S.V Condesa Del Mar

23 meter Herrishoff Schooner built in Wilmington Boat Yard California 1970 onwards. Fittout completed mid 1990's. Mark and Jenny Gaskell purchased Conmdesa November 2011 and crossed the Pacific Ocean in 2012.

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Radio Wake -up calls

09 March 2012 | Marina De La Paz
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First, deep in my subconscious, is the sound of the cock crowing in the distance then soon after followed by the cathedral bell tower striking long slow chimes that bring you into a new day.
8.30 - Our day in Marina De La Paz officially starts once we awake to the channel #22 VHF radio, we hear the airwaves come alive with ‘Goodmorrrrrnninnng Fleeeet!” (that’s us!) this is an open radio program where you should participate where necessary or possible, on your ‘truckie style’ hand-held receiver. First: the net controller asks if there are any medical emergencies or issues overnight.... Usually silence reins which we all hope for. We breathe again when he moves onto the weather watch reported in by someone called ‘Bluey’, bay watch report and then ‘whose coming and whose going’ and so on. This is in case you want a ride, a lift or need to get mail out. He then does a running report from 3 marinas on the Baja coastline (Marina De La Paz, Marina Palmira and Costabaja Marina) Tick ...Tick... and Tick! I do feel less guilty listening from the cosy Captain’s quarters when one of the marinas randomly misses a reply. But they are more likely to be sorting some boating crisis or need or check- in or check-out, not running late.
Next comes- What’s on around town? This draws me in every time imagining myself attending the R & B night on the pier, salsa in the park, darts over the road, dominoes in the cafe, or I could (should I wish) volunteer for the next celebration in town from where I lay. My subconscious does a reality check for me and I remember that the most urgent project is the one we are living and breathing and madly planning. However before they finish that segment!... I do see myself attending the National Geographic celestial documentary, invitation for Friday, courtesy of the Mexican Technical College. Here, they build their own telescopes and also engineered and have constructed the planetarium! That is awesome....by now I’ve forgotten the contact boat to radio in my name for that outing as they have long moved on- but maybe tomorrow I could catch that. Within seconds the pace seems to have elevated and has taken several turns spinning my easily distracted mind into thinking about the Ice man; Goose and Ghost rider with everyone clipping in and out of the air waves.
See you don’t often have a Christian name in these morning session, only a boat name, so I am ‘Condesa’ should I call in. There are a whole community of “Wandering Puffins”, “True Companions” “Bright Angels” “Blue Wizards” “Sea Otters” and my favourite being “Black Dog”. It feels kinda fun to have a stage name... well, a boat name.
Anyway my point is, many topics are covered for you within the half hour, but the one I feel we should jump out of bed for is the ‘Swaps and Trades’. I hear daily of things we need eg: dingy anchor, lifting gear, inflatable canoe, as well as the many things we could swap. Though the bit I love best is that you pay coconuts or in some cases ....peanuts! We, the cruising community like to look out for each other, so what goes around comes around. Nice!
One day, he who hums will be ready to participate and I have my scribbled list of swaps and trades waiting right by the Ray-marine VHF radio, should he surprise me. Until then, I have ears pricked waiting for a rustle at the navigation station, that’s when I’ll know I might have to jump on my bike and to go get us more coconuts. But I do have salted peanuts down in the galley somewhere.
Vessel Name: La Condesa Del Mar
Vessel Make/Model: Herreshoff Schooner 73 ft
Hailing Port: Southport Brisbane Australia
Crew: Mark & Jenny Gaskell
Boat and water lovers from the east coast of Queensland. Both Mark and Jenny enjoyed an upbringing holidaying on the beautiful beaches of the Gold Coast where the smell of the ocean is ingrained at a young age. The passion grew with each vessel large and small over the years. [...]
Extra: Having conquered the east coast of Queensland Australia the biggest challenge and adventure was crossing the Pacific ocean in 2012 just months after purchasing. Leaving La Paz Mexico in March 2012 reaching for Australian waters October 2012. We love the simplicity and beauty of being live-aboards.
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/svcondesa
La Condesa Del Mar's Photos - Main
The surprise week with the kids in Musket Cove
38 Photos
Created 18 September 2012
Throughout Fiji Islands
20 Photos
Created 12 September 2012
Our Puddle Jump Celebrations on Moorea Island
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Created 12 September 2012
Discovering Tahiti and family come to visit Condesa
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Created 3 September 2012
This little escapade was one of my favorites maybe it was the great company we had
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Created 30 August 2012
This is the river discovery as inthe blog Free Falling
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Created 30 August 2012
Our stint in the remote beauty of Suwarrow
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Created 30 August 2012
Our trek deep into the Cascades on Nuku Hiva
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Created 18 June 2012
21 days at sea
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Created 18 June 2012
Day 21 onwards !
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Created 14 May 2012
Here are files of photos from purchase to preparation for the Puddle Jump
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Created 12 April 2012
Captured as we worked
28 Photos
Created 12 April 2012
Our 6 weeks in La PAz we have has a ball and celebrated with the locals and the fleet. We have worked hard and will reep the rewards at sea.
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Created 11 April 2012
When out and about I snapped a few styles of homes and buildings - enjoy
26 Photos
Created 4 April 2012
The word "carnaval". The general consensus is that it evolved during the middle ages, as part of the Roman Catholic ritual of lent. I hear it concludes on 'Fat Tuesday'???
20 Photos
Created 16 March 2012
The journey south from Guaymas to La Paz
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Created 16 March 2012
From Day 1 - Day 7 The preparation to launch La Condesa Del Mar to sail the Sea of Cortez
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Created 4 January 2012