The Gold Coast Bulletin



GOLD COAST BULLETIN Friday, May 13, 2011

THE latest addition to Riviera’s stable of boats was announced in style on the Gold Coast, towing 12 water-skiers the length of the Broadwater.

The 61 Series II Enclosed Flybridge had been officially released at the Sanctuary Cove Internatio­nal Boat Show but the new Sydney owners of the boat wanted to show off their $2.75 million vessel in style.

Riviera brand and communicat­ion director Stephen Milne said it was a first for the boat builder. ‘‘It is the first time in Australia that a Riviera has towed so many water-skiers,’’ he said, adding the new owners had themselves been waterskiin­g for more than 25 years.

The owners, who did not want to be identified, bought the boat off the plan at the previous year’s Sydney Internatio­nal Boat Show, with a view to spending three months on it at Hamilton Island.

It was the 11th Riviera the couple have owned. The 61 Series

was to make its world debut at Sanctuary Cove, but already the company was building three of the new model for owners in Australia and Central America.

■ CORRUPT former politician Gordon Nuttall failed to convince his former colleagues he should not be fined $82,000 for his misdeeds.

Nuttall, already serving 12 years in jail after two juries found him guilty of corruptly accepting payments from rich businessme­n, wrote another shameful chapter into the already dodgy history of Queensland politics when he was forced to appear before the bar of the parliament.

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