08 May 2014

Thinking of taking a trip? Turn your attention down under where thousands of boaters are looking forward to one of the most popular boat shows in the southern hemisphere. Australia’s Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show and the Riviera Festival will burst into life next month from the 22nd - 25th May 2014 showcasing new models and innovations, action-packed social marine orientated events and hand-on educational attractions.    

Riviera Festival:         

Do you own a Riviera sport fisher or cruiser? If yes, then the Riviera Festival is well worth going to, this is the boating event not to be missed.

Running in conjunction with the  Sanctuary Cove Boat Show and just a ferry-ride away is the exciting Riviera Festival – an action packed affair packed with 76 educational and sparkling social events both day and night. South African Riviera 37 owner Kim Labuschagne won the Master Chef competition held 2 years ago and his partner won the Ladies Master Chef competition with great prizes.

Boating World’s Derrick Levy says Riviera has gone all out to provide the best possible program to help owners fully understand all aspects of power boat ownership, operation and maintenance.

Topics include electrical power systems to onboard entertainment, communications to electronic navigation schools, trouble shooting workshops and more. Practical courses cover offshore seamanship, exterior maintenance ‘tricks of the trade’, fishing clinics and a full sea trial program. Or you can enjoy the step-by-step operation of onboard cameras, underwater lights, remote alarm systems and much more.

There’ll be skipper training programs, special ‘ladies only’ events and of course the popular Riviera factory tours.

Visitors will have their eyes opened to see first-hand how these beautiful boats evolve as they go through the boat building process from start to finish. The red carpet, under cover on water display will feature an impressive $22 million showcase of Riviera and Belize Motor yachts, including the 3600, 5000 and 5800 Sport Yachts, the 445, new 515 and 565 SUVs, the 43 Open, new 50, 53, 63 and 75 Enclosed Flybridge range, and the Belize 54 Day bridge. The new 515 SUV will make her world boat show premiere at the Riviera Festival.

The social events include a special Champagne Master Class luncheon for the ladies and you’ll love the ‘Riviera and all that Jazz’ nightclub with its feast of colour, music, dancing, food and fine wine.”

You could be one of over 400 luxury power boat enthusiasts expected to attend the Riviera Cirquetacular. This gala dinner will be held under the Big Top on the Saturday night where artists and entertainers will deliver breathtaking performances.  On Sunday, the ever-popular Master BBQ Chef Challenge will be held at the Riviera Yacht Club - a fun-filled barbecue cook off for amateur chefs.

This action-packed boating bonanza is not to be missed. For more information call Boating World (021) 418 0840.

Sanctuary Cove show:

This fabulous four-day event attracts buyers and marine industry representatives from across Australia and around the globe. Come and join the fun at the beautiful 330-berth Mediterranean-style marina on the Gold Coast where some 500 beautiful boats of every description will be on display.

Powerboats, sailboats, jet skis, inflatable's, kayaks, tinnies, to super yachts  - you name them and they’ll be there and better still – all open to informative onboard tours. Riviera’s stunning floating display will feature the latest luxurious models for onboard viewing.

Pre-paid ticket holders and accreditation pass holders will be able to enjoy free train travel to and from the event on all regular Queensland Rail City Network and there are free ‘Park ‘n’ Ride’ services from Helensvale.

Show times: 09.00-17.00 daily