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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28 July 2013 | Bundaberg to Brisbane Sail
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11 November 2012 | Pacific Ocean
02 November 2012 | Brisbane Australia

Any Harbour Masters Worst Nightmare

31 January 2013 | Brisbane Australia
Should you have closed your eyes you on that afternoon you would have thought you were standing near a landing jet but it was the roaring sounds of the wind that came from afar and bulleted the marina with such gusts that it pitched and pushed the concrete pontoons twisting joins like tussling over a toy, eventually wearing and breaking huge bolts that had withstood the 2011 floods. The sky had an eerie glow like it was gloating over it accomplishments. "Oswald" the cyclone as it was named snuffed out the Bundaberg structure like powder on a brush and did not even wait around to say sorry. He then made way down the Queensland coast and all the previously devastated South East corner residents feared another bout of the same 2011 destruction. Their heartbreak and long recovery has taken it's toll, with some still in the process of rebuilding and settling down 2 years on. What a mind game this one was as those scars don't ever heal easily. Their pain is just beneath the surface and their tears flowed as easily as the rivers filled. This was all new territory for us being water dwellers and our "home", although a floating device was at risk of washing down the river tied (or should I say strapped firmly to the concrete pontoon) should 'Oswald' choose. I looked around us and saw the millions of dollars that would be floating along with us should the marina break apart and shuddered that thought out of my mind and concentrate on surfing the pontoon as it rose and fell with no rhythm just fury. In the blackness of that afternoon "He who was silent" added heavier ropes and as the hours passed he and I both knew that with one belch from Oswald that shoelace would be snapped. But going through the safety motions and all the things we learnt our "Survival at sea" course was being played out in front of us. The reflective stripes on our jacket luminated in the flashlight and added to the seriousness of this moment as the rain came sideways. Self focused and absorbed in the wellbeing of this little boating community on A arm soon became a team effort but that army of people looked as insignificant to Oswald as the heavy lines. Hours of diligence passed and then to be instructed to evacuate the marina arm and take refuge in the offices made it all feel pointless. The energy level drop as there was nothing more to be done. We were lucky enough to have the boys houses to drive back to, but it was to stay dry not so much to gain any sleep. With the menagerie of pets in our care I had visions of the ark should we all have to make a dash. As we drove away from Condesa with ever blurry intersection of flashing lights, the noises eased giving us a false sense of the weather system fading. We both knew it was going to blow up a stink all night on the river as the pressure of opposing tide to wind was going to working away at the industrial strength hardware in place. Oswald even made a joke of the word 'Industrial' where it once meant the biggest and best you can have; it now gave you a temporary feeling in the wrath of his will.
The gloomy grey daylight hours revealed what he (Oswald) managed to achieve overnight and luckily for us the marina withstood the worst of the storm. Some pontoons twisted and loosened but the main structure and pylons where standing strong as was Condesa and her floating fleet on A Arm. So the following days were the hospice visits to see how she was fairing in the river of mud and rubbish logs and debris as 'watching' was all you could do with the conveyor belt of logs coming down stream and getting caught up next to us. Everyone was checking and replacing snapped lines whilst I was below decks where the dislodgment of some items made me understand how she had been knocked around since we had left. So I dutifully straightened and tidied like everything would be alright knowing the force of high tides were still a threat.
Once the Australia Day "holiday" was over the engineers could come and make judgment on what was best for us. The red and white tape blocking the marina gate was removed and the days looked to be returning to normal as then the NSW coast was dumped on heavily with the residual of Oswald's bad mood. We are damage free as are most of the boating community in a lot of ways it is better to float than to try to stand firm against the elements although not too many land-lovers would agree to this. I think I can hear a faint hum as he sees life returning to normal. And he thought the Pacific crossing had us on our guard. "Oswald" now is dead in the water but our respect for weather holds firm as does with the sea.


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