January 18, 2022 10:01 pm

Creole, the luxury sailboat of the Gucci family with a gruesome history

After the premiere of the film ‘The Gucci house’, starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, the controversy surrounding this fashion firm has once again become a current issue, putting everything that has to do with its founding family in the media focus, such as the Creole, a luxury sailboat with a history of its own.

Maurizio Gucci began to develop expensive tastes and skyrocketed his spending buying high-end cars, exclusive properties and, of course, a pleasure boat. In this case, he did not opt ​​for a new model, but rather fell in love with a 1927 wooden sailboat with three masts, 700 tons and 65 meters in length

with capacity for 11 guests, divided into six double cabins with bathroom en suite, and a crew of 16 people. It was in 1982 when he made the purchase and decided to invest a large sum of money to give it a makeover and a new useful life, a restoration work carried out by Italian, German and Majorcan shipyards and which was completed in 1989. In the present It belongs to Allegra, the youngest daughter of the deceased businessman and Patrizia Reggiani.

This boat currently belongs to the youngest daughter of Maurizio Gucci – © alquilerdeyatesenibiza.com

It is said that the Creole is cursed since it brought bad luck to all its owners, who were not few. This boat was created by the British architect Charles Ernest Nicholson for the american tycoon Alexander Smith Cochran. The bad omens began right from the beginning. At the opening ceremony, in which the ship was christened Vira, it took three attempts to break the traditional bottle of champagne. Smith Cochran was only able to enjoy it for a few months as he died of tuberculosis. Then it passed into the hands of the sailor Maurice Pope, who gave it its current name and sold it to Connop Thirlwall Robert Guthrie, who had to hand it over to the British Royal Navy in WWII. At the end of the conflict Guthrie was dead so the sailboat was abandoned until the Greek businessman Stavros Spyros Niarchos He restored it and made it his pleasure boat. In 1970, his Eugenia Livanos, died on board while on vacation. When he died of a barbiturate overdose, it was considered a suicide, but later reports mentioned that he had bumps and bruises, so there were always suspicions that it was a murder.

Maurizio Gucci restored it in 1982 and in 2008 it was restored to its current appearance
Maurizio Gucci restored it in 1982 and in 2008 it was restored to its current appearance – © alquilerdeyatesenibiza.com
The sailboat has six double cabins with bathroom en suite
The sailboat has six double cabins with bathroom en suite – © alquilerdeyatesenibiza.com

Shortly after, Niarchos sold it to the Danish government, an institution that wanted to turn it into a civil school ship, but as its maintenance was very expensive and it was about to be wrecked in 1982 they decided to put it up for sale and that was when it passed into the hands of from the Gucci family.

Among its illustrious guests were, also, Sofia of Greece and Juan Carlos of Borbón, kings of Spain, who they spent their wedding night in it.

Currently, this boat, which was restored in 2008, is for rent and the price for a week is between 224,000 and 266,000, plus extra expenses.

The Creole can be rented for a week for a price of around 266,000 euros
The Creole can be rented for a week for a price of around 266,000 euros – © alquilerdeyatesenibiza.com

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