“It’s probably the best Experience cruising event I’ve ever been on … and I’ve been on quite a few!”
These words – from third-time Riviera owner Gavin Eales – perhaps sum up the three-day 2017 Kooringal Experience staged by Riviera and Belize dealer R Marine Jones for the Riviera Family to Australia’s Moreton Island recently.
Gavin, the owner of the 47 Enclosed Flybridge Just Battling, said it was hard to pick a favourite feature of the 76Nm cruise from and returning to Queensland’s Gold Coast – there were just so many.
“I’ve been to the Whitsundays, to Lady Musgrave and to Peel Island and this trip was exceptional,” he said. “Exploring Crab Island in the tenders was terrific … just seeing all the marine life. And The Gutter Bar – Randall Jones and his team had everything so well organised!”
Fun with old friends, making new friends, discovering new anchorages and exploring idyllic destinations – these phrases are repeatedly made when the Riviera Family describes what they like most about our inspiring cruising adventures.
The 2017 Kooringal Experience – featuring 32 Riviera and Belize luxury motor yachts and almost 90 people – was certainly no exception, with the R Marine Jones-owned 51 Open Flybridge Riv 1 leading the way.
“Not too many people would attempt to navigate some of the channels without local knowledge, even at high tide,” said Cliff Evans, who owns the 43 Open Flybridge Sanctum with his wife, Lisa.
“But it was well worth it – the water for the tender exploration of Crab Island was just amazing – the marine life was just incredible.”
Ken Smith, who with wife Laureen owns the 38 Open Flybridge Lunchalot, is relatively new to the Riviera Family and said there was nothing quite like learning about boating in the company of like-minded people.
“We are enjoying it immensely,” he said.
“It’s a very exciting stage of life for us and to be able to enjoy our boating with so much support from people who really do know boats is incredibly reassuring and satisfying.”
R Marine Jones is this year evolving its Experience cruising event and there is very strong interest in the series of four to five passages to and from Queensland’s Whitsundays over a period of three months between June and September 2017.
“This year we are introducing a range of partnerships and activities that will enhance the time our owners spend in this beautiful part of the world,” said Randall Jones.
“We have scuba diving training and excursions planned, scenic flights, golf days on Dunk Island and both deep sea and game fishing experiences.
“We are taking the fun of owning a Riviera to even greater heights.”
– If you would like to register your interest in R Marine Jones cruising or social events, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +61 7 5502 9544.