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 [...]

Thank You Santa

25 December 2012
We started Christmas day at the crack of dawn as usual with the kids opening the gifts they had bought each other. We now have nerf guns half the size of this boat so I don't know where we are going to stow them when we get underway. They now shoot their bullets from one end of the boat to the other. Saylor is on cloud nine now that Santa brought here a doll. She is eager to dress it as fashionably as she is and the girls on the dock were making more outfits for it already. Charlie has a helicopter with many hours flying time already (Santa, where will we put this thing?) and Riley has a compound bow and (had) three arrows - he lost one when he fired it from the playground and it bounced off a tree and hit a boat 100 metres away. Everyone who knows Riley is now asking how on earth Santa could bring Stumblebum a weapon - we are living on the edge. Doug had a ball buying for me and cleaned out all of the local charity shops. I have to admit I'm absolutely thrilled with everything he bought. The highlight was receiving earrings and a necklace. I had tried them on at a shop when I was out with Liz - then Liz had them set aside and told Doug to go buy them. Now that's a handy girlfriend to have around! Doug was equally spoiled and loves his portable hard drive and memory stick as yachties spend a great deal of time swapping movies and pictures.

At 11 we joined 16 others in the Marina Office (given it was stormy and raining) with champagne and orange juice and many canapes. Doug led the gift exchange as per Zenert tradition and it took no time at all for gift stealing to occur. Very interesting to see what the hot item was given that we are all cruisers: a dustpan, clothespins (plastic non-rusting) and rubber gloves. We didn't know most of the people there as we are new to the cruising scene, but everyone came to thank us for organizing it and want it to continue in the future. I was most impressed that Pacific Bliss had made caroling song books for everyone and we sang a few songs together.

We headed to Pacific Bliss for our final gift opening where the stipulation was the gift had to be made or purchased second hand. I'm sure we all took extreme delight in seeing the look on the face of the receiver and it was so worth it. We had made most of our gifts and they completely hit the mark! There were squeals of laughter to see Doug wearing his red knitted knickers that Liz had created and Liz was over the moon with her coconut shell lantern Doug made and the hemp plaited mat I built. The gift I received was so incredible I was in tears. From the first day I met Liz I was envious of her beautiful necklace. Every cruiser who passes through French Polynesia or the Northern Cooks purchase (or are given) black pearls. If we hadn't been blown off our mooring in the middle of the night, we would have purchased some too. Yesterday Liz gave me a pearl necklace, that Colin had made, to match hers. The level of generosity this family has shown us is beyond anything I can put into words. We then sat down to home made crackers and the most incredible meal ever produced, from the NZ lamb down to the five dishes of vegetables. Thankfully everyone was so stuffed no one was able to eat any of the Christmas baking I made for dessert (I'm not the chef that Liz is!). We stayed up until the wee hours of the night with alcohol induced campfire style sing-along. For this Christmas, I wouldn't have changed a thing!
Long Shot II's Photos - Main
17 Photos
Created 3 August 2013
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Created 14 July 2013
Sports Fishing
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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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