follows the progress on a great and worthy project
that of building a 21st Century Island Sloop that bridges forty
years of boat building in the British Virgin Islands
and the first ever built on Jost Van
The Goal: Designing and
constructing an island sloop to pass on sailing and boat building to the
next generation of islanders as it is such a strong part of their cultural
A group of the islands elders who have
first hand knowledge of the old sloops met to offer their thoughts and
suggestions for the project.
|The Elders developed preliminary sketches of an
island sloop. Ivan Chennery reasoned that the boat should be at least 30
to 32 feet so as to serve the intended purpose: sail training for the
children, racing, and some day sailing. Vancieto George came up with a
change to the rake of the stem to make her sleeker. Baba Hatchett
concurred, as he spent years sailing on classics and wants her to look as
fast as everyone hopes she will sail.
||Orlando Martin presented the group with research on the
names of all the old sloops and their owners and proposed that the new
sloop be named after one of them. Abe Coakley came up with the need to
build a cradle to pull her up the beach and keep her safe during the
off-season and all agreed this was a real necessity.
|Claudius Callwood and Mark Morris supported the idea of
a new sloop as being beneficial to the islands future both in terms of
the youth and the visitors who are always keen to learn about the cultural
heritage of the island.
||Project Director Captain Kevin Gray is
coordinating the building of the sloop using modern methods so as to teach
todays skills and tool use building a new
class of island sloop that captures the old sheer and above-water shape,
combined with a slicker bottom in order to achieve a fast, better handling
sloop. This will also minimize future maintenance while capturing the
classic design of island sloops. A Naval Architect in Nova Scotia is
assisting with drawings being done from the sketches created by the
|Funding and support for this web page has been
pledged by Conch Charters Ltd.
at Fort Burt Marina, Road Town, Tortola.
|Primary Funding of $4,000 in materials for hull
construction have been committed by
Island Marine Outfitters
Dennis MacDonald who has been attending meetings on Jost Van Dyke
during the design and development stage. Island Marine is now the largest
single supporter from the BVI's marine industry.
HiHo's Andy Morell hands over a check for $1,000
to get Endeavor II's Sail Cloth Fund started.
St Thomas Yacht Club members Pat
Bailey, Chris and Evelyn Nye accept a Thank You Plaque made from an
off-cut from the stern of Endeavour II. The STYC hosted a fund raiser at
the club on July 22nd, 2005 with hundreds of members showing up in
support. A shipment of bronze rod was also donated by Chris for the stem
and deadwood bolts. Evelyn is heading up sail development along with
Nick Bailey who has offered to come back into sailmaking to help the JVD
Volvo Penta USA has offered to supply the auxiliary engine. The
commitment was sponsored by Brian McDonnell of
McDonnell Marine in New
England. The serial number will be registered as an educational engine
in Volvos master system, so that no matter where the sloop goes, her
service and support will be easily tracked by any Volvo dealer.
|Living and working on a small island is a special experience,
especially for the folks at
have come on board this project with a significant donation to complete funding
for the sail. Our thanks to the Necker staff and we look forward to sailing
their way in 2007!
|Back in 2003 at the germination of the idea
to build a wooden sloop, the Corinthian Yacht Club of Marblehead,
Massachusetts held a fund-raising, fun-filled Wooden Boat Regatta that
netted over $13,000 to elevate the idea into a reality! Their early
support and enthusiasm provided a critical boost to the project and the
foundation for attracting additional support and local involvement.
Just in time for the 2007
holidays, our Island Sloop Project received a wonderful Christmas
present from one of Jost van Dyke's well-known friends, singer and
songwriter Kenny Chesney, in the form of a donation to our project. The
reigning Academy of Country Music's Entertainer of the year, Mr. Chesney
is a frequent visitor to Jost van Dyke, where he is welcomed by the many
islanders he has befriended over the years. References to the island and
its residents often pepper his song lyrics, conveying Chesney's affinity
for this special community. Mr. Chesney's gift is the largest single
contribution to our Island Sloop Project and will allow us to continue
construction on Endeavour II pushing us further toward launching of our
JVD 32 Island Sloop!
|Many thanks to Jim Kelley and
www.onlinebvi.net for providing us with support (see the video clip
under March 2008 sloopnews updates) and for helping to pitch in with
fundraising efforts for other JVDPS environmental projects! If you love
the BVI, check out this new site for some great videos!
Project funding is being coordinated
by the Jost Van Dyke Preservation
Society. JVDPS is registered in the BVI as a non-profit corporation
and is dedicated to the preservation of the culture and heritage of the
islands. Host and JVDPS Chairman Foxy Callwood and Secretary Bruce Donath
have expressed the Society's ongoing commitment to fund the project
through donations. They will be seeking the support of all interested
parties, whether it is labour, materials or funds.
Endeavor's design updates those of the old Tortola
Sloops like the retired Esperanza
always needed to complete Endeavour II and keep it maintained. Click here to visit the
Donations page at JVDPS.org to get more information to make your
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