Distant Shores

The Sailing Adventure TV Series

Excellent quality of production and the true feeling of being out there. This should be required viewing. The Shards rock!
Bob Bitchin - Cruising Outpost

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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.

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
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Flashback Friday!

How many of you are dreaming of a cruise to the Bahamas in the future? How many of you have sailed here already? You may have guessed that we love it here and have filmed many episodes of Distant Shores featuring cruising destinations in the various island groups of the Bahamas in both season 5 and season 6 of the series. For #FlashbackFriday, here is a sample video of footage from those episodes to fuel your dreams or remind you of past cruises in the beautiful Bahamas...

Bahamas Dream Sailing with Distant Shores (on YouTube)

Staniel Cay Exumas

We have been waiting for the arrival of some spare parts for our Mastervolt generator which will be flown in to Staniel Cay in the Exuma island group of the Bahamas. The package is coming in on a small charter plane, Watermakers Air, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
There have been delays with the shipment so we've been hanging out at Staniel Cay longer than we'd planned but it is a great place to be with lots to do and see despite being a small settlement with a population of a couple of hundred people. Not a bad place to be delayed.
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Recipes - Sunday Flank Steak with Yorkshire Pudding and Garlic Roast Potatoes

Today I'm going to share my secrets for a quick and easy Sunday Roast dinner which is a British tradition both our families share. Paul's parents are from England and my grandparents from Ireland and Scotland so enjoying of a big roast dinner, usually a mid-day meal, on a Sunday with the family and close friends around the table is dear to both of us.... read more
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Summer Solstice in a Half-Tropical Island

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Those who have been to the Southern Exumas in the Bahamas know it’s a special place. Warm “tropical” climate, blue waters, lovely white sand and friendly people. But on the Summer Solstice these islands are even more special as they highlight the fact we are “not quite” in the tropics.

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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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Sail Magazine - Nice review of Distant Shores

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Check out this review in Sail Magazine. Nice!