TV's 'Distant Shores' ready for boat show season

Sheryl and Paul Shard aboard their Southerly 49 sailboat, Distant Shores II, in the Tobago Cays.
Sheryl Shard
It's Boat Show Season in North America and if you are anywhere close enough you can meet with the 'Distant Shores' crew. Sheryl Shard says: This is one of our favourite times of the year. You can check out the latest developments in boating gear, clothing and equipment; look at new boats, attend seminars, plan new adventures and dream... If there's snow, forget all about it at a boat show!

Here's the boat shows Paul and I will be making appearances at and the times and topics of the cruising seminars we'll be conducting over the next couple of weeks. Then it's back to the Caribbean on February 2nd for more sailing in the tropics this winter!

Toronto International Boat Show - January 18 and 19, 2014
Presentation: Outfitting and Provisioning for Cruising
Saturday January 18 at 1 PM in the Presentation Theatre
Sunday January 19 at 11 AM in the Presentation Theatre
More Information and Directions

Strictly Sail Chicago Boat Show - January 23-26, 2014
We've been asked to do an additional seminar so will now be speaking on Thursday January 23rd as well.
Presentation: Earning while Cruising
Thursday January 23 at 2:15 PM
Friday January 24 at 3:30 PM
Presentation: Outfitting and Provisioning for Cruising
Saturday January 25 at 3:30 PM
Sunday January 26 at 2:15 PM
More information and Directions

World Cruising Club USA Ocean Sailing Forum – January 26, 2014
Columbia Yacht Club (near Navy Pier and Strictly Sail Chicago)
111 North Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Panel Discussion: 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM
Topics for discussion will include the preparation required for ocean sailing, from selecting equipment to sailing with children, offshore communications to sail plans. There will be a special emphasis on the requirements for the Caribbean 1500, and ample opportunity for Q&A. More information here. Only $15 per person including coffee and a free ticket to Strictly Sail Chicago!

Tech Blog – Getting Out There!
Last week Paul and I participated in our First Google Hangout, a free webinar entitled 'A Night with the Experts', where Paul and I joined Sail Magazine Contributing Editor, Wally Moran, plus special guests, authors Lin and Larry Pardy, Liza Copeland, Pamela Bendall and Tania Aebi for 90 minutes of answering questions about cruising. It's still online hereif you missed it and would like to check it out. One message that seemed to come through from all the panelists is that if you're dreaming of going cruising, set a date and, ready-or-not, Go! Here are our thoughts on this...Read more.

We hope to meet you at one of the boat shows, or better yet, on the water sometime soon!

Paul and Sheryl Shard are award-winning filmmakers, sailing authors, and the fun-loving hosts of the Distant Shores sailing adventure TV series. They have been sailing internationally for 24 years and have documented their global adventures sailing to over 60 countries and colonies on five continents to share information and inspire others to follow their dreams.

Distant Shores website