POTTERS BAR, England, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- A 17-year-old sailed into the record books and home to Potters Bar, England, Saturday to a hero's welcome, a Royal Navy spokesman said.
Mike Perham is the youngest person to circumnavigate the world solo, finishing his voyage Thursday when he crossed between Lizard Point and Ushant, France. Royal Naval patrol vessel HMS Puncher escorted Perham's Open 50 racing yacht, Totallymoney.com, back to Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, Hampshire, his starting point last Nov. 15.
"It's imperative that, as an island nation, we must support and applaud inspirational maritime ventures such as Mike Perham's magnificent achievement," The Puncher's commanding officer, Lt. Tim Leeder, told The Times of London.
Perham was 16 when he left on the 30,000-mile voyage which took him around Portugal, the Canaries, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Magellan Straits at the tip of South America after he missed the Panama Canal's weather window, The Times said.
Among those who greeting him was a representative of Guinness World Records to make his record official.