Named Race, the first Riva 50M is due to make her public debut in June

The Ferretti Group is celebrating a major milestone after its Ancona-based Riva Superyachts division launched the biggest Riva yacht to date over the weekend (March 23).

Measuring in at 50 metres long, with a beam of nine metres, she has been named Race, the Italian yard added.

Race features super-modern exterior styling from the Officina Italiana Design studio and the Ferretti Group Product Strategy Committee.

A world away from the classic wooden Riva speedboats that made the brand a global style icon in the 1960s, she is instead the heir to the yard’s Caravelle and Atlantic series of steel motor yachts.

Alberto Galassi, CEO of the Ferretti Group, called the launch “a huge leap forward for Riva and for the world of yachting”.

“This yacht and her unique magnificence, amplified by her impressive size, also represents a remarkable achievement for the Riva Superyachts Division, which has built the biggest Riva ever made while meeting and enhancing the brand’s signature stylistic excellence,” he added.

Details are being kept under wraps until Race’s public unveiling at the Venice Boat Show in June, but advanced renderings suggest she will have a dazzling array of premium features, including a sundeck Jacuzzi, an enormous foredeck lounge and enough room to store two Jet Skis, not to mention a classic Riva tender in the garage.

“From the tiniest details to the breathtaking design, this 50-meter yacht is a treasure of beauty, illuminated by a legendary 177-year history and accompanied by an ultra-contemporary vision of yacht building,”Galassi continued. “The production know-how that people admire in a work of this value is the best possible example of the ‘Made In Italy’ manifesto that is the signature of each of our brands.”