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

Who are we really?

12 February 2013 | Brisbane Australia
Jenny g
There comes a time when - The Sailing Daydream you had savored for so long starts to fade and you get slotted back into your normal life that you had before you escaped into the timeless and carefree. I look in the mirror and see that the carefree sailor expression (and appearance) is faintly there and the myriad of thoughts are starting to creep in. You don't really want to be unattached forever but it was a dream place. So, just as the days unfold in so do some of the wardrobe from our container that have been waiting patiently and locked away tight. Walking through amid the boxes that I labelled with all importance so I could lay my hands on anything I thought I would need immediately upon our returned. Now unveiling these things wrapped like they were the value of gold I find myself wondering now whether I will have a need for it ever again. It is like I am looking at myself and my life from a distance and seeing what was, what is and what needs to be. Thinking back when packing up our unit I was finding it hard to part with these very things that colored our surrounds and life. Now we have been living happily in a space that is carefree and open to nature and the world and it is time to rethink the importance of this verses that. Funny how the life I led despite being filled with beautiful things, people, places and loads of work was really somewhat undersized in comparison to the vast oceans of living that is on offer. I think the learning about yourself, your vessel and the elements are forever changing and fulfilling. It is hard to explain the contrast and I have seen it in the expression of many a friend face when they hear of our dwelling on the Brisbane River under the bridge. It sounds a tad nomadic but we find it is the freedom from the norm that we love the most. I have to admit 5 years ago we possibly would have had the same reaction. But this life of no reality TV to steal hours from you late afternoon evening, and news reports to laden you down with sadness and helplessness is awash with bliss. So just as our dreams drifts in and out, so do we move in and out of our past and present lives not really sure if the blend of working on water (no not quite walking on water) will dilute or strengthen. One day at a time is certainly the way we go and our plans that were drawn in the sand will either wash away or stay high and dry in our priorities as this current working world ticks along.

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