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.

10 February 2023 | Hobart
06 March 2022 | Brisbane River
08 December 2021 | Gold Coast Queensland
20 November 2021 | Southport Yacht Club
17 November 2021 | The Great Sandy Straights
13 November 2021 | Coral Sea
06 November 2021 | Keppel Bay Marina
28 October 2021 | Hamilton Island heading south
13 October 2021 | Hook Island
07 October 2021 | Marlin Marina Cairns
01 October 2021 | Lizard Island
26 September 2021
24 September 2021 | Crystalbrooke Marina Port Douglas
17 September 2021 | Low Islet and Port Douglas
10 September 2021 | Cairns
03 September 2021 | Fitzroy Island
26 August 2021
19 August 2021 | Magnetic Island
13 August 2021 | Sailing north door Magnetic Island
04 August 2021 | Hayman Island

A Picture Paints 7 Thousand Words

23 April 2013 | Brisbane Australia
Eventually we had the picture of 'Condesa' out of the water and up on the hardstand looking grand. The groaning and straining motors as the crane lifts all 43 tonne of her acted like she was totally waterlogged. The anxiety was kept within as the tension of her weight was taken up by the complaining slings. The engine stopped and started, with dock management checking the balance of weight and the placement of 'Condesa' in the crane was spot-on... to make certain this time she stayed firm and didn't slip. We tryed to be nonchalant as we stood on the decks waiting for her to be elevated to the safe height where a ladder is brought to the side for us to leave her. Like a patient in emergency we did not take our eyes of her until she is chocked up and supported safely on the dry dock surrounded with steel structures and holsters all aiding her survival on-land. So there we were up high and dry after many months of chase-your-tail arrangements by 'he who hums' .......and she looked magnificent. It is a strange proud and awesome feeling to see her in all her glory standing this tall. Now out here in broad daylight, we got to view a couple of injuries she sustained on the Pacific crossing last year. There at the bow were the scratches in the paint-work and a slight gouge from where we slid up onto a reef in the Tuamotus. "He who hums" went rather white when this event happened and I remember he immediately lifted the floorboards to see if we were taking on water. I, on the other hand had vivid images of council workers trying to jackhammer concrete and somehow trusted our Ferro hull would withstand that nudge of the reef. Luckily we slid off the bommie (reef) a quickly as we slid up onto it. And before we even had time to make a rescue plan we were cautiously motoring across that atoll, and here is! - The evidence. Then we looked to the starboard side bow to see how much damage had happened when our anchor slipped from its housing while in full flight offshore from Mexico. Yes that dull knocking sound (if ever you hear it over a hum) is the sound of the anchor suspended and thudding into your hull under water. Neither of these two incidents we are proud of. However, all you boaties out there can testify that there are learning's every single time you take to the water and even after 7,000 nautical miles/ (15,000 klms) across the Pacific Ocean, we know there are likely to be more in the wings. Apart from that, Condesa was in great condition and relatively clean despite the time lapsed. From the tip of her bow to the timber decking at the stern all is looking impressive from this angle below - all 76ft of her. First she is high pressure hosed; the barnacles scraped off and then she is hosed down again all before she gets her new flat black paint lovingly rolled onto her over and over right up to the diligently taped waterline. That important waterline we also put to the test, as we loaded every compartment with supplies tools and emergency items for the journey. All these things bring memories flooding back, each one a story on its own. As I view her full title "La Condesa Del Mar" there in Old English Script below the decking, it is a touch foreign because now she's "Condesa" to us. She will be ever so gently eased back into the water as if it is too cold after being out in the sun for a week. We all now breathe a sigh of relief the same breath we held when she was lifted. Once she is back where she belongs she can go about her business of sailing us back home right in front of the Shafston University. Back upstream Brisbane River just short of the historic Story Bridge and the beautiful Brisbane City surrounded by gardens and cliffs and a beach all with a stone's throw from where we list as our new address.
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