In order to celebrate the Queen´s 60 years on the throne, 100 yachts, making part of the Gibraltar Diamond Jubilee Flotilla, will be hosted by Ocean Village superyacht marina on Monday 4 June, a day later than the London’s Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant event.
Ros Astengo, Event Organiser from Ocean Village, explains, “When we learnt that there was going to be a flotilla up the Thames on 3 June to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee we thought – why not do the same in Gibraltar? The idea was touted amongst boat owners here in Ocean Village marina and then, after a positive response, we took the proposal to the Government and the Governor’s office who offered unanimous support. Aside from enthusiasm on the Rock, we expect plenty of Brits and other nationalities along the Costa to come and join in the Jubilee pomp and circumstance.”
Ros continues, “Apart from the spectacle at sea, with all manner of vessels dressed in streamers and Union Jacks, we’re also encouraging as much onshore support as possible with horn-tooting and flag-waving most welcome. The bars and restaurants within Ocean Village will be laying on special meals and cocktails and there’ll be a live band and DJ chillout music in the evening. For crew members taking part in the flotilla, the soon-to-be-opened Champagne Bar on Leisure Island will host celebration drinks. Then, as the sun dips beneath the horizon, the beacon on top of the Rock will be lit up – a magical end to a special day.”
The Flotilla will depart from Ocean Village marina at midday on Monday and sail from the western side of the runway to the eastern and then make the return journey. It is free for all vessels to participate and there is no competitive element to the event, simply a wonderful way to show one´s appreciation for the Queen and enjoy some of the London spirit in the Gibraltar sunshine.
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