The Best Birthday Present - Test-Sailing!
Its my (Paul's) birthday tomorrow and fingers-crossed it will also be our first sail on Distant Shores III!! Here she is tied up at Hythe Marina near Southampton England. If everything works out we hope to have a first tentative test sail tomorrow. We'll report back if we manage it!
With a new boat there are so many systems to test and to learn. In this case its the first Southerly 480 built by the Discovery Yard and there are bound to be a few issues to sort out.
New Video - How Sails are Made
Distant Shores III update: Our brand new EPEX laminated sails by Elvstrøm Sails were shipped from the company's loft in Denmark this week and will soon adorn our new Southerly 480 sailboat! Tour the sail loft and see how laminated sails are made. We decided to go with these laminated sails after trying them out on the Bluewater 50 catamaran that we sailed transatlantic last December plus they were recommended for best performance with our new Seldén mast with in-mast furling. Laminated sails hold their shape well.
We’ll get to try them out when we fly to the UK to move aboard our new sailboat in a week’s time...
Last Week - Launching in the Snow
Our new Southerly 480 sailboat is ready for the water! Distant Shores III is transported from the shipyard to Saxon Wharf to splash creating havoc with the traffic in downtown Southampton. Then it snows! The mast is stepped on the boat and Paul carries out a traditional Coin Ceremony for good luck on upcoming voyages.
Our New Boat Unveiled at Dusseldorf Boot
Our new Southerly 480 is unveiled at the 2018 Düsseldorf Boat Show and we see her for the first time!! We give you a tour and show you the highlights of boot Düsseldorf, the world's biggest indoor boat show.
Sail Away Weeks
Dreaming of sailing away but still have a lot of questions?
Need to convince your partner that traveling on a sailboat could be wonderful?
Or maybe you just long to be out sailing in sunshine on sparkling seas but commitments are holding you back.
We have a solution…
Discovery Group Acquire Southerly Yachts
For the first time in nearly 3 years, if you want a new Southerly Yacht you can have one built for you :-)
We've been itching to tell you for months now! It's finally official that Discovery Yachts Group have acquired the Southerly Yachts brand and will be building the complete range of Southerly cruising boats as well as the new Distant Shores 485! This is a Southerly-style boat designed with our input based on nearly 30 years of international cruising. It will, of course, have a lifting keel as we've been referencing on our blogs and teasers. But instead of having to develop the swing-keel themselves, Discovery can use the tried-and-tested Southerly keel. We've done 4 transatlantic crossings on Southerly swing-keels and trust them completely.
Our new Distant Shores 485 will be the first product from this new venture and we're thrilled to be helping the excellent Southerly Yachts brand to come back to life! If you want more info please check out our pages on the new boat here or, if you're interested in one yourself, get in touch and we'll give you more information.
Cruising Outpost Cover Boy
Paul made it to the top as a rare male cover boy on Cruising Outpost magazine…
We have always enjoyed Cruising Outpost - brought to you by the same reprobates who produced Latitudes and Attitudes Magazine. This is a free “Sample Copy” but normally sells for $7.99 in print, and $8.99 Canadian
How to Sail with a Swing KeelThroughout our 27 years of international cruising, Sheryl and I have sailed over 100,000 nm and 40,000 of those miles have been sailed on the two lifting-keel yachts - Distant Shores, a Southerly 42 and Distant Shores II, a Southerly 49. Many people have asked what it is like to sail such a boat, how they sail upwind, what to do in storms, what happens if you hit the keel, what to do in huge waves and more.
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
We love your channel and your show. You two are the "originals". We look forward to meeting you some day Sailing Pau Hana - YouTube
6 years ago my husband and I were channel surfing and stumbled upon Distant Shores. We were hooked... What is really fun is that through the show, we developed a real interest in learning to sail and last summer took our first sailing lessons and got our first ASA certification… soon we'll be able to rent bare boats and sail in the Caribbean. We joined our local sailing club… All this is because Paul and Sheryl make sailing so approachable and appealing. Mary Via Email
Yeah! The original sailing badasses. Before it was cool and hipster to buy a sailing boat and sail the seven seas and air it on YouTube. This crew was doing it first! I would get up in the dark winter mornings, and watch your TELEVISION show, dreaming. That's right! These Canadian sailing badasses were on T.V.! "Satellitesos" Via Instagram
Best Sailboat Anchor - BlogHere is one of our most popular blogs from the last year… expanded with a few videos embedded…
What's the best anchor for a cruising sailboat?
Over the past 25 years we have used a CQR, Delta anchors and Rocnas as primary anchors, and the Fortress, Fisherman and Danforth-copy as backup-spare or storm anchors. We have anchored for many thousands of nights and have ridden out some serious gales at anchor. read more
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!
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