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
31 May 2014
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 [...]

We Made It!!!

22 November 2012
It was a weird and difficult final 24 hours encountering dense fog, no wind, too much wind, lots of traffic and tonnes of rain (and "NO FISH!! Charlie says :( ). We started off using the engine again with Wondertime off on their own without us. Then we were given the heads up that there was lots of wind ahead so we reefed early and sure enough we were doing 6.5kts with triple reefed everything. Lots of shipping with ESL operators ("You go starboard now....Yes?!). Doug and I were changing out shifts in the cockpit regularly as you couldn't leave the position for too long. In no time we were in the down home stretch to Opua, just when our electronic charts failed. Not to worry as we purchased one paper chart for the area. It didn't cover the entire entrance to Opua but hopefully far enough...great! A little nerve racking but we did it. Turns out it was the easiest passage into a harbour ever. Many people were chatting at how bad the conditions were but once you have experienced Oregon/Washington coast - this was pretty good.

We pulled into a beautiful marina with one of the nicest Q docks (quarantine berths) ever that made a sleepy arrival too easy. With no way ashore this is an excellent way to keep you put. While we waited for Customs, Immigration, & Biosecurity, the Marina gal made her way to each boat delivering a hand made woven handbag with paperwork, info, candy AND RUM to each boat. We like NZ already!!! Clearance was a breeze and the drug dog India was a hit with the kids. No hits on our boat so we were cleared to enter. We received a berth and within no time our friend caught our lines then joined us at the local cafe for coffee and laughs. The Kindergarten fleet was back together again. These people had amazing stories of their harried sail here during the cyclone 10 days sooner versus our no-wind sail adventure. They all faired amazingly well but would never want to duplicate those conditions again.

While Liz took me to town to grocery shop, Doug went car shopping! Yes - we have been here 1 hour and he is already looking for wheels. He found a 2004 Toyota Avenis station wagon for $6K and they will give us $4k back when we leave in 4 we bought it. How can you not? While he waited for the paperwork to be completed, Doug and the dealer were talking sailboats. Would you believe this guy used to own a Hans Christian too?! It was a 43 ft Traditional just like ours. This guy boat his boat in Florida, but he only owned it for a couple of months. It was going to be the boat he would sail around the world in but Hurricane Frances came and wrecked his boat. "It had a Spanish name,...I can't remember..," he said. Doug said, "I know the name of the boat. It was Free Alfin." "Yah!! That's it! That was my boat!" he exclaimed with a surprised look on his face. "That is my boat now," Doug said. We are 10,000 miles from home and can you believe the guy we are buying a car from, one hour after arriving in NZ, is the same guy who owned our boat when it was wrecked eight years ago! Not just a story as we compared the names on the bill of sale for the car and it's the same name on the bill of sale for our boat. As we sit here and write this blog, we still can't believe it's true. And to think he could have bought it from the insurance company for $5K. We are certainly glad he didn't!! This just couldn't be true and yet it is - we are still in shock :)
Long Shot II's Photos - Main
17 Photos
Created 3 August 2013
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Created 14 July 2013
Sports Fishing
6 Photos
Created 28 June 2013
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Created 22 June 2013
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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
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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
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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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