The BVI are a quieter, calmer version of the USVI. The Dutch settled the western end of Tortola in the mid-17th century but were replaced by the British who annexed the small archipelago to the Leeward Islands in 1672. By the mid-19th century, the former slaves on the island made up most of the population, and the major industries were farming and fishing. It wasn’t until the 1970s that the BVI began to prosper as a yachting, tourist and international-financing center. Today, only about half the 50 islands, islets and cays are inhabited. Tortola is the largest of the islands and is the center of the territory’s commerce and government, which is conscious of the need to preserve its pristine beauty and marine ecosystems. The BVI have attracted sailors for years and are often labeled the “yachting capital of the world,” but recently sport-fishing boats have been quietly finding its secluded, peaceful anchorages. All that was lacking was a major marlin tournament. Enter Capt. Skip Smith.