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17-year-old yachtsman Mike Perham is now within 2,600 miles of sailing into the record books as the youngest solo circumnavigator. He now expects to reach the finish line at Gunwharf Quays on Saturday 29th August.

Mike, who set out from England last November, has been making full use of the Gulf Stream since setting out on the final stage from Panama on July 28 and this morning, his yacht Totallymoney.com was 360 miles southeast of New York. He has started to turn east in the direction of home but is still making full use of the Gulf Stream, which is giving Mike an extra 2 knots of ground speed.

Mike reports:'Today, the wind has now picked up. We just had a gust of 34 knots and Totallymoney.com surfed out of it at 19 knots! What a boat!'

This morning, when it was just getting light, I had a couple of really nasty squall clouds come by with 40knots of wind, and we were careering along. Then, just as suddenly, the wind dropped back down to...

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