Mobile, AL May 8, 2017 – The first official bid to host the InterAmerica’s hash event was officially posted by way of Facebook on Friday, May 5th. A committee made up of Scotch H3, Babe’s Hash Cruise, and the Nassau Hash House Harriers is promoting a full-ship charter that would take hashers from a Florida port to Nassau, Bahamas for two days of trails and then spend a day at a private island in the Caribbean.
John “Babe Thruster” Richards, who has been organizing hash cruises since 1995, is heading up the project. “We want to offer something new for InterAm” Babe said, “When you buy out the entire ship, you get to make some of your own rules. In this case, we want to make an open bar beverage program available to everyone so that hashers can choose beer, wine or liquor drinks for the entire duration of the cruise. We also plan to offer a clothing optional pool and a private island experience also with open bar.” Although the ship and sail date have not been selected yet, most passenger cruise ships hold around 2,200 passengers and up. “We need to select and ship and cruise company that will fit with our program.” said Babe, “To do that, we need to get an idea of what the demand will be from the hashing community.” One way to measure that demand will be with the project’s pledge program. On June 9th (6/9) from 6:00 – 9:00 pm CST, a booking window will open up to allow hashers to book the cruise before it even goes to bid. While the group hopes to win the bid this October in Phoenix, they have made it clear that the cruise will go forward even if they don’t get the bid.
The group is also making efforts to be more inclusive with the event. “In the past, the InterAm event has sold out so quickly that many hashers in Asia, Australia and Europe haven’t had the chance to sign up.” said Babe, “We wanted to get an early start so that they get a fair chance to join us. We can adjust the size of the ship so that we can get as many hashers onboard as possible”.
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