40 YEARS OF ADVENTURE AND ACCOLADES
1976 Observer Single-handed Transatlantic Race (OSTAR), 30ft Airedale. 1979-80 Fastest solo sail round the world via the capes on Ocean Bound (41ft), beating Sir Francis Chichester’s time. Cowper was awarded the Chichester Silver Trophy by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh. 1981-82 Solo round the world against the prevailing winds and round all five capes on Ocean Bound. Named in The Guinness Book of Records as the fastest person to sail single-handed round the world in both directions, and the first to have circumnavigated both ways round Cape Horn. Awarded the Seamanship Medal by the Royal Cruising Club 1984-85 First to circumnavigate solo in a motor boat, Mabel E. Holland. 1986-90 First to circumnavigate solo via the North West Passage. Invited to a reception at No 10 Downing Street in recognition of his achievement, presented to Princess Diana aboard the Mabel E. Holland and made Yachtsman of the Year in 1991.
2001-04 Fifth solo circumnavigation to the Antarctic and back through the North West Passage in the High Arctic, west to east, on Polar Bound.
2009-11 Sixth solo circumnavigation, transiting the North West Passage for the fourth time. 2012 First to transit the entire North West Passage via the Mcclure Strait, on Polar Bound with Jane Maufe.
2013 Another transit of the North West Passage, on Polar Bound with Maufe. Awarded the Blue Water Medal by the Cruising Club of America, and the Tilman Medal (for high latitude sailing) by the Royal Cruising Club. Jane Maufre’s book
The Frozen Frontier: Polar Bound through the Northwest Passage, gives a first person account of their 2012 voyage through the Mcclure Strait