The 2016 Riviera Rendezvous in the picturesque San Juan Islands was the largest and most successful ever for our US West Coast family, with beautiful sunny weather, over 150 people and 40 Riviera yachts attending.
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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 pot-luck dinner that would make any foodie smile and a pirate-themed day of fun that included a pig roast, live music and games with terrific prizes.
Long-term 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 organised prize-winning Riviera Ribs which were fully dressed 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 takes 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.