Please select your home edition
Edition
GJW Direct - Motor Cruiser 2019 - 728x90

The Wild West comes to the United States Pacific north-west

by Riviera Australia 17 Sep 2018 13:57 UTC
The Wild West comes to the United States Pacific north-west © Riviera Australia

Pretty Roche Harbor on San Juan Island in the north-west United States echoed to the sounds of "Yee-haw" and the cracking of stock whips as 165 enthusiastic Riviera owners and friends celebrated the annual Roche Harbor Experience recently.

Our representatives Emerald Pacific Yachts and Van Isle Marina came together to host the wild-west themed weekend, complete with camp fires, fun and games.

For Mike and Diane Holmes, this was their first Riviera Experience, having joined the Riviera Family late last year when they took delivery of their brand new 5400 Sport Yacht Wire Less at the Riviera facility in Australia.

The couple cruised Wire Less to the Whitsunday Islands on Queensland's Great Barrier Reef before returning to Seattle to await delivery of their motor yacht to home waters.

"Meeting so many great people at Roche Harbor was the highlight of the entire weekend for us," said Mike. "There is a great commonality among the motor yachts so many of us spent some time walking along the docks and chatting, exchanging thoughts and ideas.

"Everyone was so helpful. We learned a great deal more about Wire Less. I even picked up a great idea for a flagpole!"

Joe Peterson arrived aboard his Riviera 40 Open Flybridge, Gunk.

"Ours is the very last Riviera 40 ever built – number 288," he said. "Very special."

Joe immediately entered the theme of the weekend by donning chaps and a cowboy hat.

"The ladies pulled me into a line dancing exercise. In was great fun," he said.

"The pot luck on Friday evening is always special. We offered a great plate of freshly-caught prawns."

The highlight of the pot luck, however, was the entry by Nelson and Kathy Goodsell with their beautifully-decorated "Riviera Rustler Ribs".

"Nelson and Kathy win every year," explained Kristen Brace. "They are exceptional cooks."

Kristen, her husband Steve and their 16-year-old son Drew came to Roche Harbor aboard their 45 Open Flybridge, Strait Shot.

"Riviera owners are the nicest people," said Kristen. "Each year we catch up with some of the Roche Harbor veterans as well as being able to meet new people. So many of them become close friends."

Joe Peterson said the dock at Roche Harbor is a spectacular sight.

"I am always impressed here to see so many Rivieras together," he said.

The Saturday evening dinner is always special at Roche Harbor and this year the hosts maintained the wild west theme for the evening with a huge steak spit roasted over an open fire.

"Our hosts also made up some great cocktails," said Joe.

"We also enjoyed the band who entertained us on Saturday."

Diane Holmes said activities for the kids were well organised and obviously all had a lot of fun.

"There were a lot of games, some for the young ones and some hilarious events for the adults," she said.

"We had a great time watching all the antics," said Mike. "And we did get involved in the dancing."

Joe Peterson has been to 14 events with Emerald Pacific Yachts and echoed the sentiment of everyone.

"This event is a must for us every year," he said.

Related Articles

Riviera launches new 54 Enclosed Bridge
A master class in luxury living Australia's premium luxury motor yacht builder Riviera premiered the supremely stylish and seaworthy 54 Enclosed Flybridge at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show (May 23-26). Posted on 25 May
Riviera announces new 64 Sports Motor Yacht
Sophistication meets innovation Australia's luxury motor yacht builder Riviera broke the mould with the release of its 68 and 72 Sports Motor Yacht models in 2017 and '18 respectively, and it is set to do so again with another graceful addition to this growing Collection. Posted on 23 May
Riviera launches new Platinum Edition Sport Yachts
Three brilliant examples of pure elegance and exceptional luxury The owner of Australia's premium luxury motor yacht builder, Rodney Longhurst not only stands with exceptional pride behind his brand's exquisitely-built motor yachts... he also skies behind them! Posted on 22 May
2019 Riviera and Belize Festival of Boating
Registrations now open Registrations are now open for the 2019 Riviera and Belize Festival of Boating, exclusively for Riviera and Belize owners. Posted on 23 Apr
Living the Riviera Dream
Three years cruising Tasmania David and Lis Paton have been cruising the enchanting waters of Tasmania since 2015, spending up to four months at a time on board their Riviera 53 Enclosed Flybridge Pascua Lama after a long cruise south from Queensland. Posted on 19 Apr
Riviera set to present four World Premieres
At the 2019 Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show Riviera will proudly present four spectacular World Premieres at the Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show from May 23 to 26. Posted on 1 Apr
Riviera to premiere 395 SUV at Newport Boat Show
Riviera to premiere sporty and adventurous 395 SUV at Newport Boat Show in California Australia's premium luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, will proudly premiere the 395 SUV in a six-yacht showcase in partnership with dedicated Riviera and Belize representative Sun Country Coastal at the Newport Boat Show in California over four days. Posted on 20 Mar
Spectacular Belize 66 motor yacht & sporty 395 SUV
Premiere at the Palm Beach International Boat Show Australia's most awarded luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, will proudly premiere the spectacular new Belize 66 Sedan motor yacht in a four-model showcase in conjunction with dedicated Riviera and Belize representative Grande Yachts International Posted on 14 Mar
Riviera to premiere 52 Enclosed Flybridge at CIBS
The show is held at Marina Puerto del Ray in Fajardo Australia's most awarded luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, in partnership with dedicated Riviera and Belize representative Wally Castro Marine, will proudly premiere blue-water 52 Enclosed Flybridge model in a display of four gleaming Riviera yachts. Posted on 11 Mar
Riviera to showcase new yachts in Japan
Riviera to showcase blue-water 43 Open Flybridge at the Japan International Boat Show Australia's premium luxury motor yacht builder, Riviera, will proudly showcase its blue-water 43 Open Flybridge model in conjunction with Riviera and Belize representative Unimat Precious at the Japan International Boat Show in Yokohama. Posted on 28 Feb
Nanni Diesel 2019 FooterRaymarine AUS 2018 Aug - Axiom - FooterGJW Direct - Motor Cruiser 2019 - Footer