Distant Shores TV

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patrons
Thanks for visiting our Patreon Page!

Patreon is the platform we've chosen for the Distant Shores Cruising Club, the membership site for fans and followers of the Distant Shores sailing adventure TV series and Distant Shores YouTube Channel plus anyone dreaming of sailing off into the sunset aboard their own boat someday.

If you’re looking for inspiration, information or ways to build your sailing skills while in the planning stages of your own future adventures, you’ve come to the right place!

Let's Get Together!
We’re Paul and Sheryl Shard, hosts of Distant Shores and we have been cruising and living aboard for 30 years. Yes, that's three decades! Time flies when you're having fun. We first set sail from Toronto, Canada, in September 1989 on a 2-year sabbatical and are still cruising...Over that time, we’ve sailed 110,000 miles including 9 ocean crossings aboard the four different sailboats we’ve built, or had built, and have visited countries in the Caribbean and Bahamas, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East as well as North and South America.

We have a wealth of knowledge we want to share with you about living on and traveling the world aboard a sailboat so that we can help you to confidently live your dreams of sailing away to distant shores too.

How We Fund Our Voyages and Video Productions
Until now, we have been earning our living to fund our voyages and video production costs through public speaking, conducting cruising seminars, consulting, product sponsorship and by documenting our adventures in books, magazine articles and in the award-winning sailing travel shows we produced for television. (We’re the proud two-time winners of the Worldfest Film and Video Production Award for Best Sailing and Watersport Documentary.) 

Since not everyone could get the television channels our shows were broadcast on, we initially started supplementing our income by selling the shows on VHS tapes (yep, we go way back!), then DVDs and HD downloads so that enthusiastic sailors could see the programs and use them for research or just to escape the work-a-day blues. This was in the days before YouTube even existed!

(BTW all 130 half-hour episodes of the Distant Shores sailing adventure TV series are available in the Distant Shores online store at distantshores.ca or you can get them as free gifts when you join the Distant Shores Cruising Club as an Intermediate Member, Senior Member or VIP Member. (See the list of benefits for each Tier of membership.) 

YouTube for Everyone
Now with the Distant Shores YouTube Channel, we can reach everyone with internet access and create videos covering in-depth topics about the cruising lifestyle in beautiful locations with need-to-know information specifically for sailors. Since our broadcast television shows had to entertain a mass audience, mostly non-sailors, the focus had to be on travel.

We want to make more sailing-specific YouTube videos for our enthusiastic followers and directed at the sailing community that we love and are a part of, especially so that we can take you along on our upcoming voyage to islands of the South Pacific this winter.

But in order for us to produce more videos for YouTube, we need to reduce the time we currently have to spend on other projects. So here's our idea:

Join the Club
This is where joining the Distant Shores Cruising Club on Patreon can really help us. In turn, we will have the opportunity to help you more and be able to connect with you more directly than ever before. We'll do this through...
  • advanced access to our latest YouTube videos
  • bonus videos such as behind-the-scenes, extended scenes and outtakes
  • meetups and club member-only special events
  • polls so you can help plan Distant Shores content and influence our cruising destinations
  • personalized video messages and postcards
  • Live Chats and Q&A’s
  • club member-only tutorials
  • Welcome Aboard Parties on Distant Shores III
  • one-on-one consultation for those planning their own voyages
  • sailing opportunities
And, yes, there will be Distant Shores Cruising Club swag for all our members. Coming soon!

Will you join us and help with upcoming voyages?

We thank you for considering.

But rest assured, if membership is not for you, we will continue to offer all our regular YouTube videos FREE to everyone on the Distant Shores YouTube Channel. Your comments and sharing help us a lot.

However, if you would like to get more involved, get to know us better and receive the perks and benefits of joining our club, we'd be delighted! We invite you to check out the Distant Shores Cruising Club membership information.

A few notes:
  • Pledges are per video however you can set a maximum monthly dollar amount in case we go on a video uploading spree :-)
  • We'll do our best to upload 2 videos per month until, with your support, we'll be able to let go of some of our other commitments and be in a position to upload 4 videos per month. That's one of our goals!
  • Thanks again for taking the time to look this over and for considering club membership.

See you on the water!

Sheryl and Paul
S/V Distant Shores III
Tiers
Supporting Member
$2 or more per creation

As a Supporting Member you have been enjoying our videos and just want to show your support so we can produce more of them. For this we truly thank you! To show you our appreciation and welcome you to the club, we also want to offer you:

  

  • access to the Patreon Feed to see members-only posts, bonus content and where we give first priority to our club members when responding to comments and questions.
     
  • Advanced Viewing of our YouTube videos, usually 5-7 days before uploading for public viewing.


  • Invitations to Meetups.



  • Membership Pin shipped to you (after supporting 4 consecutive videos). Coming soon!

 

  • Monthly Desktop Background - breathtakingly beautiful images of exotic sailing destinations sent to you for inspiration.
     
Social Member
$5 or more per creation

Welcome aboard and sincere thanks! We suspect you've been a longtime supporter and maybe own some of our videos on DVD (or, gasp, even VHS tape!). If so, thanks for being there for us then and now! Or maybe you've been watching Distant Shores episodes on television and are now enjoying our updates on YouTube. You want to be more involved and connected. We want to hear more about your plans and bet you have good ideas for future videos and blogs. We are looking forward to meeting you in person at meetups and showing your around our new boat.  


As a Social Member you will receive:


  • the same benefits as a supporting member - access to the Patreon Feed, Advanced Viewing of our latest YouTube videos, invitations to Meetups, Advanced Notice of Sail Away Weeks and monthly Desktop Background plus...


  • Membership Pin that will be shipped to you when you sign up, to be worn for access to club events and sometimes to receive special gifts when you attend those events.


  • 5% discount on club regalia (a.k.a "swag" such as crew shirts, hats, etc.). Coming soon!
     
  • Invitation to a Welcome Aboard Tour of Distant Shores III, our Southerly 480 sailboat. 
Intermediate Member
$10 or more per creation

Big thanks and huge hugs for joining the Distant Shores Cruising Club as an Intermediate Member! We are touched by your belief in us and look forward to having you more involved. You have probably been following our voyages and watching our videos for some time and know us well. We want to get to know you better and hear your opinions on future voyages and content. 


As an Intermediate Member you will receive:


  • the same benefits as Supporting Members and Social Members - access to the Patreon Feed, Advanced Viewing of our YouTube videos, invitations to Meetups, Advanced Notice of Sail Away Weeks, monthly Desktop Background and a Welcome aboard Tour plus...


  • Membership Pin shipped to you upon signing up. To be worn to gain access to club meetups and live events and to receive special gifts at some events.


  • 10% discount on club regalia (a.k.a "swag" such as crew shirts, hats, etc.). Coming soon!
     
  • Invitations to scheduled Sundowners on Distant Shores III, our Southerly 480 sailboat.
     
  • Code for FREE HD download of our latest season of Distant Shores sailing adventure TV series (13 half-hour episodes) or the season of your choice on Vimeo on Demand to complete your collection.


  • BONUS: The first 50 people to sign up as Intermediate Members get a code for HD downloads for all 10 seasons of the Distant Shores TV!
     
  • A Personal Thank You Video.


  • Monthly Q&A's answering the questions you submit in advance.
Senior Member
$25 or more per creation

We are extremely touched by your generosity. Thank you SO much for showing this level of support for us! In return, we want to connect with you regularly to help you prepare for you own voyage (if that's your dream) to make sure you have the resources you need to help you build your skills so that you feel confident, and your crew feels safe, when you set sail for a grand adventure together. We're limiting this Tier to 50 members so that we can connect regularly and give you lots of encouragement and helpful resources.


As a Senior Member you will receive: 


  • all the benefits received by Supporting Members, Social Members and Intermediate Members - Patreon Feed, Advanced Viewing, Desktop Backgrounds, Meetups, Welcome Aboard Tours, Advanced Notice of Sail Away Weeks, a Membership Pin, Sundowners on Distant Shores III, Personal Thank You Video, Q&A's plus...
     
  • Opportunities for Daysails aboard Distant Shores III, our Southerly 480 sailboat.


  • Live Chats monthly on cruising topics.


  • Code for FREE HD download of the Distant Shores sailing adventure TV series Super-Pack (130 half-hour episodes) after supporting 4 consecutive YouTube videos. 


  • BONUS: The first 20 people to sign up as Senior Members and support a minimum of 4 YouTube videos also receive the Distant Shores SUPER-PACK DVD GIFT SET to give as a gift to your mother (or someone else worried about your plans) to help her/them understand that traveling the world on a sailboat is not such a crazy idea :-)


  • 15% discount on club regalia (a.k.a. "swag" such as crew shirts, hats, etc.) Coming soon!


  • Monthly update video sent to you via email from our new favourite destination.


  • Postcards sent to you from time to time via snail mail from exotic destinations.
     
VIP Member
$250 or more per creation

What can we say? You are amazing! We are honoured that you would consider such a high level of support so will provide you with a high level of access plus an abundance of benefits. We developed this Tier for all of you who have written to us requesting consultation or have been asking us about private coaching calls. Due to the time commitment and level of attention we will be giving you as a VIP Member, we are limiting this Tier to 5 VIP Members.

(Don't worry if this Tier is sold out. Spaces will become available once initial members get their questions satisfactorily answered, are ready to happily sail away and/or want to change the level of their membership to make a space available for someone else.) 


As a VIP Member you will receive:

  • all the benefits received by Supporting Members, Social Members, Intermediate Members and Senior Members - Patreon Feed, Advanced Viewing, Desktop Backgrounds, Meetups, Advanced Notice of Sail Away Weeks, Welcome Aboard Tours, Opportunities for Daysails, Advanced Notice of Sail Away Weeks, a Membership Pin, 15% discount on club regalia, Sundowners on Distant Shores III, a Personal Thank You Video, Q&A's, Live Chats and Webinars, HD download of Distant Shores Super-Pack (130 half-hour episodes), Monthly Update Video, Postcards plus...


  • A Monthly One-on-One Phone Consultation with us via Skype or FaceTime to get advice about preparing for long distance cruising, receive direct answers to your questions, or, heck, just to say "hi" or "Happy Birthday!" to you or someone in the family. Whatever you want. It's your call.


  • Distant Shores DVD Super-Pack Gift Set (130 half-hour episodes) to give to someone you love to help them understand how enriching and fun the cruising lifestyle can be. (This is in addition to the HD downloads of the same episodes that you might want to keep for yourself.)


  • Dinner on board Distant Shores III with us as your hosts.


  • For each video you support, you will receive a $250 credit towards a scheduled Sail Away Week, if joining us aboard Distant Shores III to sail on a leg of our Around the World voyage is something that interests you. (Not exchangeable for cash.) New schedule and rates to be posted soon at https://distantshores.ca/sail-away/sail-away-schedule/
Goals
36 of 50 patrons
Documenting the beauty of the world from the deck of a sailboat is hard on camera and audio equipment. The salt air and spray from the sea really takes its toll. When we reach 50 pledges we will start upgrading damaged equipment so we can continue to bring you informative sailing adventure videos with the high production value you have come to expect from us. Thanks in advance!
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Thanks for visiting our Patreon Page!

Patreon is the platform we've chosen for the Distant Shores Cruising Club, the membership site for fans and followers of the Distant Shores sailing adventure TV series and Distant Shores YouTube Channel plus anyone dreaming of sailing off into the sunset aboard their own boat someday.

If you’re looking for inspiration, information or ways to build your sailing skills while in the planning stages of your own future adventures, you’ve come to the right place!

Let's Get Together!
We’re Paul and Sheryl Shard, hosts of Distant Shores and we have been cruising and living aboard for 30 years. Yes, that's three decades! Time flies when you're having fun. We first set sail from Toronto, Canada, in September 1989 on a 2-year sabbatical and are still cruising...Over that time, we’ve sailed 110,000 miles including 9 ocean crossings aboard the four different sailboats we’ve built, or had built, and have visited countries in the Caribbean and Bahamas, Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle East as well as North and South America.

We have a wealth of knowledge we want to share with you about living on and traveling the world aboard a sailboat so that we can help you to confidently live your dreams of sailing away to distant shores too.

How We Fund Our Voyages and Video Productions
Until now, we have been earning our living to fund our voyages and video production costs through public speaking, conducting cruising seminars, consulting, product sponsorship and by documenting our adventures in books, magazine articles and in the award-winning sailing travel shows we produced for television. (We’re the proud two-time winners of the Worldfest Film and Video Production Award for Best Sailing and Watersport Documentary.) 

Since not everyone could get the television channels our shows were broadcast on, we initially started supplementing our income by selling the shows on VHS tapes (yep, we go way back!), then DVDs and HD downloads so that enthusiastic sailors could see the programs and use them for research or just to escape the work-a-day blues. This was in the days before YouTube even existed!

(BTW all 130 half-hour episodes of the Distant Shores sailing adventure TV series are available in the Distant Shores online store at distantshores.ca or you can get them as free gifts when you join the Distant Shores Cruising Club as an Intermediate Member, Senior Member or VIP Member. (See the list of benefits for each Tier of membership.) 

YouTube for Everyone
Now with the Distant Shores YouTube Channel, we can reach everyone with internet access and create videos covering in-depth topics about the cruising lifestyle in beautiful locations with need-to-know information specifically for sailors. Since our broadcast television shows had to entertain a mass audience, mostly non-sailors, the focus had to be on travel.

We want to make more sailing-specific YouTube videos for our enthusiastic followers and directed at the sailing community that we love and are a part of, especially so that we can take you along on our upcoming voyage to islands of the South Pacific this winter.

But in order for us to produce more videos for YouTube, we need to reduce the time we currently have to spend on other projects. So here's our idea:

Join the Club
This is where joining the Distant Shores Cruising Club on Patreon can really help us. In turn, we will have the opportunity to help you more and be able to connect with you more directly than ever before. We'll do this through...
  • advanced access to our latest YouTube videos
  • bonus videos such as behind-the-scenes, extended scenes and outtakes
  • meetups and club member-only special events
  • polls so you can help plan Distant Shores content and influence our cruising destinations
  • personalized video messages and postcards
  • Live Chats and Q&A’s
  • club member-only tutorials
  • Welcome Aboard Parties on Distant Shores III
  • one-on-one consultation for those planning their own voyages
  • sailing opportunities
And, yes, there will be Distant Shores Cruising Club swag for all our members. Coming soon!

Will you join us and help with upcoming voyages?

We thank you for considering.

But rest assured, if membership is not for you, we will continue to offer all our regular YouTube videos FREE to everyone on the Distant Shores YouTube Channel. Your comments and sharing help us a lot.

However, if you would like to get more involved, get to know us better and receive the perks and benefits of joining our club, we'd be delighted! We invite you to check out the Distant Shores Cruising Club membership information.

A few notes:
  • Pledges are per video however you can set a maximum monthly dollar amount in case we go on a video uploading spree :-)
  • We'll do our best to upload 2 videos per month until, with your support, we'll be able to let go of some of our other commitments and be in a position to upload 4 videos per month. That's one of our goals!
  • Thanks again for taking the time to look this over and for considering club membership.

See you on the water!

Sheryl and Paul
S/V Distant Shores III

Recent posts by Distant Shores TV

Tiers
Supporting Member
$2 or more per creation

As a Supporting Member you have been enjoying our videos and just want to show your support so we can produce more of them. For this we truly thank you! To show you our appreciation and welcome you to the club, we also want to offer you:

  

  • access to the Patreon Feed to see members-only posts, bonus content and where we give first priority to our club members when responding to comments and questions.
     
  • Advanced Viewing of our YouTube videos, usually 5-7 days before uploading for public viewing.


  • Invitations to Meetups.



  • Membership Pin shipped to you (after supporting 4 consecutive videos). Coming soon!

 

  • Monthly Desktop Background - breathtakingly beautiful images of exotic sailing destinations sent to you for inspiration.
     
Social Member
$5 or more per creation

Welcome aboard and sincere thanks! We suspect you've been a longtime supporter and maybe own some of our videos on DVD (or, gasp, even VHS tape!). If so, thanks for being there for us then and now! Or maybe you've been watching Distant Shores episodes on television and are now enjoying our updates on YouTube. You want to be more involved and connected. We want to hear more about your plans and bet you have good ideas for future videos and blogs. We are looking forward to meeting you in person at meetups and showing your around our new boat.  


As a Social Member you will receive:


  • the same benefits as a supporting member - access to the Patreon Feed, Advanced Viewing of our latest YouTube videos, invitations to Meetups, Advanced Notice of Sail Away Weeks and monthly Desktop Background plus...


  • Membership Pin that will be shipped to you when you sign up, to be worn for access to club events and sometimes to receive special gifts when you attend those events.


  • 5% discount on club regalia (a.k.a "swag" such as crew shirts, hats, etc.). Coming soon!
     
  • Invitation to a Welcome Aboard Tour of Distant Shores III, our Southerly 480 sailboat. 
Intermediate Member
$10 or more per creation

Big thanks and huge hugs for joining the Distant Shores Cruising Club as an Intermediate Member! We are touched by your belief in us and look forward to having you more involved. You have probably been following our voyages and watching our videos for some time and know us well. We want to get to know you better and hear your opinions on future voyages and content. 


As an Intermediate Member you will receive:


  • the same benefits as Supporting Members and Social Members - access to the Patreon Feed, Advanced Viewing of our YouTube videos, invitations to Meetups, Advanced Notice of Sail Away Weeks, monthly Desktop Background and a Welcome aboard Tour plus...


  • Membership Pin shipped to you upon signing up. To be worn to gain access to club meetups and live events and to receive special gifts at some events.


  • 10% discount on club regalia (a.k.a "swag" such as crew shirts, hats, etc.). Coming soon!
     
  • Invitations to scheduled Sundowners on Distant Shores III, our Southerly 480 sailboat.
     
  • Code for FREE HD download of our latest season of Distant Shores sailing adventure TV series (13 half-hour episodes) or the season of your choice on Vimeo on Demand to complete your collection.


  • BONUS: The first 50 people to sign up as Intermediate Members get a code for HD downloads for all 10 seasons of the Distant Shores TV!
     
  • A Personal Thank You Video.


  • Monthly Q&A's answering the questions you submit in advance.
Senior Member
$25 or more per creation

We are extremely touched by your generosity. Thank you SO much for showing this level of support for us! In return, we want to connect with you regularly to help you prepare for you own voyage (if that's your dream) to make sure you have the resources you need to help you build your skills so that you feel confident, and your crew feels safe, when you set sail for a grand adventure together. We're limiting this Tier to 50 members so that we can connect regularly and give you lots of encouragement and helpful resources.


As a Senior Member you will receive: 


  • all the benefits received by Supporting Members, Social Members and Intermediate Members - Patreon Feed, Advanced Viewing, Desktop Backgrounds, Meetups, Welcome Aboard Tours, Advanced Notice of Sail Away Weeks, a Membership Pin, Sundowners on Distant Shores III, Personal Thank You Video, Q&A's plus...
     
  • Opportunities for Daysails aboard Distant Shores III, our Southerly 480 sailboat.


  • Live Chats monthly on cruising topics.


  • Code for FREE HD download of the Distant Shores sailing adventure TV series Super-Pack (130 half-hour episodes) after supporting 4 consecutive YouTube videos. 


  • BONUS: The first 20 people to sign up as Senior Members and support a minimum of 4 YouTube videos also receive the Distant Shores SUPER-PACK DVD GIFT SET to give as a gift to your mother (or someone else worried about your plans) to help her/them understand that traveling the world on a sailboat is not such a crazy idea :-)


  • 15% discount on club regalia (a.k.a. "swag" such as crew shirts, hats, etc.) Coming soon!


  • Monthly update video sent to you via email from our new favourite destination.


  • Postcards sent to you from time to time via snail mail from exotic destinations.
     
VIP Member
$250 or more per creation

What can we say? You are amazing! We are honoured that you would consider such a high level of support so will provide you with a high level of access plus an abundance of benefits. We developed this Tier for all of you who have written to us requesting consultation or have been asking us about private coaching calls. Due to the time commitment and level of attention we will be giving you as a VIP Member, we are limiting this Tier to 5 VIP Members.

(Don't worry if this Tier is sold out. Spaces will become available once initial members get their questions satisfactorily answered, are ready to happily sail away and/or want to change the level of their membership to make a space available for someone else.) 


As a VIP Member you will receive:

  • all the benefits received by Supporting Members, Social Members, Intermediate Members and Senior Members - Patreon Feed, Advanced Viewing, Desktop Backgrounds, Meetups, Advanced Notice of Sail Away Weeks, Welcome Aboard Tours, Opportunities for Daysails, Advanced Notice of Sail Away Weeks, a Membership Pin, 15% discount on club regalia, Sundowners on Distant Shores III, a Personal Thank You Video, Q&A's, Live Chats and Webinars, HD download of Distant Shores Super-Pack (130 half-hour episodes), Monthly Update Video, Postcards plus...


  • A Monthly One-on-One Phone Consultation with us via Skype or FaceTime to get advice about preparing for long distance cruising, receive direct answers to your questions, or, heck, just to say "hi" or "Happy Birthday!" to you or someone in the family. Whatever you want. It's your call.


  • Distant Shores DVD Super-Pack Gift Set (130 half-hour episodes) to give to someone you love to help them understand how enriching and fun the cruising lifestyle can be. (This is in addition to the HD downloads of the same episodes that you might want to keep for yourself.)


  • Dinner on board Distant Shores III with us as your hosts.


  • For each video you support, you will receive a $250 credit towards a scheduled Sail Away Week, if joining us aboard Distant Shores III to sail on a leg of our Around the World voyage is something that interests you. (Not exchangeable for cash.) New schedule and rates to be posted soon at https://distantshores.ca/sail-away/sail-away-schedule/