Bob Shepton: Yachtsman of the Year

Today the Yachting Journalists’ Association announce their Yachtsman of the Year in a ceremony at Trinity House. Past winners have included Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, Ellen MacArthur and Ben Ainslie (all three of them having won on more than one occasion), Ted Heath, our authors Les Powles and Dee Caffari, as well as Adlard Coles himself.

This year we are very pleased that one of our forthcoming authors, Bob Shepton, is nominated. Bob is nominated for being the first skipper to sail through the North West Passage in both directions in successive years at the age of 78, but that’s just one particularly notable adventure in a lifetime of sailing and mountaineering (and, most excitingly, combining the two – climbing Arctic mountains only accessible by boat).

He has led schoolchildren on voyages around the world, sailed through iceberg-strewn waters and was also once stranded in Greenland when his ice-bound yacht was destroyed by fire.

Oh, and Bob is also a vicar.


His new memoir, ADDICTED TO ADVENTURE: Between Rocks and Cold Places, tells of all his most hair-raising escapades, but also reveals more about his childhood. Bob grew up on a rubber plantation in Malaysia, and after his father was shot by the Japanese during the Second World War, he returned to boarding school in England, before going on to join the Royal Marines, and then the Church.

It is published on 8th May this year at an RRP of £12.99, but you can currently pre-order it at a 30% discount (£9.09) direct from our website:

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