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Charter Yacht Show Will Go On In St. Thomas Despite The Intervention Of Hurricanes Irma And Maria … ‘Voluntourism’ Options As Well

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE — In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, the Virgin Islands Professional Charter Association (VIPCA) has remained resilient and plans to once again host the 2017 U.S.V.I. Charter Yacht Show in St. Thomas.

Event attendees will enjoy 50 vessels on display, including the 93 foot (28 meter) M/V Suite Life and the 115 foot (35 meter) S/V Eros. A marine trade show and various competitions will also take place, all within the backdrop of the show’s venue.

Additionally, a marine charter conference will be held on the first night with emphasis on “voluntourism” and how charter guests can participate in hurricane relief work while on vacation.

VIPCA invites everyone to be a part of the solution to help get the Virgin Island back on its feet by booking a charter this season or donating to the CFVI Marine Rebuild Fund.

For more information about the U.S.V.I. Charter Yacht Show, contact VIPCA’s Executive Director Oriel Blake at

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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