SofaToSailboat - One Sailor, A Tiny Boat, An Ocean


In December 2023, John-Kenneth D Habbershaw (39) will undertake an unassisted 3000-mile voyage alone across the Atlantic Ocean in a tiny recycled 17ft sailing boat to raise money in aid of his favourite charities: Macmillan Cancer Support, Mind, MS-UK, St Helena Hospice (Colchester).

I am working with some leading manufacturers to integrate a mixture of technologies and renewable energy sources to carry out the adventure. The boat will have the wind in its sails and a rechargeable electric motor to give them a boost! The project follows and supports The Green Blue, a joint environmental awareness programme created by the Royal Yachting Association and British Marine, established in 2005.

If you donate £5 or more, your name will be printed on the boat hull as part of Poppet's 'Sofa To Sailboat' logo!

This GoFundMe page has been set up to help raise funds specifically to prepare the boat, logistics, safety equipment, and extra training required to carry out the voyage safely.

If Sofa To Sailboat hits the fundraising target here. Everything above and beyond the target will be donated directly to my charities!

If you prefer, you can donate directly to my chosen charities (with Gift Aid) via the charity fundraising page at CollectionPot for Sofa To Sailboat 


> The 3000-mile crossing will be east to west from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean.
> The boat will average 3.5 knots per hour (4mph), a fast walking pace.
> The trip across the Atlantic will take about 30-35 days.
> The largest waves could measure up to 20ft-40ft high – that's higher than the boat mast!
> At its deepest depth, the Atlantic Ocean is 5.28 miles (8.5km) deep!
> There is no toilet on board – just a padded bucket!


> Poppet, a 'dinghy with a lid', is an early MK1 Leisure 17 made from fibreglass by Cobramould in Essex. The boat is around 50-years old.
> Poppet measures just 17ft (5.2m) long – that's smaller than a Ford Transit van!
> The boat fully provisioned will weigh about 850kg. That is similar to half the weight of a large family-sized car.  


Covid-19 has led to a drop in donations for my charities and for organising the crossing. It has caused some of the corporate sponsors to 'drop out' on their promises.

I want to raise as much money as possible for charity on top of the costs of preparing the boat, equipment, extra safety training, and logistics. Any extra raised above my GoFundMe target will be distributed amongst the chosen charities:  Macmillan Cancer Support, Mind, MS-UK, St Helena Hospice (Colchester).


> Donate directly to my chosen charities (with Gift Aid) via our fundraising pages: CollectionPot for Sofa To Sailboat 
> Donate or sponsor equipment/provisions so that we can spend more time fundraising for my charities.


Sofa To Sailboat is seeking corporate sponsors, especially those in the outdoor and marine sector or those with an eco-friendly or sustainable message.

I could promote your business/brand on the boat, on our social media, and at planned physical appearances.

Show that your brand cares about the charities, organisations, and ethos that SofaToSailboat is promoting.


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