MORNINGTON, VICTORIA – The sun shone and the waters of Port Phillip Bay glistened for 25 Riviera owners, their families and friends as they gathered off the Mornington Peninsula for a giant festive season raft-up and party recently.
“We are not sure how Stuart Jackson organises such beautiful weather,” said Scott McComb. “We have been to a number of R Marine Jacksons events and the weather has always been bright.”
Peter and Julie Herschell agreed. They joined the raft-up with eight people aboard their Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht Hatrick.
“We loved the virtual boardwalk of swim platforms in the raft-up,” said Peter. “We went from one boat to another, chatting with people and sharing drinks.
“Stuart Jackson organised a singer aboard a Riviera as a stage opposite the raft-up. It was great easy-listening music throughout the day.
“A few people braved with water and went in for a swim. Others had stand-up boards or ventured around in their tenders. A great day out!”
Campbell McLaren and his family had not been involved in a raft-up before.
“We had six people on board and enjoyed the 45-minute run up to Mornington,” he said. “People were standing by to help us join the raft-up. Being one of the largest motor yachts, we were among the first to join.”
Campbell’s 6000 Sport Yacht Saltwater was the second boat in position. He was helped by Scott McComb and sons Lachie and Archie, aged 12 and 14, who assisted most of the participants with fenders and lines.
“We ferried a few people,” said Scott. “We picked up the musician and helped with the set-up. Stuart and his team called each motor yacht in turn to join the raft-up so it was safe and easy.
Amanda McComb said: “The raft-up was fun and we met a number of new people as well as catching up with friends. We really enjoy the socialising at these events.”
“Some friends who live up the hill at Mornington told us later that the raft-up looked awesome.”
Scott concluded: “We really enjoy the events organised by Stuart and his team. They give us an extra reason to use our Riviera 51 Enclosed Flybridge, Kryptonite.”