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Sailing South to the Bahamas and Caribbean

Are you dreaming about sailing south to the Bahamas and Caribbean but aren’t sure what the best routes for getting there are? In this, our most popular boat show seminar, we show you how to escape to these magical islands! Using beautiful video footage from the Distant Shores television series and YouTube Channel as well as still images, music and narration, we share experiences gained from over 30 years of cruising and discuss the best options. Will you head for warmer climes down the ICW, jump offshore or take the Thorny Path? Join in to find out what route makes sense for you and will keep your crew happy and safe. We also outline an achievable plan for a successful tropical cruise and highlight destinations not to be missed.

00:18 Cruising since 1989
01:17 Seminar Overview
02:47 ICW Route South Intracoastal Waterway
03:12 Great Loop Mississippi Ten-Tom route
03:51 How to cross the Gulf Stream
05:00 Abacos Bahamas
06:50 Do you need shallow draft?
07:31 Bahamian cruising areas
08:11 George Town, Exumas cruising base
09:20 Shallow water piloting in the Bahamas
10:25 Far out Bahamas Family Islands cruising
12:20 Offshore routes to the Caribbean
12:53 Offshore route to the Bahamas
13:24 Sailing Offshore Bahamas to the Caribbean direct
16:04 Thornless Path Bahamas to the Caribbean in steps
16:51 Weather strategy for cold fronts
18:27 British Virgin Islands
20:44 Grenadines and St Vincent charter sailing destination
22:24 Thanks for watching

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Paul and Sheryl Shard are award-winning travel documentary television producers and videographers and have been cruising internationally since 1989 documenting their global adventures for television, social media, in books and sailing publications. They have sailed over 110,000 nm including 9 ocean crossings and are the producers and presenters of the Distant Shores sailing adventure TV series which is broadcast to 47 million households in 24 languages around the world (AWE, Nautical Channel, ACCTV, ShineTV). Through their TV programs, YouTube videos, articles/blogs and popular cruising seminars, the Shards help anyone dreaming of setting sail to get out on the water and experience their own adventure safely and comfortably.

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Thank you for watching!

Sheryl and Paul



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