Michael Perham sails into the record books
TEENAGE sailing sensation Michael Perham has today (Thursday) sailed into the record books. The 17-year-old Potters Bar boy has notched up his SECOND Guinness World Record by becoming the youngest person to sail solo around the world. After battling aga
TEENAGE sailing sensation Michael Perham has today (Thursday) sailed into the record books.
The 17-year-old Potters Bar boy has notched up his SECOND Guinness World Record by becoming the youngest person to sail solo around the world.
After battling against 50ft waves, howling gales and a near capsize, he has crossed the 'line' - between Lizard Point in Cornwall and France - marking the start and finish point of his 30,000-mile odyssey.
Michael, of Oakroyd Avenue, said in his online blog yesterday (Wednesday): "I feel like I just want it to keep going so I can have many more adventures.
"But more than anything I feel incredibly excited about crossing the finish line off the Lizard and seeing my family again."
He added: "I'm very much excited about sailing up the channel for the homecoming in Portsmouth Gunwharf Quays on Saturday at 11am.
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"That's going to be quite some party!"
Since he set off in Portsmouth on November 15, Michael's route has taken him south through the Atlantic, round the Cape of Good Hope and between Australia and New Zealand.
He then plotted a course roughly northeast across the Pacific before heading through the Panama Canal and back across the Atlantic.
Michael, a former pupil of Chancellor's School in Brookmans Park, was credited by the Guinness World Records after he became the youngest person to sail across the Atlantic unaided at the age of 14.