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

Shooting Stars in a Simple Place and Time

21 July 2021 | Whitsunday Islands
Jenny Gaskell
Oh they appeared... they were everything... and they left in the blink of an eye.
I am talking about the family, and the mini vacay had onboard Condesa. We were so grateful our stars aligned and we could be together in the same place, at the same time for more than a few hours.
So remote, the world they left behind, stayed behind, insert in one clear, breathless night and absolutely nowhere else anyone needed to be. A rarity and we were in heaven!
It was a stunning anchorage. Condesa drifted into the long, deep and narrow inlet of Nara to spend the night, in what looked like nature's own auditorium. The moon barely lighting a path. It's was unusual to see the waters so lifeless and smooth as silk, only when you broke the surface did the phosphorescence ignite with iridescent lime green sparks. Condesa's deck was scattered with cushions and doonas ready for a night of star gazing. Even Edie (the little heart thief) and Lulu (the little Minx) were nestled in amongst us, their faint little voices broke out with Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, each word floating reverently up into the atmosphere.
If I could freeze frame a moment in time it would be this one, appreciating it could never be repeated in the same way again.
Nothing makes you feel smaller than peering at the "universe" and trying to make sense of the infinite galaxy of stars and all that might exist beyond.
I was listening to the banter about Jupiter bring the brightest star and hearing the little ones chirping into the conversations with their questions. All
of it gentle like white noise that added to our unique observatory setting. The Milky Way was littered with stars and the visible constellations were a beautiful memory of being our road map to sail home across the Pacific.
Is there anything better than the wonder of a child? No, but in reflection, having your children and their children share such an moment was one of life's special gifts.
The intermittent silence was deafening and strangely even more powerful, as each of us formed our own perception of what spanned the night sky.
Eventually one after the other they drifted off to bed. The final break of silence, He Who Hums asked what I was doing... 'I'm busy, counting my lucky stars and you can do the same'.
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