In Majorca like Flynn

24 Aug



Dear fellow Flynn fans,

our blog member Ventura Sala, the son of an original crew member of the Zaca, was kindly showing me the old sport`s old haunts when I visited the capital of the Balearic Islands this summer. Our hands did most of the talking since Ventu speaks little English and I left my Spanish in El Sugundo.

He showed me the Marina, where Errol`s yacht anchored in pole position. One day instead going on board he went overboard the pier in a kind of golf cart he used within the harbour`s parimeters. I wonder why?

Further following Flynn`s footsteps, I saw where his and Pat´s fabulous Windmill Villa once stood. It had direct access to the sea, so no pool was needed.

There were always many visitors around, celebrities like Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Ava Gardner, Rita Hayworth with her then husband Aly Khan and Robert Graves, the author of “I, Claudius”.

Mary Pickford as well as some sprout of the Rockefeller family rented the Zaca for Mediterranean cruises at that time. The route spanned from Ibiza to the endless isles of Greece.

We ended up in Hotel BONSOL, who boasts a terrific terrace and was frequented regularly by Errol for siestas and fiestas with senioritas and margaritas. There we were enjoying an ice cold beer and each other`s company, a bond I`d like to call mutual Flynnship. Thank U, Ventu!




— shangheinz


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  1. rswilltell

    August 24, 2015 at 2:06 pm

    Great work Heinz! It sounds like in spite of the language barrier, you and Sala bonded and communicated very well! It seems like the more we learn about Errol Flynn, the more we don’t know about him! Ralph Schiller

    • shangheinz

      August 24, 2015 at 10:30 pm


      Thanks Ralph, many events in the life of Errol still lie in the wake. Yet, like a good pirate, he left traces for us to uncover them.

  2. David DeWitt

    August 24, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    Does it get any better than this? Wonderful Days!

    • shangheinz

      August 24, 2015 at 10:53 pm


      It can only get better, if next time all bloggies interested in a Flynnventure cruise joined me on our own chartered yacht. Let`s all set sails in 2016!

  3. Gentleman Tim

    August 24, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    SO Cool and Thank You SO Much for letting us share in your adventure, fiestaheinz!!!

    Hope to see you in ’16

    In Flynnship!,




    • shangheinz

      August 25, 2015 at 9:09 am


      One thing for sure, Gentlemate Tim, a moustache is a must on our ship trip and if the steward askes: “Would you like some more coffee in your wodka, Sir?” a “No” is unacceptable.

  4. Maria

    August 25, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Hi- those were the days! What replaced Errol and Patrice’s villa?

    • shangheinz

      August 25, 2015 at 3:46 pm


      Unfortunately “Es moli” was replaced by a concrete complex of appartement buildings.

      • shangheinz

        August 25, 2015 at 3:49 pm


        There still is part of Errol`s “Ivory Tower” on display at the site.

  5. Don Jan

    October 18, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Like yourself Heinzi, Ventura and yourself are two of the best. I wanted to meet him a few years back in Mallorca and see some of the same bars, places where our hero has been. Unfortunately we still have not met up, one of those things!

  6. shangheinz

    November 20, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    More Majorca and fabulous Flynn footage too!