Published: Friday, 22 April 2016

Australian boat building company Riviera attracted a lineup of 24 Riviera boats to South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula for the Port Lincoln Easter Experience.

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Over 130 guests and a total of 35 yachts took part in the weekend event, which is hosted annually by Riviera and Belize dealer R Marine South Australia.

The ‘Riviera Taxi’ – an eight-metre Sealegs amphibious RIB – transferred guests on Friday to the beach from Fishermen’s Point for the first of a series of scheduled activities.

Saturday morning saw the anglers of the group test out the Southern Ocean fishing grounds.

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“The temptation was too much for some of our owners and they headed out to chase the prized southern Bluefin tuna while the rest undertook a casual cruise in convoy to Reevesby Island,” says R Marine South Australia Principal Dealer Paul Harrop. “We chartered the 25m trawler challenge and, filled with provisions, she dropped her 400-kilogram anchor for us to rope off and begin to raft up – it really was a spectacular sight.”

Drew Sellick, who with his wife owns the Riviera 445 SUV Day Job, said the raft-up was an incredible experience.

“It all sounds so simplistic but when you consider it all revolves around the tide, you begin to realise why timing is so critical,” says Sellick.

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While enjoying lunch, guests took the opportunity to fish and enjoy kayaking, while a drone was launched to capture the occasion.

Sunday was a day of leisure, with the R Marine South Australia crew once again ensuring a great start with newspaper deliveries and VIP ferry for an Easter Bunny to deliver goodies.

In the evening, guests began to arrive via the ‘Riviera Taxi’ to board Port Lincoln’s oldest fishing boat, Tacoma, for a Hawaiian-themed party.

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The final activity for the weekend was Monday’s fully catered beach barbecue offering plenty of food and a chance to take a ride in a Helistar Aviation chopper.

Leslee Findlay, who with her husband Brian, owns the Riviera 445 SUV Ya Think praised the R Marine South Australia crew.

“As owners we see how hard they work and we are aware they are spending time away from their families to help us enjoy such a special weekend,” says Findlay.

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Harrop thanked the R Marine South Australia crew – Daniel Westbury, Brendan Lange, Ross Le Frank and owner Ross Almond – for ensuring the event’s success.

Riviera is now looking forward to hosting the 2016 Riviera Festival of Boating (May 19-22).

“Our Festival involves four fantastic days of fun and learning at our 14-hectare, world-class facility at Coomera on Australia’s Gold Coast,” says Riviera Chairman and Owner Rodney Longhurst. “Now in its fifth year, this unique festival of fun and learning brings together all aspects of boating, with over 70 free educational seminars and practical workshops covering all areas of seamanship – from line-work and advanced systems operation all the way through to understanding the weather and traditional chart navigation techniques.”

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The festival is also an opportunity for owners and aspiring owners to inspect Riviera’s latest models at a stunning red-carpet, undercover on-water showcase on the Riviera Marina.

This year the event will see the world premiere of the new 575 SUV, the Australia remiere of the new 5400 Sport Yacht and the Queensland premiere of the 57 Enclosed flybridge.

Registration for the Riviera Festival of Boating is now open.