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.

25 October 2023 | Keppel Bay Marina
19 October 2023 | Rescue Bay -Middle Percy Island
13 October 2023 | Hamilton Island
30 September 2023 | Wide bay Bar
06 September 2023 | Brisbane australia
24 August 2023 | The Panama Canal
19 August 2023 | Linton Bay Panamá
11 August 2023 | Bonaire
07 August 2023 | Bonaire par of the king do of the Netherlands
01 August 2023 | Dominica
26 July 2023 | Antigua, West Indies
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

Key Performance Indicators

13 October 2021 | Hook Island
Jenny Gaskell | Northerlies blowing !!!!!
Walkin the walk and talkin the talk, from what I've seen it is actually a big part of a Boatie's job description. Of course when you come into an island you don't have to go far before you spot a water lover of the same elk, even from a distance. And of course after the usual tee-tar-tate the very next thing I can 💯 guarantee you, is the confirmation of the wind direction 🤣. Oh which ignites the conversation towards how long it will blow etc. PS There are no prizes for getting it right. Even an ol bloke off SV Blind Freddie would know the forecast despite some hearing loss. Many sailors are itching for the same wind to start their return voyage south.
However, a single question was asked by a landlubber that had me thinking. Q:- But how do you know which way to go to get home?
Well, an old seasalt once told me 20 years ago (and no it wasn't Pedro), this sailors nic name was Nine-and-a-Half, but that's another story🖖😆. His instructions as he left me at the helm for my first night watch ever were rather simple. 'Ok just keep Australia on this side and the open sea on that side, and the view of one star constellation in your rigging! You'll be fine' 😬 Righto then, I told myself 'you've got this jg' as he left to go sleep. Yes sleep! I then set out to survive his somewhat simplistic instructions.
Unlike Nine-and-a-Half, He Who Hums does homework and the return trip for us looks like this - he had opened the maps, identified our location, pin pointed our destination and scanned the area between for depths and hazards ie rocks, reef, sandbanks, channel markers and set a course navigating around any such issues. Then it's up to us to watch for any other moving or stationary vessels eg- small fishing boats 🚣🏾‍♀️ whilst underway. This diligence happens from broad daylight into the night. Aside from all this, you keep an eye on your sails, listen to your motor, watch your navigational equipment and care for people on board. Should all that be honky dory then your plain sailing!
And sometimes (like yesterday) some other very thoughtful sailor will photograph Condesa under full sail, doing what she does best and uploaded it to a Sailing Facebook page, making it look as majestic as it felt scooting down the east coast of Queensland.
What they don't capture is Condesa sneaking into a crowded anchorage, navigating the narrow headland markers at 2.30am due to a change of final destination because of (you got it) the updated wind forecast.
For me it was just as exhilarating to helm her in the pitch black last night as my first ever attempt to night sail. It was as black as the ace of spades outside, apart from the hundreds of anchor lights ahead. I was guided mostly by the single I-pad plotter and messages from He Who is Humming to himself on the forward deck. He was busy looking for a spot to drop anchor.
Inching in as quietly as one can to not disturb the sleeping explorers. He Who is navigator finds the spot and I bring Condesa in carefully and cut the engine.
Silence reins after our 19 hour sail south. Before we bed down the boat and ourselves we look up to the gazillion stars and thank those who's job it is to watch over us. And to those beautiful people who pepper the heavens with their prayers whilst we are navigating life out here. 🙏🏻 🥰

image courtesy of Matt Power

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