The CYS is well known within the Community for its support of various initiatives, programmes and charitable causes.

Local charities such as Family Support Network, Rainbow Children's Home, VISAR, and the BVI Youth Sailing Team have all been beneficiaries of the Society's philanthropy.

The CYS and individual members are regular supporters of:

VISAR: Virgin Islands Search and Rescue, the officially recognised search and rescue service in the British Virgin Islands. It is a voluntary organisation dedicated to saving life at sea.

The Royal BVI Yacht Club Youth Sailing programme receives regular support from the CYS. They teach young people safe, courteous and enjoyable use of the waters. Their talented young sailors represent the BVI on the international sailing circuit. We are extremely proud of them.

Green VI:  Committed to creating a green and clean, healthy, and prosperous BVI, in which a balance is maintained between development and conservation of the natural environment. 

The BVI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association actively promotes a positive business and social environment for the benefit of the territory while sustaining the unique advantages of the BVI


The CYS is run by a board of eight full members, elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting. The day to day running of the society is handled by Janet Oliver, the Executive Director, at the office in Road Town (behind Village Cay), under the direction of the board members.

Charter Yacht Society membership currently consists of 75 member yachts.

Whilst much has changed in the crewed yacht industry since the inception of the CYS, the objectives have remained constant.

Those objectives are:

  • To foster a business climate beneficial to its members consistent with the intelligent development of the charter boat industry and to advance the interests of BVI based vessels while upholding the highest industry standards
  • To promote good relationships between the resident independent crewed charters boats, their crews and the government and people of the BVI.
  • To propagate the observation of the laws of the Territory and respect for its social standards and culture.

CYS membership is open to BVI based term charter yachts operated by permanent crew. The yacht should have a trade license or operate under a company trade license, the crew / owner should be associated with one particular vessel and have work permits (if not BVIslanders or Belongers).

Membership fees are based on maximum occupancy winter rates (not holiday rates):

Charter fee 0-$10 000 $10,001 - $20,000 $20,001 - $30,000 $30,001 - upwards
Membership fee $300 $350 $400 $550

The CYS has gained recognition from the community and BVI government as a group of concerned individuals who contribute significantly to the local economy. We are active members of the BVI Marine Association, Virgin Islands Search and Rescue , the BVI Chamber of Commerce and Hotel Association and supporters of National Parks Trust of the Virgin Islands, Association of Reef Keepers & Reef Guardians.