SOUTH STRADBROKE ISLAND, QUEENSLAND – Jumpinpin at the northern tip of South Stradbroke Island on Queensland’s Gold Coast is a favourite destination for boating enthusiasts.
The team from R Marine Crawley utilised this special location in early December to host 34 Riviera owners, their families and friends to begin the festive season.
Enjoy all the fun of this unique event with our highlights video
“A long marquee on the beach looked really impressive as we motored into Jumpinpin,” said Christine Long. “There were places set at tables for all 100 of us!”
Christine and husband Matt arrived aboard their Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht Boss Lady.
“We loved everything about the celebrations on Saturday – the lunch on the beach, the Christmas tree decorations and the friendships. All of these wonderful celebrations were then eclipsed on Sunday morning. It was our 40th wedding anniversary and Matt presented me with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. He had hidden them aboard 6000 Sport Yacht DOM. And he cooked me a lovely breakfast as well!”
Suzanne Robb and Nigel Stevens, owners of DOM, were more than happy to assist with the surprise gift.
“We loved the entire weekend,” said Suzanne. “Seeing the long table on the beach already set for lunch was a nice surprise. And one of the owners had baked an extraordinary cake to complete the meal.”
Hans and Kaia Torv aboard their Riviera 445 SUV Silverheels were impressed with the organisation of the event.
“The R Marine Crawley team has a knack for taking care of their Riviera family,” said Hans. “We didn’t even need to launch our tender.”
After lunch, Santa arrived aboard a jet-ski with “Mrs Clause” sitting behind.
“It was great fun, being Santa’s little helper,” said Suzanne.
A Christmas tree set up at the end of the dining area became the focus of attention as the guests were invited to help decorate it and to place gifts around the tree to be distributed to children who would have to spend Christmas at the Gold Coast Hospital.
“There was a very considerate touch of asking everyone to bring a gift for less fortunate kids,” said Hans Torv.
“The live music was fun but the singer’s backing choir on ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ were rather ordinary carollers!”
Suzanne Robb said: “The gift-giving was a really nice touch. Then the sunset was beautiful as we all shared drinks on the beach and the R Marine Crawley team turned on lights adorning the Christmas tree.”
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