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Sailor's joy at crossing equator

Mike Perham
Mike Perham aims to travel 24,000 miles on his journey

A 16-year-old sailor making a bid to become the youngest person to sail solo around the globe has told of his joy at achieving his first major milestone.

Mike Perham, from Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, celebrated with champagne after he crossed the equator.

Mike, who became the youngest person to cross the Atlantic when he was 14, set off in November from Portsmouth on his Open 50 Racing Yacht.

He said on his blog: "I'm over the Equator at last!"

He added: "I crossed the line very early in the morning and, as it was so dark, I waited until morning to celebrate with a little champagne.

"I'm now plugging south in a south-easterly wind which has got me working pretty hard.

"Squalls are still pestering me and I'm dashing south to escape them for the relatively steady trades, when I'll be able to get decent sleep and rest."

Mike crossed the equator early on Friday.

The world crossing is scheduled to take four-and-a-half months and will cover 24,000 miles.

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