|Colour||White with blue stripe|
|Berthed||San Francisco, California|
|Hull Number||61 (UK hull no on original papers from Aquafibre)|
|Previous Owners||Jim Depue, Howard Frye – see below|
|Previous Names||Nil known|
The Yacht’s Story
From BJ Caldwell, Dec 2010:
I’m the new owner of the British Built S&S 34 Hull # 61 ‘Gitano’ (meaning ‘Gypsy’ in Portuguese) built by Aquafiber in 1970. She is currently in Seattle but I will be coming to
Australia with her next year for future Sydney Hobart races.
I raced the last one with Jon Sanders on ‘Perie Banou 2’ (David Dicks broke my record back in 1996). Keep in mind I’m from Hawaii so you’ll have to put up a new country in the owner’s list (not the US ). The flag I’ve included is the ‘original’ Hawaiian flag I will fly in the years ahead which is the ‘original’ flag of Hawaii pre-colonialism which I’ve include in attached photos and I’ll try to email some more better photos of ‘Gitano’ later.
About the Owners
From Bruce (owner prior to BJ), Dec 2010 – Here’s what I know about previous owners:
1970 – bought as Palmer Johnson 34, Gitano lived in Chicago and original owner raced on Lake Michigan.
1978 – Jim Depue bought the boat and had it trucked to Seattle – Jim and Gitano were local legends, the Pt Madison Yacht Club now has an annual Jim Depue Memorial Race
1990 (???) Jim died, Howard Frye, also of Pt Madison, bought the boat. I understand Howard had only one arm but was an active racer and solo sailor. He removed the lifelines to make tacking easier (I guess) and had those rubber self tailers on all the
winches. Then Howard died.
1998 – I bought the boat, moored it on Lake Washington for 6 or 7 years, then moved it to Elliott Bay Marina. Raced (casually) and sailed up and down Puget Sound until 2010. Unlike previous two owners, I am still kicking.
I am going to try and contact Jim Depue’s wife if she is still around. I stayed in touch with her for several years, and she might know more about original owner and I know she would be interested in pictures of the boat and your plans.