, the Audi Sardinia Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup as well as World and European championships for top one-design fleets. In recent years the club has focused on promoting new superyacht events such as the Loro Piana Superyacht Regatta, the Dubois Cup and the Perini Navi Cup. The club has also promoted international challenges such as Azzurra - the first Italian challenger for the America's Cup in 1983 which became a legendary Italian brand and was relaunched by the YCCS in 2009 with a victorious participation in the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Nice, the participation at the Volvo Ocean Race with a two boat campaign of which one boat had an all-female crew, and the motor yacht Destriero, which to this day holds the transatlantic blue ribbon unassisted non-stop crossing record of 52.8 knots set in 1992. For more information, visit www.yccs.com.
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