Largest-ever Americas Riviera Rendezvous in San Juan Islands

There’s nothing quite like cruising in company to idyllic destinations to remind you why the global Riviera Family of owners are so passionate about the rich and rewarding boating lifestyle.

These are the types of adventures that build the confidence and skills for people to use their yachts to their full potential, that create the very special memories that last a lifetime, and, importantly, are often the beginning of long-lasting friendships.

Indeed, the camaraderie on the Riviera Rendezvous in the San Juan Islands is clearly valued by the marque’s growing family of owners on the West Coast of the United States who, each year, gather together to celebrate Riviera and the very best of the boating life.

The 2016 Riviera Rendezvous was the largest and most fun-filled ever held in the Americas, with beautiful sunny weather, over 150 people and 40 Riviera yachts attending.

Guests came from the Pacific North West, Seattle and Canada to enjoy the events at Roche Harbor and Snug Harbor Resort, hosted by dedicated Riviera and Belize dealers Emerald Pacific Yachts and Van Isle Marina.

Riviera owners and enthusiasts celebrated with a potluck dinner that would make any foodie smile and a pirate-themed day of fun that included a gourmet feast included a pig roast, live music and games with terrific prizes.

Long-serving US Riviera dealer Rob Scott, from Emerald Pacific Yachts, said the high level of participation added to the fun amongst a great group of people.

“We conducted a range of educational seminars and they proved very popular, spanning shrimping in the Northwest to water-maker operation and maintenance,” he said.

“There was also the chance to sample some award-winning cider and spirits from the San Juan Island Distillery.”

Swashbuckling Seattle Riviera owners Nelson and Kathy Goodsell – attending their 6th Riviera Rendezvous – took out the best-dressed prize with their pirate attire, and also organized prize-winning Riviera Ribs which were deliciously presented on a pirate ship plank for all to enjoy.

“The highlight for us is the camaraderie between owners,” said Nelson, owner of the 36 Open Flybridge, Fishtale.

“It’s a real Riviera Family experience and this trip has a very special place in our hearts – we wouldn’t miss it.

“It’s also a great opportunity to inspect the latest Riviera models.”

Michael Asmussen – owner of the 34 Open Flybridge, Runaway – said the friendships made throughout the event ensured great company for the entire cruising season.

“We have attended every Rendezvous since purchasing our Riviera and non-Riviera owners are always envious of our great time when we share our stories,” said Michael.

Riviera’s US-based international sales director Chris McCafferty travelled from Florida for the Rendezvous, while Brand & Communications director Stephen Milne flew in from the Riviera factory in Australia to express the company’s appreciation for their continued loyalty, on behalf of the 500-strong team on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Global presence

Represented by an international dealer network spanning the globe, Australia’s largest and most-awarded builder of luxury motor yachts continues to expand its international footprint, with support from the world-class factory on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Riviera has an American headquarters in Stuart, Florida, where a talented team of highly regarded owner care and service staff led by international sales director Chris McCafferty provides support for both dealers and owners in every market outside Australasia.

In Barcelona, Spain, Riviera has recently appointed European sales manager Jan Van Oostenryck to further strengthen its international presence and to further support both existing and prospective owners.

“Riviera’s global commitment ensures the premium customer care enjoyed by Riviera and Belize owners throughout Australasia is delivered across the world, creating an even more rewarding boating experience for the Riviera Family of yacht owners,” said Riviera’s chairman and owner, Rodney Longhurst.

The Riviera Family

Riviera has an unparalleled commitment to customer care, which includes exclusive invitations to regular Experience trips – cruising in company with fellow members of the global family of Riviera and Belize owners – and also hosts regular educational and social events.

Each May, the Riviera Festival of Boating is held at the home of Riviera, the 14-hectare, world-class facility on Australia’s Gold Coast. This truly unique festival of fun and learning includes spectacular social events and, in 2016, over 110 free educational seminars and workshops were created to assist owners to harness the full power of knowledge of their yacht, its systems and also handling techniques from docking all the way through to extended offshore passage-making.

International buyers are also offered the opportunity to take delivery of their luxurious Rivieras in Australia, exploring the Queensland and NSW coastlines aboard their new motor yachts and taking in iconic attractions including Sydney Harbour and the Great Barrier Reef.

Mr Longhurst said such consideration for Riviera’s global ‘family of yacht owners’ is creating decades of confident and enjoyable boating.

Riviera calls this: ‘the ultimate boating experience’.