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.

13 October 2021 | Hook Island
07 October 2021 | Marlin Marina Cairns
01 October 2021 | Lizard Island
01 October 2021 | Lizard Island
26 September 2021
24 September 2021 | Crystalbrooke Marina Port Douglas
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

Sense and the Census

13 August 2021 | Sailing north door Magnetic Island
Jenny Gaskell | 0-35knts, 1-3mt swell and sunshine
It was Census time and evident we weren't permanent residents, despite our lengthy stay in Airlie Beach.
We, the transient boaters, were finally out and northward bound. I looked as we left behind the picture perfect sailing playground, the camaraderie and the stunning Coral Sea resort, all right there in the Heart of the Reef.
With He Who Hum's left wrist well bandaged with a Carpal tunnel operation also behind him and a mate Murray in front of him, keen to work the sails for the next leg. It's nice to have him onboard, making a total of three good hands to haul the sails and one sore paw to do all the pointing.
We wove through the Whitsunday Islands with a plan to pitstop at Dingo Beach for our first night out and the next anchorage was set for Gloucester passage - the home of "Shaggers" (of which we are members).
Now before you raise an eyebrow, the official name of the area is Shag Islet, where the Cruising Yacht club's fundraising takes place annually for men's cancer research.
SICYC (Shag Islet Cruising Yacht Club) boasts as one of the largest cruising yacht clubs of the world, with over 7,000 members. Google it! you too can become a Commodore of your own island just by joining!
I was deeply enthralled, the mystical mountainous islands with their heads in the clouds when I mention how I'd much rather explore by boat than to trek by foot. Imagine hiking all the way to the top of these rugged lands, only to find you have to head down the other side. With that He Who Hums pointed out Saddleback Island for it's obvious formation. I suppose exploring on horseback is slightly more appealing. Sailing though, with the ever changing colours of the waters, fresh ocean breezes and a constantly changing landscape seals it for me.
In the health journals it states, if you hear your name called (and no one else hears the same), then you have reached the ultimate state of spiritual calm. Whilst it has happened on a couple of occasions, one I can vouch for. I was on night-watch in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and heard my name. I sat up and took notice of the inexplicable phenomenon but knew instantly what it was. As for the other, I have to say it's a long story and as it turned out we had simply left a wallet behind in a cafe.
I consider if I can wake up and remember exactly where I am whilst weaving through these clusters of islands, then I haven't lost it yet.
However speaking of isolation, it appears there are quite a few people who have found their slice of heaven ocean side, nestled under canopies of trees. We pass the temporary dwellings, looking sideways as we strolled the beach. These areas are clearly only accessible by water, and I wondered if they even knew about covid?
Knowing the sea life are plentiful in these areas. I assumed it's a bit like subsistence farming for these folk. Simple living off fish, oysters and crabs, which sounds like a healthy lifestyle. There's a good chance even crocs make it to their table as the further north we go, the creeks take on a far more appealing habitat for wildlife than man.
So, are they aware it's Census time? I can't imagine what category their beach address falls. Then again, there isn't any reception out here, so there’s a good chance they are oblivious for all the right reasons.
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Vessel Name: La Condesa Del Mar
Vessel Make/Model: Herreshoff Schooner 73 ft
Hailing Port: Southport Brisbane Australia
Crew: Mark & Jenny Gaskell
About:
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.
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