There is a difference between EXTRA and EXTRAORDINARY.
The 2017 British Virgin Island (BVI) reunion falls into the category of EXTRAORDINARY. Based on some the plans that have been provided to me this will be a reunion that will never be forgotten. Boating clubs around the United States have been invited and the response appears to be great. Let me give you some insight. I attended a small flotilla of boats in Aug 2016. The point of departure was Tortola, British Virgin Islands. The natives greeted me by saying “Welcome to Paradise” and as the week went on I found this statement to be true. I was also told this would be a group of like-minded people and it was.
The 2017 reunion is of special interest to me for political reasons. The current political environment portrays black people in a very negative manner. I really don’t have time to watch TV, however; when I do it is depressing. The world is viewing black people as uneducated thugs without a brain and the word racist has now become a normal part of peoples’ vocabulary.
The positive things that we do as a race is never recognized. During my conversation with Ms. Bev of Metro Detroit, Michigan, my mouth flew open when she stated she has been living the boating lifestyle for over 40 years. Additionally, she talked about the number of black female Captains (they own their boats) in the Metro Detroit area that are boaters. Again, something positive. We also discussed the women in Cleveland, Ohio who are also boat owners.
A general thought pattern that has been discussed in the white community is “black people don’t go near water,” and that “black people are scared of water.” Both thought patters are false.
The 2017 reunion is shaping up to being the largest boating reunion of all times and it may never happen again. It will be the ultimate FISH Bowl, meaning people from all over will be watching and some of them will wishing they were there.
I am and will watch the list of boating club’s numbers and publish them in a general manner. However, I will be mindful of any intrusion of a club’s privacy. I will never include any boat club’s prices or itinerary in my column.
According to the confirmations that I have received so far, the Black Men In America.com boat is FULL. Keep in mind, FULL is not FULL until the money is PAID IN FULL. We have the option of acquiring a second boat. There are 8 people to a boat, double occupancy.
During my 2016 experience with boating in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), some extremely positive things occurred. All of the partying was awesome. The food and the process of catering to who eats what was enjoyable also.
One aspect of the trip that I found stimulating was the round-table discussions lead by Doug. I won’t provide the subject matter because I will save that for next year. The impromptu “Soul Train” line in the pool at the Baths is something that I will never forget. We had people from so many cities and everyone got along. This was a drama free experience. We lived together on a boat for days without incident.
The pricing structure for 2017 will be completed at the boat show. The Black Men In America.com price and itinerary will be sent via email only. If you are interested email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon the receipt of your deposit all of the information you need will be sent to you as each club operates differently.
Publisher’s Note: “No Drama Vacations” was inadvertently not listed as one of the participating groups. “No Drama” is one of the organizers of the reunion and and we apologize and regret that they were left off the list.
Mr. Free Spirit says: “If you want a different outcome, you need to do something different. If you want the same old thing keep doing what you’ve always done.”