Rolex Fastnet Race 2011 : World record breaker, Mike Perham, joins the Tall Ships Youth Trust crew

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Mike Perham who was the youngest person to sail single handed around the world in 2009 will be joining one of the Tall Ships Youth Trust’s 72ft Challenger Yachts to compete in the Rolex Fastnet Race 2011. As a valuable member of the crew, Mike will also take part in RORC qualifying off-shore races including the Myth of Malham Race starting this Friday 27 May.

Mike will be joining crew from all walks of life including a solicitor, company directors, project managers and a stonemason who are getting ready for the Rolex Fastnet Race 2011. Most of the crew joining the Tall Ships Adventures Rolex Fastnet Race campaign have not taken part in the race before and many have little to no sail racing experience. Mike will be using his extensive knowledge of offshore sailing to help train the crew and build their skills so they are able to compete in this infamous race, led by professional and experienced crew.

Mike, who is currently planning his next adventure to become the first person to sail and fly solo around the world commented,

"When I was given the chance of sailing on a Challenge boat with Tall Ships Youth Trust in the Fastnet, I leapt at the opportunity. This will be a totally different experience to sailing the Open 50 that I sailed around the world. The crew on Challenger 2 are a great bunch and we are all determined to win."

Mike has been a strong supporter of the Tall Ships Youth Trust ever since his solo circumnavigation during which he raised thousands of pounds for the charity, helping to fund bursaries for disadvantaged and disabled young people to go sailing with the Trust and gain life changing skills and experiences.

Felicity Pearson, Tall Ships Youth Trust

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 25 May 2011 )