Mike Perham's dad spent 'too long' on the project

The father of sailing schoolboy, Mike Perham, has lost his job because he spent too much time out of the office trying to iron out the youngster’s teething problems in his bid to circumnavigate the world solo.

Peter Perham,47, a chartered quantity surveyor who worked in London’s Hackney, has flown to all points of the compass to help his 17-year-old son realise his dream to become the world’s youngest world-girdler.

‘I have spent a lot of time on the project and the office found someone else to do my job,’ he told YM. When Mike left Falmouth last November he was planning a non-stop circumnavigation. But he has stopped so far in Cascais, Portugal, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Cape Town, South Africa, and Hobart, Tasmania with gear and rudder problems.

Peter Perham has flown out to many of the stopovers to help Mike with the logistics of getting new kit shipped out for Totallymoney.com, his Open 50.

The pressure will now be building for the youngster to get moving again soon and face the roughest section of his trip as winter approaches: the Southern Ocean between Australia and Cape Horn.

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