Kooringal Experience thrice as nice
Kooringal, Qld: R Marine Queensland’s 3rd annual Kooringal Experience was thrice as nice for Robyn and Alastair Duffield who joined 60 Riviera enthusiasts on a 30 nautical mile voyage from Sovereign Islands on the Gold Coast north to Kooringal, on the southern tip of Queensland’s Moreton Island.
For Robyn and Alastair, this is their third R Marine Queensland Kooringal Experience, but the first on board their new Riviera 42 Flybridge, Riv 4 Two.
Robyn said Kooringal was one of her favourite anchorages because it was so peaceful.
“I just love it. It’s so nice up there, the water is crystal clear, it is just like being in the Whitsundays (in North Queensland),” she said.
“Alastair took the boat up on the Thursday and met the team from R Marine Queensland at Amity Point on Friday and they all went across together.”
Amity Point is located on the north-west side of North Stradbroke Island, almost directly south of Kooringal.
Robyn said it was a very tranquil anchorage, the perfect spot to relax and unwind.
“There are not a lot of boats there which makes it quite secluded. It is quite difficult to navigate into Kooringal, which is why it is great going with R Marine Queensland because they go and have a look at the area and make sure we can all get in safely,” she said.
“I really enjoyed lunch at the Gutter Bar on the Saturday and quite a few people ended up back on our boat afterwards.
“Boating is Alastair’s way of relaxation but for me it is all about socialising and catching up with other Riviera owners and we really enjoy R Marine Queensland’s experiences because they allow us to do both.
“Melinda, Randall and Aimee all do a really good job organising these trips and I look forward to the next one.”
R Marine Queensland dealer principal Randall Jones said this year’s annual Kooringal Experience attracted a fleet of 25 Rivieras ranging in size from 36 to 56 feet.
“We all gathered at Amity Point while the team onboard Riv1 prepared the entry into the channel. Sharm and I surveyed the area earlier in the week and we set out some marker points so that we could easily guide the 25 boats one by one safely into the Kooringal anchorage,” he said.
“Kooringal is not somewhere you can visit without some local tips and good guidance.
“The trip began with some rainy and windy weather but that didn’t deter the 60 Riviera enthusiasts who were keen to enjoy a weekend away.
“The weather improved on Saturday so we organised a beach walk to the Spit to take in the views of the south passage bar and more importantly to burn off a few calories in preparation for the lunch we were about to treat them with at the Gutter Bar at Kooringal.
“The staff at the Gutter Bar laid out a great spread of fresh local oysters, king prawns and Thai style hot food and salad. It certainly exceeded our expectations. Saturday night we joined a few cockpit parties and at the last count we saw about 15 people on the back of Alastair and Robyn’s boat Riv 4 Two.
“Considering the weather we heard the mainland received, we once again enjoyed a great Kooringal experience.”
The next experience on the R Marine Queensland calendar of events is ‘Kids Marine Training Day’ on April 14.
To register your interest or book please contact the team at R Marine Queensland on email@example.com or +61 7 5502 9544.
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A fleet of 25 Rivieras made the 30 nautical mile journey from the Soverign Islands north to Kooringal
Kooringal is Robyn Duffield's favourite anchorage because the water is crystal clear
Some 60 Riviera enthusiasts enjoyed an afternoon at the Gutter Bar
R Marine Queensland organised a walk at the Spit
R Marine Queensland treated Riviera owners to a feast of local oysters and fresh king prawns
Enjoying lunch at the Gutter Bar
Riviera enthusiasts take a dip at Kooringal