The 14-year-old, the youngest person to sail across the Atlantic single-handed

Michael Perham  - Michael Perham poses with his yacht Cheeky Monkey before setting off across the Atlantic Ocean.
@polachicago (19073)
United States
January 6, 2007 6:33pm CST
He is not old enough to drive a car or buy a drink in a bar. It will be two years before he can get married in the UK and four before he can vote. Michael Perham, however, is on the verge of making history: at 14, he is within days of becoming the youngest person to sail across the Atlantic single-handed. Whould you let your teenager to do it?
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
7 Jan 07
well I would have to be with him!. My kids were hardly out of my site but I would be up for the sailing
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@Lakota12 (42681)
• United States
7 Jan 07
you bet he is afraid but he wont show it when he has made it all the way whoray fir him
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
7 Jan 07
Great respond...I did not think about it..
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@korek222 (702)
• Poland
14 Jan 07
he is surely afraid but also he wants to do it so deeply:)
@alienstar (5142)
• India
14 Feb 07
Yes, definitely a great achievement and that too at such an young age and he should get all the encouragement and support by peopel as sometimes these talents will be wasted without getting supports from his own people isn't it? these day's younger age people do come up with many achievements as they are given enough opportunities and also required facilities as well...isn't it?
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
27 Feb 07
yes, sport is great at any age....
@emeraldisle (13145)
• United States
7 Jan 07
I think it's great that he can do it and just shows that kids are remarkable. Now that being said would I let my child do that? No way on this green earth would I. Sorry I'd be too worried and it wouldn't matter if he was 14 or 17 or 107, I'd still be scared but once he's 18 I wouldn't have a say in the matter. It is a very dangerous journey and anything can happen. I wish him luck in doing it and I hope he finishes. I just can't picture a parent allowing it.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
7 Jan 07
I am with you. I would never let mine go...at 14
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@kasia99 (104)
• United States
7 Jan 07
No, I would not. I could die from heart attack. In other hand, I admire this young boy.
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@polachicago (19073)
• United States
7 Jan 07
Yes, isn't something? Great young boy...I was wandering of he wasn't affraid?
@hellboi (663)
• Philippines
14 Feb 07
He is just one brave kid. I hope he can really make it. WIsh him good luck and Godspeed.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
14 Feb 07
yes, brave kid
@adidas7878 (2013)
• United States
14 Feb 07
that sounds like something the parents would be proud of him for doing that, but i am sure they would be worry too, speicaly you talking about crossing the sea, who alot of people drown from, so i am sure he is happy when he accomplished it, good for him
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
14 Feb 07
....yes, good acomplishment...
@sunita64 (6470)
• India
31 Jan 07
If you want your teenager to excel then there is no other option but to allow.Because of protective attitude of parents sometimes very talented persons fail to blossom.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
1 Feb 07
very smart....I will remember it.
@tildy12 (760)
• United States
22 Jan 07
Wow thats great.Personally I wouldn't even think about even flying at all.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
1 Feb 07
Yes, it is great
@korek222 (702)
• Poland
14 Jan 07
wow i he suceed it will be surely a great achievement especially that he is only 14 years old. Well i hope we can do it :)
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
14 Jan 07
good thinking.... (I just noticed that your name is korek222 and you have 222 posts at this respond, wow)
@Lydia1901 (16353)
• United States
10 Jan 07
As long as there is no danger in the water, I don't see why not.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
10 Jan 07
the are always sharks...around