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

Swings and Roundabouts

23 June 2021 | Coral Sea
Jenny Gaskell
FYI! If the parks are empty in your hood, I think it’s because every man and his dog is out sailing this year.
It is mid afternoon, time to anchor and settle for the night in Pancake Creek. He who hums indicates where he wants to be positioned within the outer anchorage and leaves me to it while he brings in the sails.
I am totally aware, we are the sort of boat other vessels hope and pray we don’t come near them. Maybe it’s the late afternoon light...our 10ft bow sprit casts a big shadow. She can appear to almost tap them on the shoulder as we round up into the wind to drop our sails.
However, it’s the simple question of - ‘how much room do you need to swing’?And in our case 200’ would be nice if you can get it. We glance about full 360 - happy there is plenty of room. I am at the helm and he who hums is preoccupied with getting the hook down and so is unaware of the people checking our proximity.
We learnt our lesson many years back with the said ‘Pancake Creek’ not to get in the thick of it. The likes of a ‘Mrs Kravitz’ came out with her tea towel shooing us away that day and there were only 3 boats ... including us! 😳 I don’t take it personally, but do get a tad offended for Condesa. She can’t help she is heavy set and has prominent features. People shouldn’t be so judgey.
Anyway the only pancake you’ll get here, if you can see it for the 33+ yachts, is a big sandy mound like a mirage at low tide, right in the middle of the anchorage. Newbies beware !
Maybe I’ll make a batch of pancakes to mark the occasion. You never know if a neighbour might drop in before the sun sets or tide changes.

Is it possible? A good nights sleep or the calmness of daybreak, but it looks like a goddam ballroom. Same incoming tide as when we dropped the anchor, yet it appears so spacious. I see all the anchored boats poised neatly nodding in unison as we head out through the leads behind one other early starter also angled for Great Keppel Island.
Now, what’s on the menu for breakfast?
Once I steer us well out into the coral sea and He Who Hums has all the sails up, and the deck sorted, he’ll take the helm and it will be ...Yep, leftover pancakes!
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