After 20 months of cleanup and demolition work following Hurricane Irma’s destruction, The Bitter End Yacht Club has announced a formal rebuild. A legend in the British Virgin Islands, Bitter End first launched in 1969 as a remote hangout for sailors on Virgin Gorda. Its one mile of sandy beach is lapped by the North Sound, said to be the most protected and secluded deep-water harbor in the Caribbean. Over the years, this family-owned resort destination—only accessible by sea—drew travelers and yachting enthusiasts from all over the world; and its reputation, as a chilled-out, aquatic playground, lives on to this day.
The damage caused by Hurricane Irma was significant, and the cleanup required the removal of over 100 structures and restoration of 64 acres. Good to know: In keeping with its green philosophy, Bitter End worked to upcycle or recycle as many materials as possible, and continues to compost organic waste.
According to the official press release, the goal with the rebuild is “to revisit its origins as a rollicking nautical village,” returning Bitter End to its roots by focusing on the sailing and water sports communities first. Hence, the marina village will be the first area to be redeveloped. Slated to open for the 2019-2020 season, the marina will have a two-story complex with a lounge overlooking the North Sound, marina-wide wifi access and upgraded bathing facilities. The water sports center will get a new Club Fleet complete with Hobie Waves, 420s, kayaks and paddle boards. Bitter End’s crew will continue to design a fun activities program (guided adventures galore).
A beachfront restaurant, gourmet market, event space and retail shop will follow.