In December 2021 two friends, John-Kenneth D Habbershaw Jnr and Courtney W Hollyoake, from SofaToSailboat.co.uk, will be casting off on a 3000-mile independent unassisted voyage across the Atlantic Ocean from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean in their ‘dinghy with a lid’, a tiny 17ft (5.2m) long sailing boat. They are both health-retired emergency service volunteers and are raising money in aid of four UK charities: Macmillan Cancer Support, Mind, MS-UK (Colchester) and St Helena Hospice (Colchester).
The 3000-mile crossing will be east to west from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean following the seasonal trade winds. They are combing new ‘green’ technologies to supplement their sails with a rechargeable electronic motor which will draw power from renewable energies (solar and wind). They are following and supporting the advice from ‘The Green Blue’, an RYA/British Marine joint environmental program.
“Daniamant are proud to donate and sponsor John-Kenneth and Courtney and help achieve this historical goal. It will be a dangerous voyage and we are happy to contribute to their safety at sea; in the hope that it will never be necessary for them to use our Odeo Distress or Odeo Strobe. Our best wishes to them both in this epic adventure” – Said CEO, Kevin Rough
You can read more about the 3000-mile voyage here: https://www.sofatosailboat.co.uk/
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