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14 year old on solo trans-Atlantic


I did my first solo trans-Atlantic in 1974 using an un-powered 22 foot boat when I was 21. For several years I thought I was the youngest but later found that Robin Lee Graham had in fact crossed in 1968 at the age of 19. The age was dropped in 2003 when Seb Clover crossed at the age of 15. Now a 14 year old, Michael Perham is just days away from becoming the youngest.

I donít care if he is sailing near someone else he is alone on that boat and if they get separated by weather or other problems he is truly alone. Itís easer to do things like this then it was in my day because of the advances in navigation etc but it still takes something that most people donít have to set out to cross an ocean and even more so if itís your first try and can you imagine trying it at 14.

He deserves congratulations and has my respect for even trying it.
I wish him well,
Robert Gainer
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I can't imagine it. Good luck! Wasn't Robin on the "dove"? The second Dove lies on the same dock as me. Found a girl, forgot to finish his round trip.
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That's just great! Now I'm gonna have to wait 'till I get even younger to break the record. You just watch, in a few more years they'll be doin' it en utero ... congratulations and well done nonetheless.
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Not that I would allow, and this is a funny coincidence, but a few days ago, I overheard my son Fred, 9, talking with his best freind, on how "cool" it was if they stole our boat and sailed to America!!!

Their main concern was they are not very good at fishing, and were affraid they would strave. Then my son's friend said they would have to fill one of the cabins with sausage cans and corn-flakes.

Ahh OK then we could go!!!!
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