Distant Shores

The Sailing Adventure TV Series

Sailing Excitement

30 years ago we never dreamed we would be back in the BVI on our third boat, still cruising and making television shows... capturing the sailing life on film is still our passion...
stormy sailing distant shores
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St Martin Carnival Excerpt


In honour of Lent and Carnival we present this excerpt from Season 9 of Distant Shores where we sailed to St Martin and attended there exuberant Carnival. Check out our page on St Martin for more info...

Anchoring Crash Test Tech Blog

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Testing continues... In this case we are anchored in 12.5 meters of water (plus 1.5 meters to the bow) for a total of 14 meters bow-to-bottom. We have 45 meters of rode... 45 / 14 = 3.2:1 scope...
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British Virgin Islands - Cruising Outpost Party at Cane Garden Bay


Greetings from the British Virgin Islands! Paul and I are now back on board our Southerly 49, Distant Shores II, following a 3-week trip home to Canada for our annual winter speaking tour including 10 days conducting seminars at the Toronto International Boat Show and to catch up with family and friends at home. It's such a great way to start off the New Year! Read More
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Top Video of 2015


Our best video of 2014 - I dare you to watch this and NOT want to sail the Bahamas... more info. Check out our page on the Bahamas for more info...

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 Recipe - Roast Chicken in a Pressure Cooker

In the small settlements of the Out Islands of the Bahamas it is sometimes hard to find good meat but you can always get good quality frozen chicken both in pieces or as a whole chicken so I have been experimenting with lots of chicken recipes recently!
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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.
Genlack - Vimeo Viewer

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Your films are so great and just keep us watching them for hours ! We also own a boat...and we are planning to cast off to sail around the World in about one year.
Alex & Max S/Y Y2K
The Shards put together a great show! It's a wonderful way to see the world with a great insight into the cruising lifestyle. Top notch entertainment that will keep you wanting more Well done indeed!
Marc (Vimeo Viewer)
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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.
Sail Magazine