"But it will be an amazing achievement. I take my hat off to him completely. I couldn't have done what he is doing at his age.
"Hopefully he will inspire other young people."
He is expected to arrive back in Portsmouth some time near his 17th birthday on 16 March 2009.
The current holder of the youngest non-stop circumnavigator title is 18-year-old Australian, Jesse Martin, who arrived home in Melbourne on October 31, 1999.
To set a new record, Michael's journey must be entirely unassisted and completed under sail by wind and muscle power alone.
His journey will pass the coast of Africa, cross the Pacific Ocean and the Southern Ocean via the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa, Cape Leeuwin in Australia and Cape Horn on the southern tip of South America.
His adventure does not get him out of school work either.
He is taking assignments with him as part of his BTEC National Diploma in Sport (Performance and Excellence) at Oaklands College in St Albans, Hertfordshire.
Money raised from the epic voyage will be donated to Save the Children and the Tall Ships Youth Trust.
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