Distant Shores

The Sailing Adventure TV Series

Update - Weather4D Passage Routing Review Tech Blog

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Do you wonder about the best way to plan a passage? Ask yourself questions such as “Can I make a passage before the next front comes in? How long will it take? When is the best time to tack assuming the weather will be coming more from the east in the next few days?”

Here is my updated Weather4D Routing Review after completing our 5-day "thorny" passage - the first passage ever which we planned with weather routing software...
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Passage to Saint Martin


Here is a photo album of our passage from Staniel Cay in the Bahamas to Saint Martin in the BVI. 5 Days of fast beam-reaching to close-hauled in great winds!! see the rest
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Sailing in the BVI Video - NEW


Do you need a break from winter? How about a visit to the perfect little sailing destination. The British Virgin Islands or BVI. Check out our page on the BVI for more info.

Sailing Transatlantic


If you are planning an East-toWest Transatlantic Passage you will likely be using the Canary Islands as a staging point to prepare for the nearly 3000 mile crossing to the Caribbean. We have done this 3 times over the years. First via Brazil then Caribbean, the second time leaving on Christmas Eve heading to Antigua (documented here in Season 5) and again when we filmed the experience of joining the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers crossing late November to St Lucia. We filmed this in Season 9. Here is a short video excerpt of the preparation and excitement of the ARC from that voyage. More Transatlantic Info

Sailing Recipe - Catching and Cooking Lobster

One of the pleasures of cruising in the Bahamas is the abundance of fresh fish and lobster found on the vibrant reefs throughout the islands. We love to snorkel and on our first cruise here in 1989 a friend showed Paul how to use a hand spear and catch lobster. Now it’s something he looks forward to whenever we return to the Bahamas during lobster season which is August 1 to March 31st.
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Cruising the West Side of Great Exuma

We went through Hog Cay cut yesterday morning to go around to the seldom visited West Side of Great Exuma. Today we will try to get up the shallow creek to "The Ferry" between Little Exuma to the south and Great Exuma. News to follow...
Visited the Ferry and also had a nice dive on a coral head right near our anchorage. We met an Enormous Turtle under a rock....

Then a dive where Paul met a mermaid... Read the Newsletter
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Whisky & Whirlpools - Sailing Scotland


Exploring the Scottish Hebrides by sailboat we visited the most remote pub in mainland Britain, Islay (known for its Whisky) and crossed the Crinan and Caledonian Canals.
Who is dreaming of sailing Scotland?
http://www.distantshores.ca/scotland.html
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Clear the Decks

25 years ago when Sheryl and I were building and outfitting our first boat, Two-Step, we tried to imagine sailing her in a storm. As a result, we designed the deck layout so we could handle most tasks from the cockpit and bought heavy weather sails.
It is interesting to look back on our trip and see just how much heavy weather we encountered. In three years --1050 days of living aboard during an Atlantic circle trip -- we were under way for a total of 4500 hours or nearly 200 days full time. Of that time, 120 days were spent out of sight of land on passages ranging from 2 to 20 days in length and only 9 days were spent in heavy weather! Less than 1 percent of the cruise (8% of the time offshore) was spent in the storm conditions we had thought so much about.
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Thanks for helping us to move the dream forward. Whenever we watch the Shards shows we're inspired to keep moving toward a life of full time cruising. If you enjoy, travel, sailing or just well produced non-fiction television, this series is for you.
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New Episode Ready for viewing! Sailing Video Sample

What are the world's top sailing destinations? We are often asked for our favourites, so here they are! Our favourite spots over 25 years of cruising! Check it out on Vimeo here. If you have already purchased the "Seasons Pass" then you can download the episode right away (Hint - there is also a 720p download but its looks even more amazing in glorious 1080p Both files are available for download with the seasons pass or individually!)

The "O" Words - Offshore, Ocean & Overnight - Tech Blog

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Many years ago a cruising lady told me there were three words she didn't want to hear from her skipper. She said these were the O-Words - Offshore, Ocean and Overnight. The O-Words meant she had something to worry about in the upcoming voyage.

Hmmm, did my mate worry about such things? As a young cruising skipper I knew you have to keep the crew safe AND happy!
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About Paul & Sheryl

Paul and Sheryl Shard are award-winning filmmakers, sailing authors, and the fun-loving hosts of the Distant Shores sailing adventure TV series. The Shards have been cruising internationally since 1989 documenting their experiences for television. Their programs have been broadcast on Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, PBS, Travel & Escape Channel, Women's Network and WealthTV. They have sailed to over 60 countries and colonies in North and South America, Northern Europe and the Mediterranean, the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean. They have sailed over 90,000 nm and completed 5 ocean crossings. 

Through Paul and Sheryl's informative and entertaining television programs, magazine articles, book and seminars, thousands of sailors have been introduced to the pleasures of sailing and inspired to carry out their own dreams of sailing to exotic ports around the world.
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Excellent quality of production and the true feeling of being out there. This should be required viewing. The Shards rock!
Bob Bitchin - Cruising Outpost
Don't be surprised if after a couple of episodes you find yourself trying to figure out a way to go cruising yourself.
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