Disability Sports Ambassador



  • Public Speaker
  • Columnist: Yachts & Yachting
  • Columnist: All At Sea
  • Radio - BBC Radio Solent H20 show
    (co-presenter on sailing show with Sir Robin Knox-Johnston)
  • Geoff's Atlantic Adventure (30 minute docco BBC News & BBC News 24 - 2010)
  • Able Seaman (30 minute docco BBC South 1997)
  • Author: Walking on Water


  • 1st disabled person to sail single-handed around Great Britain 2007
  • 1st disabled person to sail unassisted across the Atlantic Ocean 2009/10
  • British Airways: Great Briton Award 2009
  • Winner, Yachtsman of the Year 2010 as voted by Yachting Journalists Association
  • Bronze medallist - world disabled multihull championships 1997
  • Bronze medallist - world disabled multihull championships 1996
  • BBC South Sports Personality of the Year 2007
  • BBC South Sportsman of the Year 2007
  • REGAIN Quadriplegic of the year 2008
  • Nominated YJA Yachtsman on the Year 2007
  • Nominated Daily Telegraph Great Briton of the Year 2007


  • Awarded MBE in 2010 Queen's Birthday Honours for "Services to Disabled Sailing".
  • RYA Award. The RYA's highest award for "Services to Yachting" 2004
  • RYA Francis Elkin Award for: "Services to Disabled Sailing" 2009
  • Honorary "Belongership" of the British Virgin Islands
    (Awarded by Prime Minister of BVI)
  • Rotary International: Twice Awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship Medal
  • Honorary Doctorate of Sport: Southampton University
  • Honorary Doctorate of Science: Winchester University
  • Patron Lymington Sailability
  • Patron New Forest Sailability
  • Patron Southern Spinal Injuries Trust
  • Patron Rose Road Association
  • Honorary member: Royal Southern Yacht Club
  • Honorary member: Royal Southampton Yacht
  • Honorary member: Royal British Virgin Islands Yacht Club

Committees (Current)

  • Royal Yachting Association National council: Director and Supernumary member of RYA. (UK disabled sailing representative)
  • British Paralympic Association: National Paralympic Committee
    (representing sailing on BPA)
  • RYA Paralympic Steering Group
    (group will select the Paralympic sailors for Team GBR for 2012 games)

Committees (Past)

  • Inaugural Chairman and Trustee of RYA Sailability
    1995 - 2002 (national disabled sailing charity)
  • ISAF - UK sailing representative on International Disabled Sailing Federation
    1995 - 2000
  • RYA Paralympic Sailing Group
    (Selected gold medal winning Paralympic sailing team 1996)
  • Founding chairman Disabled Classes Association 2002

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