Teen sets record for sailing around the world

Solo feat

Mike Perham became the youngest person to sail solo around the world with assistance on Wednesday. AFP

Mike Perham from Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, crossed the finishing line between Lizard Point and Ushant, France, in the 50 ft racing yacht called Totallymoney.com just before 10.00 am, his team said.

He set sail on November 15,  2008 and battled 50 ft waves, gale-force winds and numerous technical difficulties during the 30,000-mile challenge, while posting regular updates on his blog. His father, Peter, said: “I am delighted and I know Mike is very, very excited.” His official time for crossing the finishing line was 9.47 am and 30 seconds.

His voyage took him to Portugal, the Canary Islands, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. He went via the Panama canal after he missed the weather window to sail around Cape Horn at the southern tip of South America.

Perham set off from Portsmouth, Hampshire, at the age of 16 and celebrated his 17th birthday in the southern Indian Ocean on March 16.

To be classed as a world record, the solo circumnavigation has to cross the equator and every line of longitude.

The previous youngest person to complete a similar voyage was the American Zac Sunderland, who was two months older than Perham when he completed his voyage last month. It is not be the first world record set by Mike Perham. In January 2007 he became the youngest person to sail solo across the Atlantic at the age of 14.

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