New March dates and new educational workshops announced for 2017 Riviera Festival of Boating

Registrations are now open for the Riviera Festival of Boating, which has been moved forward to March 2017 to coincide with the first major event on the Australian boat show calendar: the new Gold Coast International Boat Show & Marine Expo.

The new dates – from 17-19 March 2017 – reflect Riviera’s genuine desire to provide the global Riviera Family with a truly unique, engaging and fulfilling boat show experience.

In 2017, the three-day Festival of fun and learning will reach new levels, with an action-packed educational program including many new workshops and a series of fully refreshed workshops to further enhance the knowledge and enjoyment of luxury motor yacht owners.

“Our new workshops span the full spectrum of marine education – from night navigation and safety at sea through to a new fishing clinic, and we have also added a special new Skippers Program for those aged 18-25 years,” said Riviera Brand & Communications Director, Stephen Milne.

“Also new is the seminar Living the Riviera Dream – the joys and rewards of extended cruising, detailing an amazing odyssey of over 5000 nautical miles around the Pacific onboard the luxurious Riviera 61 Enclosed Flybridge, Communique,” he said.

Of course our most popular workshops return with new content and fresh hands-on workshops, including the Ladies Skipper Program, safe towing and anchoring, understanding the weather, offshore seamanship, understanding navigation and radar operation, as well as the preventative maintenance and professional Tricks of the Trade, emergency procedures and radio communications.”

Massive nine-model Riviera showcase

Riviera will also display its latest luxurious designs on the water with a red-carpet Festival showcase that includes guided tours through the interior prototype of the new 68 Sports Motor Yacht ahead of her World Premiere in mid-2017.

Our fully narrated Riviera factory tour will return in 2017, where you can experience via the Riviera Express train ride or air-conditioned bus to learn more about our world-class production processes at the largest luxury motor yacht facility in the Southern Hemisphere,” said Mr Milne.

The Riviera Festival of Boating Ladies Day event will be held on Friday 17 March at Palazzo Versace.

The Festival gala event, Let’s Dance, starts with a red-carpet marina party at the world-class Riviera facility on Saturday evening, 18 March, and will be followed by a spectacular celebration of dance and rhythm that is sure to have everyone eager to get up and shimmy, samba and rock all night long.

“Luxury motor yacht owners, and aspiring owners, wishing to register for educational and social events can do so from today at As these workshops and events are normally booked out, please register early,” said Mr Milne.

“If you love the boating life, our 500-strong team would love to welcome you to the Riviera Festival of fun and learning in March 2017.”


Please click the play button above to view our Festival of Boating highlights video.