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

You’re Kidding Me

04 July 2021 | Middle Percy Island
Jenny Gaskell
We returned to our favourite island, Middle Percy! Not much had changed, the pretty picture perfect A-frame stool huddled amongst the coconut trees, looking out to West Bay in which we were anchored. It is a comforting sight after a full day on the water. Flooded with feelings of home away from home, the kettle will be on the fire and maybe the promise of pumpkin soup or goat stew to be served, if we are lucky.
It became evident the years had past when we found our flag slightly more flogged, deep within the frame among hundreds of other boating paraphernalia. Sadly Condesa's name and years were barely visible, evidence 5 years had passed. We will fix that later, as we made plans for our first morning to walk up to the homestead.
He Who Hums suggested we take the shorter 2.5klm creek bed walk, beyond the lagoon and we would return via the 4klm round route past Rescue Bay, Ring Ring Rock, where you can pick up a line and watch whales jumping in the pass below all at the same time. Both routes were filled with mystique and wonder. Every tree and rock told the tale of it's harsh existence contrasted by the sections of lush rainforest and plumes of happy butterflies that spring to life as you near. The vital landmarks can be anything from a painted coconut, a hanging float, a line of sticks, piles of rocks or fallen trees placed intermittently even as the bush thickens. We looked up we had reached the steep climb we were warned of.
Excited when I spotted, what I thought was a donkey up ahead amongst the trees or a wild horse? No, too short to be a horse He Who (had) Hummed said. We stopped in our tracks as it slowly turned to look our way I heard the words "wild pig" that made me will my adrenalin to get me from where I stood up to the fork in the tree instantly. The standoff remained until we focused and Old Frank the resident goat stepped out in the clearing where we could see his short identifiable black horns. It appeared he was waiting for us. We encouraged him to carry on ahead and he reluctantly did so, until he needed a breather again, where we'd catch him up again. This time we beckoned him to pick up his step or get out of the way, which he did, a few seconds after the command sank in. I wondered if Frank was Bronte the brown Labrador reincarnated, as she lead us from the homestead back to Condesa the exact same manner.
I heard a noise to the left of us in the bushes. Frozen again, as wild boars were still in the forefront of my mind. Bounding out came 3 kids! Relieved, how cute, they looked leaping and playing in the long grass. Oh god, I hope we are not between the parent and the kids. I didn't fancy being ambushed from behind. We sussed out the scene and Ol' Frank was puzzled by our concern so we returned to our ambling pace set by the nonchalant goat on island time.
We reached the plateau and overtook Frank leaving him in the scrub, as the pleasant thought of sitting with the caretakers chatting over tea and biscuits was now within reach. Lots of familiar historic machinery around the homestead to match the stories with the caretakers Robin and Anne. Also the owners of the historic 75ft schooner we passed sitting high and dry in the lagoon at low tide.
"Sorry, anyone needing a top up?"
Oh yes please!
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