As Featured in Yachting Magazine: Bitter End Yacht Club Helps Rebuild the BVI

As it recovers from Hurricane Irma, the Bitter End Yacht Club is using its product line to raise money to help across the BVI. By Kim Kavin

Thirty-six hours after hurricane Irma smashed into the BVI in late 2019, Lauren Hokin was standing on the property that used to be instantly recognizable as the Bitter End Yacht Club on Virgin Gorda. She was with her father, both of them part of the family that had owned and built up the property for about 50 years.

“The place was just decimated,” she says. “We were used to storms, but this was orders of magnitude worse.”

It took a full year just to clean up what used to be about 70 buildings on 65 acres, with all the debris needing to be burned or sent off by barge. Then, it was time to think about how to rebuild—which was going to take even longer.

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