It’s official. British teen Mike Perham is now the youngest person to sail solo around the world, swiping the crown from American Zac Sunderland, who completed his journey only a month ago.
Perham clocked in at 17 years, 5 months, and 2 weeks old, besting Sunderland’s 17 years, 6 months, and 15 days old. However, because Perham had to seek repairs at various ports due to technical problems on TotallyMoney.com, his Open 50 yacht, the Guinness World Records has classified his feat as “assisted.”
Assisted or not, we're impressed. After the 24,000 mile trip from Portsmouth, UK and back, Perham told Reuters he is looking
forward to a “good meal and a very good night’s sleep.”
But he better watch his back, as a slew of younger sailors are already eyeing his record. —Laura Buckley
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