SofaToSailboat - 1 Tiny 17ft Boat, 1 Giant Ocean


In December 2021 two friends will undertake a unassisted 3000-mile voyage across the Atlantic Ocean in a tiny 17ft sailing boat to raise £50,000 for charity.  This GoFundMe page has been set up to help raise funds specifically for preparing the boat, logistics, safety equipment and extra training required.


> The 3000-mile crossing will be east to west from the Canary Islands to Antigua.
> 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 can measure up to 20ft-40ft high – That is higher than the boat mast!
> At its deepest, the Atlantic Ocean is 5.28 miles (8.5km) deep! There is no toilet on board – the crew will use a bucket!


> ‘Poppet’ 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 about half the weight of a large family-sized car.
> John Adam sailed an L17 across the Atlantic in 1969. He was arrested and briefly imprisoned in Cuba on suspicion of being a spy!


SofaToSailboat wants to raise £50,000 for charity on top of the costs of preparing the boat, equipment, extra safety training, and logistics will which cost near to £50,000. 10% of the fit-out budget has already been personally spent by the crew, or from sponsored/donated equipment, but there is still a long way to go!

Any extra raised above the voyage fundraising will be distributed amongst our chosen charities. 


> Donate directly to our chosen charities via our fund-raising pages: 
> Get involved with the fundraising events which are being planned.
> Donate or sponsor specialist equipment so that more time can be spent on fundraising for our charities.


Your business/brand can be promoted on the SofaToSailboat website and its social media accounts. Our social media strategy has already begun, there will be regular postings of project updates on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. This will be during the fit-out, training/practice, during and after the voyage.

The possibility of having your Sponsorship/Logos/Brand featured on the fundraising material and the vessel.

SofaToSailboat hopes to get the boat physically featured on display at boat shows, yacht clubs, regattas, maritime festivals, county events, local schools and businesses.

Talks and Presentations can be delivered to your employees, club members, students etc.

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



  • Z-Spars UK 
    • £675 (Offline)
    • 3 mos
  • Equipment Purchased or Donated 
    • £714 (Offline)
    • 3 mos
  • Offline Donations / Equipment 
    • £5,414 (Offline)
    • 3 mos


John-Kenneth Habbershaw 
Colchester, East of England, United Kingdom
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