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
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