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.

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
21 July 2021 | Whitsunday Islands
15 July 2021 | The Coral Sea Resort

We are AOK!

01 October 2021 | Lizard Island
Jenny Gaskell | Heavenly!
Ok this is a quick update as I have to sit in the bar to get reception and we all know my list of drinks are not that extensive.😂

What a gem it is! From the minute we wake to the time we fall into bed, it is a visual spectacular all around us.

Nature at its best! The waters are pure, air clean and reefs are thriving despite the previous cyclones and disasters they have endured in the past years.
He Who Hums is still the keeper of every wind gust in the bay 🙈 but I have to say the investment in the new windlass (anchor winch) and heavier anchor chain has us sitting pretty and there is never a question of any issues. The wind is dying off, so the days ahead will be his well earned glass-out where he can relax.
We have anchored right out the back of Watson's Bay. To the left of us is a mountainous range. Yes, of course we climbed Cook’s Peak to take in the 360 degree view of the stunning reefs. How high you ask? Bloody high! - Note to self not as fit as required. 🤪

To the right of us on land is the exclusive resort and the Reef Research Station where scientists from across the world came to study our world wonder of over 4,000 species of coral - and 16,000 different fish. Hey don't quote me, I had a touch of heat stroke by the time I walked to the station.🥵
The low lying land adjoining both has a runway for light aircrafts.
The surrounding reefs, filled with clam gardens and colourful coral sitting in aquamarine waters that drop away into vibrant blues and greens, equivalent to an opal gem stone.🥰
So our welcoming committee were two healthy (aka large) lemon sharks who scoot in as soon as the anchour drops. I haven't spotted them since, but the fish life here is plentiful, so everyone is happy.
I am off to get a pic of the two large Humphead Wrasse in the clam garden (acting like sharks 🦈 in my peripheral vision) and perhaps the lone croc spotted by staff on Coconut Beach. They radio broadcast sightings to all boats in the bay so everyone is aware.
All in all we are channeling the famous and talented Captain Cook, Valerie Taylor, Steve Irwin and Bo Derek (kidding)
Should we survive all that, it will be 'cooks night off', as this Marlin Bar is open for sunset drinks and freshly caught fish and chips are on tonight’s menu.
Up here in far far North Queensland, no masks are required, but shoes are essential! Not even kidding!
Wow this is fast becoming thirsty work. I’m off to get another drink! 🍹
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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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The return to our favourite spot in the Percy group. Two days was not enough but we will return 🤩
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