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

Head in the Clouds

03 September 2021 | Fitzroy Island
Jenny Gaskell | Generally perfect a few days of spiked 25+knots
Remember the ol' saying - You can't see for looking?

Well, I watched this lush mountain swaddled in cloud, morph into the likes of a monochromic spacecraft every day from where we were anchored at Fitzroy Island. I'm not sure if it's Mount Surprise (which would be apt), He Who Hums says it's Cape Grafton. I'd like to think it's Mt Bartle Frere in all its glory, 1611mtrs above sea level, knowing full well it was not high enough.
Fitzroy stands a mere 375mtrs above sea level, and I had the list in my mind of must do's ... the lighthouse/ summit/ rainforest and Nudy beach walks...not Nudie people 👀 "NUDY!". Then there's reef snorkelling and the dining options ... well just two options🤣. Island time for me = cook's nights off!
We were better prepared for the hike since our leaping the gigantic boulders, and rope climbing verticals of Zoe Falls, 430mtrs high. The quads are stronger and I was mentally prepared, as the last time I climbed the 375mtrs above sea level was with you Toni Holt in the pelting rain not so long ago. So we had a sunny day, which was a good start.
Eventually, we perched at the summit with other seafarers, sharing stories and each identifying the specs below, the one the furthest out and facing a different way with the current, was Condesa.
Rightly or wrongly, we chose the route down with more steps than paths, so the ankles and calves certainly felt it the day after.
I was saying how incredible the human brain is, to adjust your footing for each and every uneven step taken. You just have to spot your next move and providing the rock doesn't move..... Bobs your uncle! If not, bruises are there to be had.😝
However, underwater was a different story! I was in heaven, clam spotting along the coral reef. Searching for the vibrant violet and jade frills before they ducked for cover as I swam over. Then, boom! The sunlight caught what my brain hadn't registered. On the right angle, the reef was ablaze with marine life. And I'm talking parrot fish and the stripy variety here. The sort you can't miss, right?
Pedro always said, you need to gaze, not look, if you want to spot marine life. Hmmm, not a bad analogy for life right now. 🤔
He Who Hums and I might be offshore, but we think of our family and friends across this crazy world often. Wherever you may be, we hope you are gazing beyond today.

🥰Sending our love and care across the water.
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