Steve Brown in Novara, a Bestevaer 60 departed Camden, Maine in 2014 and sailed around the Americas via the Northwest Passage and Antarctica. Novara, is a 60-foot aluminium-hulled yacht built in Holland as a scientific research vessel. The expedition covered Alaska to Mexico in 2015, Mexico to Chile in 2016, Chile to the Falkland Islands in 2017, Falkland Islands to Grenada in 2018 and completion of the circumnavigation of the Americas at Camden, Maine in June 2019.
Steve Brown conducted a climbing expedition, completing the Shackleton Traverse, in South Georgia. On passage to the Falkland Islands, he endured the most challenging conditions with hurricane force headwinds that necessitated the use of a drogue and running SE away from his destination for 42 hours.
Steve Brown has displayed the highest standards of seamanship and determination, including scaling mountains in several countries and in Antarctica, whilst completing this 32,000 mile circumnavigation of the Americas.
The Tilman Medal is awarded to Steve Brown.