About 'Sofa To Sailboat'

About 'Sofa To Sailboat'

 

The expedition aims to raise £100,000 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, Mind, MS-UK and St Helena Hospice (Colchester). We have chosen our charities as each one has been there to support us, our loved ones, or our families through difficult times.

The voyage is also being used as an opportunity to promote sustainable use of our oceans via the RYA/British Marine ‘Green Blue’ programme.

Click here to find out how to support our causes.






 

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The Boat

Poppet is an early 1970's Leisure 17. She measures just 17ft x 7ft (5.2m x 2.1m), which is smaller than typical UK builders van. The quarters are incredibly cramped, and the crew will be practically living on top of each other, nothing will be personal or private from each other for the duration of the Atlantic adventure!

 

Poppet has been nicknamed our 'dinghy with a lid' by our supporters and by fellow sailors that have seen her in the boatyard.
 

Click here to find out more about Poppet and the Leisure 17 history.

Background

In December 2022, ‘Sofa To Sailboat’ is using Poppet, a tiny recycled and upgraded boat, to cross 3000-miles of the Atlantic Ocean from The Canary Islands to the Caribbean.

The Skipper and Firstmate make a two-person crew for the 30-40 day voyage.

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The Voyage

 

We'll set off in December 2022 from The Canary Islands, and we'll be aiming our compass at Antigua in the Caribbean. The crossing will be during the statistically safest weather window but will still be at risk from unseasonable storms and weather.

 

There will be no internet; limited phone calls will be by satellite phone; we'll have email (text only) if we are fortunate. Meals will be from rehydrated ration packs; there is no refrigeration on board. There is a mechanical watermaker to turn seawater into a rationed drinking water supply; showers will be rare. The boat does not have a toilet... though it does have a luxury bucket!


Electronics and safety equipment is state of the art, equal to or exceeding requirements of more dangerous expeditions. In addition, the boat will have live satellite tracking for our families and supporters.

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The Voyage

 

We'll set off in December 2022 from The Canary Islands and we'll be aiming our compass at Antigua in the Caribbean. The crossing will be during the statistically safest weather window but will still be at risk from unseasonable storms and weather.

 

There will be no internet, limited phone calls will be by satellite phone, we'll have email (text only) if we are fortunate. Meals will be from rehydrated ration packs; there is no refrigeration on board. There is a mechanical watermaker to turn seawater into a rationed drinking water supply, showers will be rare. The boat does not have a toilet... though it does have a luxury bucket!


Electronics and safety equipment is state of the art, equal to or exceeding requirements of more dangerous expeditions. The boat will have live satellite tracking for our families and supporters.

The Cost

The expedition and boat equipment costs have been met by the skippers’ investment, from corporate sponsors, equipment loans, and from the generosity of private supporters. Each crew member is funding their own personal and protective equipment.

To find out how to support our adventure and charities, please click here.