Mar 24, 2016

Registrations open for Riviera’s largest-ever festival of fun and learning in May

Registrations are now open for the Riviera Festival Boating in May – 2016’s Ultimate Boating Event.

With a greater focus than ever before on broadening the boating knowledge and skills of luxury motor yacht owners, Riviera’s 2016 educational program is the Festival’s most expansive ever.

This year the marque will present over 110 informative and very hands-on workshops spread over four days to build boating safety and confidence, including 17 brand-new workshops.

Many of the Festival’s popular workshops have been fully refreshed, providing ever greater in-depth training in specific areas of nautical interest.

“The Riviera Festival of Boating is open to all luxury motor yacht owners, and aspiring owners,” said Riviera’s owner and chairman Rodney Longhurst.

“It doesn’t matter if you are brand-new to luxury motor yacht ownership or you have been enjoying it all your life, even the most experienced offshore skippers will discover something new and informative at this year’s Riviera Festival of Boating,” he said.

“Popular workshops will be presented multiple times over the four fun days – hands-on practical sessions on the water in the mornings and theory in air-conditioned comfort in the afternoons – but places are limited, so we are urging visitors to book now to avoid disappointment.”

The Riviera Festival of Boating – coinciding with the Gold Coast International Marine Expo from 19-22 May 2016 – draws owners from around Australia and around the world to celebrate and share in all that it is that makes boating with Riviera so unique.

Over the past four years, Riviera’s truly unique Festival has assisted hundreds of motor yacht owners from around the world to stretch their sea legs and enjoy more of the rich and rewarding benefits of the luxury life afloat.

This year Riviera takes the exhilaration and enjoyment to inspiring new levels with both introductory and advanced courses to suit all degrees of seamanship and boating knowledge to be presented by nautical trainers with a wealth of boating wisdom and experiences.

“As every boater knows, there’s always much more to learn and much more to enjoy on the water … and this applies equally to our male and female skippers,” said Mr Longhurst.

“For 2016 we have expanded both the popular Ladies Skipper and Men’s Skipper programs to provide even greater confidence at the helm whilst cruising, berthing, anchoring and rafting,” he said. “We will have special workshops focusing on whipping and splicing, tender handling and also a Riv Kids Skipper workshop for children.”

The Festival’s 2016 Seamanship Program aims to inspire Riviera and Belize owners to use their yachts to their full potential. Experienced skipper Tim Edwards will present a workshop on offshore seamanship, while one of Australia’s meteorologists Anthony Cornelius will present separate workshops on weather fundamentals and advanced forecasting.

Maintenance Programs will be presented by marine professionals covering Preventative Maintenance & Discovering the Tricks of the Trade, Understanding Desalination, Know Your Generator, Troubleshooting Sanitation Systems and Understanding the Science of Anti-Fouling.

The Systems Programs reflect how Riviera is embracing the technology that makes boating so much easier and more enjoyable. Workshops include Understanding the Simplicity of CZone, Onboard Power Systems, Get The Most From The Glass Cockpit, and Experience a Riviera Shaft-Drive with Express Joystick & See The Seakeeper At Work.

Navigation and safety have a special focus at this year’s Festival.

Registrants can book for Traditional Navigation 1 – Passage Planning, Traditional Navigation 2 – Positioning, Basic Radar – Fixing Targets, Radar Rendezvous – Traditional Chart Plotting, Local Direction, IALA Buoyage System/Collision Regulations and Understanding Electronic Navigation with Raymarine.

Fire Training & Emergency Planning, Emergency Protocols & Procedures, First Aid Essentials, Safe Towing, Anchoring & Rafting, Radio Communications – Distress, Marine Assist & Safety are open to all registrants, while on Sunday Riviera and Belize owners will be able to attain their Australian Waters Qualification.

Mr Longhurst said the 2016 program was the Festival’s most extensive yet, and also included inspirational seminars on interior design and cruising to idyllic destinations.

“The keynote speaker at the 2016 Festival is Adelaide entrepreneur and seasoned sailor Jason Squire, who in the three months after taking delivery of his very first motor yacht – a Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht christened The Silver Fox – cruised some 5000 nautical miles and over 400 hours to some of Australia’s amazing dive sites, including the remote Osprey Reef in Far North Queensland,” he said.

“Jason’s passion for underwater photography and videography combined with his amazing grasp of technology and offshore seamanship will make for a riveting presentation that will certainly inspire the cruising dreams of every luxury motor yacht owner.”

On the Riviera Marina – as part of the award-winning Gold Coast International Marine Expo – there will be even more inspiration in the form of 12 stunning examples of on-water excellence.

“We will be rolling out the red carpet to welcome Expo and Festival visitors to our $20 million showcase of our latest luxury designs, including the 575 SUV at her World Premiere, the 5400 Sport Yacht at her Australian Premiere, and the 57 Enclosed Flybridge at her Queensland Premiere,” said Mr Longhurst.

“As well as Festival guests, we will be also inviting the public to board The Riviera Express train or air-conditioned mini-coach for a fully narrated tour of our world-class yacht-building facility,” he said. “This year we will be providing an even greater insight into the legendary build-quality that is a hallmark of Riviera.”

Of course, the Festival is just as much about fun and celebration as it is about education and Riviera also invites luxury motor yacht owners to a special Ladies Day at the Festival – Fashion & Fine Food Luncheon at Marina Mirage and Fellini Restorante e Bar, as well as a Saturday night gala cocktail marina party followed by a spectacular dinner show, Viva Las Riviera, to be attended by over 500 guests in a special section of the Riviera factory.

“The 2016 Riviera Festival of Boating promises, as always, to be something truly memorable,” said Mr Longhurst.

Registration for the Festival’s educational workshops and social events is essential, and places are limited. Please visit or contact your nearest Riviera and Belize dealer for further information.

Beautiful boats and fine Ferraris at the Riviera Festival of Boating.

Hands-on practical workshops help luxury motor yacht enthusiasts hone their boating skills.

The Ladies Skipper program is extensive at the 2016 Festival, covering everything from line-work to taking command of the helm.

Factory tours aboard The Riviera Express.

Inspiring workshops share cruising experiences to dream destinations.

Luxury motor yacht owners learn everything from offshore seamanship to interior design at the Festival.

Festival workshops help owners use their boats and their systems to their full potential.

Offshore navigation will be covered in even greater detail at the 2016 Riviera Festival of Boating.

Skippers workshops focus on knots, ropes and line work.

The family that goes boating together, stays together and this is certainly embodied in the Festival of fun and learning.

The Ladies Skipper programs are very popular and a chance to gain confidence and skills at the helm, whilst anchoring, rafting and berthing.

Riviera's stunning showcase for 2016 will be presented under lights at Saturday night's marina party, followed by the Viva Las Riviera gala dinner and show.

Guests enjoy the Riviera showcase, where the latest luxury on-water designs are presented under lights on the undercover Riviera Marina.

Saturday night's gala dinner and show is sure to be another memorable experience at the Festival.

The world-class Riviera factory will feature a red-carpet showcase on new luxury motor yachts … and much more.

75 Enclosed Flybridge - Shaft Drive

The Brief was simple: create the largest, most luxurious and technically advanced Riviera ever. For our designers, engineers and craftspeople, it was an invitation to express their talent and creativity like never before - and they responded magnificently.

New 63 Enclosed Flybridge

Riviera is proud to announce the launch of its new 63 Flybridge with a raft of engineering and design enhancements based on its predecessor, the superb 61 Flybridge.

63 Open Flybridge

Riviera is proud to announce the launch of its new 63 Flybridge with a raft of engineering and design enhancements based on its predecessor, the superb 61 Flybridge.

New 53 Enclosed Flybridge with IPS

Designed from the keel up, using Riviera’s Uni-Graphics NX three dimensional CAD software system, the new 53 has been developed in-house after nearly two years of detailed consultation with boat owners across the globe.

New 53 Open Flybridge - IPS

Designed from the keel up, using Riviera’s Uni-Graphics NX three dimensional CAD software system, the new 53 has been developed in-house after nearly two years of detailed consultation with boat owners across the globe. The result is a fresh approach, signalling a new generation of Riviera prowess and efficiency. The 53 is a vessel of considerable internal volume, allowing Riviera’s designers to create unprecedented living spaces, elegant amenities and unrivalled performance.

New 50 Enclosed Flybridge

The stunning new 50 Enclosed Flybridge is expected to prove equally enticing as her big sister, the 53 Enclosed Flybridge. The new model is currently under construction and will make her world debut in 2013.

45 Open Flybridge - Shaft Drive

Anyone investing in a luxury pleasure boat has developed certain lifestyle standards and an aversion to compromise. If you relate to this, welcome to the world of Riviera… and in particular welcome aboard the 45 Open Flybridge.

43 Open Flybridge - IPS

The new Riviera 43 Open Flybridge, is the latest in flybridge design from Australia’s most awarded luxury boat builder.

5800 Sport Yacht - IPS

It is a luxury boat beyond anything previously developed by Riviera, Australia’s most awarded luxury boat builder. The exciting Riviera 5800 Sport Yacht, is the latest and most dramatic of the company’s European-style Sport Yacht series.

5000 Sport Yacht - Zeus

Embarking on the development of an entirely new style of boat is one of the most challenging and exciting projects we have undertaken in recent times. The inspiration for our Sport Yacht series, came from recognising the changing values and lifestyles not just of boat owners, but people everywhere – changes that are reflected in such domains as contemporary architecture, interior design and the styling of prestige cars.

4400 Sport Yacht Series II - IPS

In our long history we have produced many new vessels, but none has challenged traditions or questioned the assumptions on which boats are generally built quite like our Sport Yacht series.

3600 Sport Yacht Series II - IPS

It is a luxury boat beyond anything previously developed by Riviera, Australia’s most awarded luxury boat builder. The exciting Riviera 3600 Sport Yacht, is the latest and most dramatic of the company’s European-style Sport Yacht series.

New 565 SUV

From the immediate acceptance and success of the 445SUV, the 565 will be a great all round entertainer. Lockable sliding rear door, 3 sided enclosed hardtop with sliding side windows as standard makes for a comfortable boat in all types of weather.

New 445 SUV

Bearing Riviera’s classic hallmark design, the new 445 SUV has been crafted with Riviera’s rich-heritage in mind. Combining the high performance, blue water cruising abilities and large open cockpit of the classic Flybridge with the fish raising abilities of the Offshore Express, and the single-level leisurely, entertaining features of the popular Sport Yacht series, has created a vessel like no other, a true bridge between all of them.

Belize 54 Daybridge

All the amenities of the Sedan but with extra benefits on top. For those who relish open-air boating, or live where the warm season is short and want to make the most of it. Arcing deep-tread stairs lead up to saloon-like amenities including large L-shaped lounge, hi-lo table, wet bar with sink and fridge, and a second day helm.

Belize 54 Sedan

One continuous level of luxury with everything to hand - helm. galley, saloon, dining, bar - in a comfy, roomy weather-proof space. The Sedan is all Sport Yacht style; less about catching fish as catching up. Rear hopper window and sliding door extends entertaining to the open air. As does the giant sliding sunroof, either at anchor or under way.