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‘Gaucho’ sails for St. Barts

From left, former Deltaville residents John, Roni, Kylie and Iain Everton steer Gaucho in the Chesapeake Bay en route to the Caribbean. (Aerial photos by Eric Deagle and Mike Kucera)
by Mike Kucera

John and Roni Everton have set sail from Deltaville for warmer temperatures aboard their 50-foot wooden ketch Gaucho.

With the help of their daughter Kylie and son Iain, they will navigate more than 1,600 miles of open ocean and make landfall at St. Barthelemy in the French West Indies on November 4. The family will spend 14 days at sea if there are no major delays.

From left, Iain, Kylie, Roni and John enjoy one last sunset on Fishing Bay before sailing to the Caribbean.  (Photo by Tricia Giedraitis)
John and Roni have lived aboard Gaucho for over 23 years, staying at Ruark’s Marina on Fishing Bay when in Deltaville. Both Kylie and Iain are graduates of Middlesex High.

This will be Captain “Speedy” John’s fourth time making the trip from Deltaville to St. Bart’s aboard Gaucho. Sadly, it will most likely be his last. John and Roni plan to eventually return Gaucho to her native country of Argentina and downsize to a smaller boat that is easier to sail with only two people.

“When Iain and I were still living on Gaucho it was easy for them to move her from place to place,” explained Kylie. “But she is really meant for a crew of three or four.”

Gaucho is steeped in history. She was built in Argentina in 1943 for diplomat Ernesto Uriburu, who completed a rediscovery of Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the Americas. The cruise took Uriburu from Buenos Aires through the Mediterranean and to the Suez Canal and then to New York following Columbus’ route from Palos, Spain to San Salvador.

imageIn 1947, Uriburu was awarded the coveted Blue Water Medal of the Cruising Club of America for the voyage. He authored a book about the experience titled Seagoing Gaucho. The book is out of print but there are many used copies available online, as well as another book about her travels titled 67,000 Millas a bordo del Gaucho or 67,000 Miles Aboard Gaucho, as it translates to English.

With such a rich history and striking presence, it is sad to many that the classic wooden yacht may not be seen again in the Chesapeake Bay for many years to come.

Bon voyage Gaucho!

posted 10.21.2009

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