March 4th, is a national holiday in the British Virgin Islands. The holiday is in commemoration of one of its Chief Ministers’ birthday the Honorable Lavity Stoutt, and what is affectionately known as H Lavity Stoutt Day!
Hamilton Lavity Stoutt (7 March 1929 – 14 May 1995) was the first and longest-serving Chief Minister of the British Virgin Islands, winning four general elections and serving three non-consecutive terms of office from 1967 to 1971, again from 1981 to 1983 and again from 1986 until his death in 1995.
Since Mr. Stoutt’s death in 1995, a public holiday has been declared annually in his memory on his birthday, March 07th. The H. Lavity Stoutt Community College in Tortola bears his name. The location of the college used to be an agricultural site called Paraquita Bay after the bay of the same name. The bay is used during the hurricane season as a safe harbor for yachts.
The British Virgin Islands are the most popular year-round yacht charter destination in the world. Yacht ranging from sailboats to mega yachts can be chartered in the British Virgin Islands. Most are bareboat yacht charters on sailboats and catamarans. A large segment is the crewed yacht charter providing experiences similar to the top resorts in the world.