Garland Rotch ZACA

Type: Two-Masted Gaff Schooner

ZACA Specifications:

LOA: 118’0″ / 35.96m
LWL: 95’11″ / 29.23m
Beam: 23’9″ / 7.23m
Draft: 14’0” / 4.26m
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Designer: Garland Rotch
Original Owner: Templeton Crocker
Contract Cost: $200,000.00
Current Owner: Roberto Memmo, Monaco
Year Launched: 1929
Built By: Nunes Brothers Boat and Ways Co., Sausalito, California
Hull Material: Alaskan Cedar/Teak
Gross Displacement: 122 tons
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In The Wake Of The Zaca: Video


118 foot Schooner “Zaca”, which means “peace” in Samoan, was designed by Garland Rotch and built by Nunes Brothers Boat and Ways Co., Sausalito, California, for Templeton Crocker (grandson of Charles Crocker, one of the “big four” who built the Central Pacific Railroad.) Zaca was Launched in 1929 and christened by Academy Award winner Marie Dressler. Crocker sponsored expeditions to Polynesia, traveled the world in his yacht and helped rejuvenate the California Historical Society. Garland Rotch was Zaca’s first captain and her maiden voyage in 1930 was the first time a private yacht circumnavigated the globe from the West Coast. The crew included, scientists, about a dozen professional sailors as well as a photographers. In 1941, every seaworthy private yacht over 75′ was requisitioned by the U.S. Navy. Templeton Crocker was paid just $35,000 for his beloved $350,000 schooner. Zaca was never renamed, except in World War II where she was “IX-73”

In 1946 Zaca was purchased by Errol Flynn who proceeded to do a full, much needed restoration and de-militarization. The Zaca was Errol Flynn’s pride and joy throughout the years of ownership until October 14th, 1959 the day he passed away. What followed was a horrendous crime! Errol Flynn’s estate was for 14 years in probate totally inexcusable. The Zaca suffered dreadfully – she was so badly abused and suffered outrageous indignities during this time.. She was sold, she was stolen, she was robbed of all her values, respect and distinctions. She was left to decompose! But as Errol was a survivor, so was the Zaca she held out til one day her rescuer Roberto Memmo found and restored her to more than her former glory!

The Wall of Remembrance – The Owners, Crew & Notable Guest

Owner: 1990 – Roberto Memmo, Monaco
Owner: 1990 – 1990 – Phillip Coussins
Owner: 1965 – 1990 – Bernard Voisin, Villefranche
Owner: 1959 – 1965 – Freddie Tinsley
Owner: 1946 – 1959 – Errol Flynn, San Francisco
Owner: 1945 – 1946 – Joseph Rosenberg, San Francisco for $14,350
Owner: 1945 – 1945 – War Shipping Administration
Owner: 1942 – 1945 – Navy – Name IX-73
Owner: 1929 – 1942 – Templeton Crocker


In the Wake of the Zaca from SailFlix on Vimeo.


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