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...

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And closing the second half was @WetWheels and @jetsam_tech who talked about sailing across the Atlantic and their new app to collect data on plastic pollution in the #portsmouth area...

#jetsam is available free from all the usual app stores...

Previous winners of the NDA Entrepreneur of Excellence Award include: @Rioch1 @Luke_Rodgers @neoslip @tropical_rose @WetWheels and @c_lashbycody

Check out the inspirational bios of our previous winners by visiting - https://nationaldiversityawards.co.uk/2019winners/#

#NDA #NDA20 #Nominate #Entrepreneur

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Latest Posts

3 days ago

Geoff Holt MBE

Another day, more discrimination. So Southwest Trains spend £28m refurbishing 30 yr old Type 442 carriages but, despite warnings from SWT Staff, can not carry wheelchairs on certain routes because ramps are longer (higher trains) and won't fit on some platforms. Why is this OK? Why is this not exactly the same were I denied access because of my race, gender or sexuality? Why must we put up with this discrimination. Access was fine on all SWT routes until a week ago when they brought in these refurbed antiquated carriages. Spare a thought next time you just turn up and jump on a train for those who can't, even though it is 2020 and the #equalitiesact was passed 10 years ago. Shame on you SWT. Tanni Grey-Thompson BBC News ... See MoreSee Less

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2 weeks ago

Geoff Holt MBE

Help..! Can any of my boating/sailing friends recommend a clothing supplier for us at Wetwheels? Ideally quality polo shirts, Oxford shirts and jackets. Musto? Gill? Helly Hanson? Henri Lloyd? We are hoping for a preferential charity rate. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

Geoff Holt MBE

Had the pleasure to share a stage and meet #AlastairStewart a couple of years ago. I recall he quoted Shakespeare then too but no one complained. He is a bright, creative and gentle man. ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

Geoff Holt MBE

So sad to hear Nicholas Parsons has died. Such a nice guy. ... See MoreSee Less

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Testimonials

Some Kind Words About Geoff’s Work

“Exposing 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.”

Syngenta

“Geoff 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

“His 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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