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

Naval Gazing

11 August 2023 | Bonaire
Jenny Gaskell | Warm sunny days

It’s early morning and the normally calm waters of Bonaire harbour started to rise and fall. I stirred to a change in Jade’s tempo and poised for last nights dishes to start a racket🙉.(I left them out for God to dry)😬 I’m aware Pedro would have sensed a change way before the first clink of dishes.
It appears a mega cruise ship came into port at first light this morning. The American cruise liner has cast a large shadow over the quaint capital of Kralendijk. Yep, looks like they have more onboard than people live here- things are about to change in this seaside town.
I tippy toed my way over top deck, dodged the sleeping body of He Who Hums to find myself a seat with today’s vista. Shocked to see this ginormous ship actually has a roller coaster on top almost in the clouds. Is that even a thing? 😳
I can see why Pedro likes to sit here for sundowners. Nestled in each corner of the rear deck are two seats with a table to rest your beverage. The aft safetyrail wraps around giving back support and an arm rest! No core strength required…ahhh feet up 😑
Thankfully the sun is not high enough to affect the cool breeze off the water…but give it 5-10 and this too will change.🫠
This Caribbean Island has only two seasons - Dry and Drier! 🤣 Therefore warm (and warmer) all year round for anyone looking for the sun.
There’s Cacti aplenty on the northern end, the earth literally dry as an old boot. But cacti fencing is a thing!
The other end of this island has low lying flatlands, featuring tall pyramid shaped salt stacks ready for exporting. The surreal landscape opens up with kilometres of mauve-pink salt plains that glistens in the sun! I’m definitely adding this to the natural wonders of jg’s world for sure.
The insane pink mirage stretches along one side of the road and vibrant teal ocean on the other both illuminated by the white coral foundation.

I have mixed feelings about tiny miniature huts still standing neatly on the waters edge as they were historically for slaves whilst they harvest solar salt, Maize and to cultivate dyewood 😥
My mint green sarong fluttering against the turquoise waters draws me back to see
white coral waving from beneath the ripple. A school of black bodied fish with a perfect ultra violet outline pass under Jade, such contrasts on every level here. Exactly as the billboard states, Bonaire -In Nature We Live.
The waft of coffee percolating drifts up from the galley which tells me Pedro is awake and an immediate big splash on the portside indicates He Who Hums is up too. Time to get into this day and our chores.
Our next island adventure awaits on Curacao. 😎😍😎
In order, we need to:-
Drink up
Shoes on
Lock down
Shop around
and Check out with port authorities.
All before Jade Sails off in the direction of the Panama Canal.

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