In December 2021 two friends, both health-retired emergency service volunteers will sail their 'dinghy with a lid', a tiny 50-year-old 'Leisure 17' boat unassisted across the Atlantic Ocean in  aid of their favourite charities:

The pair of brave sailors have teamed up with manufacturers to combine new technologies to make the crossing using only renewable energy! Wind for
their sails, and solar power from a rechargeable electric motor.

When Courtney was asked to join the adventure he had never set foot on a sailing boat before... the ‘Sofa To Sailboat’ name was born. 

We have a busy time ahead of us. We are refurbishing our boat 'Poppet' from a bare hull, fundraising in aid of our favourite charities, working with our sponsors, and getting Courtney (the inexperienced landlubber) shipshape.

Our journey has begun. Join us!

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





Friends for over 20 years and both retired emergency service volunteers. 

  • 37

  • Marine Surveyor & Marine Electrician

  • 10+ years of sailing experience

  • Since 2014 has worked with teams and solo ocean rowers who combined have set more than 10 new world records.

  • 34

  • Skills Trainer

  • No sailing experience

  • Has been on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride several times at Disneyland so considers himself to be a natural-born sailor.

Courtney W Hollyoake

John-Kenneth D Habbershaw Jnr



The 250 Club

Lyn & Terry Hollyoake
Angie and Marcus Davey
Kevin and Nigel Eden

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The 100 Club

John Hares

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