Michael Perham - heading South - passes leading Vendee Globe yacht Foncia

As Michael Perham continues South in his bid to become the youngest person to circumnavigate the world single-handed, he has now passed the leading Vendee Globe yacht – Michael Desjoyeaux’sFonica.

Michael said: “The closest I got to Desjoyeaux was about 60 miles. My team have been updating me of the Vendee Globe positions everyday so with any luck I might even see one of them. Perhaps one day, I might be competing.”

Michael’s father Peter added: “I know Mike has had the Vendee Globe on his radar for a number of years now and to be in the same waters thinking that he might do it one day is very inspiring.”

Michael, from Potters Bar, became the youngest person to sail across the Atlantic two years ago when he was aged just 14. The crossing took just under six weeks. If successful, his latest adventure – sailingTotallymoney.com- will take an estimated four months and will cover over 24,000 miles.