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Scimitar nips across the strait

HMS Scimitar, one of Gibraltar Squadron’s fast patrol boats, has reached outside normal patrols in British Gibraltar Territorial Waters with a visit to the Moroccan port of Smir.

Not to be outdone by their First Patrol Boat Squadron counterparts at the America’s World Cup in Portsmouth, HMS Scimitar, in the company of 48 yachts, sailed as the official escort for the 2016 Ocean Village/Boatshed Gibraltar Morocco Yacht Rally.

Scimitar was the first Royal Navy warship ever to visit Smir and was welcomed alongside by the Naval Regional Commander.

The 28 nautical mile race was complete within a few hours. Scimitar’s Ship’s Company then headed ashore to see the souks and souvenirs available in Tetouan.

Commanding Officer Lt James Bradshaw RN who took Command in March said: “This was my first foreign run ashore in Scimitar and it was great to be part of an event that raised so much money for charity. The yacht’s crews had a great time and gave us a really warm welcome once we were all safely alongside.”

The yachts, a record number since the rally was first held in 2000, took part in the charity race from ‘the Rock’ to the north-African port to raise money for the Gibraltar Red Cross, successfully raising £10,591.33 in total.