Brit cabin boy set to be youngest solo sailor of the world

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London, Aug.23 (ANI): After nine months, a teenager is set to become the youngest person to sail solo round globe when he returns to Britain this week.

Mike Perham left Portsmouth Harbour nine months ago, and having battled against 50 foot high waves, howling gales and a near capsize, the 17-year-old Briton should become the youngest person to sail solo around the world when he completes his gruelling circumnavigation on Thursday, reports The Times.

Perham is also set secure a place in Guinness World Records - having covered 30,000 miles cooped up in a 50 foot boat, surviving at times on just 10-minute intervals of sleep.

This morning - bar overnight disasters - the teenager will be about 700 miles off Britain's Atlantic coast as he races towards the finishing line between Lizard Point, Cornwall, and Ushant, a French island off Brittany.

Perham said: "It's beginning to sink in what I've done and I'm feeling very proud of myself and the people who have helped me make this happen. It does get lonely - no doubt about it. But that's part of the challenge. I'm probably used to it now. I just always look forward . . . You've got to have confidence in yourself that you will make it."

Perham first entered the record books two years ago, when at 14 he became the youngest sailor to cross the Atlantic on his own. (ANI)

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