A Jewel of Classic Navigation
The Creole is a classic yacht with a length of 63 meters, built in 1927 by the Scottish shipyard Camper & Nicholsons. Designed by Charles E. Nicholson, one of the greatest yacht designers of his time, the Creole has changed hands and sailed the oceans of the world since its construction.
The history of the Creole is fascinating. It was commissioned by Alexander Smith Cochran, a passionate New York millionaire with a love for sailing. Cochran had previously commissioned two yachts from Camper & Nicholsons, the Astor and the Nourmahal, but he desired something even larger and more luxurious. Thus, the Creole was born, a three-masted yacht with respective mast heights of 54, 42, and 27 meters, known for its elegance and impressive size.
During its early years, the Creole hosted numerous parties and events for New York’s high society. However, with the outbreak of World War II, Cochran decided to sell it to prevent requisition by the United States government.
The Creole changed hands several times and served various purposes, including as a research vessel, a school ship, and a private yacht. In 1978, it was acquired by a French entrepreneur who restored it to its original splendor. In 1985, it was sold to a German businessman who sailed it around the world for over two decades.
In 2011, the Creole was acquired by the Gucci family, who restored it and transformed it into a private yacht.
Today, it is one of the most impressive private yachts in the world. The Gucci family uses it to sail the Mediterranean and participate in classic regattas. The yacht has won several awards in vintage regattas, thanks to its impressive rigging and the skill of its crew.
In summary, the Creole is a gem of classic yachting that has withstood the test of time due to the passion and care of its owners.
Our onboard services
In April 2023 we set to work to do a complete restoration of the masts and rigging. Some of the services we have done are these: