World Challenge departure date - 11.00am on Saturday November 15th 2008
A British teenager will be sailing into the record books by becoming the youngest person to sail around the world single handed – at 16 years old.
Michael Perham from Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, made international headlines two years ago after becoming the youngest person to travel solo across the Atlantic when he was just 14. His crossing was recorded by newspaper around the world and then-British deputy prime minister, John Prescott described Michael as “a successful sailor in the great British maritime tradition". Michael now plans to top that accomplishment next week when he sets off for an epic journey around the world. It is estimated Michael will be at sea for four and a half months. His journey will be made even more challenging as his contact with family back home will be limited to short satellite calls. However he intends to keep the world up to date with his progress via a daily blog which will be published at totallymoney.com/sailmike. Michael’s position can also be tracked online. Spokesman Kizzi Nkwocha said: “Michael will become the most famous schoolboy in the world when he completes his journey. However, the incredibly high cost of satellite calls means that he won’t be able to talk to people in the UK as much as he may wish to. It will be quite a lonely four and a half months for a teenager, especially as he will be away for Christmas, but Michael will have his college course work to keep him company.” Michael will be sailing an Open 50 Racing Yacht called TotallyMoney.com.
The world crossing is sponsored by VocaLink, TotallyMoney.com and Skechers, with sails provided by Kemp Sails and power generation by Mastervolt, while money raised will be donated to Save the Children and the Tall Ships Youth Trust.
Information about the journey, an updated 'blog' and updates on Mike's progress are available from: