Virgin Islands – One of World’s Premier Boating Destinations

Executive Ashu Bhandari lives in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. Ashu Bhandari holds a strong passion for boating and owns a boat named “Khush,” which is the Indian word for happiness. He has many opportunities to enjoy the beautiful Caribbean and pristine beaches.

The Virgin Islands is a premier destination for boaters and water sport enthusiasts from around the globe. Those who begin their boating journey in St. Thomas have easy access to St. John and the British Virgin Islands. Visitors can explore some of the world’s premier snorkeling locations, or dock to enjoy shopping or nightlife on one of the region’s many islands. Although visitors with boating experience can go on self-guided tours, many tourists benefit from hiring an experienced local captain, who can point out intriguing sites to visit.

Boating is just one of the many things to do when visiting the Virgin Islands. Tourists can take part in other water activities, such as fishing, parasailing, jet skiing, and windsurfing. In addition, nature enthusiasts can enjoy ocean-side hikes or close-up encounters with local wildlife.


Hurricane Ivan’s Impact on Grand Cayman – Yesterday and Today

As a resident of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, Ashu Bhandari is no stranger to hurricanes. In fact, Ashu Bhandari was the CEO of a multi-national business that was directly affected by many hurricanes in the region. One hurricane he experienced, Hurricane Ivan, had a massive economic impact on the Cayman Islands.

Hurricane Ivan was a category-five hurricane which passed within 30 miles of Grand Cayman in September 2004. It has been regarded as one of the most powerful hurricanes to strike the Caribbean. The storm resulted in widespread electrical outages in Grand Cayman and caused many residents to temporarily lose housing. More than 400 people received treatment for injuries and two people lost their lives. In total, more than 80 percent of the island’s housing stock experienced some damage. The economic impact of the hurricane reached an estimated $3.4 billion.

Following Hurricane Ivan, the Cayman Islands took steps to make the country better prepared for future natural disasters. This has included building sea walls to protect roads as well as the creation of a hurricane plan for the nation.

Preparing for an African Safari

Ashu Bhandari, an experienced professional of the hospitality and retail industries, has operated his own consulting firm since 2011. When he is not providing consultancy services to his clients, Ashu Bhandari enjoys traveling the world. During his travels he has enjoyed African safaris in both Kenya and Tanzania.

African safaris allow travelers to observe a wide range of large, exotic animals living in their natural habitat. In order to maximize one’s experience on a safari there are a few steps that should be taken. The safari dress code is especially important to keep in mind. Layers may be needed during colder months, but generally an African safari will demand light and durable fabrics. Neutral colors, like tan and brown, are sometimes encouraged by safari guides. A strong pair of field shoes is another necessity, particularly if the safari includes a walk through the bush.

Every safari pack should include protection against the elements, including sun screen and bug spray. Individuals should also bring some kind of anti-inflammatory agent or a cream to combat itchiness in the event that they are bitten by an insect. Of course, certain items should be brought for entertainment purposes. A pair of binoculars can help a tourist get a better look at animals in the distance, while a camera can capture the experience forever.

Yacht Controller’s Wireless Remote Systems

In his free time, pro bono business consultant Ashu Bhandari enjoys traveling on his Jeanneau Prestige 46 Flybridge. Ashu Bhandari recently installed a wireless remote yacht controller, which he uses to steer and dock his boat.

Yacht Controller offers Dual Band and Fusion remotes, both of which enable an operator to direct movement of a boat through a device the size of a standard cellular phone. The Dual Band remote stands out for its ability to guide the boat’s entry into a slip and its tie-up, the first controller of its kind to offer both functions. The system provides full wireless control for each function.

The Dual Band system includes a waterproof transmitter and receiver as well as watertight gaskets and connections. Both the Dual Band and the new Fusion joystick-style remote utilize a dual-frequency transmission to eliminate the risk of other communications interrupting their signals. A total of 10 relays and five microprocessors provide reliable signaling, and user-friendly setup further enhances the appeal for the independent-minded yacht owner.

Boating Tech – Yacht Controller Makes Mooring and Other Actions Simple

Businessman and entrepreneur Ashu Bhandari lives and works in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Ashu Bhandari, owner and operator of his eponymous commercial consulting firm, spends much of his free time boating throughout USVI on his Jeanneau Prestige 46 Flybridge named Khush. As an avid boater, he is always seeking new technology with which to upgrade his home away from home.

The award-winning nautical tech company Yacht Controller (YC) has a long history of making boating a more enjoyable and safer activity with its innovative products. In 1999, YC introduced its signature and patented product, a device designed specifically to allow boat owners to berth their watercrafts via remote control. Some 15 years and multiple device generations later, YC still ranks as the leader in this niche industry.

YC’s signature Yacht Controller allows for wireless control of a boat’s thrusters and anchor and reduces the stress and uncertainty of maneuvering large vessels into tight quarters. With Yacht Controller, boat owners can make their boats move forward, backward, or laterally from any location onboard by using a handheld device. The device also allows boaters to drop anchor from the bow, where they can visually check the bottom for debris and other anchors. Furthermore, they can use Yacht Controller when fueling up and when hooking to an offshore mooring, making maneuvering for both activities much simpler and faster.

Diverse Species Inhabit Amboseli National Park

Born in Amritsar, India, and educated in business and hotel management in London, Ashu Bhandari built a strong career in the hospitality industry, achieving important positions as a general manager and vice president. Through his self-named consultancy group, Ashu Bhandari offers commercial advice, often on a pro bono basis, to non-profit organizations.

Bhandari has become an experienced world traveler. One opportunity that excited him was a two-week safari to Kenya, which encompassed a visit to the Amboseli National Park. Stretching across 392 square kilometers (approximately 150 square miles) near the Tanzanian border, the park’s grasslands support some 500 species. The park’s name comes from Maasai words for “salty dust,” referring to an eruption a thousand years from nearby Mount Kilimanjaro.

The presence of the mountain makes the environment in Amboseli unique. The park consists of swamps, rolling hills, and tree-dotted grasslands. Springs provide water during the dry season, and rain-swollen rivers create a floodplain for migratory animals.

Visitors can view some 1,000 elephants which travel the range and occupy the swamps. Other inhabitants include lions, impalas, gazelles, wildebeest, and buffalo. Amboseli earned national park status in 1974 and recent designation as an international bio-sphere reserve.