Two days after my 18th Birthday, I released my book, ‘Sailing the Dream’.



Robin Knox-Johnston said it could be suicidal. The head of the Royal Yachting Association told him not to go. Mike Perham ignored them and in August 2009, at the age of just 17 years, 5 months and 11 days, became the youngest person to have sailed solo around the world. “Sailing the Dream” tells the story of that amazing voyage, a nine-month odyssey full of technical and navigational challenges that would stump sailors twice Mike’s age. His yacht was knocked over, battered by the oceans and repeatedly damaged, but Mike battled on, at times surfing down 50-foot waves in 50-knot winds at speeds of up to 28 knots. Despite these conditions, sleep deprivation and extreme physical exhaustion, Mike’s positive attitude continually shines through. Through all the adventures on the high seas, Mike also talks about the team behind his trips, both when sailing round the world and across the Atlantic at the age of 14, and the stresses and sacrifices involved for his family. His is an inspirational as well as thrilling story, and one for all the ages.

Book details

Published18/03/2010, PublisherBantam Press, ISBN9780593065983


Maritime Media Awards

Outstanding Award to Mike Perham for his book

 ‘Sailing the Dream’ 

“The Certificate of Merit is awarded to the author of the most inspirational work and is written by a teenager whose courage and determination have earned him a place in the annals of outstanding accomplishments. Being alone, coping with life and death situations while always driving for a destination, is not something that can be taught at school. The author sought to make his impression as the youngest person to sail single handed around the world. A voyage described with modesty while also demonstrating a passion and sheer guts.”