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.

10 February 2023 | Hobart
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

The Other Side of Life

19 August 2021 | Magnetic Island
Jenny Gaskell | 15-20knts with 35knt bullets
Magnetic Island, one of my favourite islands! (oops, did I also say that about Middle Percy).
However, Maggie is like a salute to some relatives who have passed on.
We docked in Nelly Bay (my paternal grandmother's name), we walked around to Geoffrey Bay (our Dar), saw Florence Bay (my maternal great grandmother's name) and Arthur Bay (an uncle) viewed from the cliffs of the WWII Forts. Many of these folk lived out that war and also shared their stories. I recall a handmade ring crafted from an aluminium nail when my Nan worked in the aeroplane hanger during the war.
Maggie is mostly national park, so the wildlife was plentiful, as were the walks, history, water sports and island activities. Oh and you can do a whole lot of nothing over coffee, lunch or dinner, beachside or poolside whichever you prefer.
Condesa was docked in prime position within Breakwater marina. By that I mean she was nose in to the deck of the restaurant, so we could relax onboard and still be entertained with live music. We even attended a wedding last Saturday, just being home. I walked up the bowsprit and was right next to their relatives in the back row. 😂🙌🏻
Oops I'm getting off track!
So we chose to do the Fort walk, viewing the gun emplacements, climbing up to the observation tower and we took in the uninterrupted views of the Palm Island Group and the vast coastline on a stunningly clear day. He Who Hums said it was the best walk he had EVER done!🤔. However, not to take anything away from the WWII history in the background, I was also watching the wind running across the water below knowing a bullet was going to hit that yacht soon enough.
It is only a matter of time when you sail in these northern areas. Not a "firearm bullet" a "wind bullet"! You see...the wind gathers pace running up one side of an island and shoots down the other and across the water hitting you side on at full pace, which can catch you unaware if you not careful. At night you can actually hear them coming and you subconsciously brace yourself. (Pretty much like they did in hearing planes overhead during the war I suspect, only they would have consciously braced and with very different emotions).
During our journey north, we had one vessel ahead of us, sailing in close to the rocky cliffs. I wondered if they were seeking protection from the wind and sea state. Their vessel was moving along really well despite the echo they would have had off the rocks, when suddenly she rounded-up! This instantly threw the vessel into the opposite direction and then we saw them dump their sail. We were further out and knew a bullet had hit, we could see it run across the top of the water and with that our wind indicator spiked to 35knts. Condesa too was overpowered, immediately we had to spill breeze from our main sail to ease the fierce tension.
You probably wonder how you get into these situations when you know about such bullets, but let me tell you. We set out with not enough wind to even fill the sails, so by the time they billowed and the wind lifted perfectly, the last thing you want to do is reef your mainsail as things are comfortable and we were sailing along nicely. (By reef, I mean tie down short) Luckily we could control Condesa. Hey, don't get me wrong, she reared up alright, thankfully she didn't round up. Either way it isn't ideal or comfortable to get caught like this.
The crew on the other vessel recovered but were shaken by the roundup and rightly so, being so close to rocks. They managed to get control back, reset their course and later dropped anchor in Cape Upstart nearby Condesa.
That night after our beach walk we putted past to check on them and to hear the other side of the story over a sundowner. Glasses were raised to water now under the bridge. I silently salutéd those who stood for hours at the bare concrete command post to protect the very waters we all enjoy today!

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