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New Belize Motoryachts

belizeBoating enthusiasts can count on Van Isle Marina, located in Sidney, BC to bring them only the finest yachts. With that focus in mind, Van Isle has become Western Canada’s Dealer for Riviera’s new luxury marquee line, Belize Motoryachts.

Response to the North American launch of Belize is living up to Van Isle’s expectations. With its classic luxury details and timeless style only being matched by its efficiency of space and fuel economy; Belize stole the 54th annual Fort Lauderdale boat show in late October. Selling their debut model on the very first day of the show, followed by their second sale only two days later, Belize was named the ‘most innovative new builder’ at the AIM Marine Group Editors’ Choice Awards.

Maintaining its reputation of sourcing only the very best, Van Isle Marina now offers both available models; the Belize 54 Sedan and Belize 54 Daybridge. These luxury motoryachts are only produced in a limited number each year with customizing ability in every imaginable way, ensuring Belize owners will possess a unique boat.

Van Isle Marina, family owned and operated since 1955, is Riviera’s dealer for western Canada and is one of BC’s largest full-service marinas providing moorage for 510 boats and dry-land storage for 90.

To learn more about Belize Motoryachts please contact:

Van Isle Marina, Yacht Sales
2320 Harbour Road
Sidney, BC   V8L 2P6  
TEL: 250.656.1138
FAX: 250.656.0182
48 40′ 31″ North 123 22′ 30″ West

Attention Boat Owners

imagesThere has been a recent increase in theft from boats from local marinas on the peninsula since September . Thefts are occurring to boat houses, moored boats, and boats in dry dock. Please ensure your boats are secure and do not leave any fishing equipment insecure on your boat. Ensure you have recorded the serial numbers of any electronic equipment.

Please report any suspicious activity to the Sidney North Saanich RCMP by calling 911, 250-656-3931 or, if you wish to remain anonymous, Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8277).

Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar & Craft Fair

ChristmasOn Saturday, November 16th, the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary will be hosting their annual Christmas Bazaar & Craft Fair fundraiser at the Mary Winspear Center in Sidney. Doors open at 10.00am and will close at 3.00pm. There will be handmade crafts, sewing & knitting, baking & Christmas Confectionary, jams, jellies, collectables, antique linens and lace, hidden treasures, books, Christmas crafts, gourmet basket draw, and much more! Great raffle prizes, too!

  • 1st Prize: $500 Cash prize donated by the SPH Auxiliary
  • 2nd Prize: One Night Stay at the Sidney Pier Hotel and Spa plus a $50 gift certificate at Haro’s Restaurant
  • 3rd Prize: $200 Joseph Ribkoff International gift certificate, courtesy of Barbara’s Boutique in Sidney
  • 4th Prize: $200 gift certificate donated by Muffet and Louisa, Sidney.  

Admission to the event is by donations, which are greatly appreciated with all proceeds going towards purchasing equipment for the Saanich Peninsula Hospital.

For information inquiries, please contact Loraine Nicholson 250-656-5085.

Latest News from Riviera

Riviera's striking new 50 Enclosed Flybridge recorded a number of 'off the plan' sales ahead of her Miami debut in FebruaryAmericas market enthusiastic towards the latest Riviera and Belize models

Fresh from the 54th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in Florida, USA, which wrapped up on Monday of this week, Riviera secured buyers for eight of its luxury boats in the American market.

Totalling US$9million, retail sales in the “yachting capital of the world” included Riviera’s 43 Open Flybridge, 445 SUV, the yet-to-be-released 50 Enclosed Flybridge and Belize 54 Motoryacht.

This outstanding result for Australia’s favourite and most awarded luxury boat builder, signals an immediate acceptance of the latest models to be released in the Americas, which Riviera Chief Executive Officer, Wes Moxey, welcomes with open arms.

“Americans love what they’re seeing from Riviera, which is gratifying to us indeed,” Mr Moxey says. “With our series of new models being launched at Fort Lauderdale this year and Miami next February, the future looks very promising.”

The new models, which were launched and received with great enthusiasm at the Fort Lauderdale boat show were the new Riviera 565 SUV and new Belize 54 Motoryacht,

Described as a “unique cross-over craft between a Flybridge and Sport Yacht”, the 565 SUV is the latest luxury cruiser born of more than 33 years of boat-building design, experience and global owner feedback. The spacious 565 SUV features a flexible accommodation plan with sleeping capacity for six to seven adults in three cabins with two bathrooms.

Set to premier at the Miami International Boat Show in 2014, two of the new 50 Enclosed Flybridge have already sold off the plan at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, a very strong endorsement for the luxury pleasure craft brand. Created in-house using industry-leading Unigraphics 3D software, Riviera’s team of talented and passionate international designers and engineers have focused on absolute maximisation of space and aesthetics of this brand new Enclosed Flybridge design.

The sleek lines of the Belize 54 Motoryacht, not only delivers style, with art deco influences and a bespoke finish, but real substance with resin-infused composite construction, double vinylester outer skin, watertight stepped collision bulkhead and independent foam-filled hull compartments. Featuring three cabins with two bathrooms, including a full beam master stateroom with ensuite and opening port lights on either side to provide cross-ventilation, the Belize 54 is available in either a Sedan or Daybridge model.

Riviera chairman and owner Rodney Longhurst, is ecstatic about the recent international sales, with American buyers hailing from the Great Lakes to Florida, and attributes this success to Riviera’s hard-working, professional team and their commitment to detail.

“The result from Fort Lauderdale is a fantastic recognition of the efforts over the last 12 months of Riviera’s experienced and talented team of designers and craftsmen,” Mr Longhurst says.

“Together, they’re working hard with a unified purpose and desire, knowing that they’re creating beautiful, world-class boats.”

Mr Longhurst notes that being the largest island continent, surrounded by some of the world’s roughest seas and oceans, Riviera boats are designed to take the worst that Mother Nature can deliver.

“I think boating enthusiasts from the Americas appreciate this fact and love the tough character of our boats just as they love our tough, iconic Australian characters such as Crocodile Dundee and Steve Irwin.”

The New Year will see an increase in staffing levels at Riviera, in line with growing international and national demand for Riviera’s luxury boats, adding to the company’s impressive growing forward order bank.

“We’ll also be recommencing Riviera’s awarded apprentice training program, taking in 15 to 20 apprentices across a number of trades in January – the first of two intakes in 2014,” Mr Longhurst says. “We’re proudly helping to create the next generation of Australian world-class boat builders.”

Running from October 31 until November 4, 2013, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show culminated in a VIP event for Riviera’s America’s owners to celebrate the US premiere of the Riviera 565 SUV and Belize 54.

Approximately 100 Riviera owners attended the Saturday evening event to celebrate the arrival of two striking new models amidst a sea of fine food, entertainment and good company.

Currently exporting 55 per cent of Riviera’s annual production of luxury boats, Mr Longhurst is both humbled and delighted by this historical resurgence in the Americas. The best Americas boat show result in many years.

“I’d like to thank the passion of our dealer network in the Americas whose continued commitment to Riviera is now being rewarded with the welcome addition of these new boat owners to the Riviera family,” he says.

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show covered six locations and over three million square feet of space. With over 1000 exhibitors including a variety of runabouts, high performance boats, motor yachts, catamarans, ski boats, jet skis, canoes and even exotic cars, the show was a sight to behold. There were also fishing seminars, presentations of art, jewellery and design for yacht and home plus fine dining and cocktails aplenty.

Riviera offers 15 different models from 36 to 75 feet across three model series Flybridge, Sport Yacht and the new SUV collection.

In 2012 Riviera celebrated the launch of its 5000th boat, the 445 SUV, a significant achievement in the company’s rich 33-year history.

Riviera also offers the bespoke Belize Motoryachts. Inspired by classic luxury details and timeless style, Belize Motoryachts has recently released the new 54 foot Sedan and Daybridge models.

Office Closed for Remembrance Day

PoppyThe Van Isle Marina Office will be closed For Remembrance Day on Monday November 11, 2013.

The Fuel Dock will be open from 8am – 4pm

A Tribute to the Military

The Sidney Museum and Archives

November 1st – 15th : A Tribute to the Military. This display recognizes the sacrifice and hardships by members of the Armed Forces through a collection of military memorabilia and photos from conflicts throughout the last century. Open daily 10 – 4. Admission by donation.

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 Sidney Museum & Archives

Sidney Remembrance Day Parade

remembrance day

Parade Information: Monday November 11, 2013 at 10:30am

Location: Beacon Avenue

First Chance Christmas Craft Fair

First and Last Chance Xmas

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Sidney Fine Art Show

SFASThe 2013 Sidney Fine Art Show will be held October 18th – 20th at the Bodine Family Hall at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney. Presented by the Community Arts Council of the Saanich Peninsula, this Show is a world-class juried art show for serious artists and patrons of the arts. The first Show in 2003 was an outstanding success and each year the Show has attracted thousands of visitors to the town of Sidney.

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