Take me to the Riva

At a time when moder­nity and brawn reign supreme on the high seas, it’s a de­light to dis­cover that Riva con­tin­ues to cel­e­brate the ro­man­tic wooden rigs of yes­ter­year, writes Melissa Lim

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a bene, an­di­amo!” are the last words I hear. In two sec­onds flat I’m be­ing rock­eted across mer­ci­lessly choppy wa­ter and cling­ing to a leather panel for dear life as a fel­low jour­nal­ist flails about next to me like a fish out of wa­ter. The Ital­ian sun beats down sear­ingly on my bare skin as I con­sider what a fool­ish idea it was to sport an off-the-shoul­der num­ber. I squeeze my eyes shut as my neigh­bour con­tin­ues to squeal. Af­ter what seems like an eter­nity but in re­al­ity may have been just 10 sec­onds, we are past the tur­bu­lent chop and en­ter­ing a post­card-stan­dard vista of idyl­lic, still wa­ter backed by breath­tak­ing moun­tains. I un­clench my body, recog­nis­ing ideal con­di­tions for drap­ing my­self lan­guidly across op­u­lently crafted ma­hogany like a bro­ken-hearted 1950s movie star seek­ing refuge on a lake.

Ab­surd rever­ies, fash­ion faux pas and windswept mane aside, I should men­tion that we are here in north­ern Italy to wit­ness the launch of the highly an­tic­i­pated Ri­va­mare and are in fact on a “sea trial” of the lux­u­ri­ous power­boat. This stylish ten­der from Riva is touted as a new icon in the mak­ing, and we are lucky enough to step aboard in Sar­nico, home of the renowned brand’s ship­yard and museum on the shores of Lake Iseo, for an out­ra­geously pic­turesque af­ter­noon.

The new Ri­va­mare fea­tures ma­hogany pan­elling and a pair of en­gines that gen­er­ate 400mhp each and de­liver a max­i­mum speed of 40 knots

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