Distant Shores

The Sailing Adventure TV Series

Zinc Anode - Protection for your Boat

When we launched our first boat, S/V Two-Step, a Classic 37, and started sailing her in the Great Lakes back in the 80s I didn't know exactly what to do about our zincs. I understood we needed one on the propellor and apparently there was one in the engine, but what did they really do? And when should I be changing or inspecting them?

"What the heck is a zinc anyway and why?" Read More
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Bahamas - Green Turtle Cay and Boat Yard Fun

This week Paul and I enter our second week of working in the boat yard at Abaco Yacht Services at Green Turtle Cay in the Abaco island group of the Bahamas. We had a couple of days delay with heavy rain and thunderstorms last week and now we're waiting for a part to come in by courier, a part we need to install before launching, and so it goes. read more
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Our Most Popular Package...
Now Includes Season 10 Downloadable!

Super Pack - 23 DVDs + Digital Download
Season 1-9 (+10) $149 US
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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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How to Find a Good Boatyard while Cruising

Recently Paul and I made a change to our cruising plans for the summer. The freedom to be flexible and completely change your plans while cruising is one of the appeals of the sailing lifestyle. “Make a plan and stick to it” doesn't always serve you when cruising. You may be held up by weather or break-downs, friends may recommend a great destination you hadn't considered but that now you want to sail to or perhaps you realize you want to spend more time in the place that you already are. Maybe a work opportunity comes along that you want to take advantage of.
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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....
The Shards put together a great show! It's a wonderful way to see the world with a great insight into the crusing lifestyle. Top notch entertainment that will keep you wanting more Well done indeed!
Marc (Vimeo Viewer)

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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Check out Season 9 Here if you don't get AWE TV
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One year ago for my birthday I got the Distant Shores Super Pack. We have watched every episode - together. Probably nothing has helped us come together (as a family) on a vision more than that experience. We have learned a lot, talked a lot, and enjoyed your wonderful show.
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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.
SAIL Magazine's 2014 Seminar
Secrets to the ICW

Annapolis, MD
Sun. Oct 12, 2014
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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