We have such a great team at B&G / Carib Blue that we’ve decided to celebrate them with a monthly Staff Spotlight profile, so our client community can get to know them a bit better! This month’s staff in the spotlight is Raju!
Raju’s full name is Nareshwar Gurdat. Born and raised in Berbice, Guyana, Raju excelled at school, and his first job was as an accounting teacher in Guyana. In 2003, Raju moved to BVI to follow a job opportunity. He put down roots here after meeting his wonderful wife, Shantel. Shantel is currently studying in Florida, and lives there during the school year with their four children: Shante, 11; twins Shayne and Shayna, 8; and Shamar, who will be turning 4 next week. Raju said that the highlight of his year is summertime, when his family is together here in the BVI.
Our fun Q&A sesh with Raju:
Q. What was it that first made you feel part of the B&G / Carib Blue team?
A. B&G is like a big family, and everyone was welcoming. It’s fun working together. We all get along, and everyone makes jokes. I felt a part of the team from the beginning.
Q. What is one dish that you absolutely, positively will not eat?
A. Pork, and I didn’t eat fish for a while, but I am back to eating fish now.
Q. What is your dream car?
A. A Bentley.
Q If you were trapped on desert island, what three things would you want to have with you?
A. I would be sensible and have water, food, and a blanket.
Q. Do you have a nickname at work?
A. “The General.”
Q. If you haven’t already, would you ever skydive?
A. I haven’t yet, but I absolutely would!
Q. If you could splurge on one item, and the price did not matter, what would it be?
A. I would buy my own superyacht, complete with helipad and helicopter.
Q. Which superhuman power would you like to have?
A. To read people’s minds.
Q. What is your favorite thing about working at B&G / Carib Blue?
A. We’re like a family, and we enjoy our jobs. Working just doesn’t feel like a chore.
Thanks, Raju! We love the B&G / Carib Blue family atmosphere, too!
Be sure to check out next month’s profile for a chance to get to know Tamara!
When a medical emergency arises onboard, BVI boaters look to V.I. Search and Rescue (VISAR) for help. Now, the volunteer-based VISAR needs our assistance to ensure that they have the right tools to come to the aid of the captains and crews sailing the territory’s waters.
Made up of very highly trained and incredibly selfless volunteers, VISAR is on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, as first responders for all marine-related medical emergencies in the BVI. With bases in Road Town, Tortola, and Spanish Town, Virgin Gorda, VISAR’s mission is to “Save lives at Sea.”
Furthering that mission, the group recently launched a major fundraising campaign to fund the purchase of new rescue boats that will replace their current fleet of RIBs. The new boats will have a specially designed hull that offer a smoother and more stable ride in rough seas than the RIBs. (Check it out here.) VISAR worked in conjunction with the Icelandic Coast Guard to choose the best boat design for their needs.
VISAR has always been—and will continue to be—on call for our clients. To show our gratitude and to support VISAR’s mission, B&G Charter Management and Carib Blue Charters have set a goal to raise $5,000 toward the purchase of these new rescue boats. VISAR provides an absolutely vital service to all boaters in the BVI—charter guests included—and they can’t do it without the amazing volunteers they have or donations from generous supporters.
We know that our clients, like us, recognize the significant role that organizations like VISAR play in ensuring our safety at sea and that arming the volunteers with the proper rescue equipment is key to their continuing the same steadfast service they’ve always provided. We hope that both the B&G private management clients and Carib Blue Charters’ past and future charter guests will consider showing their appreciation by making a donation to this worthy cause. If you are interested in making a donation, please just let Todd or Kara know; you can reach them at +1.284.495.1446, +1.302.489.2417 or (toll-free) +1.888.593.7954, or via email at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about VISAR, please visit their website or Facebook page (search for “VISAR BVI”).
Who doesn’t love some swag?!
This season, B&G’s clients and Carib Blue’s guests (private yacht management, transient dockers, and charter guests*) will receive a B&G Wallet Ninja tool. The same size and shape of a credit card, the stainless-steel Ninja boasts 18 different tools—including various screw drivers, two rulers, multiple openers, and a cellphone stand—all in a device that fits in your wallet!
Check out this video from Wallet Ninja for full details:
*One tool per boat while supplies last.