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

I Wonder

28 July 2021 | The Heart of the Reef
Jenny Gaskell | Is God’s gift
After a few days on anchor outside Airlie's rock wall, the time had come to head into the marina. The high wall protects the marina from the weather and we knew a change was coming.
We radioed ahead as instructed, as the marina staff kindly provide a dockhand to assist with lines.
We fell away from our anchorage, entered the leads and carefully navigated the somewhat narrow s-bend walled entrance into the marina. I was standing pretty on the forward deck watching for any other vessel movement above the height of the wall, with my line in hand.
Surprisingly, perched on top of the wall we inched past, sat a helipad and I wondered about it's shrewd location and use. Perhaps it's for a medivac team for any offshore emergency?
Anyway, meandering cautiously, allowing oodles of time for the dockhand to walk to our berth from her last job. Thrilled about having assistance, especially when you don't have bow thrusters to combat wind and tide.
Once inside the entrance, He Who Hums and I were both blown away by the number of huge super yachts within! We, my friends were heading down millionaires row, which looked like a postcard scene from Monaco. When I looked around I suspected two things in that instance .... VIP's must arrive via the helipad! And secondly, the docking assistance must be to limit incidents, as NO one wants to bump into neighbours like these before an official introduction.
Peering at the dock, I wondered where our dockhand could be, we were almost ready to turn into the pen. I was scouting about but not seeing anyone even remotely interested in taking my line. I wondered if we had the right pen number when He Who Hums from the helm said, 'We'll have to get this right'! (Oh No shit Sherlock🤦🏻‍♀️) .... staring at million the dollar boat next door.
Already planning my jumping off point and the need to swiftly tie all 3 lines before before our 10ft bowsprit wanders off in the breeze.
We've executed this manoeuvre many times before, but somehow this one in particular just ramped up a notch or two million!
I leapt like a gazelle and quickly threw on the midships line first ✅, bolted to the stern and locked down the line He Who Hums tossed ✅. Running up to the bow noticing the boat was drifting across towards our neighbour, aware I had left some slack at midships to allow for forward momentum📈. I immediately hooked the bow line on the cleat and leant with my full body weight to drag her back across the pen before "kissing" our neighbour hello, (not me, the boat!). That's then I heard a voice behind me advising I might need to tie it a tad closer. And without even looking I wondered if that name tag read Sherlock🤔.
After all was said and done, we were warmly welcomed and given a rundown on the facilities. Such a nice touch, although taking a line for me would have been farrrr nicer.
However, where the super yachts around oozed sophistication and power, Condesa made up with elegance and charm, sitting quietly in amongst them.
That night we turned on our special old -school deck lights before heading up to the harbour-side restaurant, immediately aware our neighbours were ablaze with stylish names splashed professionally across each stern, just above the swim platforms where their jet skis perch. Not to mention the vibrant neon lights below the waterline igniting the marina. The fish were seemingly just as engrossed with the light source, continually returning for a closer look, barely believing their eyes.
This outstanding marina became our home base for a while. We sailed out for days at a time, enjoying different parts of the Greatest Natural Wonders of the world and returned when the winds were unfavourable.
Like the fish, we continued doing loops, equally mesmerised by the turquoise waters of the Whitsundays. Sailing Butterfly Bay and circling around to the famous Whitehaven beach, absorbing the magnificence of the long stretch of soft silica sand, part of which swept and swirled around the shallow waters for as far as the eye could see.
I wonder what it would be like to drift aimlessly with the tide from the very top of Whitehaven to the far end.
Each time we trekked up to the viewing deck, the landscape morphed into something gloriously different, but yet the same.
No wonder everyone here....on charter, private and tour boats, helicopters, sea-planes, both sail and power boats, the monohulls and cats, the tall ships and the mega yachts keep coming back, day after day, year after year. For as long as nature's beauty reins up here in the 'Heart of the Reef', people continue to tick bucket lists and why wouldn't you?
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