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During the winter of 2024, two crewmates will use a tiny upcycled 50-year-old 'dinghy with a lid', a Leisure 17 sailboat to cross the Atlantic Ocean alone and unassisted in aid of four charities.

John-Kenneth 'JK' Habbershaw is a health-retired Emergency Service volunteer. He started the project as a method to assist and focus his recovery from PTSD whilst also using the opportunity to spread help and hope to others. And so, the 'Sofa To Sailboat' name was born.

Farris Collins is a former Team GB four times Commonwealth gold medal champion Powerlifter. Farris joined the crew in 2023 and is no stranger to pushing himself to the limit; however, this challenge is a completely new one for him, as he has never sailed before. Forget about "Couch to 5K"; his journey really is from Sofa To Sailboat!

We have teamed up with leading maritime manufacturers to combine new technologies to ensure the crossing is safe whilst using only renewable energy. Wind for the sails and solar power for a rechargeable electric motor.

 

Our journey has begun. Join Us.

SofaToSailboat's 3000 Miles Alantic Route in a Leisure 17

FUNDRAISING TARGET £100,000!

Mind Charity Logo on SofaToSailboat Website
MS-UK charity logo of SofaToSailboat's website
St Helena Hospice logo of SofaToSailboat's website
Macmillan Cancer Support Logo on SofaToSailboat Website

Total raised in aid of charities (including Gift Aid) so far

Macmillan Cancer Support charity logo of SofaToSailboat's website
Mind charity logo of SofaToSailboat's website
MS-UK charity logo of SofaToSailboat's website
St Helena Hospice logo of SofaToSailboat's website
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MEET THE CREW

John-Kenneth D Habbershaw Jnr

  • 40

  • Marine Surveyor & Marine Electrician

  • 10+ years of sailing experience

  • Works with teams and solo ocean rowers who combined have set numerous new world records.

  • Health retired 'Blue Light' Emergency Service Volunteer

Skipper - John-Kenneth D Habbershaw

Farris Collins

  • 25

  • Former Team GB Powerlifting Commonwealth Gold medal and World Bronze medal winner.

  • Never sailed before

  • He also draws on his experience on various fundraising expeditions, including climbing Kilimanjaro and Mt Toubkal, a completing a half marathon.

Farris Collins (First Mate)

#NameOurParrot

  • Bites

  • Ill-tempered and foul-mouthed

  • Leaves crumbs everywhere

  • Social Media emissary

  • Blue, Green, Yellow, and sounds like a carrot

  • Needs a name...

SofaToSailboat Parrot Crewmate
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SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS

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THE 250 CLUB

Lyn & Terry Hollyoake
Angie and Marcus Davey
Kevin and Nigel Eden
Alex and Simon Stanmore

L M  & D C Phillips
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THE 100 CLUB

John Hares
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