End of Bit­ter End

By Caribbean Buzz Heli­copters

Sunday Times - - NEWS -

The Bit­ter End Yacht Club on the is­land of Vir­gin Gorda — part of the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands — was once a pop­u­lar hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion. The first part of its name was a de­lib­er­ate con­tra­dic­tion: with its pris­tine beaches, gen­tle ocean breezes and nat­u­ral har­bour it was a sweet spot. The sec­ond part of the name was ge­o­graph­i­cally ac­cu­rate: the fi­nal is­land out­post be­fore the Caribbean meets the open At­lantic. Bit­ter End was the last stop in luxury and the last word in pri­vacy: the club is ac­ces­si­ble only by wa­ter. This week its char­ac­ter was dra­mat­i­cally changed by Hur­ri­cane Irma, wreak­ing dev­as­ta­tion across what was once a be­nign and wel­com­ing place. In­stead of a place of es­cape, grim re­al­i­ties of the world forced their way in.

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