Distant Shores

The Sailing Adventure TV Series

The Cure for the Common Cold

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We have discovered the cure for the common cold! Take one glass of orange juice, add a shot of islands rum - serve in the British Virgin Islands at anchor in a quiet bay! We are recovering from the visit to snowy Canada. Newsletter to follow!

Catamaran Sailing in the British Virgin Islands (BVI)

Have you ever wondered what it's like to sail in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) aboard a catamaran? Have you dreamed of sailing offshore to the magical island of Anegada? Join Paul and Sheryl Shard, hosts of the Distant Shores sailing adventure series, along with friends Jan and Steve on a bareboat charter of a Lagoon 380 catamaran in the BVI on a fast sail to the low-lying island of Anegada from Virgin Gorda. Navigation is tricky but they show how with careful planning and maintaining a continuous watch reaching the island and navigating through the reefs need not be a heart-pounding sailing experience.

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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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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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stormy sailing distant shores
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

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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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.
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