About Geoff Holt

Yachtsman, Ambassador & Motivational Speaker

Geoff was paralysed in a swimming accident in 1984 and uses a wheelchair. In 1995 he became the inaugural Chairman of RYA Sailability. In 2007 he became the first disabled person to sail single-handed around Great Britain. In 2009 he sailed across the Atlantic Ocean unassisted. He was awarded an MBE for “Services to Disabled Sailing” in 2010 and named ‘Yachtsman of the Year’ shortly after. He was made a Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire in 2012. He is a Council member of the RNLI. He is patron and ambassador for several charities for people with disabilities.

Geoff has 20 years experience in marketing & PR working for international accountancy firms Deloitte & Coopers & Lybrand. He holds a degree in Antiques and Auctioneering. He is the author of ‘Walking on Water’ and is a professional speaker. He is the founder of Wetwheels, an organisation that takes disabled people to sea in purpose-built, fully accessible motor boats.

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Wetwheels Texas?

Wetwheels Texas?

Now home from our trip to Galveston/Houston (Texas) to investigate interest in taking Wetwheels to the USA, I thought I would share our week in the...

Rotary Spectacular

Rotary Spectacular

I always enjoy my Rotary talks, especially the large conferences. Last week I was in Llandudno in North West Wales for the Rotary NW & Isle of...

Southampton Boat Show Success

Southampton Boat Show Success

I can't remember exactly but on dead-reckoning, this was approximately my 30th boat show in Southampton. This year was extra special because, not...

Geoff’s Social

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The @CripCampFilm is now available and tells the story of the US #disability rights movement.

@espinosa_rios writes about his childhood memories of summer camp: "it showed me there was a wider world outside my family and that I was able to navigate it."


A great night in Botley entertaining a room of generous #Freemasons raising money for the inspirational @WetWheels. Comedy, an auction and a lovely meal. A wonderful excuse to get all glammed up.


Petition: Release the Home Office's Grooming Gang Review in full https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/300239

Congratulations @xchurchsail on being crowned @RYA & @yandyfeed Club of the Year!
Had a wonderful afternoon there in 2019 when @WetWheels opened their new accessible facility. #Podcast still available on @BBCSounds https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p07n8tcj

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2 weeks ago

Geoff Holt MBE

If you are shopping online, would you please consider using these guys and choosing Wetwheels as the benefitting charity. No extra cost to to you but essential proceeds to Wetwheels at this difficult time. Thank you. πŸ‘πŸ˜ƒDid you know that every time you shop online you could raise FREE ££'s for us! It takes just 2 minutes to sign up to @GiveasyouLive and they'll turn a percentage of everything you buy into a donation to us.

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> www.giveasyoulive.com/join/wetwheels-foundation?utm_source=charitytoolkit&utm_campaign=CTGenericC...
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3 weeks ago

Geoff Holt MBE

J Class collision in Antigua yesterday. Frightening. ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

Geoff Holt MBE

Treated myself to a new work of art..! Incredible model making by Premier Ship Models Now I can dream of being out on Wetwheels Solent, even when it's too windy..! Suzuki Marine UK Cheetah Marine Catamarans ... See MoreSee Less

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Some Kind Words About Geoff’s Work

β€œExposing our R&D staff to new ideas and challenging accepted thinking is part of our continuing commitment to be innovation leaders. Your insights and personal story were an inspiration to all who attended.”


β€œGeoff had the whole audience fully engaged – he was highly professional and motivating and we would recommend him to anyone looking for a fantastic speaker.”

J.P. Morgan

β€œHis story is truly inspirational and really caught the imagination of the whole room. His drive, spirit and determination, delivered in a very factual way, had the whole audience mesmerised for the whole session.”

M&S Money

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