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Editor’s Notes

Editors' Letter
by Traci O'Dea

It's the end of an era.

First of all, I have moved. I’ve swapped my much-mentioned studio apartment in Cane Garden Bay for a hillside bungalow in Little Bay with stunning views. But, before I packed up the last few boxes at my studio, I had the pleasure of visiting Indigo House—a property that I’ve passed hundreds of times on my local beach. The house was better than I’d expected—full of Caribbean charm and a noteworthy past that further supports my claim that the BVI is any artist’s perfect locale. Cane Garden Bay definitely offered me plenty of material, and I hope Little Bay is up to the challenge of being my new seaside muse.
It’s also the end of an era as I will be changing roles at aLookingGlass and handing over the reins of BVI Property and Yacht to Dan O’Connor. Dan brings his experience of writing and photographing for The BVI Beacon to aLookingGlass, and I’m excited to see how the magazine evolves under his leadership. In my new role, I will be expanding the publishing side of aLookingGlass—focusing on book production and publication.
Dan’s first assignment was to interview Shannon Gore from the Department of Conservation & Fisheries about the coral bleaching event that the BVI narrowly avoided this year. Dan will continue to cultivate relationships with our friends in the community as he and I share an interest in the individuals who make the BVI what it is.
While I visited Mike Masters’ new property in Cooten Bay, I had a chance to interview him about his vision and expertise as well as his history in the BVI. Over the past thirty years, Mike has seen a lot of changes, and he wants to embrace the historical aspects of BVI architecture in the home that he’s building.
My last assignment as editor of the magazine was an impromptu plane voyage to St Maarten and Dominica one morning with the guys from BVI Airways. I was able to relax and imbibe the joy of flying without worrying about my destination. After the trip, I decided I might even want to take flying lessons.
Another kind of flying will be going on in Anegada and the North Sound this month as the Billabong BVI Kite Jam returns for the second year. Kite Jammers cruise around the BVI on Sunsail catamarans in between races, events, parties and down-wind sessions. Keep an eye out for famous pros and amateurs, including Sir Richard Branson and our own Owen Waters.
I’m looking forward to the new year, new challenges, and a new voice for BVIPY. I’ll probably still turn up in these pages every now and then, straight to you from the shores of Little Bay.

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