If you are planning a trip south down the coast of the USA to Florida the Bahamas or the Caribbean this is for you! We voyage from Lake Ontario down the Erie Canal to New York City, then hop down the ICW bound for Florida. Along the way we meet the Caribbean 1500 Rally and talk to them about their plans for the direct Caribbean Route from Norfolk. We stay on the ICW to Beaufort, then jump to Charleston and Florida before crossing the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas. Then we jump offshore to Antigua and enjoy Caribbean cruising for a few months before returning to Eleuthera and the Abacos in the Bahamas in spring. Includes adventure in the Chesapeake Bay as well as a special episode called “Secret Places” with some hints for travellers to get the best from their trips!
Includes information on planning your own voyage on the Intracoastal Waterway and the Erie Canal. Saba, Montserrat, Barbuda and the Saintes as well as the lovely St Martin, Antigua and St Barts in the Caribbean Leeward Islands are covered in the shows as well as the Chesapeake Bay, Abacos and Eleuthera.
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The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway is a 1,095 mile inland waterway running from Norfolk VA to Miami FL down the eastern coast of the USA. The Shards head south on this route making a side trip to the Outer Banks, haunt of Blackbeard the Pirate.
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The Shards continue south down the Intracoastal Waterway and eastern seaboard of the United States from Beaufort NC visiting historic ports and picturesque villages along the way. From Florida they sail offshore to the Caribbean making landfall in Antigua where they join in traditional island celebrations for Christmas and sail to small ports around the island.
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Just north of Antigua is the remote island of Barbuda where Paul and Sheryl visit a frigate bird sanctuary before sailing to St. Martin/St. Maarten, an unique island divided between France and the Netherlands, each with a distinctive culture and cuisine.
- Montserrat - Distant Shores 6-6 24 mins
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Montserrat and Guadeloupe have both suffered evacuations due to erupting volcanoes in the last few years. Paul and Sheryl visit these islands to investigate the events and how the people have turned tragedy into treasure for themselves and visitors.
- The Saintes - Distant Shores 6-7 24 mins
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Just south of Guadeloupe is a small group of islands known as “The Saints”. Paul and Sheryl discover a little bit of French heaven in the Caribbean as they explore these quaint islets which have become a haven for artists, divers, ex-pats and sailors. Then it's on to explore St Barts!
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A spring journey north through the lovely Bahamas! We sail first to Mayaguana, then Ragged and the Jumentos Cays before heading to the Exumas. We sail the stunning blue shallow Exuma Islands of the Bahamas, and crossing the shallow banks toward Eleuthera.
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The island group of Eleuthera has maintained its quiet charm and the independent spirit of the Eleuthera Adventurers who settled here in the 1600's after leaving Bermuda. This is the Bahamas “as it used to be” with pink sand beaches, pristine reefs and the best fishing fleet.
The Shards continue on to visit the most northern island group of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas where they light the historic light-house, get caught in a tropical downpour, learn about traditional boatbuilding and sample beach-life in the Abacos!
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At sea and in many of the worldwide ports Distant Shores sails to, Paul and Sheryl are in the company of luxurious cruise ships. In this episode they compare life aboard a recreational sailboat and “Explorer of the Seas” sailing to Bermuda.
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As hurricane season approaches, Paul and Sheryl leave the tropics and sail north to the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States, where they learn about the life of the watermen, help the environment by assisting a community regenerate an oyster reef, and explore numerous creeks where significant historic towns and cities are celebrating summer.
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Few sailors reach the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay due to the shallow water but with the Shards are able to visit unique and isolated communities on this remote coast. At St Michaels they learn about traditional boatbuilding and on tiny Tangier Island in the middle of the Bay they see how the watermen have worked the Bay for generations.