Riviera owners cruise in tropical Whitsunday Islands
Published: Wednesday, 25 October 2017
Riviera and Belize dealership R Marine Crawley scheduled a Riviera flybridge fleet to migrate north for cruise to the Whitsunday Islands, which has a group of 74 large and small islands, white sandy beaches, bays and anchorages.
12 Riviera and Belize owners and their families and friends took the journey from Gold Coast to the Percy Islands through the Fraser Island.
"We live in Sydney and had planned to take our motor yacht to the Whitsundays at some stage. Because it is a long voyage for us we were reluctant to do it alone. We saw the notice about the Migration on the Events page of Riviera's web site and contacted R Marine Crawley. We could not have made a better decision,” said Alex Tonks, owner of Riviera 40, Mezzaluna.
The fleet included eleven Riviera flybridge motor yachts, from a classic Riviera 40, two 47's, a 48 to a pair of 52 enclosed flybridges, pair of 43 open flybridges, two sport yachts and a 54 Belize daybridge. The Double Trouble is one of the enclosed Riviera 52.
For Lance and Jacqueline Dummett aboard their new Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht, Hailstorm, the best day of the entire Migration was the stopover at Lady Musgrave Island, a sand island at the western end of a coral atoll 32nm off the coast and 67nm north of Fraser Island.
“The water was glassy inside the atoll,” said Lance. “We snorkelled and watched the thousands of spectacular reef fish. There were even a few reef sharks.
“Some of the owners fished and took their catch onto the beach to cook over a fire. That’s fresh fish!”