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

The Sailor’s Gripe

10 September 2021 | Cairns
Jenny Gaskell | Woefull winds & intermittent rain

‘Fair winds!’ said no one ever, in FNQ. Well, for a long time anyway!

All vessels are hiding from the big blow, forecast in this region for another week.
We have seen 45+ knots INSIDE the protection of Cairns Marina on several occasions and the gusts just keep coming! We feel for anyone still outside in this blow. There are many boats hiding up Chinamen Creek, also riding out the wrath.
He Who Hums has Condesa secured with many lines and she is sitting safely in Marlin Marina. We are totally fine and venturing up into the hinterland whilst waiting for whoever it is up there to calm-the-farm, so to speak.
I see there are numerous Wind Gods, one for every direction. Well, let me tell you all of them are having their say at the mo, a bit like question time in parliament 😂.
There is an old sailor’s omen, stating if you whistle on top deck it challenges the wind gods and storms can follow. Personally, I recon you’d get nothing but a belly full even if you tried in these conditions.
Listening to the howling wind from below deck, sounds more like a jet engine taking off than a costal blow.
The nautical tale stems from the Mutiny on the Bounty. Good ol’ Fletcher Christian whistled to commence the mutiny with Captain Bligh, back in the day.
I am sitting here listening to the hummer, counting my blessings he is not a whistler like his grandfather who filled the Gaskell Pie Shop (in Bulimba) with his tunes. It possibly kept the self raising flour out of his lungs, who knows?
Surely there’s got to be a sailor in my family tree, if I trace back far enough. It would explain my yearning to be out on the water, instead of having Condesa strung up to the dock.
So then, Aeolus was the Greek god with a couple of KPI’s. He is, they say the divine keeper of winds and king of the mythical island -Aiolia. He’s the man to keep violent Storm/Winds locked safely inside the caves of his isle. The weather then only wreaking havoc on the world at the command of the greatest gods!
In watching the wind indicator spike constantly, I sense they too have had a gut full and ready to unleash.
God knows the world needs to blow away a few cobwebs, but I’m going to go straight for the head honchos and pray for the greater god’s to do some navel gazing and seek some happiness, so we can all get back to calmer seas and smooth sailing.
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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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