Sailing Television Adventure - About the Distant Shores Crew

Escape to dream locations with Paul and Sheryl on a very special journey aboard the sailing yacht Distant Shores IV.

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Can't stay away from the water? Adore boats, boat shows, boating blogs and sailing videos? Anything that will quench your thirst for information about getting out sailing? Maybe you own a boat but need some inspiration (or need to inspire your partner) to do more and see more with your boat? Then the Distant Shores community is the place for you!

We're Paul and Sheryl Shard, a Canadian couple who set sail from Lake Ontario with a dream of sailing south when we were in our early 30's. We have sailed and lived aboard since 1989. We've learned a lot sailing to "distant shores" on 5 continents over 30 years of international cruising, putting 110,000 miles under the keel and doing 9 ocean crossings during that time.

We share that experience with others through our magazine articles, boat show seminars and our internationally syndicated television documentaries about our global sailing adventures. (We're independent TV producers and have won two Worldfest Film and Video Awards for Best Watersport Documentary.)

The Distant Shores sailing adventure TV series is our passion and our livelihood. The series is in it's 13th season and has helped inspire thousands of people discover the joys of the sailing lifestyle and can do the same for you.
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 are big fans of yours and got through the winter by cruising the Med with you after a friend loaned us their DVD set. Many a night we brought dinner upstair, plopped in front of the TV and went "Sharding". We have learned a great deal about geography, cultures and sailing, and hope to follow in your path some day...
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Episodes of Distant Shores have been broadcast in 24 languages around the world and the series is currently airing daily on Nautical Channel and AWE TV in the USA, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Australia as well as online on Vimeo on Demand. By downloading, you can watch them anytime you like on your TV or devices in HD especially good when you need to forget the world for a while and sail off into the sunset! Each program follows one of our voyages and features a different sailing destination plus includes lots of tips and hints for sailing or chartering there.
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Here is a compete episode of Distant Shores as we explore the Exuma Island group of the Bahamas.
If you're new to the lifestyle or an experienced sailor looking for new challenges, you'll also enjoy our in-depth website that has sailing information for beginners to those more advanced, cruising destination profiles to help you plan your next adventure, newsletters about latest voyages and a popular Tech Blog (voted Best Boat Blog by to explain technical systems on a boat. We also review the latest boating equipment as well as helpful apps for sailors.
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Want to quit dreaming and get out there?! Then we hope you'll join the Distant Shores community for support, information and inspiration by exploring the Distant Shores website, asking questions and joining in the conversation by following Distant Shores TV on Facebook and Twitter, signing up for our newsletter, saying hello at our boat show appearances (or better yet in some tropical anchorage somewhere) and watching episodes of Distant Shores to help you plan your own voyages.

Welcome aboard!

About Paul and Sheryl Shard

Paul and Sheryl Shard are award-winning filmmakers, sailing authors, instructors/consultants and the fun-loving hosts of the Distant Shores sailing adventure TV series. They have been sailing internationally for over 30 years and through their writing and television programs share information to help others plan safe and comfortable long-distance cruises aboard their own boats. More Info - Formal Bio
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.
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