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Incredible View of World Record

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Posted on August 27th, 2009 at 10:14 am

The youngest person to sail solo around the world returned home Thursday from his 30,000-mile, 282-day ocean journey. Mike Perham, 17, sailed into Lizard Point in Cornwall, the southernmost point in Britain.

Click the video to see an incredible view from one of his video blogs along the journey.

"It feels absolutely brilliant," Mike told CNN by phone hours before crossing the finish line. "I'm really, really excited to be going across the line at last. It doesn't feel like long since I crossed it first."

But it sure was! The journey began on November 18, 2008 when Mike set out to set the new world record. Many doubted not only his ability, but questioned whether he, a minor, should have been allowed to make the attempt in the first place. The doubters had some very strong arguments.

Young Mike ran into quite a bit of trouble along the way. His ship was constantly battered, often damaged, and occasionally capsized! In fact, the attempt nearly came to an end when his autopilot failed, forcing him to stop and make repairs. He celebrated his birthday in the middle of the ocean only to encounter problems again, this time with his rudder. Then, the weather took a turn for the worse.

Mike faced 50 foot waves and 50 knot winds. In the middle of a storm he had to climb the mast to make emergency repairs. He was blown off couse several times. Yet he was able to deal with every obstacle that came his way. His father taught him to sail when he was seven years old. When he was 14 he sailed across the Atlantic alone. Still, this record attempt was no excuse to miss school, so his teacher made sure he took his lessons with him.

On Growing Bolder there are many examples of people attempting to set new records. All take great risks to  achieve their rewards. But, should parents allow their children to take on potentially dangerous risk? Click on the comment box and add your opinion.

Also, click here to learn about another nautical record-setter, Roz Savage.

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