A 16 year old boy is setting off from Portsmouth today in an attempt to be the youngest person to sail alone around the world. Almost two years ago he was the youngest to cross the Atlantic alone, taking six weeks to complete the crossing. This time they expect the trip to take four and a half months.
From the BBC news:
Family spokesperson Kizzi Nkwocha said:
"Michael will become the most famous schoolboy in the world when he completes his journey. However, the incredibly high cost of satellite calls means that he won't be able to talk to people in the UK as much as he may wish to. It will be quite a lonely four-and-a-half months for a teenager, especially as he will be away for Christmas. But Michael will have his college course work to keep him company."I can't help but wonder why. Nothing on this earth would persuade me that a sixteen year old should undertake an expedition such as this. I don't believe at that age they have either the mental or physical maturity to cope with the extreme conditions that might arise, let alone any emergency that could occur. How many people would be happy to see their child risking his life for what seems at best like a frivolous reason?
And as for doing college work in his spare time - he must be quite exceptional!
The name of his yacht is totallymoney.com.