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Last Updated: Saturday August 29 2009 11:19 GMT

Hero's welcome for young sailor

Mike Perham

Crowds gave record-breaking Brit teen sailor Mike Perham a hero's welcome as he returned to the UK after sailing single-handed around the globe.

The 17-year-old arrived to cheers from people gathered in Portsmouth to greet him, after he became the youngest person to sail round the world alone.

As he arrived back, he said: "It's incredible. Absolutely incredible."

As well as the crowds, Mike was welcomed onto Gunwharf Quays by a hug from his mum.

He had set off from the same spot in November 2008.

During the 30,000 mile trip he had to deal with high winds and 15m high waves.

Although Mike was the only person aboard his boat, he had a few technical problems which he needed help with.

That means his record is officially the youngest solo trip around the world with assistance.

The youngest person to sail around the world non-stop with no help is Jesse Martin, who did the trip aged 18 in 1999.