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.

06 March 2022 | Brisbane River
08 December 2021 | Gold Coast Queensland
20 November 2021 | Southport Yacht Club
17 November 2021 | The Great Sandy Straights
13 November 2021 | Coral Sea
06 November 2021 | Keppel Bay Marina
28 October 2021 | Hamilton Island heading south
13 October 2021 | Hook Island
07 October 2021 | Marlin Marina Cairns
01 October 2021 | Lizard Island
26 September 2021
24 September 2021 | Crystalbrooke Marina Port Douglas
17 September 2021 | Low Islet and Port Douglas
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

Bit of This n Bit of That

07 July 2021 | The Barrier Reef
Jenny Gaskell
A hot cup of tea in hand, breakfast is done, island ahead and I’m wedged into the loving lap of our well-travelled orange beanbag. The sun’s strength is just enough to balance the temperature of the Queensland’s winter sea-breeze. It’s a shame, today we don’t have enough wind our sails cannot counteract the 2-3mtr swell but we are underway.

How was it, when I was in the galley it felt like 50knots out here. It’s actually the swell more than the wind that created havoc whilst cooking. I found muscles I haven’t used since my netball days. And I’ve discovered I have some fancy defence footwork I never knew I was capable of. I always preferred the attack positions, shooting goals mostly..... Well still shooting goals, but they result in the form of bacon, cherry tomato and feta omelette with freshly chopped parsley tossed from a great height (because the swell said so), and cracked black pepper dumped on my downward fall. Panfried sourdough toast, infused with smoked bacon butter (because I didn’t clean the pan before frying the toast) 😂
That’s how things roll out here! However, “Some of the greatest meals came out of that galley on the Pacific Crossing!”- He Who Hum’s words not mine. I do wish I’d kept a diary of what I dished up, because random creations seem to make the greatest meals. When I stand looking at the stowage of fresh produce, it is easy to be inspired, pick a colour, any colour. This morning He Who Hums response to my question was, ‘whatever is easiest it going to be tough down there’. And that is exactly how it panned out. The bacon was closer than the smoked salmon and I have no idea where the cream cheese has been stashed. I was also aware anything in a cereal bowel would have ended up as textured Picasso style wall decor. So, an omelette it was, which also made for easier transportation back up to the helm.
I can sit here now and plan lunch with a pen and notebook but you and I both know that it will be whatever falls out of the fridge first, because that’s the certainty I am working with today.
Besides looking out I get to see the two tall hairy topped, stoney faced islands (Hexham & Alnwick) we moved between with 100ft of blue green water, the peaceful place where turtles lurk for breakfast, a fisherman bobbed catching their next meal. Through the pass there was the vastness of nothing to take in before we spotted our next destination a mere morning tea distance away.
I had better get ready it was almost time to engage my core and put the kettle on.
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