Sailing Seminars
Paul and Sheryl's
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Seminar Schedule 2020 Upcoming Events
NEW! Cruising Workshops with Paul and Sheryl Shard
(now online via Zoom)
A great way to get your mind on sailing and to plan for future sailing adventures! These new online workshops are based on our popular cruising workshops normally held at boating events. Since we're all in isolation at the moment, we've decided to conduct them online via Zoom where, in the comfort of your own home, you will have the opportunity to spend time with us and fellow sailing enthusiasts.

There will be lots of information and interaction. Participate as much or as little as you would like. You will have the option to appear on camera or stay private and engage via Chat or just observe and take notes. Either way, each 1.5 hour workshop will be a fun and informative time together. We look forward to you joining us!

Note: Don't worry if you can't make it live. Everyone who registers will receive access to a Replay as well as any workbooks or hand-outs.


1. Introduction to Cruising

Tuesday, May 5, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET (12 noon - 1:30 PM PT, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM UK)
Benefits of the sailing lifestyle for isolation traveling, deciding on the type of boat best for you and your crew, equipping it for safety and comfort, building skills, researching destinations and basic cruise planning.
Cost: $50 US per person/ $175 US if you sign up for all 4 webinars
(Replays available for ones you miss.)
Registration required. Send us an email.

2. Routes South to the Bahamas and Caribbean
Thursday, May 7, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET (12 noon - 1:30 PM PT, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM UK)
What's the best way to get to the Bahamas and Caribbean with your own boat? Best routes are described with starting points from Canada and the USA as well as Europe and Africa. Pros and cons of joining rallies are discussed as well as options for chartering. The webinar also focuses on cruise plans for safe and enjoyable voyages to the top destinations.
Cost: $50 US per person/ $175 US if you sign up for all 4 webinars
(Replays available for ones you miss.)
Registration required. Send us an email.

3. Anchoring - Techniques and Equipment
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET (12 noon - 1:30 PM PT, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM UK)
Anchoring your boat can be the greatest pleasure or a stressful process. Following this workshop you will look forward to anchoring and so will your crew! We'll go over types of anchors as well as methods for deploying them safely and easily, help you to communicate instructions in a clear relaxed manner, show how to be sure you've set your anchor well so that you get a good night's sleep while swinging on the hook. Using beautiful video footage shot on location in some of the worlds top cruising grounds, we'll show you how to anchor confidently in various situations and conditions. Anchoring etiquette is also discussed. Lots of good stories in this workshop!
Cost: $50 US per person/ $175 US if you sign up for all 4 webinars
(Replays available for ones you miss.)
Registration required. Send us an email.

4. Provisioning 101
Thursday, May 14, 2020
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET (12 noon - 1:30 PM PT, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM UK)
Dining on board your boat in a beautiful outdoor setting is one of the pleasures of the cruising life whether at anchor, at a dock or at sea on a passage. With 30 years of cruising experience including 9 ocean crossings, Sheryl Shard shares advice on doing inventory, meal planning and provisioning, shopping in foreign markets and safe storage of supplies on board. Recipes and sample menu plans will be provided to all attendees.
Cost: $50 US per person/ $175 US if you sign up for all 4 webinars
(Replays available for ones you miss.)
Registration required. Send us an email.
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Join us on the adventure - New Sail Away Weeks


This is the second year of cruising aboard our new Southerly 480, Distant Shores III. From Florida we'll jump to the Bahamas for island-hopping over the Christmas season and early January (Note: the areas of the Bahamas we'll be sailing in were unaffected by Hurricane Dorian). In 2020 we'll sail south to Panama, through the Panama Canal to begin new adventures sailing the South Pacific.
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Need a speaker for an upcoming event? Every year we travel Canada, the U.S. and Europe conducting dynamic seminars on many cruising topics to inform participants and draw attendees to your event(s). For more information, please send us an email. We look forward to meeting you and entertaining your group.

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