Randy Cowley is an accomplished yachtsman, with over 350,000 miles at sea. His love for the sea is intrinsic and was inspired by a rich maritime heritage, of steamship captains from the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. Randy’s passion for sailing developed at a young age. He bought his first sailboat at the age of 10, and began sailing competitively and winning local regattas.
Throughout his youth, Randy lived his passion as a world-class, competitive sailboat racer; and, later combined it with his love for design, studying engineering at the New York Institute of Technology. His credentials earned him a partnership at the Peter A Schmitt Naval Architect Firm, in Port Washington, New York, which specialized in leading edge, highly technical custom construction - always looking toward making boats lighter and faster!
Randy designed spars and hydraulic systems for ocean racing sailboats, and campaigned them in worldwide regattas. He also competed and won major ocean racing championships: Admiral’s Cup U.S. TEAM, Fastnet, America’s Cup Trials, ROLEX BIG BOAT SERIES, SAN FRANCISCO, IOR 50 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS, ANTIGUA RACE WEEK, SORC, MEXORC, Trans Pac, Buenos Aires to Rio, PAN AM Clipper Cup, Kenwood Cup, NEWPORT RHODE ISLAND to Bermuda, Swiftsure ROCK.
In 1981, Randy co-founded Venwest Yachts, in Newport Beach, CA as a subsidiary of Ventura Yacht Sales, NY. Over the last 37 years, Randy and his team of sales professionals have built name brand recognition for some of the yachting’s finest Power Boats: West Bay SonShip, Marlow Explorer, Viking, Tiara, Pursuit, Slickcraft, Cabo, Back Cove and Duffield Electric.
Through the years, Randy has worked with many well-known Naval Architects, Designers and Builders of custom power and sailboats: Henri’ Wauquiez, Greg Marshall, Bruce Nelson, German Frères, on designs like the Kiwi 35’Winged Sailboat, and Ron Holland Designs, including Perini Navi.
Randy also has a proven track record of success with the sale of new, superbly constructed, semi production and custom motor yachts. From 1995-2008, Randy and his team sold and delivered more than 100+ Motoryachts, built by West Bay Shipyards, Makers of SonShip, in British Columbia, and Marlow Explorer, Xiamen, China.
In 2008, Randy founded RCYC, Randy Cowley Yacht Consultants, focusing on brokerage and large custom yacht builds. He has since emerged as one of the premier, brokerage firms, with key client relationships all over the world. We strive to make every interaction an enjoyable part of the boating experience. Randy is an extremely knowledgeable, client advocate, with integrity as a core value, who operates at a level of service that exceeds expectations.
Randy lives in the Pacific Northwest, with his wife and business partner, Maureen. He has sailed and cruised all over the world, but it is the unsurpassed beauty and protected waterways of the Pacific Northwest, and B.C. that he considers the best boater’s paradise!
Current and Past Affiliations: NMTA, CYBA, FYBA, ABYC, SNAME, NYBA, San Juan Island, San Diego and Manhasset Bay Yacht Clubs, Ocean Reef Club