MIKE PERHAM UPDATE
Tuesday January 20th, 2009
PERHAM BACK ON TRACK TO SET NEW WORLD RECORD
16 year old record breaking schoolboy Mike Perham has reached the same latitude as the Cape of Good Hope in his bid to become the youngest person to sail, non-stop around the world.
'Last night, just before I went for a short sleep, I decided to furl away the genneker and open up the Genoa.’ Said the Totallymoney.com skipper ‘The wind was set to increase and, sure enough it did. Within a couple of hours it had risen by ten knots.’ Perhanm also reports he has had to resort to wearing his oilskins for the first time to protect him from the spray caused by the increasing breeze.
He has been keeping himself occupied rearranging his cabin “It's amazing how quickly everything can turn into such a mess. I took everything off one of the bunks - my personal stuff including books, spares, camera equipment, etc. After a big re-shuffle it took up about two thirds of the space that it did before, which made me smile.”
He’s also been putting his Christmas presents to good use “One of my presents was a small 'island'. All that's needed is a little water and apparently it grows and grows over three days. I've started today so let's see how big an island I can grow inside the cabin! I never in my wildest dreams thought I'd spend some of my round-the-world trip attempting to grow an island but hey, here goes.”
Perham left Falmouth on November 18th before hitting a set back whilst crossing the Bay of Biscay and being forced to stop for repairs at Cascais. His Open 60 monohull is now said to be in excellent working order and Perham is confidently back on track.
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