Foxy Is Okay, Gertrude Injured But Fine, Roof Is On Foxy’s, Bitter End Yacht Club Completely Destroyed
One of the worst-hit places in the Virgin Islands from Hurricane Irma was the island of Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands.
There is little power, phone and Internet connection is spotty at best and there is significant damage throughout the island.
Foxy’s bar, the legendary watering hole in an area known as Great Harbour and one of the most recognized places on Jost Van Dyke, has been keeping people updated with social media posts on its Twitter and Facebook accounts. PubClub.com is also checking other sources for updates and information. Keep reading for information from the Bitter End Yacht Club, Tortola and what we have from the Soggy Dollar Bar; as of Monday its webcam was still down.
People have been asking about One Love and unfortunately it – and Gertrude’s –is destroyed. So, too, is Bomba’s Shack.
This Twitter post is from singer/songwriter Eric Stone, who recently lived in St. Thomas and has performed at bars throughout the BVIs:
Soggy Dollar was 99% destroyed, same as the rest of most of White Bay. Very sad.
— Eric Stone (@EricStoneBand) September 11, 2017
The comments below from people are also excellent and thank you for posting those; keep ’em coming!
Hurricane Irma BVIs Update And From Foxy’s Bar:
As you can see from the comments below, Gertrude was injured and helicoptered out of the islands but is okay.
On Tortola, pooling of stagnant water in the streets and a destroyed utility system have raised concerns about disease and other public health threats. Royal Engineers and Commandos arrived on Tortola and are providing security and recovery operations. Downed power lines are everywhere in the streets.
Here is an update from Foxy’s posted Sunday night:
“After a hurricane of bad news, we are finally seeing rays of hope today.Jost van Dyke is DEVASTED.. BUT..From the JVD community to our friends in St. John, St. Thomas, Peuerto Rico and further afield.. we are in this one together.
“AID is finally starting to roll in and we were delighted to spot this picture of Justine Callwood today from the VERY first drop. THANK YOU CONN DAVIS and anyone else in your mission who made this happen.
“We received word that part of Foxy’s is in tact. and everyone was gathered together cooking in the kitchen and we are getting reports that the community is working together.
“Foxy’s has been serving ‘food and strong rum drinks to sailors and visitors since 1966.’ Regardless of the state of the physical structure, this will continue.
“We need our friends to support us º JVD is in dire need of AID. Those of displaced JVD’ers are agonizing — but can not imagine what our counterparts who are there have been thought.
“We are officially letting you all know that as we are ready to receive visitors, we’d like to proudly announce that we will be open for business.
“Just like we need your aid in the long run JVD needs your business.
“Please don’t forget us. The road ahead is going to be long and hard.
“But there is a hammock and a sandy beach at the end.”
St. Croix Update
Here’s some good news: St. Croix in the USVI is quickly getting back to normal.
Friday evening Update
Here is an update Friday from Foxy’s Facebook page:
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“Amazingly it appears that the roofs are still in tact on main building at Foxy’s… so we have something to start with.”
“Reports from JVD are scant, but the word is that the physical building that was Foxy’s is gone– alone with about most all of the buildings. We have a second hand report that Foxy and Family are fine.
“We are, at present, hearing of people checking in, and it will take a while to account for all staff and community members’ safety. We are still worried about staff and other community members and anxiously waiting to hear about their safety.
“What is really important at this point is the people. We are not at a point that we have a clear list, but the encouraging news is that we are slowing getting word that the tough people of JVD are ‘ok’ –(alive).
“Please feel free to contribute to the aid relief fund we have set up. We will have more information about other ways to help soon (such as temporary lodging to hurricane refugees, physical supplies, etc).
This was an update on what was posted Thursday:
“Hello everyone, many thanks for the thought and prayers.
“The situation in the Virgin Islands, as you are probably aware, is not good. Great Harbour is blacked out – no phone communication – and a few reports from the time the eye passed through.
“Please keep your thoughts with us. We will share news soon on relief effort. Things will be rebuilt; however, our main concern now is human welfare.
“We will keep you posted.”
A GoFundMe page set up on Thursday morning for residents and businesses in Jost Van Dyke had raised nearly $28,000 by Friday afternoon.
The page states: “We are friends of Jost Van Dyke helping to raise money for basic life saving needs in the wake of hurricane Irma.
“We are working with the Jost Van Dyke Preservation Society (which is a certified BVI non profit organization and maintains 501c3 status in the US) as well as friends on Saint Croix that are working with the Coast Guard to coordinate relief efforts.”
The link to the GoFundMe page is:
Foxy’s Bar Twitter account is: https://twitter.com/foxysbar
Another famous bar in the BVIs, the Soggy Dollar Bar, which is on another part of Jost Van Dyke known as White Bay, is almost completely destroyed. It posted this update on its Facebook page:
“This is Jamie’s brother. Just heard from Jamie and he and Stacy are good and will give me an update as soon as they can.”
Bitter End Yacht Club Latest Update
The Bitter End Yacht Club was, unfortunately, completely destroyed. It posted this message on Sunday:
“It has been a heartbreaking week for all of us. We wish we could tell you today that the videos and photos you have seen of Bitter End are not real. The reality is that Bitter End Yacht Club and the community of Virgin Gorda have been devastated by Hurricane Irma. In response to the overwhelming outreach received, we have set up a fund to support the employees of Bitter End and the Virgin Gorda community rebuild their lives.
“Since 1973 when we were founded as a family retreat, what has made Bitter End so unique is the people that work and live there. These are the people who have been hit the hardest by this storm.
“They have lost their homes, their schools, their neighborhoods. If you would like to provide a donation, please click on the link below and learn how to help Bitter End Employees, their families and the entire Virgin Gorda community rebuild.
“Thank you all for your love and support of Bitter End. We feel it.” https://www.youcaring.com/bitterendyachtclubemployeesthevir…
Catamaran Sailboat Charters Updates
• Catamaran Charters statement: “The vast majority of Catamaran Charters BVI fleet has been sunk or severely damaged.”
• The Moorings statement: “”The damage sustained at our locations in St Martin and British Virgin Islands is extensive, but our guests are safe. Thank you everyone for your support, prayers and offers to help. The impact at our locations in the Caribbean is heartbreaking but our guests are safe and we continue to reach out to all of our team members.
“However with major damage to cell phone towers and power outages communications remain difficult at this time. We are in the process of assessing the damage to our fleet and properties.”
The Moorings has set up this relief fund for employees.
Soggy Dollar has a picture or two up now. The devastation is unbelievable.
Thank you. So sad – but hope everyone is okay.
Linda Leathers says
Do you know about Ocean View Villa? Are Nigel and Karen ok??
Linda Leathers says
Do you know about Ruby’s Marketplace?? Is it still standing?
Linda Leathers says
RuDy’s Marketplace….(not RuBy’s)
anyone hear about the new bar hendos?
Lisa KAISER says
I am so happy to hear that everyone is ok. Could you please tell me if Greg and Hilda are ok and if the Perfect Pineapple is still standing.
Yes, the people being okay (alive) is of course the main thing. PubClub has been trying to find out about Gertrude’s just down from Soggy Dollar, too. Don’t know about the Perfect Pineapple. Feel free, everyone, to post any news and info you have here. Thanks! — PubClub.com
Carolyn Goodlander says
Gertrude was injured and airlifted off the island. no update but hope she is ok.
Thank you for the update; yes indeed hope she is okay!
janet biondi says
Please let me know if Greg is ok if you hear. I’m an old friend and have been wondering too.
Betsy saintsing says
Any news about Sydneys Peace & Love?
No, but thanks for asking. PubClub will keep checking!
Mike Cruickshank says
How about Abe and Abe’s by the sea?
Jen Safford says
So sad, my husband and I love this Island! Glad the reports say that most people are ok. Wish we could help rebuild.
christine hoover says
My husband and I have been sailing there for over 20yrs. We are so heart broken to see the devastation and are praying for all of your safety and well being. Has anyone heard of anything from Anageda I saw pictures of Bitter End Yacht Club O My God So So Sad, I believe Saba Rock was still there. I know at least 90% of all boats put into hurricane hole are damaged or probally gone. Saw pictures of Conch Charters seems roofs are gone really damaged. Hopes this helps. Stay safe I believe there is another hurricane coming your way.
Just posted a photo and video of the Bitter End. That place was so gorgeous. A friend’s catamaran she charters – and several others – are destroyed. All so sad.
Ramona Cox says
Thanks for the great info. I’ll keep watching to see what’s going on. Let us know if the Interline Regatta is still on. Not likely, but I haven’t seen an official cancellation yet.
Debrya Faria says
What happened at Sidney’s Peace and ❤️ is everyone ok? You are all in my Prayers.
If we find out, we’ll update it here. Hoping everyone is okay! — PubClub.com
Debrya Faria says
Thank you Sidney’s is one of our favorite places in the Virgin Islands and the Family is so loveing. This is all so sad we need a national day of prayer.
Debrya Faria says
Kinney Cheney started (Love for Love City) to help the victims of the hurricane. Just google Kinney Chesney and you will find his information. God Bless
Adrian Warren says
Any word on Marina Cay?
Laura Little says
Does anyone know about Sandy Ground? Are Leroy and Nadine and the kids okay?
My thoughts and prayers are with all the wonderful people in St. John and other Caribbean islands. If you have any photos of Caneel Bay in St. John I would appreciate them.
Jeff Clear says
Does anyone have any news on TMM, Ballast & Capel, Denia Vanterpool, Dickson Igwe, Cane View Villas and Franklin?
Jeannette Vidal says
Hi! Any word on One Love Bar?
Debrya Faria says
Does anyone know how to go about getting involved with a hurricane relief program? I would like to volunteer and go there to help.
Blythe Williams says
What about Harris’ Place and Cindy?
Margaret Foshee says
Captain Jimmy Hodge, are you ok? Please call Margaret in VA (Diane’s sister). You stayed with us years back, want to help. 703 725 2339
Julie delos Santos says
Much love and prayers to everyone.
Looking to see if Captain Earl is ok? Jules from Seattle is thinking about you!
Yes, much prayers for everyone. It’s a touch situation there. PubClub.com is in touch with people in the BVIs and is setting up a page of LEGITIMATE relief funds and updates on the situation there and the status of many of the famous bars we all love.
PUbClub has posted this page with links to LEGITIMATE Virgin Islands relief funds. There’s some that are fake so be careful. These are confirmed, real and need relief funds. Thank you!
Has anyone seen Seddy?
Larry Hart says
Anyone know if the employees at oil nut bay…Wayne, Lennox, Stephanie, Clinton,Lindsey and Spence Fogarty and all others are ok?
Chris Harris - Tour Greens South Florida says
Any updates on the employees status? I just spent the month on July at ONB installing a large putting green/short game area for one of the residents. Such good ppl there I am very concerned and my prayer go out to all that have suffered Irma’s destruction.
Sue Pocock says
to Foxy and his wife…for years our happy destination in the
BVI’s…Where can we send a donation? Sue Graves Pocock
Sending all strong thoughts for “carrying on”
We’re hoping to get in touch with Foxy for a Q&A. Here’s a list of legitimate (there are several fake ones out there) BVIs relief funds. Thanks!
Gordon Ralph Barry says
Our charters to the BVI’s have been the best – beautiful water, majestic islands, wonderful people, weather and wind providing vacations so memorable. Always sailed to Virgin Gorda, and dinked to dock at Bitter End.
Our thoughts, prayers, hearts go out to all the locals, including friends made in Road Town, especially at TMM, Footloose, Sunsail and The Moorings. But the local population whose homes and belongings are gone/damaged and who have no place to retreat to, or the means to do so, please know that you are the at the top of our concern. I hope that the British government, will like our FEMA USA agency, concentrate their efforts on all areas of need.
elwood chase and family says
hope all is ok at counch
Does anyone know the status of The Mongoose apartments in Cane Garden Bay and Sandra and Elroy?
My first stop on my FIRST sailing adventure was Willie Ts I 2010 or so. Never forget it it. Teaming rain. No one there for the weather but we dinghied over And had the best of times. I Am glad for that time, but pray we have not lost all the BVI charm. Blessings to the folks tryi g to make sense of this. Our hearts are as broken as yours. Love you. ❤️We will be back tosupport you.