Distant Shores Television
For Immediate Release - January 6, 2016

Meet Sheryl and Paul Shard, Hosts of the Distant Shores Sailing Adventure TV Series
at the Toronto International Boat Show, January 8-17

For Immediate Release - October 7, 2014

Meet Paul and Sheryl Shard, Hosts of the Distant Shores Sailing Adventure TV Series
at the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland this Week

Paul and Sheryl Shard, hosts of the Distant Shores sailing TV series

Paul and Sheryl Shard are the globe-trotting hosts of the Distant Shores sailing adventure TV series that airs in the USA, Caribbean and Bahamas on AWE TV. This week you can meet the fun-loving pair at the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland. They're flying in from the Bahamas, where they have been filming on location, to answer your questions about cruising and equipping your boat safely for your own long-distance voyage.

You'll find them at the
Raymarine booth #72 (on land between Dock S and Dock J2) every day of the boat show (except Sunday) from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

The Shards aboard their Southerly 49, Distant Shores II, in the Tobago Cays

The Distant Shores TV series is now in its tenth season with over 100 half-hour episodes and is broadcast in 24 languages around the world. The series follows the Shards' global sailing adventures aboard their Southerly 49 sailboat, provides insights into the cruising lifestyle and profiles the world's top sailing destinations.

“We have designed the shows to be informative, entertaining and inspiring to those planning their own cruising adventures,” says Sheryl. “Paul and I constantly meet viewers on our travels who are out there living their dreams as a result of watching Distant Shores which is immensely rewarding. We are so blessed that we can combine our work with our passion for sailing and help others at the same time.”

Sailing in the British Virgin Islands aboard Distant Shores, a Southerly 42

Distant Shores is currently airing in the USA on AWE TV on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights at 9:30 p.m. Eastern as well as several other times a day. Schedule. Where to Watch. Those who don't get the channel can download the shows or order them on DVD through the Distant Shores website.

The Shards, who celebrated 25 years of international cruising last month, are also the authors of the best-selling book, Sail Away! A Guide to Outfitting and Provisioning for Cruising, which they are currently updating to a third edition. They also share their knowledge and experience writing for numerous sailing publications in the USA, Canada and the U.K. such as SAIL, Sailing, Blue Water Sailing, Cruising Outpost, Canadian Yachting, and Practical Boat Owner.

While attending the boat show the Shards will also be serving on the expert panel for the World Cruising Club's, Ocean Sailing Forum on Saturday October 11th being held at the O'Callaghan Annapolis Hotel, 174 West Street, Annapolis, MD 21041 from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Registration required.

Sunday October 12
th you'll find Paul and Sheryl at Sail magazine's Secrets to the ICW Seminar being held at the Westin Annapolis, Annapolis, MD from 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. where they will be giving a presentation on Provisioning and Outfitting for the ICW. Registration required.

We look forward to meeting you at the United States Sailboat Show in Annapolis this week,” says Paul. “When cruising was just a dream for us twenty-five years ago so many people helped us get started. If cruising is in your plans, it's our wish to do the same for you.

For more information contact:
Dawn Cox or Sheryl Shard
Telephone: (705) 484-0061
Contact by e-mail
Images and broadcast quality video footage available for use by the press.

Social Media Sites and Other Useful Links:
Website: distantshores.ca
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DistantShoresTV
Shards' Seminars and Events:

For Immediate Release - October 26, 2012

Show's Southerly 49 sailboat, Distant Shores II, to enter Rally

Gibraltar...Paul and Sheryl Shard, hosts and producers of the sailing adventure TV series Distant Shores and regular contributors to Canadian Yachting magazine, announced today that they would be entering their Southerly 49 sailboat, Distant Shores II, in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC). The start date is Sunday November 25, leaving from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands and finishing in St. Lucia in the Caribbean.

"The ARC is a major event in the sailing community and when we were invited to participate we felt it would be a great opportunity to document it in an episode of the Distant Shores sailing TV series," says Sheryl. "Paul and I were already planning to do a transatlantic passage in December for the show so were able to adjust our filming schedule so that we could do it with the ARC a couple of weeks earlier."

The Shards are currently filming 13 new episodes for Season 9 of the Distant Shores sailing adventure travel TV series that is broadcast in 24 languages worldwide on Travel Channel, WealthTV, and Travel and Escape Channel. The TV series celebrates the sailing lifestyle and features the world's best sailing and waterfront destinations. 

This year's voyage began in England from where the couple sailed to the north coast of France and spent the summer travelling south through the networks of inland waterways all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. From Port St. Louis near Marseilles they sailed west along the coast of France, then Spain documenting their travels and are currently in Gibraltar. On Sunday, weather permitting, they will sail to Rabat in Morocco to film episode 109 before sailing on to the Canary Islands to join the ARC.

For more information on the voyages of S/Y Distant Shores II see:

Distant Shores Season 9 - 2012 Voyage

French Canals, Western Mediterranean, Transatlantic to the Caribbean

Paul and Sheryl Shard, the fun-loving presenters of the travel documentary television series, Distant Shores, are on a sailing voyage that covers diverse destinations on many waterways and seas this year. 

Filming episodes #105-117, the Shards travel aboard their Southerly 49 sailboat, Distant Shores II, after beginning their 2012 voyage in May in Chichester Harbour on the south coast of England. From there the couple cross the English Channel to Le Harve on the north coast of France and travel up the Seine River to Paris. 

After exploring this famous city from a boater's perspective, the couple continue south through the network of small waterways and canals of France all the way to the Mediterranean Sea.

"Most sailboats in our size range can't fit through the small canals in France due to their deep draft but the Southerly 49 has a variable-draft swing keel that allows us to reduce our draft to less than a metre if necessary," says Sheryl. "It will be a challenging trip but a special opportunity to explore the heartland of France aboard a sailboat."

Reaching the Mediterranean coast of France near Marseilles at the end of the summer, the Shards and Distant Shores II head west along the coasts of France and Spain exploring waterfront destinations all the way to Gibraltar, one of the Pillars of Hercules, at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea.

Next stop is Morocco where they sail down the Atlantic Coast visiting ports such as Casablanca and Rabat as well as travel inland.

Then it's offshore to explore the Canary Islands in November where preparations begin for a transatlantic passage in December. The voyage concludes in the Caribbean with Christmas celebrations in St. Martin/Sint Maarten.

"This year's voyage covers a lot of miles, a variety of diverse destinations and cultures, as well as a contrast of water routes from small inland waterways, the enchantment of the Mediterranean Sea, and the high seas adventure of an ocean crossing that bridges continents," says Paul. "We promise that Season 9 will be one of the most breath-taking and unusual seasons of the Distant Shores travel TV series."

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