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

I Spy

26 July 2023 | Antigua, West Indies
Jenny G | Warm sunny and breezy

Current position:- Antigua, onboard
SV Jade
45' Fuji Ketch rig
Super Pedro's yacht
This location is the end of his solo circumnavigation of the world! It is a privilege to be here and sail the next leg Antigua to the Panama Canal with him.
We have docked at the Antigua yacht club for the past week to achieve the list of boat maintenance, repairs and a spit and polish all before we depart.
Everyday here begins as the breeze intensifies to a constant 15knot funnelled through the hatch above our bunk.
Off I go achieving my own list of things and driving all over this island, in and out of little villages.
Following below is a snapshot of what "I spied" whilst I consistently got lost.

Street stalls sell home grown mangoes, pineapples, greens, papaya, watermelon, plantains etc
Humming birds are swift, colourful and busy. Even the small bugs are bright red and blue and laundry hanging gayly flapping loads of. intense colours.
The street dogs are savvy, they look hungry but go about their own business. As do the goats and their kids.
Speaking of kids, the
pickneys are totally adorable, squishable and stealable!
The youth have such sweet innocence in their eyes, beautiful smooth skin and hair twisted with beads.
The adolescence are really too beautiful for their own good.
Anyone can get a ride by just standing on the side road heading the direction they need.
Both men and women have long dreadlocks or wear high hair under wraps a bit like Madge Simpson.
Adult Antiguans are very cool dudes, it is something about the way they walk.
I hear they can still cast Obeah - (voodoo or black magic) on someone if needed. 😳 eek!
Where was I.....
The village names are cute as are the gelato colours they paint the tiny homes. A favourite village called "Sweets" I'm thinking it would suit He Who Hums.
Everybody here has a nickname, eg "Spotlight" has helped us find our way for any product, person or place.
"Cute" has his face on the billboards around town. His nickname given at birth to lessen the fact that he was a butt ugly baby. 🤣
We haven't met "double ugly" but I am imagining.🤔
The patch of rainforest on the northern part of this island is richly dense, a perfect place to run the flying fox through the dark green lushness.
Beaches are plentiful, "honeymoon magical" and adorned with bright coloured umbrellas, lounges and I'm sure a tray of cool drinks!
A tip - Dining at any of the the beachside shacks or restaurants is a must-do.
He Who Hums asked around and found Sir Viv Richards and enjoyed 18 holes of golf, picking up chat where they left off back at The Gabba in the 70's/80's. However, the Cedar Grove fairways are wide, long and hilly. I could guarantee my golf ball would roll right back to me if I played.
Time here, (just like boating) runs by the cock crowing or the sun's position. And if you can't see or hear either of those it a "hair past a freckle" kind of life. 😜
They tell me there are only two roads....I can tell you should you get off either road there are many a winding track to take you deeper and deeper into a village, never to find an out at the other end.
I can confirm my sense of direction is shit. The landscape changes at every turn. Some churches have become vital landmarks but it all depends which bend on which long road you're on. There are corner shops I recognise ...then bright houses I don't! But, I stop to photograph these because of the perfect afternoon light illuminates the colour against the vegetation.
It's a collidescope of the above all flashing past me as I try to find my back across the island without GPS.
We have visited the Sir Vivian Richards stadium & training facilities, met with Sir Andy Richards and He Who Hums has discussed sporting facilities at length.
By day 7 the boat jobs and more have been achieved.
Tomorrow we'll leave Falmouth Harbour and head to ....(wait for it ) "Jolly Harbour" to check out with customs.
Provisioning will take place on Guadeloupe, the island where fresh and French produce are available and affordable.
After all
My gallivanting, I see there are those here who-have ...and those who have-not, I'm not sure who is more content.
But I am.
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