Mar 25, 2015

Eleven brand-new seminars for 2015 as Riviera helps motoryacht owners to build boating confidence

An extremely strong surge of registrations for the 2015 Riviera Festival of Boating – which this year includes 11 brand-new educational workshops – has prompted a timely reminder for people to book early to secure places for their preferred events.

Now in it’s 4th year, this truly unique festival of fun and learning helps owners and aspiring owners of luxury motoryachts to use their boats to their full potential, and this year includes over 70 informative educational and fun social events across four fantastic days (21-24 May 2015).

“The interest in the 2015 Festival is extremely strong with registrations to date right across the entire spectrum of events – from knots and rope-work, systems operation and new technology demonstrations right through to offshore seamanship and navigation seminars, as well as our very special social events,” said Riviera director of brand and communications, Stephen Milne.


Riviera Festival of Boating
New for 2015

     -   Understanding the Weather
     -   Provisioning and Planning
     -   Sydney to Singapore by Riviera
     -   Offshore Navigation
     -   Marine Assist
     -   Experience a Seakeeper gyro
     -   Ask a Riviera Expert
     -   Living the Riviera Dream
     -   The Simplicity of C-Zone
     -   The Glass Cockpit
     -   The Riviera Express factory tour by train

“Unfortunately, numbers are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. If you are interested in attending any Festival event, please register online at (www.FestivalOfBoating.com).

Importantly, all Festival events are open to everyone, even if they simply aspire to one day own a luxury yacht.

“The Riviera Festival of Boating was created to introduce new people to boating as much as honing the skills of experienced boaters,” said Mr Milne.

“The huge array of 27 individual educational seminars will help everyone who loves boating to acquire the skills to experience everything from weekend harbour and coastal cruising to extended coastal passages to wonderful destinations.

“The Festival provides the skills and motivation for motoryacht owners to stretch their sea legs and experience the exhilaration of blue-water cruising, in the company of fellow Riviera owners who all share the same passion,” said Mr Milne.

Among the 11 new Festival educational seminars for 2015 are Marine Assist focusing on emergency essentials, Understanding the Weather conducted by an expert meteorologist, Living the Riviera Dream with David and Sue Rogers who spent three months living aboard their 43 Open Flybridge, Escape, and Sydney to Singapore with skipper Tim Edwards, which includes details of an epic leg from Darwin to Singapore aboard the 75 Enclosed Flybridge, Seabreeze, without stopping for fuel.

Others include Offshore Navigation, Provisioning & Planning, Ask a Riviera Expert, Experience a Seakeeper gyroscopic stabiliser, The Simplicity of C-Zone, The Glass Cockpit and, of course, The Riviera Express factory tour by train.

“Riviera will also be conducting 60-minute fully narrated train and bus factory tours of our world-class luxury boat building facility – the largest in the Southern Hemisphere – with the train departing at regular intervals throughout the day,” said Mr Milne.

“This will be an opportunity to see behind the scenes how a Riviera is built – from hand lamination through to engineering and final fit-out, right through to our comprehensive pre-delivery quality control procedures. In fact the train tours were so popular when we first introduced them at the Gold Coast International Marine Expo in October, that this time we will have a bigger train.”

Mr Milne reminded visitors that the very popular Festival social events require tickets to be pre-purchased in advance for catering purposes.

“This year the social events include a Perfume Masterclass ladies luncheon on Friday, a seafood-inspired Dock of the Bay marina party on Friday evening, as well as a spectacular R Factor gala on Saturday evening where some of the best voices in Australia will battle it out for supremacy,” he said.

“All of the most popular Festival events have also been retained for 2015 and also comprehensively reviewed and refreshed in consultation with visitors and the experts who conduct them.

“Even if our visitors have previously attended individual Festival seminars, there will definitely be something new and valuable to take away from attending this year.”

Mr Milne said staging such a unique event also enables Riviera to welcome members of its global family of owners to the home of Riviera at Coomera on Australia’s Gold Coast – the largest luxury yacht building facility in the Southern Hemisphere.

“Of course it also gives us the opportunity to showcase our latest range of luxurious Riviera and Belize motoryachts – and this year we have a stunning $15 million red-carpet, on-water display,” he said.

“Also this year we will be announcing three new Riviera models and an entirely new yacht design, exclusively at the Riviera Festival of Boating and Gold Coast International Marine Expo.”

The dates of the Expo – a massive showcase of all things aquatic featuring everything from superyachts to jet skis, kayaks to fishing equipment … and everything else in between – this year align with the Riviera Festival of Boating, creating four fantastic days at the Gold Coast Marine Precinct at Coomera featuring every marine display imaginable, all in one place.

“The Festival itself will be held within the confines of the Riviera factory, with a significant part of the rest of our 14-hectare world-class facility included as one of the five key event sites for the Expo,” said Mr Milne.

“Riviera Festival of Boating visitors will enjoy free VIP parking at the gate and, because you’ll need more than one day to experience everything both the Festival and Expo have to offer, we have arranged multiple-day Expo ticket prices and accommodation packages.

“Full details on event registrations and special Festival offers are available on the Festival website (www.FestivalOfBoating.com).

The Riviera Festival of Boating will be held within the 14 hectare, world-class facility at Coomera on Australia's Gold Coast from 21-24 May 2015.

The latest in luxury yacht technology and design will be showcased at the Riviera Festival of Boating, along with the exclusive announcement of three impressive new yachts and an entirely new style and design of Riviera.

The Riviera Express factory tour by train was so popular at the 2014 Gold Coast International Marine Expo that a bigger train has been organised for the 2015 Festival of Boating.

The 2015 Riviera Festival of Boating seminars will once again incorporate the latest in marine technology.

Captain Tim Edwards crosses the equator for the first time by sea, and will share his experiences of skippering the 75 Enclosed Flybridge Seabreeze from Sydney to Singapore at one of 11 new workshops for the 2015 Festival.

David and Sue Rogers fulfilled their retirement dream with a three-month journey to the Whitsundays aboard their 43 Open Flybridge, Escape, and will share their experience in a new Festival workshop for 2015.

Festival seminars cover everything from basic seamanship to linework.

RivKids Skipper program - ensuring the skills and safety for the next generation of boaties.

The RivKids Skipper program covers all the basics of seamanship.

The finer points of offshore navigation will be discussed in detail at one of 11 new workshops for the 2015 Riviera Festival of Boating.

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