The youngest?

August 28, 2009

British teen becomes youngest to sail world solo

LONDON (Reuters) – A 17-year-old Briton became the youngest person to sail round the globe single-handed on Thursday after nine months at sea.

Mike Perham suffered knockdowns and damage to his yacht during the 24,000-mile (38,700-km) trip and the teenager from Hertfordshire, southern England, said he was now looking forward to a “good meal and a very good night’s sleep.”

I believe that in 1965 Robin Graham (age 16) sailed around the world alone. Did you overlook this fact or discard it when you posted the above mentioned article? Or perhaps I am wrong, but I do not think so.

K.W.

You are right about Graham. However, according to the accounts I’ve read, while he was 16 when he began his journey, it took him several years to finish it, while Michael Perham is 17 at the end of his nine-month trip.

Britain’s Michael Perham talks to the media after arriving at Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua January 3, 2007. Perham, 14, sailed into the record books on Wednesday as the youngest person to make a solo voyage across the Atlantic. REUTERS/Stringer

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