Teenage sailor from Potters Bar set to stop again

PUBLISHED: 17:39 30 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:05 26 October 2009

Michael Perham

Michael Perham

BOY sailor Michael Perham will this weekend make his THIRD stop of an epic high seas voyage plagued with problems. The Potters Bar teenager - hoping to become the youngest person in the world to circumnavigate the globe single handed - will dock in Cape

16 year old Michael Perham begins his attempt to sail single-handedly around the world non-stop, starting in Portsmouth on Saturday, November 15, 2008. If he succeeds he would be the youngest ever to do so.
Photograph: Frantzesco Kangaris.

BOY sailor Michael Perham will this weekend make his THIRD stop of an epic high seas voyage plagued with problems.

The Potters Bar teenager - hoping to become the youngest person in the world to circumnavigate the globe single handed - will dock in Cape Town, South Africa.

Since setting off from the UK in November, the 16-year-old has been forced to stop twice - in Portugal and Gran Canaria - after problems with the autopilot on board his Open 50 Racing yacht.

The Oakroyd Avenue youngster said on his online blog: "A horrible groaning noise has been coming from one of the rudder shafts.

"It's been moving around in the top bearing, only very slightly with about 2mm of movement.

"One of the last things I want to do is to push into the Southern Ocean without total confidence in the steering system."

Dad Peter, 49, will fly to Cape Town to help with repairs.

He said: "It will certainly be good to see Michael again and give my anxiety levels a rest knowing he is safe on dry land."

Michael's spokesman Kizzi Nkwocha said the stop was "precautionary" and will take a couple of days.

No stranger to breaking world records, Michael became the youngest person to sail across the Atlantic unaided at the age of 14.

His latest adventure, expected to be completed in May, will cover over 24,000 miles.

Regular updates on his journey will appear online at www.whtimes24.co.uk over the coming weeks.

To read the youngster's blog visit www.totallymoney.com/sailmike

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