It's a Long Shot II

43ft Hans Christian Ketch

Vessel Name: Long Shot II
Vessel Make/Model: Hans Christian 43T Ketch
Hailing Port: Victoria, BC
Crew: Doug & Susan Pickrell
About: Motley bunch includes Charlie, Riley & Saylor.
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05 June 2014
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01 October 2013
10 September 2013 | Victoria
31 August 2013 | Deep Bay
28 August 2013 | Salish Sea
20 August 2013 | Oak Bay Marina
11 August 2013 | Oak Bay Marina
07 August 2013 | Oak Bay Marina
05 August 2013 | Downtown Victoria
03 August 2013 | Ship's Point Wharf
03 August 2013 | Juan de Fuca Strait
02 August 2013 | Day 18 Hawai'i to Victoria
31 July 2013 | Day 17 Hawai'i to Victoria
31 July 2013 | Day 16 Hawai'i to Victoria
28 July 2013 | Day 14 to Victoria
24 July 2013 | Day 9 to Victoria
22 July 2013 | Day 7 from Hawaii
18 July 2013 | Day 3 from Hawaii
15 July 2013 | One Day Out Of Kauai
Recent Blog Posts
05 June 2014

Hand Off!

31 May 2014

Are You Reading?

Hi There,

01 October 2013

Hustle & Bustle

For those of you who won't give up reading - c'mon, it's all boring now :)

10 September 2013 | Victoria

Back To Work

Doug and I enjoyed our last week of freedom while the kids got settled into their new routine at school. Saylor was pretty freaked at the idea that her parents would be going back to work soon and she might have to go with strangers to school. After three days with our new neighbours walking with us, [...]

31 August 2013 | Deep Bay

Great Time

Nice sail up the Strait but not near enough wind to really get going so it was a bit of a motor. Good to see Roger and hear the turmoil of the America's Cup and Oracle caught cheating. They'll be in for more turmoil when those crazy Kiwis make landfall in San Fran! We continued North and couldn't [...]

28 August 2013 | Salish Sea

At Sea Again

Hard to break the habit of blogging once we are out on the water so had to post something even if no one is reading anymore. We have fit right back in to life ashore although both Doug & I haven't started work yet. We've been busy getting the house back in order which should have been easy except [...]

Fairwell Manihiki

17 August 2012
Riley's birthday will be one to remember. I will let him describe it in his own words - check out our blog at if you aren't there now. We always say, "If it's going to happen to anyone, it'll happen to Riley," and he lived up to it turning 11. He had fallen into a hole and gashed his shin 2 days ago and we had reminded him he had to cool it as we can't risk infections at sea. Good thing the Manihiki hospital is outstanding and best of all, it was free!

We had a great day ashore helping with the ship's arrival, and we offered our help wherever we could, shucking coconuts, loading trucks, feeding pigs or just standing around smiling. Many of the passengers were greeted by family and friends with a flower lei - such a nice welcome. The off loading by barge went well though the ship had to station-keep and kept getting further out. They tried to tie off to a mooring buoy near Long Shot II and they ripped it out. Not surprising given the windage of this ship. Looked to be an offshore dragger converted for passengers/cargo. 2 hours before dinner Saylor and I were back on our boat as the wind was picking up and we had concerns for our mooring buoy while Doug was with the boys at the hospital. The locals wanted us to attend the celebration so Doug came back out to get us and I'm glad they did. The food was outstanding and there was enough to feed 4 x as many people which was about 120. The dancing was the best they had ever done (as we had seen the dress rehearsals). The people who had returned from Roratunga performed as well. It was quite an excellent evening. We couldn't stay longer as we had to get back to the boat. The good thing about the mooring is if it lets go, you are just heading deeper - hard to chase in our dinghy though. I told Doug I had a bad feeling about this so secure the boarding ladder and start stowing gear. At 2 am it happened as Charlie awoke to the mooring buoy banging into the hull. We were heading out sea, quickly and the seas were building. By 4 am we were good to go but too late to head back to Manihiki to say our good byes. So sad to leave this beautiful island and it's wonderful people!
Long Shot II's Photos - Main
17 Photos
Created 3 August 2013
3 Photos
Created 14 July 2013
Sports Fishing
6 Photos
Created 28 June 2013
8 Photos
Created 22 June 2013
21 Photos
Created 2 June 2013
16 Photos
Created 21 May 2013
We will leave for Canada soon
14 Photos
Created 13 April 2013
Our last full month in NZ
26 Photos
Created 7 March 2013
8 Photos
Created 25 February 2013
30 Photos
Created 10 February 2013
28 Photos
Created 26 January 2013
Gigi and Pops time on the boat
26 Photos
Created 6 January 2013
36 Photos
Created 29 November 2012
14 Photos
Created 22 November 2012
During the Big Blow
5 Photos
Created 9 November 2012
32 Photos
Created 5 November 2012
39 Photos
Created 9 October 2012
27 Photos
Created 1 October 2012
Beautiful islands of Upolu and Savai'i
35 Photos
Created 11 September 2012
Apia, Samoa where this has to be your next festival to attend!
22 Photos
Created 5 September 2012
American Samoa
25 Photos
Created 25 August 2012
The catches on the way to American Samoa
7 Photos
Created 23 August 2012
18 Photos
Created 23 August 2012
Northern Cook Island
14 Photos
Created 7 August 2012
Enroute Penrhyn from Fanning
9 Photos
Created 7 August 2012
This island has the most beautiful people who may live the simple life but they live it well.
12 Photos
Created 7 August 2012
Arrival in the Big Hawaii
18 Photos
Created 20 June 2012
Here are some pics of our transit to Hawaii
17 Photos
Created 20 June 2012
We are loading a little boat for 15 months and emptying our house!
2 Photos
Created 9 May 2012
9 Photos
Created 25 April 2012

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