Jun 04 - Ocean Village Flotilla - Queen Spotted in Flotilla


Ocean Village Flotilla - Queen Spotted












YGTV has just received a report that Her Majesty the Queen has been spotted in a kayak within the Bay of Gibraltar. Our reporters on the scene sent in this photograph depicting Her Majesty as she tried to clandestinely join the Gibraltar Flotilla. Early indications seem to be that her trip down the Thames yesterday was nowhere near as exciting or sunny as today’s event. YGTV has also been led to believe that she is on a mission to assert Her Sovereignty over British Gibraltar Waters.

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Jun 04 - Ocean Village Flotilla - Reporters on board!

Ov Flotilla - YGTV On Board ReportersYGTV reporters are now onboard their vessels and sending us live updates and pictures from Dolphin World and the Port Authority’s lead vessel General Eliott. The boats are now leaving their berths at Ocean Village Marina and making their way into the Bay of Gibraltar where Minister for Culture, Stephen Linares, will be sounding the klaxon and giving the pageant the signal to commence its journey around the Rock of Gibraltar in honour of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee.

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Jun 04 - Ocean Village - Minister Linares

OV Flotilla - Minister LinaresHis 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.

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Jun 04 - Ocean Village Flotilla - Info Update

OV Flotilla - Governor addresses captains briefingParallels 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.

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Jun 04 - Ocean Village Flotilla - Captains Briefing with Mike Toogood and Greg Butcher

Ocean village diamond jubilee - Greg ButcherWith 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.

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