S.V Condesa Del Mar

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

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Hey, What year is it?

30 September 2012 | 17 36'S:177 26'E, Lautoka - Fiji
Jenny G
Luckily we have to check in and out of every country as we have had a slippery grip on the dates, and at least by having to follow these procedures it keeps us a little more astute. So when it came time for checking out of Fiji it was a different experience, yet the same routine of Customs, Immigration and Quarantine etc. I won�'t go into the hoops our 2 visiting crew jumped through and with our layback selves trying to forecast the exact dates that the wind may blow strong enough to sail us all across the 470 nautical miles to Tanna Volcano. But this all made for a few grey zones on our details that customs and immigration wanted and is the sort of thing that rings alarm bells for both officials at the airport and marina, thinking we are trying to sweep people under the lush Fijian carpet. However they managed to get into the country ok once �"Captain M.G. Humming�" verified that he will be totally responsible for them until all we sign out of the country first thing Monday mo rning. The wind arrives as does the Monday departure day and I think we may have had a few red markings added to our exit papers. We arrived at the customs office located on the wharf where this old style office has paused in time, with walls that used to be white and government grey linoleum that the match-stick-thin Indian cleaner was trying to buff up the very last layer. He was busily working in and around my feet as I sat on the school bench seat waiting for Captain Humming to return from being questioned and awaiting for the �'holier than thou�' rubber stamp to get the final bang on our exit papers. I assume they then get filed into these mud-grey filing cabinets both the Queen and I are staring at. Poor Elizabeth has got water marks all along the bottom of her portrait gown as she has hung here over the past 50 years- may even have been from the Tsunami. After I tilt my head back to rest it on the wall I spot the �'discrete�' old wire hanging down 6�" from a puncture hole in the ceiling and wonder if someone else is also looking at the filing cabinets and more. On that note I up and off to find Captain Humming as it has been nearly an hour since I loaned the scratchy pens, powered out 5 of the passport details but paused at the year and had to double check we were in 2012. Around the corner 5 people pushing important papers joked with the cleaner who had now made his way to the waste paper basket duty at each desk. I hear the thud of approval from the all-important Customs stamp pound the desk and we both look up to see if that means we are free to exit the country. Customs allow you a full hour from the second that stamp hits the paper to get back and lift your anchor and set your sails, however as they tell us with an official straight face that Immigration office require that you leave immediately. The Customs / Immigration officer (who are one in the same person) pushes his complaining office chair from the low timber desk and announced he will now need to �"sight�" our boat. So off we go Captain M.G. Humming; First officer JG.; and the skirted official- like rub a tub tub out to where Condesa is patiently waiting with the eager new crew aboard. Once he had my �'20 cent tour�' he surprisingly verified he had seen whatever it is that he looks for when he goes from cabin to cabin. I always feel like I need to pass a white glove test, but to this day I am not actually sure what they look at. We bid farewell and he is taken back to the jetty where he had stubbed out his cigarette, to continue on with his duties. We pass a lot of our time with these lovely people who are responsible for the comings and goings of we boat-people and I totally understand their need for finite detail because who wouldn�'t want to stay here to see more of than 3 of the 360 lush pacific islands their waters. Knowing we had only visited 3 is probably incomprehensible, although believe me I have tried to persuade our Captain to stay longer . I had even taken to hanging with the people who have extended their cruising by yet another, year hoping their influence might rub off. Don�'t tell he who hums but when that didn�'t wash, I was the one who prayed for no wind and my prayers were somewhat answered. But this last day in September 2012 we are off to see the active Volcano on the island of Tanna and that is one we are all eager to see.
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 return to our favourite spot in the Percy group. Two days was not enough but we will return 🤩
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Created 5 July 2021
The surprise week with the kids in Musket Cove
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Created 18 September 2012
Throughout Fiji Islands
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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
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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
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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'???
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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