Teenager taking on the world solo So what do you need to become a round-the-world solo skipper? Years of experience? Steely determination? Heaps of financial backing? The answer would be a "Yes" to all three, but Michael Perham, from Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, is determined to succeed despite only having the determination. Sponsorship has been hard to secure for a trip costing an estimated Â£200,000 and Michael has only been sailing for nine years. Read More... Good luck.