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British teen sails solo across Atlantic

January 4, 2007

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— He's only 14, but Wednesday Mike Perham became the youngest person to sail solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

Perham arrived on the Caribbean island of Antigua after a six-week voyage. The Briton raised his fist triumphantly to a crowd of Antiguan officials and supporters as he docked in St. John's.

Perham said he was lonely at times but not afraid as he made the crossing in the Cheeky Monkey, his 28-foot sailboat. He helped pass the time by studying and chatting on a satellite phone.

Perham was trailed by his father in another sailboat. They set sail Nov. 18 from Gibraltar and made brief stops for repairs in the Canary Islands and Cape Verde.

He breaks the record held by Sebastian Clover, also of Britain, who was 15 when he sailed from the Canary Islands to Antigua in 2003.

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