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.

24 September 2021 | Crystalbrooke Marina Port Douglas
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

What Lies Within

18 June 2021
Jenny Gaskell
A 28hrs straight sail, a dam good sleep, and felt capable of anything! I stood in front of the keyboard, flipped out my coat-tails and tried to capture moments that were.

I couldn't find anything dramatic enough to play out our last Thursday's attempt to fight the forces of nature so we renamed it- The Shakedown.

So Saturday .... Take #2 we headed off again. Sailing blissfully this time, bohemian rhapsody style. The whales looked spectacular performing ahead until the nightmare moment when she whipped her tail right in front of our bow. We braced ourselves but she resurfaced right beside us voicing her opinion loudly, leaving us in awe of her size volume and agility.

An hour later as the sun dropped. the wind increased and Condesa diligently stepped up her pace. The ballooned sails took on the hue of our navigation lights against the night sky and our ears pricked to high alert.
As things grew black gnarly Wolf Rock gnashed its teeth on the edge of our radar 18nm away but taking all my attention.
Condesa was over powered with 25knts unpredicted wind, whilst in the cockpit we were dealing with tankers and trawler lights around us. Our radio pierced the silence, a nearby trawler asked our intentions and sounded very happy with our 'port to port' decision. Good!
3am ...4am ...5am played out with very little conversation between us. As soon as the daylight allowed I eyeballed Wolf Rock's exact whereabouts, comforted by the obvious fact that we did not blindly end up on it.
Third meal in was 'sustenance driven' to get us through the treacherous wide bay bar once we had finished serenading Wolf Rock. The bar is known for everything you don't want to read about, with more undercurrent than a bathtub with a pulled plug. Actually it's worse because at least that is predictable. To add to the mix we saw breaking waves and white water to the port side and a 2-3mtr swell surging to starboard. The swell was far enough apart to have you take your mind off it until you saw your boat silently lift into the skies.
This is it!......the exact moment of absolute truth. The twist and surge down from the top of the swell propelled all 75ft of us towards the vessel that appeared to stop in the trough below. Soon we learn we too would grind to a halt with the strong undercurrent. After that wish wash of confused seas the waters calmed, a tell tale sign we were safely out of the shit.. I mean the bar!
For a nanosecond we could high-five as we calmly drifted in behind the southern end of Frazer island where sweet melodies lie with the new day.
We navigated around the red and green markers in glassy waters avoiding the Sheraton Flats Sandbanks in the well known stretch of the Sandy Straights. A lot of S words there and more could be added as half way through the two tides meet and there is nowhere for run off to go allowing the area to silt up. We tippy toed through on the best of the high tide. We suspected we may or may not have a single shell underneath us. Should things not go to plan we knew we required a miracle (and as it turned out a pirouette) to get off to continue the last hour of relentless concentration.
Finally I heard (no not humming) the smooth and muffled roll out of our anchor chain exiting the infamous new anchor winch. A voluptuous splash broke the serenity and the first and hardest leg of our journey was competed.
Take a bow! I beckon he who hums to the keyboard where the light from the porthole gave his disheveled appearance a glowing transformation and some kind of nonverbal accolades flowed between the three of us.

Performance by "La Condesa Del Mar"
Accompanied by jg
Orchestrated and Directed by He Who Hums

Location -
Kingfisher Bay anchorage
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
20 Photos
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