As Diamond Jubilee excitement hots up in the UK, growing buzz also surrounds Gibraltar’s spectacular Diamond Jubilee Flotilla. The pageant of luxury craft will depart from Ocean Village Marina at midday this Monday 4 June.
The Rock’s event is set to attract more than 100 boats and superyachts, and many are extending invites to hop onboard and join in the fun.
"The number of participants is shooting up… We have a real mixed bag of boats signed up from local waters and further into the Mediterranean,” said Ros Astengo, Event Organiser from Ocean Village.
“Out front we are hoping to have a Royal Navy past patrol boat leading the way followed by vessels from the Port Authority, Royal Gibraltar Police Marine Section, the Gibraltar Defence Police and Customs.”
Pleasure, leisure and working boats of all sizes, from five metres to 24 metres will be selling passenger tickets, offering a chance for those without a yacht to join in and enjoy the unique event.
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Jubilee and, knowing how Gibraltar bursts with patriotic pride, it’s bound to be a day full of fun and flag waving,” enthused Astengo.
Among them is Allabroad Sailing Academy which will invite up to 10 passengers onboard its charter motor yacht, Durban Lady. Participants will be charged £50 (approximately $78) per person, including drinks and snacks.
Attendees can also ride aboard the 54ft Jeanneau sailing yacht Ocean Odyssey for £80 (approximately $125) a head, which includes a special O’Reilly’s breakfast onshore and champagne and beer onboard. The vessel can carry 12 passengers.
A rousing speech by Hon Steven Linares MP, the Minister for Culture and Chairman of Gibraltar’s Diamond Jubilee Committee, will kick-off proceedings at Ocean Village Marina’s Leisure Island at 11.30am on Monday.
There will also be plenty of onshore fun, including bouncy castles, face painting and a vibrant after party at Ocean Village Marina for all the flotilla crew.
Gibraltar TV (YGTV) will be covering the event on sea and land, streaming it onto their website as the day unfolds.
To register your yacht for the event fill in the form here – www.oceanvillage.gi/flotilla or to reserve a berth for an overnight stay at Ocean Village call the Pier Office on +350 200 73300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.