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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

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