The Riva Cinquanta Metri Race may have the title of a superyacht, but it has the heart and soul of a lake runabout. Measuring in at 50 metres—hence the “cinquanta metri” name—the yacht was designed by Mauro Micheli, who has been a pillar of Officina Italiana Design, the design studio that Riva Yacht has been using for a very long time, and for good reason.
Micheli composed both the interior and exterior of the Race, decking it out in all the trappings of the finest yachts. The craft has room for a master suite, a private lounge, four additional bedrooms, four decks, and crew quarters. There’s room for 12 guests plus a nine-member crew. The top deck holds a bar and a hot tub.
A garage in the stern has room for a Williams Dieseljet 625 tender, while on the foredeck there’s room for a pair of Jet Skis. The galley is in the lower deck, making room in the upper decks for more lounging and recreation areas.
That may sound like any other superyacht cruising the waters right now, but the difference lies in part in Riva history. The company was founded in 1842 by Pietro Riva on the shore of Italy’s Lake Iseo. It was there that the company came to be known for creating runabouts that toured Italian lakes and the Mediterranean.
Today the company is part of the Ferretti Group, which is run by CEO Alberto Galassi. Under Galassi’s guidance, Riva has maintained its heritage of building beautiful, comfortable boats that are a pleasure to sail. For Galassi, Riva is all about standing out. “You can tell a Ferrari from other sports cars,” says Galassi.
“You can tell a Riva from other boats. That’s the mission.”
Made from a light aluminium alloy, the Race is more nimble than yachts of a similar size. It’s also faster and has a 3000 nautical mile range at 12 knots of cruising speed.
This is a yacht that is built for pleasurable cruising—just like the runabouts the company was built on. “At the end of the day,” says Galassi, “you’re buying a dream,” and that’s what sailing in the Riva Cinquanta Metri Race is—a dream.