In December 2021 two friends, both health-retired emergency service volunteers will sail a tiny 50-year-old 'Leisure 17' sailing boat unassisted
3000-miles across the Atlantic Ocean in  
aid of their favourite charities:

 Macmillan Cancer Support    Mind    MS-UK    St Helena Hospice

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!

We're casting off in December 2021.

It's 3000-miles East to West from The Canary Islands to the Caribbean.

It will take roughly 30-35 days (weather depending).

Waves could be up to 40ft high.

It's taken six years of planning and weather watching!





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

  • NHS Worker

  • 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

Total raised for our charities (including Gift Aid) so far





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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