British teen Mike Perham sailed into the record books today, becoming the youngest person ever to circumnavigate the globe single-handed. Perham bumped American Zac Sunderland off the top spot. Sunderland finished his solo sail just last month, but Perham is just two months younger than the American. Perham sailed from Gunwharf Quay in Portsmouth on November 15 last year, turning 17 years of age during his 156 days at sea. Perham crossed the finishing line between Lizard Point, the most southerly point in the UK, and Ushant in northern France, shortly before 10:00am, escorted by a Royal Navy guard ship.
"I've made it, I've made my dream come true and it feels amazing," he said.
His father Peter, who climbed on board after his son had crossed the line for the final two-day sail into Portsmouth, said: "Mike is a very special son, he has done incredibly well.
"He has shown that with determination, you can succeed even in the most adverse circumstances."
Mike's blog has catalogued every detail of his voyage on his blog, www.totallymoney.com/sailmike