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How are Old Veseyans managing in the paths of Harvey, Irma and Jose


Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Jose

During the hiatus  associated with the above hurricanes, I emailed those members who might have been affected and for whom I had an email address. My purpose was to express our collective concern for their well being and safety. Here are the replies I received Ed.


We will be in touch, thank you,

Janette and Peter Hickin
Tampa, FL 33609


Hi Nick … Just to let you know that we are fine and that we will be in touch with some notes later when we have done our clean-up   Thanks for your concern.


Janette and Peter Hickin 
Tampa, FL 33609

Hi Nick

Many thanks for your email.

We in Cayman were spared by Irma but had some tail end heavy winds and high seas over the weekend.

We have a team of qs’s from our office going to Puerto Rico on Wednesday (as soon as Miami reopens) and then on to BVI and T&C which were both badly hit with about 70% of homes suffering severe damage.

I will let you know what it is like when we get there.


Martyn Bould

Hi Nick,

Thanks for your concern.

We are in Canada, watching the mayhem with shock and awe.

Yes indeed, the hurricane (Irma), which is just about to cross into Florida from Cuba, has caused huge damage already to a string of Caribbean islands.  Some of these are British Protectorates and will need to be evacuated completely since there is no infrastructure left to sustain civilization.

I am able to tell you that we are no longer property owners in Bahamas or Florida. This will simplify life a great deal, and cause us less worry during the storm season.

We have been through several hurricanes in the last 30 years but never one as destructive as Irma, which had wind speeds off the scale when it decimated Barbuda, and even now is churning along the coast of Cuba with sustained winds of 165 mph, gusting nearly 200 mph. Few buildings are designed to withstand Cat 5 hurricanes, so the devastation will continue  for a while yet.

I use two web sites to help me understand what is going on with some  clarity and great graphics.

The damage to the Sunsail and Moorings charter boat fleets in BVI is a truly dreadful sight,  I was contemplating spending time there some time soon.  They will not be functional either as a community or a yacht base for years.

The tab for damage in the USA this year to West Coast forest fires  and the two hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, might come close to $500B,  a huge hit to a budget under attack by the Trump Admin.

Best wishes,

John  and Pam Mitchell.