Creator of Black Yacht Week: "They Totally Overlooked Africa"

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Abeni Jones
November 11, 2019

Yacht Week is apparently the “best week of your life.” It’s the “original floating festival… seven days of sailing… exploring the most picturesque pockets of the world” on a yacht, all-inclusive.

Except one thing’s missing… melanin.

Entrepreneur Kelsy Horton felt that. “While attending the sailing events in Europe, one thing I noticed… is that they totally overlooked Africa,” he says. He also noticed that while Black attendees “made the most” of what they were offered, we usually weren’t catered to in any way.

So as we often have to do, he made his own! Yacht Week East Africa is by us, for us. “We sail for the culture and are committed to the African Diaspora,” he says. And he wants it to be more than just a party. 

Yacht Week East Africa is intended to “connect more people in the African diaspora with the Motherland for leisure, business, and self-exploration.” That means it also includes delicious food and off-the-beaten-path excursions.

What started out as a single yacht experience has grown substantially since its founding in 2016. They now have multiple dates in multiple beautiful locations - the Seychelles, Kenya, and Tanzania so far.

If you’re ready to connect to your heritage, explore Africa, and party on a yacht with other Black folks, then Yacht Week East Africa might be worth checking out!

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