The Rev Bob Shepton
OCC Barton Cup - 2014
(s/v Dodo's Delight) - For his recent and challenging NW Passage and Greenland expeditions in a particularly difficult year for ice. Bob Shepton (‘the Rev’), only 79, has been a Royal Marines officer, a full time youth leader in the east end of London and Chaplain to two schools. He circumnavigated the world with school leavers via Antarctica and Cape Horn 1993-1995 on retirement, and has made 14 Atlantic crossings so far.
In recent years he has been leading his own Tilman type expeditions to Greenland and Arctic Canada, sailing and climbing from the boat. Recipient of the CCA Blue Water Medal, the RCC Tilman Medal (twice) and Goldsmith Medal for Exploration, the OCC Barton Cup (1996) and Vasey Vase (three times) and also the prestigious mountaineering award of the Piolet d’Or. He was recently voted the Yachtsman of the Year 2013, mainly for his double transit of the North West Passage in consecutive years in his Westerly 33 foot GRP Discus Dodo's Delight.
Bob has written a book ‘Addicted to Adventure’ (Adlard Coles), published in May of last year.