Michael Perham will auction Cheeky Monkey at The Whyte & Mackay Earls Court Boat Show 27/07/07

Michael Perham will display and auction his Tide 28 yacht,Cheeky Monkeyat the Whyte & Mackay Earls Court Boat Show in December.

Michael, and his father Peter, are raising funds for Michael’s quest to become the youngest person to sail around the world. Michael needs to raise over a million pounds to buy a larger boat, the proper equipment, put together the proper support team and rigorously train to tackle this record at age 16. In January of this year Michael broke the record of sailing single handed across the Atlantic Ocean aged just 14.

James Brooke, Managing Director of the Whyte & Mackay Boat Show stated, “I have the greatest respect for Michael and his desire to achieve a huge maritime first. This is a young man who loves the sea and is a credit to Britain’s rising generation of sailors. His passion and courage to tackle such a huge undertaking are greatly admired by the entire Whyte & Mackay team.”

Michael explained: “It’s not easy for me to part withCheeky Monkey; she is a great yacht and I will always have good memories of sailing her single handed across the Atlantic. Even though I hate to give her up, it’s a step I must take to enable me to pursue my dream of breaking the age record of sailing around the world.”

Peter Perham added: “I am so proud of Michael and what he has already accomplished. [His] decision to auction his belovedCheeky Monkeydemonstrates to me how fully committed he is to take on this world record and shatter it by two years. We hope people and businesses alike will help Michael to raise the money he needs to make this dream a reality.”