Perham to race Round the Island

14 year old transatlantic record holder supported by JPMorgan Asset Management

Tuesday April 3rd 2007, Author: Lucy Harwood, Location: United Kingdom
Michael Perham sailed into English Harbour in Antigua on Wednesday 3 January 2007. Aged 14, he became the youngest person ever to sail singlehanded across the Atlantic Ocean, sailing a total of 3,500 miles, on a journey taking 47 days.

After completing his record breaking crossing of the Atlantic in January this year, Perham was unable to fund the delivery of his boat Cheeky Monkey back to the UK. Upon hearing in a news article that he wished to compete in the world famous Round the Island Race, title sponsors JPMorgan Asset Management stepped in to make this dream become a reality, and paid for the shipment of his boat back to the UK, as well as his entry and berthing fees for this year’s race.

JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race is the third largest sporting participation event after the Flora London Marathon and the Great North Run. Behind the Italian Barcolana, it is the second biggest event in the international sailing calendar with approximately 1,500 boats and 13,000 competitors racing around the 55-mile course. Currently there are over 800 entries for this year’s race, which takes place on Saturday 23 June, nearly a third higher than the number of entries that were received this time last year.

Campbell Fleming, Managing Director at JPMorgan Asset Management comments: "We are delighted to be able to make this dream a reality for Michael. After reading that after his record breaking success he would be unable to ship the boat back, and was facing the sale of his vessel, we were happy to step in and make this possible. I look forward to seeing Michael on the start line on and wish him every success in this year’s race

Michael Perham added: "It is a dream come true to have Cheeky Monkey delivered back safely and to have the opportunity to take part in this historic race. If JPMorgan had not stepped in to ship the boat back to the UK, then Cheeky Monkey would have had to be sold in Antigua, and I would have had no boat to sail this season. It is going to be very exciting to sail alongside so many of the big racing yachts including the Open 60s and entries such as the 30 metre Leopard. I can’t wait."

After hearing of his entry in the Round the Island Race, The Island Sailing Club was pleased to present Michael with an honorary cadetship yesterday in Cowes.
"We are very excited that Michael will be entering this year’s race in association with JPMorgan. As a result we are pleased to welcome him to the Island Sailing Club with an honorary cadetship, and look forward to seeing him in June for the race," Peter Dickson, Island Sailing Club Commodore commented.

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