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"Boy sails into record books"

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Michael Perham
Image: Michael Perham website

Fourteen-year-old Michael Perham of Hertfordshire decided he would like to challenge a world record by sailing across the Atlantic alone. He set out from Gibraltar on the 3,500-mile voyage to the Caribbean on November 18 on a Tide 28 cruising yacht with his anxious and hopeful father sailing two miles behind. When satellite equipment failed, Michael was forced to divert to Lanzarote and the Cape Verde islands, extending his absence from school. With repairs made to the Cheeky Monkey he sailed on with dolphins into sunsets, into drenching waves, and into the sea when rope became entangled in his gear, and he had to free it.

The BBC reports Michael sailed into Nelson's Dockyard on Antigua at 1400 GMT today, accompanied by a flotilla of boats, the youngest person ever to sail across the Atlantic solo. His voyage has also raised more than £1,000 for Children in Need.


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