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.

17 September 2021 | Low Islet and Port Douglas
17 September 2021 | Low Islet and Port Douglas
10 September 2021 | Cairns
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
28 July 2021 | The Heart of the Reef
21 July 2021 | Whitsunday Islands
15 July 2021 | The Coral Sea Resort
11 July 2021 | The a Great Barrier Reef
07 July 2021 | The Barrier Reef
04 July 2021 | Middle Percy Island
30 June 2021 | Underway headed for Middle Percy Island
23 June 2021 | Coral Sea
18 June 2021
07 June 2021 | Gold Coast
25 July 2015 | The Yard Brisbane Ship Lifts Murarrie

How Time Flies

15 December 2013 | Brisbane River
We have eventually settled into our life on the Brisbane River with jobs, cars, sport and weekend fun all making up the weeks that created 2013.
We momentarily got to become land dwellers for a couple of weeks this year to help care for our nephews with a school routine that was almost foreign to us now as our boys are well and truly independent. So independent now, that we got to bask in pride as one of them got engaged to his love.
When we got back to Condesa the familiar smell of timber interior and our home filled the air. A stiff breeze rushed through the cabins as the hatches were lifted and rays of sunlight lit the silverware and glassware that made my life shine even more. Yes the ducks were waited patiently for a feed of bread and as for our big pelican he had given up on us for a while but soon returned to keep an eye on the comings and goings. The little herb garden given to me for mother's day has survived with the many storms that have graced us this year. We have rolled with the punches. People ask me what I do in a storm I suspect they see me crawling into an air lock down below to wait out the thunder and lightning. I advise that I shut the windows just as they do and possibly watch a movie in the lounge. However after our home stay I did note I walked into the walls for the first time in over a year... a reminder that our home is on the water.
Yes a year GONE! And we can no longer say we have just got home. As I reflect on the year that has passed it pales in significance in terms of adventure to the year prior but has been filled with surprises and moments that create our family life that is precious to us.
What do we want from life - health, happiness and love? Really put simply that is enough to sustain us and make us grow, develop and learn. I find I am surprised at the lessons still learned at our age. As school leavers we think we've "learned" all we need to go forth in the world, and that is the magical age where we stomp confidently along our merry way unaware of anything that is happening around us.
It is interesting to reflect on 2013 that has flown by so quickly. And I confess I tried to cling on to that beautiful remoteness of our adventure that was ours, for way too long. Where we lived each day for our own safety and trod carefully into unknown waters, respecting every carefree day given to us. Whilst we were acutely aware of our surroundings that could instantly change we would also be relaxed and laughing heading to our mapped waypoints allowing life to happen, achieving what we could with time and weather we had.
This year just gone had created an awareness of a different kind. I was more observant to the people around me and the way they navigated and managed their lives. Some enjoying every second, some people just doing the motions, some wrestling with personal situations, some celebrating milestones, some beginning their own adventure, some elated at finishing studies and others afraid to start anew. It has made my days fuller, watching the diverse paths we are all walking yet leading to the same place. And that place we all want is inner happiness. The real happiness in people are those who power along not allowing anything or anyone negative filtrate their focus. I really missed that intent focus and goal that we shared on our journey. It took a few months to let go of the freedom and to buy back into city living rituals, the everyday schedule of commitments that kept you going as opposed to the natural rhythm and achievements out at sea.
When lightning strikes we get a wakeup call. Up and at it... fight or flight. Don't miss a day thinking that beauty is elsewhere. Reality checks us. It was the trill of the single bird in a tree nearly that got my attention. He is not calling to anyone else he is singing for himself. He starts at dark fall and he trills into the wee hours of the morning. He will drop by in the morning and perch on our rail and give one beautiful melodious chorus and before I can get up to see him, he has flown. I haven't seen what he is like I suspect a black and white Willie wag tail but regardless the message is clear. Take hold of every day and make a harmony of your own before another year flies by.
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