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

Sail Under Your Own Star

30 June 2021 | Underway headed for Middle Percy Island
Jenny Gaskell | 15knots NE

Ever wondered how much your surrounds unfluence your mindset, enhance your health, even alter your biology?
Living on the water feels refreshing and bit like a reset for me. I am acutely aware of my bubble, even more so when I’m sleeping. It is the slow rising and falling with the pull of the full moon as if the ocean is in a beautiful deep sleep. And knowing the constellations are above as a constant guide is a true gift in itself. It all feels good right? Unless of course it’s cloudy, rainy or the wind is on the nose. (I don’t mean smelly, I mean blowing the wrong direction).

So, when the weather doesn’t play the game, we seek refuge in an anchorage or a protected bay. And if you have a small draft you can shelter from a big blow up a picturesque river, creek or even in a mangrove. For Condesa, we headed her into a marina this time to carry on with boat jobs, allowing the wild wind and sea-state to settle.

Our good friend and natural born sailor friend Pedro, once told me he hated coming to shore . Wait, what?! I was agasped, totally naive to what he was actually saying. What about the dining out, the people you meet, the awesome local markets? Or, the long, hot, day-dreamy shower while you wait for the laundry? (asking for a friend)
Years on and I understand what he meant. The rainy day we arrived I was alerted to local news about slippery, wet ramps and croc sightings in the marina all whilst making my way up the narrow gangway to check-in and book the courtesy car to run errands. Time is of the essence when you head to the nearest town and so you overhear conversations, not so much about the weather, more “news” related and intense. The minute you pick up on the vibe of a town, before you know it you’re driving with the break and excellerator on at the same time. (if you know what I mean)

So here we are - the chemistry of the environment, feeding our cells and sure enough your brain is wired to sweat the small/big stuff. Pedro had a good point though....many actually 🤟🏻😆. The day you untie the boat from the dock, drift away, the rules and regulations dilute in your wake, then it’s you, your vessel and the blanket of stars to cocoon the quiet that can rein. (within)

Stay safe wherever you are everyone!
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
26 Photos
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