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.

25 July 2015 | The Yard Brisbane Ship Lifts Murarrie
01 September 2014 | Nara Inlet
01 September 2014 | Nara Inlet
15 August 2014 | Lady Musgrave Island
11 July 2014 | Middle Percy Island
30 December 2013 | Southport Gold Coast
15 December 2013 | Brisbane River
17 September 2013 | Brisbane River
28 July 2013 | Bundaberg to Brisbane Sail
28 July 2013 | Bundaberg to Brisbane
06 May 2013 | Brisbane Australia
23 April 2013 | Brisbane Australia
10 March 2013 | Brisbane Australia
21 February 2013 | Brisbane Australia
12 February 2013 | Brisbane Australia
31 January 2013 | Brisbane Australia
07 January 2013 | Rivergate Marina
06 December 2012 | Rivergate Marina
11 November 2012 | Pacific Ocean
02 November 2012 | Brisbane Australia

All Aboard

08 April 2012 | Marina De La Paz
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The intricate satellite phone is installed, after many painstaking days of befriending it, it will now kindly link us to any patch of weather, wind, waves, current, map tracking and any forecast we request. It is all integrated with the computer system so emailing and blogging can continue. So not much left now.
You know this is tricky to write that we are “leaving” La Paz because I feel like I am putting an omen on it by stating the fact. However Thursday 12th April we will celebrate our venture off into the wide world together. Just as we did on this date 32 years ago seems appropriate ~ it feels like the right date to take the plunge (again). Oh alright and the fact that the wind is increasing then and the workers will be/should be finished and I have run out of highlighter.
I feel relaxed and calm (surprisingly). Although it is interesting to observe oneself, I am ready for any fuzzy tummy or what one would really expect is ...to feel ‘sick in the gut’ (excuse the term) but... No ~ so far every day is another step closer and that is just the way it is. He who hums has been too busy to hum I have noticed, but with the full dance card he has had this past week I am not surprised. His favourite tune is back in the air now and he has even pulled up his “prize purchase” a bean bag that he found at the ‘swap meet’ today. Things were quiet and I know he wasn’t in the bilge as the hatch was shut so I go look see up the mast. I found him in the sun relaxing for the first time since we arrived. We are just awaiting the 2nd crew member to fly in tonight to join us and if things go to plan then he will settle in over the next few days. We will nudge the last of the tradesmen off the duck board and untie the ropes on Thursday the wind will pick us up and away we will sail. La Condesa Del Mar bound for French Polynesia, you remember the place where people only smile? First land we will sight will be the Marquesas Islands 3,500nm approximately 21-30days.
*Oh and another thing I heard there would be, fruit aplenty dripping off the tree. So together we drift across the sea. Achieving ...the Tuamotus....and the smiling Tahiti.
*accidental poetry in motion
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
20 Photos
Created 12 September 2012
Discovering Tahiti and family come to visit Condesa
20 Photos
Created 3 September 2012
This little escapade was one of my favorites maybe it was the great company we had
16 Photos
Created 30 August 2012
This is the river discovery as inthe blog Free Falling
19 Photos
Created 30 August 2012
Our stint in the remote beauty of Suwarrow
26 Photos
Created 30 August 2012
Our trek deep into the Cascades on Nuku Hiva
20 Photos
Created 18 June 2012
21 days at sea
22 Photos
Created 18 June 2012
Day 21 onwards !
3 Photos
Created 14 May 2012
Here are files of photos from purchase to preparation for the Puddle Jump
20 Photos
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.
22 Photos
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
20 Photos
Created 16 March 2012
From Day 1 - Day 7 The preparation to launch La Condesa Del Mar to sail the Sea of Cortez
18 Photos
Created 4 January 2012