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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Time & Tides

17 September 2013 | Brisbane River
It is the weekend of the Brisbane writer's festival, and since I yearn to become a writer then this is an exciting opportunity to go mix it with the best of them, hear their stories and share their wisdom. And pretend that rubbing shoulders will help with my plans. Me, well I am the type of writer who likes to write, as opposed to someone who is known for their writing.
I am up early and happy to see it is only 7o'clock and not 8.00am as the days tend to get away from you here on the water, especially on weekends. It was a gentle and loving nudge from beside me and no... it wasn't he who hums. It was the rock of the water indicating that one of the first ferries of the day had long gone past and left us in his wake. He who hums is out in his morning spot on the couch enjoying his morning cereal ceremony, and the kettle is singing its tunes just for me.
I thought I should share what it is like to live on the Brisbane River at this hour, because when people ask me if I like living on a boat they tend to do it with a frown and a tilt of their head and a squinty eye thing going on. And in those exact moments these sentiments do not come out of my mouth eloquently enough to convince them.
I gather my first cleansing tea of the day as I plonk into my bean bag front and centre of the forward deck where the boom shades my face from the perfect transeasonal morning sun.
The river is at a standstill or near enough to it, as I can see a lonely white duck feather drifting past me and heading up river. The flickering shadows from behind closed eyes allow the kookaburra to get into my space above the crows noise and the tweeting of the new day become the chorus to my unintentional meditation. The sun warmth sinks into my core, enough to stay easily in that stillness. I only open my eyes to sip and go back to where I was - not before I notice the sun reflecting as perfectly from the water as it was up in the sky. The dual suns surround me in a soft light adding to the beauty of a day beginning. I glance across to Sydney Street, and I make grateful note for my sunny side of the river, as the light of day has not filtered into the shady side of the unit blocks. Although picturesque with their luscious green surrounds, it appears to be 10 degrees cooler. The meandering river so close I could almost touch it as the waking day for others is all just a stone's throw away from where I sit, yet I feel camouflaged in our life here as no one would suspect anyone would or could live onboard.
The passing ferry creates the quick waves of flashing light behind my closed eyes and I remind myself that a sandy bottom river would truly complete my life here. It would then be the kind of start to the day where I could plunge off the side of our boat as I you do in the Pacific... every day. I imagine a morning dip would definitely require a cheerio wave of synchronized swimmer to the city cat drivers. Firstly, to as to be seen and secondly out of respect in sharing their work space on the river. I occasionally get a toot or a wave from them pending their proximity and speed and the fact that we had met most of them when Condesa was moored under the Gateway Bridge. Actually, I know it is Condesa they wave to, not so much me, as I am near invisible here as I have now sunken into in the shadows of my masts. And from the other side I was surprised at how dwarfed Condesa appeared as she was nestled into the rolling lawns of Shafston House university and the historic sandstone buildings that are dotted on this property are significant in appearance.
With that daydream, a little white duck came scooting past with effortless paddles from his broad feet that look bigger under the waters magnification. I couldn't ignore the quacking and his request for attention, so I dashed to get him some food, a habit I may live to regret. Off he continued on his merry way, possibly up to the botanical gardens or maybe Southbank. Oh and that reminded me, to recheck my own schedule? And yes! If I was going to make the writer's festival conversation with Matthew Reilly upstream, then I had better get paddling too.
How does this happen? A time warp every morning where the hours race away quicker than you can sip a cup of tea.
More about nothing next blog and if you are really lucky - some words with more flair from a wannabe writer.
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