Renowned seaman to share his adventures

The first man to sail solo around the world in both directions is to host a talk in Gateshead to raise money for a youth development charity.

David Scott Cowper will share stories of his adventures in a fundraising event in aid of Tyneside-based charity Ocean Youth Trust North.

70-year-old David has successfully circumnavigated the world seven times and is regarded as the greatest living single handed navigator by many in the yachting world.

In 1990, he became the first man to sail solo around the world via the Northwest Passage, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

The journey took him four years and two months.

He will deliver an illustrated talk at HMS Calliope, on South Shore Road at 7pm on April 18.

"David Scott Cowper's story is an inspirational example as to what can be achieved when you dedicate yourself to a goal and work tirelessly to make it happen.

"We are extremely grateful that David is supporting our work teaching life skills to young people through adventure under sail and we'd urge anyone with a spirit of adventure to come and hear him speak."

– Steve Lennon, general manager of OYT North