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 Pain in the ......

06 May 2013 | Brisbane Australia
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It wasn’t until my hands were on the smooth teak of the ship’s wheel and the gentle rise and fall of the swell did I feel love sick all over again. I can’t tell you how awesome it is to be out there on the sparkling blue waters once more. The sun was shining and the forecast was excellent for a magical day at the wrecks at Tangalooma. In our minds it was the brand new paint job that eased her through the crystal clear waters off Moreton Island after a good 4 hour run across. We immediately christened the bbq for brunch and then it was time to decide if we would investigate the wrecks or continue reading on top deck, half in the sun, half in the cool breeze that blew across us hmmm. I have never seen ice green waters before but that is what lapped the shores made all the brighter by the white sand below the dingy. How can you not love such a place and it is just a hop skip and a jump across Moreton Bay. As I lay there I was comparing it to all the magical places in the Pacific and it comes up in the top of the list. So if you haven’t graced Tangalooma lately then add it to your list. There are a myriad of things to do ashore there if you care to stop relaxing. I heard the dune bikes power off up the sand hill and the volleyball laughter across the water when he who hums and beaming No 1 son off snorkelling. Whilst son No 2, well he was busy trying to get his latest project to scoot smoothly across the waters like all the others. Feeling I really should be off checking on the resident dolphins or hiking the tracks but I couldn’t stop admiring our change of season weather as it was gob-smackingly perfect from where I had fallen. It is moments like this you do wonder when the joke is going to be over as it is all too good to be true. However, after the magical sunset was done and dusted we did make a decision to night sail back into the Brisbane River to get out of the forecast 25knot winds that were coming in (there’s that joke I was waiting for). But that too proved to be silent and magical as all radars and trackers showed nothing to be alarmed about as we made our way back. I really meant to be telling you how in love with the motion of the boat I was but got side tracked on the location, sorry. To cut a long story short I dream about being out there in the blue wonder again and really living every second of every day, never wanting them to end. I took the helm again as we wove our way back around the interesting twists and turns of the Brisbane River back up to the city as I needed to get it into my head that it was over for another weekend. We throw a wave to all our city cat friends as we share the same aqua hood with them and they recognize Condesa as she glides past. Each of the many Cats busily ferrying the Sunday passengers from Hamilton North up to The University of Queensland as we drift with no time-frame at hand. The CBD restaurants adorned by many river spectators all have sun-downers in hand also send us a cheer as we watch them in return enjoying themselves. It is all still work in progress this settling in business and I never expected it to be such a pain in the heart.
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