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Young sailor takes on world trip

A look around Mike Perham's boat

A teenager is attempting to become the youngest person to sail solo around the world after crossing the Atlantic alone at the age of 14.

Michael Perham, 16, from Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, is due to set out on a World Challenge from Portsmouth.

He will leave Gunwharf Quays on his Open 50 Racing Yacht on Saturday.

He will spend about four-and-a-half months at sea, contacting family back home using short satellite calls, but will also be busy on college work.

Family spokesperson 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."

Money raised from the epic voyage will be donated to Save the Children and the Tall Ships Youth Trust.

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