SIXTEEN YEAR OLD ATLANTIC RECORD HOLDER SETS SAIL AROUND THE WORLD
Wednesday November 19th, 2008
At 15.30 on Tuesday 18th November Sixteen-year-old Mike Perham crossed the line between Ushant, Northern France and Lizard Point, Southern England in a bid to become the youngest person to sail single-handedly around the world. His boat for the epic voyage is an Open 50 yacht christened TotallyMoney.com in honour of his main sponsors. It was chartered from nautical legends, the Escoffier family who, according to Mike’s father, have treated Mike like an ‘adopted son’ during his preparation for the challenge.
In truth Mike is already a veteran of major ocean-going trials, having already broken the record for being the youngest person to sail single-handedly across the Atlantic in January 2007. Not being one to hang around the ambitious sports student immediately set about finding an even more demanding objective. He was equally quick to attract an impressive line up of sponsors, amongst them some of the biggest names in UK boating, including Blakes Paints, Kemp Sails, Furuno, Viking and B&G.
Mike Perham World Challenge spokesman Kizzi Nkwocha said of today’s events. “It was a very smooth start with everything going as planned. Michael has a long journey ahead of him but he’s in high spirits knowing he has so many people around the world rooting for him.”
The record for the youngest unassisted non-stop solo circumnavigation is currently held by18-year-old Australian Jesse Martins who took 327 days to complete the 21,600 nautical mile journey aboard his yacht, Lionheart in 1999. Mike hopes to be back in the UK by March 2009 in time for his 17th birthday.
The crew at Harbour Guides wish Mike a safe and successful voyage.
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