Sailing the Dream: The Amazing True Story of the Teen who Sailed Solo Around the World

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UPNE, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 297 pages
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Three thousand people have climbed Everest; four hundred and fifty have traveled into space. Only two hundred fifty have sailed round the world alone. The youngest of these was a teenager. When he set out on his attempt, Mike Perham was just sixteen years old.
At first, his mother was against the whole thing. The experts said it could be suicidal. The head of Britain's venerable Royal Yachting Association told him not to go. Mike Perham persevered, and in August 2009, at the age of just 17 years, 5 months, and 11 days, became the youngest person to have sailed solo around the world.
Sailing the Dream tells the story of that amazing voyage, a nine-month odyssey full of technical and navigational challenges that would stump sailors twice Mike's age. His yacht was knocked over, battered by waves, and repeatedly damaged, but Mike battled on, at times surfing down 50-foot waves in 50-knot winds at speeds of up to 28 knots. Despite these conditions, and suffering from sleep deprivation and extreme physical exhaustion, Mike maintained a positive attitude. His cheerful resilience continually shines through as he describes his adventures and also talks about the team behind his trips, both when sailing round the world and in his earlier journey across the Atlantic at the age of fourteen, and the stresses and sacrifices involved for his family and friends.
Mike's achievement is placed in even sharper relief by another young sailor's more recent, failed attempt at solo circumnavigation that nearly ended in tragedy. Sailing the Dream is an inspirational as well as thrilling story, and one for all ages.
 

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Contents

27 The Equator
108
28 The Autopilot Strikes Back
115
29 Life the Universe and Chocolate
123
30 The Need for Speed
127
31 What Were the Odds?
133
Part 3 THE SOUTHERN OCEAN
141
32 Into the South
143
33 DingDong Time
151

7 An Emotional Departure
24
8 Storm Horizons
27
9 Survival
30
10 Cheeky Monkey Vanishes
33
11 A Flying Visit
36
12 Endurance Test
39
13 Swimming with Sharks
43
14 JackofAllTrades
46
15 Record Breaker
49
16 Fame
53
17 The Dream Becomes Reality
58
18 Doubt
64
19 Full Steam Ahead
67
20 Leaving
71
Part 2 THE ATLANTIC
73
21 Sailing the Dream
75
22 Mikeworld
79
23 Bad with the Good
86
24 Las Palmas Coming and Going
90
25 Happy New Year Not
98
26 The Doldrums
103
34 Knockdown
162
35 The Tough Get Going
167
36 There and Back Again
174
37 Zoom Zoom Zoom
184
Part 4 THE PACIFIC
193
38 Pacific Storm
195
39 An Unexpected Swim
203
40 Thats Torn It
212
41 The Panamanian Way
216
42 Going YoYo
224
43 A Dream Surf
233
Part 5 THE ATLANTIC
239
44 Collision Course
241
45 Mercury Rising
245
46 Homeward Bound
253
47 Trouble at the Top
259
48 One Last DingDong
266
49 The Finish Line
271
Epilogue
276
Endmatter
285
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MIKE PERHAM is a young sailor and adventurer whose record-breaking excursions have raised money for Save the Children and the Tall Ships Youth Trust. In addition to his record-breaking solo circumnavigation, he also holds the Guinness World Record as the youngest person to sail across the Atlantic Ocean solo when he was fourteen. His current quest is to become the first person to both sail and fly around the world solo. He lives in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, England.

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