Distant Shores

The Sailing Adventure TV Series

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8 Steps for Finding a Good Anchorage

You're designing a cruise and want to plan out a few good anchorages along your route. How to begin?

Sheryl and I have been cruising for 25 years and have anchored in hundreds of places around the world in all types of conditions. We love the freedom and privacy that anchoring provides and that it allows you to stay in some amazing places that you might not be able to get to in any other way. Another perk is that anchoring saves you money compared to regularly staying in marinas.
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Flashback Friday!

Travelling north to south through France on the inland waterways right through Paris and wine country to the Mediterranean was one of our most amazing cruises!

We documented the voyage in 5 half-hour episodes of Distant Shores season 9 demonstrating how to set up your boat to go through small canals and locks, ways to transport your mast, how to transit the many different sizes and types of locks, how to tie to a bank when there are no docks available, where you can do wine tastings right from your boat and other attractions and facilities along the way. Good entertainment for a rainy summer weekend!

Here's a few photos from that summer and a link to our blog summarizing the voyage....

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Recipes -English Muffins

English Muffins make a nice change from bread or regular toast in the morning and are easy to make and store on a boat.
Commonly used in breakfast sandwiches such as Egg McMuffins, English Muffins are a type of skillet bread which means they can be made on the stovetop. Most yeast breads need time in a hot oven which heats up the boat, undesirable in the tropics but welcome when cruising in cooler climates!
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New Episode Ready for viewing!

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Wow this is perhaps our favourite episode so far! The amazing waters of the Southern Bahamas and the incredible deserted islands are a sailors paradise! 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!)

We're Celebrating!!

Yesterday our American broadcaster AWE TV had a Distant Shores Marathon!! They played 26 episodes of Distant Shores in one day!! WOW!

These episodes are all from Distant Shores Season 9 and is our most diverse season to date. We started sailing up the Seine to Paris and across France, then visited Morocco, crossed the Atlantic Ocean and explored a bit of the Caribbean too. We have worked very hard to make this series and it is very gratifying to see it appreciated with this vote of confidence. So a big thanks to you-our viewers who see the show on AWE and have helped make it a top show on this network! We will work even harder to make more good shows for you.
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Sailing North from the Exumas to Eleuthera

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Wow the waters of the Bahamas never cease to amaze! When the sun is high and you are sailing in such crystal clear waters it almost feels like you are in an enormous swimming pool. This is on the route north from Allens Cay in the Northern Exuma islands to Eleuthera. This shallow bank had some areas where it was 12-15 feet deep with some coral heads then this area with just pure white sand and depths from 8-10 feet. We were lucky to have a nice light breeze so we could sail. (its also fun when there is no wind and you can see the bottom all the way) If you plan this leg then its best to do it with good light so you can see the heads easily.
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Ideal Anchoring Setup - Tech Blog

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For nearly 25 years we have been cruising internationally and thousands of nights have been spent at anchor. We have had three boats (37 feet, 42 feet and 49 feet) with different anchoring setups, and we have had a variety of different anchors, both as our primary anchor and as our secondary anchors. We have anchored in the tropics, up and down the US East Coast, in the Mediterranean and in Northern Europe up to Norway's fjordland. And in many of those anchorages where the water is warm enough, I have swum down to check our anchor(s) and also others nearby so I have seen many different anchors perform in various conditions. Read More

We are putting Distant Shores II up for sale!

It's been 4 years since we took delivery of this Southerly 49 variable draft sailboat in the spring of 2010 and she's been an amazing boat to sail.

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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