Teenager sails away with a special prize

PUBLISHED: 15:40 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:27 26 October 2009

Michael Perham receiving his award

Michael Perham receiving his award

A TEENAGER S incredible personal achievement in sailing single-handed across the Atlantic was recognised with a special prize at the borough s annual sports awards. Michael Perham made history in January 2007 when he became the youngest person in history

A TEENAGER'S incredible personal achievement in sailing single-handed across the Atlantic was recognised with a special prize at the borough's annual sports awards.

Michael Perham made history in January 2007 when he became the youngest person in history to cross the ocean solo aged 14.

The Chancellor's School pupil was nominated for the Sports Person of the Year, but judges decided to honour Michael's astonishing feat with the Welwyn Hatfield Sport and Physical Activity Alliance Award.

Previous winners of this special category are Hatfield Swimming Club and the Welwyn Hatfield Cricket Partnership.

This was the first time the trophy had gone to an individual.

In announcing the winner, Councillor Carl Storer, the Mayor of Welwyn Hatfield, said: "Each year we recognise a person who has achieved something outstanding.

"This year, there is one person who immediately springs to mind. This young man's achievement is simply awe-inspiring.

"He has done something that the majority of us would never dream of contemplating. In January last year, after two months at sea, he became the youngest person to sail singlehanded across the Atlantic.

"To achieve such a feat at any age is remarkable. To achieve it at 14 years old is extraordinary."

Perham's adventure began on November 18, 2006 when he set off from Gibraltar and then called in at the Canaries and Cape Verde Islands for equipment repairs before heading west towards the Caribbean.

He successfully completed his voyage when he sailed into English Harbour, Antigua, on Wednesday, January 3, 2007.

The mayor added: "As a student at Chancellor's School, Michael has brought great honour on our borough."

Not resting on his laurels, the Potters Bar teenager is now plotting his next mission - to sail around the world on his own.

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