Record-breaking Potters Bar sailor honoured at ceremony

SAILING prodigy Michael Perham has been honoured at an awards ceremony in his home town of Potters Bar.

The teenage sailing superkid became the youngest person to sail solo around the world having notched up his SECOND magnificent Guinness World Record.

On October 17 at Potters Bar Golf Club in Darkes Lane, the Oakroyd Avenue youngster was given three surprise awards in front of more than 100 family members, friends and dignitaries.

The 17-year-old was presented with a Waterford Crystal yacht and an oil painting of the yacht Totally, in which he completed his epic voyage.

He was also presented with a Certificate of Commendation.

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Dad Peter, 49, told the Potters Bar Edition: “It was really nice of everyone to show their appreciation of my son Mike.

“Lots of people were at the event and it was a really lovely day.”

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Hertsmere MP James Clappison was also at the ceremony.

Of Michael’s record-breaking title, he said: “This is an epic achievement.

“It just goes to show Mike’s determination and skill.

“He is a role model to many people of all ages.”

Cllr John Donne, who was representing Hertsmere mayor Cllr Rosemary Gilligan at the awards, said: “It was an excellent function and it went very well indeed.

“The golf club was absolutely full.

“It was the feeling of everyone that Michael’s journey was a remarkable achievement.”

Organiser Dr Norman Simmons added: “He’s a remarkable boy and that’s why everyone came and supported him.”

Former Chancellor’s School pupil Michael returned from his second record breaking 30,000 mile odyssey – duing which he battled against 50ft waves, howling gales and a near capsize – on August 29.

His first record was gained at the age of 14 when he became the youngest person to sail across the Atlantic unaided.

The youngster’s next adventure, with sailor Don McIntyre, is a 4,000 mile 2010 Bounty Boat Expedition in aid of Motor Neurone Disease.

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