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

The Point of a Pier

15 July 2021 | The Coral Sea Resort
Jenny Gaskell | Perfect
Just lying right here on terra firma, scanning the long stretch of this pier jutting into the Coral Sea. The original timber structure now supporting a gleaming white arc canopy for protection. I imagine one would alight from one’s ship with one’s trunks after a stint at sea back in the day. Now the Pier has been decommissioned for transits and set up for one to sit, should one wish to watch the sun melt away behind the pretty vista. 🤔 *Note to self - One might just do that later.
Speaking of stretch, if I lift my head far enough, I can spot ‘Condesa’ anchored just beyond in the glistening waters, patiently awaiting our return. Just one beautiful vessel, amongst many.
I wonder if she is what He Who Hums saw in his mind’s eye? When he was a young-gun travelling salesman 35+ years ago. He stood here, on this landmark and told himself .... ‘One day I will sail a boat here’ .....and despite the odd “Debbie downer”....Here he/we are! Over the years it has become our favourite anchorage of all.
Kudos to the cricketer who earned himself a different cap I say!
If I shut out my surroundings, I could be anywhere in the world. The background music is adequately exotic, giving an air of ‘holiday romance’ to this resort and the tempo of the bongo drums is fitting for the tropical pool bar setting.
Feeling a tad guilty lazing here in Peurto Rico 🤦🏻‍♀️, I mean Airlie. I take stock and check... and so far today we are doing exactly as planned and that was - nothing! Well, maybe a few laps should we feel the urge. For now just to remain in stillness, when your heart and head are ever so gently rocking is suffice.
There’s a ruckus happening from beneath the jetty, I surmise a shark chasing a very large school of fish🙄. And much to our surprise the proof came later. It was a 2 metre tiger shark doing the rounds in Port of Airlie anchorage😳. Lucky He Who Hums had checked our hull and propeller back at Brampton Island. There will be absolutely no water jobs for Condesa in the Whitsundays. So, I presume when we are done here, we’ll just have to rest out there.
Plus, that stroll to the end of the pier to wrap up one’s day of dreaming. 😑
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