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CHARTER DESTInATIonS

Our Top 5
Caribbean Destinations

By Paul and Sheryl Shard
Aboard Distant Shores II

D

o you ever dream about traveling by boat on sparkling
tropical seas as winter sets in at home and the weather
turns colder and grayer?
We used to.
Then, almost 30 years ago, we decided to take a big step and
do our first bareboat charter in the Caribbean to escape the
snow and experience a mid-winter sailing adventure in Paradise.
(We were novice sailors then.) My husband, Paul, and I shared
a boat with friends on that trip, which made it pretty affordable,
and we discovered that winter sailing in the Caribbean didn't
have to be merely a dream after all. We got hooked.
Several more bareboat vacations ignited the desire to take
our own boat south, which eventually led to plans for a one-year
sailing sabbatical.
"Then we'll settle down," we said.
We set sail from Port Credit Yacht Club on Lake Ontario
aboard our Classic 37 cutter rigged sloop, "Two-Step", a boat we
had built ourselves from a bare hull and deck, and headed south
down the Erie Canal and Intracoastal Waterway for the Bahamas

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and Caribbean. That was in 1989. One year led to two, and then
three. Twenty-eight years later, we're still "out there".
"We never have been good at keeping to a schedule," we tell
people and wink.
That sailing sabbatical ultimately led us to a lifestyle of fulltime cruising. We are blessed that as photo-journalists and documentary television producers we have been able to earn our
living while traveling around the world living on our own sailboat. Our television series, Distant Shores, is now broadcast
worldwide on television in over 42 million households in 24 languages. It's in its 11th season with over 130 half-hour episodes
and more on the way. We know that not everyone can get away
to experience the sailing lifestyle full time as we do so we feel
honoured to share our adventures and experiences through our
work so that others may benefit.
Paul and I have now sailed over 100,000 nm, visited countries on 5 continents, have completed 7 ocean crossings as well
as many hundreds of miles of offshore passage-making on the
three boats we've owned. (We're currently having our 4th boat
built by Discovery Yachts Group in the UK, a new Southerly 480
which we helped design. It will be launched this spring and we
are heading for the South Pacific.) We've cruised the Med, the
Middle East, Northern Europe, the British Isles and have spent

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Canadian Yachting October 2017

Vantage Point: First Time Charter Vacation
Club Profile: Beaconsfield Yacht Club
Travel Destination: Cowichan Bay
Boatbuilder Profile: A Trip to Iconic Italian Yachtbuilder Riva and Lake Como
Charter Destination: Our Top 5 Caribbean Destinations
The Port Hole
Charter Destination: Antigua; A Beam Reach for Paradise
Sail Review: Elan GT5
Power Review: Jeanneau Leader 10.5
Crossing The Line: Boatonomics for 2018
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Canadian Yachting October 2017 - Vantage Point: First Time Charter Vacation
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Canadian Yachting October 2017 - Club Profile: Beaconsfield Yacht Club
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Canadian Yachting October 2017 - Travel Destination: Cowichan Bay
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Canadian Yachting October 2017 - Boatbuilder Profile: A Trip to Iconic Italian Yachtbuilder Riva and Lake Como
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Canadian Yachting October 2017 - Charter Destination: Our Top 5 Caribbean Destinations
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