Victor International Announces Partnership with Yacht Club Costa Smeralda to Unveil New Yacht Club & Marina in British Virgin Islands

Oct 28, 2010, 17:30 ET from Victor International

VIRGIN GORDA, British Virgin Islands, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Victor International is pleased to announce a new partnership with the renowned Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), to create a new yacht club & marina, YCCS Virgin Gorda, in North Sound, British Virgin Islands.  The inauguration date for YCCS Virgin Gorda is scheduled for March 2011, in conjunction with the inaugural Caribbean Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous, taking place from March 16-20, 2011 and organized in partnership with YCCS and Boat International Media.

For more than 40 years, the YCCS has been one of the leading Yacht Clubs in the Mediterranean. Following the expressed wishes of the Club's Members for access to quality facilities and services on both sides of the Atlantic, YCCS decided to expand. The new location, on a private peninsula on the eastern tip of Virgin Gorda in the protected waters of North Sound, was chosen based on a number of key attributes including the beautiful location, with beaches, protected anchorages and marinas; its accessibility by air and sea; the security and stability of the British Virgin Islands and finally, the region's renowned sailing waters.

This second YCCS base will enable the international sailing and yachting community to enjoy the YCCS' expertise in the organization of top-level international sailing events and exclusive hospitality services. Amenities at YCCS Virgin Gorda will include the Clubhouse, several docks, a marina, as well as a selection of restaurants, shops, a pool, outdoor recreation areas, bars and concierge service for yachtsmen. The Club and marina, developed in partnership with Victor International, will be linked to the new Oil Nut Bay Luxury Resort Community and Beach Club, as well as Biras Creek Resort, a Relais and Chateaux property.  

"We are honored to be partnering with the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda," 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 clubs with decades of tradition and sailing excellence. The YCCS Virgin Gorda and Oil Nut Bay luxury resort community will offer the highest standards and services for owners and guests, and will provide the ideal home base for cruising the Caribbean. Together they will set a new benchmark for the planning and design of a Caribbean resort destination."

The YCCS Virgin Gorda development includes a state of the art marina, designed by ATM and built by Bellingham Marine. The marina, opening in December 2010, will offer up to 38 slips for yachts up to 100 meters in length. The Club and marina will have easy access to the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, as well as the islands and anchorages of the Virgin Islands and the Leeward and Windward Isles.

"The Officers and Members of the YCCS are very happy to see this new initiative come to fruition," said His Highness the Aga Khan, President of the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda. "We have aimed to expand our sporting and cruising activities internationally for many years, and this opportunity in Virgin Gorda will give our Members access to wonderful new locations for sailing and yachting, as well as all the services that YCCS offers in its current home base at Porto Cervo.  We intend to maintain the same level of excellence in all our activities that have come to be recognized as a hallmark of the YCCS in the Mediterranean."

About Victor International

With a 30 year history of integrity and a strong focus on creating environmentally sound principals, Michigan-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 the new Marina & Yacht Club, and operates Biras Creek Resort, top luxury destinations in the Caribbean and world. Victor International boasts no debt. For more information, call (800) 761-0377 or (284) 495-5400 or visit www.oilnutbay.com.

About The YCCS

The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda was founded in Porto Cervo, Sardinia in 1967 by its current president H.H. the Aga Khan and a group of founder-members as a non-profit sporting association for fellow sailing enthusiasts. The 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 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 one of which was entirely sailed by a female crew - and the motor yacht Destriero which to this day holds the transatlantic crossing record set in 1992.  www.yccs.com / www.yccs.it

SOURCE Victor International