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  • Who are the crew?
    For approximately 35 days the crew and boat will battle storms, seasickness, cramped quarters, dehydrated food rations, and isolation from home comforts. The expedition will be the ultimate test of endurance for body and mind. The Skipper - John-Kenneth D Habbershaw Jnr - 39 'JK' is a Marine Surveyor, Marine Electrician, and the director of WillMyBoatFloat Ltd. based in Essex. Since 2014 John-Kenneth has worked with Teams and Solo Ocean Rowers to get them safely across the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean, many of them have set new world or race records in the process. He grew up at the seaside and has always been around boats and water, he has been sailing independently for 13 years. JK is a health-retired 'blue light' emergency service volunteer where teamwork, safety, and discipline was essential. The First Mate - Farris Collins - 25 Farris is no stranger to pushing himself to the limit. He represented Great Britain in Powerlifting for several years from 2015-2019 gaining four gold medals in the commonwealth Powerlifting championships, and one bronze medal in the world championships in 2016. He has completed several climbing expeditions including Mt Toubkal in Morocco and Mt Kilimanjaro. Farris currently works as a Senior Process Analyst in Knight Frank where he consults in difficult problems relating to business operations and software systems development. Farris says"I’ve never been good at taking a well trodden path. I never attended university and instead delivered beer kegs 2/3 days a week and studied business in my own in Bournemouth library."
  • Which charities are you supporting?
    The four mains charities which we are raising funds in aid of are: Macmillan Cancer Support Mind - For Better Mental Health MS-UK - (Multiple Sclerosis UK) St Helena Hospice - Colchester, Essex, UK You can donate at: www.sofatosailboat.co.uk/donate
  • How can I support your charities/you?
    You can donate to our charities, or sponsor us at: www.sofatosailboat.co.uk/donate We also have our online 'swag' shop: www.sofatosailboat.co.uk/shop Businesses can find further information at: www.sofatosailboat.co.uk/sponsor-information
  • Why is the crossing in December?
    JK(the skipper) has been monitoring the trade winds, weather patterns, wind speeds, storms etc. in the mid-Atlantic region since 2014. Statistically, the best time to make the east-to-west crossing has been early December to late January. This matches many cruising guides which indicate that November to February as the best time to make the crossing. Crossing at this time of year will coincide with the ARC rally and TWAC Ocean Rowing race. There will be lots of other boats and sailors about in radio contact which will assist in weather routing.
  • How long will the Atlantic crossing take?
    Hopefully 30 to 35 days weather depending to make the 3000-mile journey. We're hoping to make this a bit shorter with with help from our solar rechargeable electric motor.
  • You have said the boat is 'tiny', how tiny?"
    'Poppet' the Leisure 17 is 17ft (5.2m) long. That is smaller than an average Ford Transit van, and weighs nearly half of a large average family size car!
  • Why aren't you using a bigger boat?
    While a bigger boat with the luxuries of increased storage, bigger bunks, a full sized galley and a flushing sea-toilet would be nice... it would not be as much of a challenge!
  • Will supporters be able to view/track/contact the boat?
    A tracker will be installed on the boat with a live location map/app shown on the SofaToSailboat website. Crew will be in regular contact via sat phone and email with a land-based 'shore crew' and family who will assist with social media, weather reporting, and any emergencies.
  • How do you resupply your food? / What will you eat?
    SofaToSailboat will be making the Atlantic crossing unassisted, that means everything needed will have to be onboard before casting off! Using a small camping stove on a gimbal to boil water, meals will be prepared from mostly lightweight dehydrated food. In addition, various snack bags and moral boosting treats will be packed in advance which can be consumed throughout the day/night.
  • What will you drink?
    The boat will have a desalination unit onboard which, using energy from solar panels and wind generator to produce enough water for day-to-day requirements. Rationed emergency water will be carried onboard and a manually operated emergency water maker.
  • How will you wash?
    A ocean and eco-friendly special saltwater hair and body wash followed by a quick freshwater rinse from a small solar shower bag.
  • Where will you go to the toilet?
    This seems to be a popular question! The boat is small and does not have a flushing 'sea-toilet' or room to fit a holding tank for 35+ days of waste. There will be no services mid-Atlantic to moor up and use the facilities. SofaToSailor will be using the 'Bucket and Chuck-it' method once the boat is more than three miles offshore inline with MARPOL guidelines for leisure vessels.
  • Where will you sleep?
    In the cabin below the cockpit. There will be room enough to sleep/take shelter during poor weather. Typically most time will be spent at the tiller steering the boat and keeping an eye out for any hazards. Electronic aids and ship detection will help during 'nap time'.
  • What will you do if you get into trouble?
    Although unsupported there will be different ways to send out a distress call if help is needed. This includes: VHF radio with DSC PLB's (Personal Locating Beacons) EPIRB's (Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon) Satellite Phone Personal wearable AIS These devices can be used to initiate a chain of events which will result in the nearest ship being asked to divert to provide aid.
  • What is a nautical mile?
    1 nm = 1.150 mile or 1.852 kilometer
  • What stops the boat from capsizing?
    The boat can’t be completely stopped from capsizing, but if it does it is designed to start self-righting again. All heavy items will be stored in the bilge to lower the centre of gravity. The two 'bilge keels' keep the weight down low. An externally operated bilge pump will be mounted with a straining box sited to empty the cabin ceiling in case of flooding whilst inverted. Additional flotation can be hauled to the top of the mast to aid self-righting when conditions demand.
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