His Excellency Sir Adrian Johns, Governor of Gibraltar, Her Majesty’s representative on the Rock, has just addressed the masses at Ocean Village wishing them a safe and enjoyable journey. Mentioning yesterday’s very wet and overcast Thames Flotilla, the Governor was pleased to announce that all we had to worry about in the Gibraltar Flotilla would be sunshine.
He was followed by the Minister for Culture, Stephen Linares, who expressed his gratitude at the organisation of the day and congratulated Ros Astengo for planning such a fantastic event in only a month when the Thames Flotilla took two years to prepare for. Mr Linares thanked everyone present as he prepared to join the lead vessel and launch the Gibraltar Jubilee Flotilla.
Mike Toogood from the Port Authority says a few words at the Captain's Brief. Check it out.
Parallels have been drawn between the Gibraltar Jubilee Flotilla and yesterday’s Jubilee Flotilla on the Thames. Now, although the London maritime pageant involved 1000 vessels and the Gibraltar Flotilla involves 100, it is important to note that there are major differences that make the Gibraltar Flotilla just as unique and special.
The Gibraltar Flotilla is just as safe and organised as the London Flotilla despite there being no Thames Barrier for protection. Our vessels will be breaking out into open waters in formation behind the Port Authority’s vessel General Eliott. This ship will be leading the pageant of vessels as they manoeuvre through the Bay of Gibraltar and around the Rock. The Port Authority’s ship Samorang, protecting and assisting from the rear, will follow the vessels as they navigate around Gibraltar.
With the Captains’ Briefing over, YGTV can now bring you the latest update on the Jubilee Flotilla as at 1045 at Ocean Village.
After a brief introduction from organisers Ros Astengo and Greg Butcher welcoming the boat crews from the 100 vessels taking to the sea for this celebration of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, Mike Toogood of the Port Authority ran through a list of the safety procedures to ensure that all vessels and crews are kept safe throughout the flotilla. A short briefing from the RGP then followed this where they explained that there would be a sizable presence of law enforcement vessels accompanying the flotilla given the recent unrest in the Bay of Gibraltar between the Guardia Civil and the Spanish Fishermen.