PAUL CARRELL IS NEW MARINA MANAGER AT VCM
By - Nancy Terrell
Village Cay Marina (VCM) has long been a favorite hangout for sailors and locals in the British Virgin Islands. Now, in 2001, the marina is focusing on becoming even more upscale in a change of image that will concentrate on offering 100% service. Paul Carrell, is a major part of this change. Carrell, the new marina manager, comes to this position as a true professional with a resume that guarantees success for the new role that VCM hopes to assume as a transient and permanent residence for yacht owners.
Carrell tells me, "We plan to continue to improve the electrical services on the docks which will feature cable TV, phone, Internet service & fuel. VCM is headed for the 1st class marina position in the BVI with an emphasis on catering to the growing mega yacht industry. We are totally focused on full service, reliability and attention to details. In this era of top competition we are geared to offer the finest in marine awareness & service available." A new marina office is planned to be built in June at the base of A dock. This two story reception area and office will be the center of marina operations to be managed by Carrell.
Carrell comes to VCM both well respected and known throughout the Virgin Islands having been involved in the yachting industry here since 1986. He was employed as a marine surveyor for R.W. Hirst & Co. during the past two years and is a licensed USCG captain, ASA Sailing instructor, VISAR Team Member and sail boat racing enthusiast. Cruisers remember him as the Dock Master at Sopers Hole Marina from '88 - '93 where he ran the Antique & Classic Boat Show in '89. Having formerly run the charter yacht Mizar he has complete familiarity with the needs and concerns of charter yachts. With over 15 years experience in island life and employment within the marine industry, Carrell's know-how will be a true bonus in running VCM. Carrell's wife Judy is also well known within marine circles having worked at Caribbean Connections for the past decade and joins Paul in offering a helping hand to mariners in need. Between the two of them there is not much that they don't know about yachting in the BVI.
VCM General Manager Scott Esposito is excited about Carrell and the new changes.
" We're looking forward to having Paul become a part of our family operation which we are continually upgrading in order to better service the existing marine industry."
Another new addition to the marina is VPM Yacht Charters. Niels Lutyens is base manager for the well known bareboat company which adds another dimension to the marina's atmosphere.
VCM was built in 1974 to accommodate the growing sailing industry in the BVI. Constructed primarily as a marine facility, the site has grown and expanded over the years. The marina is comprised of three jetties which currently provide 106 berthing spaces, the majority of which have 35 foot finger piers. It is one of the few marinas in the Caribbean that has successfully withstood all hurricanes in the past decade with virtually no damage to boats or docks. An added plus for yachtsmen is 24 hour security. Directly next to the marina is a modern full service resort hotel, with 21 luxury rooms & air -conditioned suites.
An added boon to VCM business was the construction of the BVI government administration building, which is literally a stone's thrown away and the focal point of financial services industry in the BVI. This also makes the restaurant, run by another well known man in the BVI Dennis Selkridge, a primary meeting place for business men and women in the BVI as well as yachtsmen & locals. Keith Odette is the chef and regularly features great specials. On Friday afternoons, throughout the year, the bar and grille are normally packed for Happy Hour followed by the best sushi dining in the islands. Each November the marina and hotel have hosted The BVI Charter Yacht Society Boat Show, now the largest in all of the Virgin Islands, and is a co-sponsor of the BVI Spring Regatta.
Carrell has his work cut out for him - we all know that VCM will be the better for it.