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 severely 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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10 years of Wetwheels

10 years of Wetwheels

This year, 2021, Wetwheels celebrates our 10th anniversary. From humble beginnings we have come a long way in the past decade and, as the Founder of...

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...

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2 weeks ago
Geoff Holt MBE

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Grosvenor House. πŸ˜‰

Hope you are on the shortlist for one Geoff

Wow, that's quite a gathering. Are you getting an award or is it a secret until announced?

1 month ago
Geoff Holt MBE

What a great way to finish off the week..! Huge thanks to BBC Children in Need for making these experiences for young people possible, to Pudsey Bear and of course, our intrepid young mariners and their families. 😎

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What a great way to finish off the week..! Huge thanks to BBC Children in Need for making these experiences for young people possible, to Pudsey Bear and of course, our intrepid young mariners and their families. 😎

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Love this! Well done Geoff Holt MBE x

Brilliant Geoff πŸ‘πŸ˜Ž

Brill!

Amazing! ⭐️

So so wonderful. Lifted spirits and let them flyπŸ’–

Wonderful ❀️ x

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1 month ago
Geoff Holt MBE

After the excitement of London yesterday, today it was Basingstoke..!! I often get asked what I do as a Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire - representing The Crown at Citizenship Ceremonies is one of the roles. Today it was really special to see 14 people from all parts of the Globe swear their Oath to The King and become British Citizens - all of whom choosing Hampshire to make their home. I have deliberately blurred faces but wanted to give a sense of the occasion with new Citizens having undertaken a beaurocratic process which has often taken many years to reach this point. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ ... See MoreSee Less

After the excitement of London yesterday, today it was Basingstoke..!!  I often get asked what I do as a Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire - representing The Crown at Citizenship Ceremonies is one of the roles. Today it was really special to see 14 people from all parts of the Globe swear their Oath to The King and become British Citizens - all of whom choosing Hampshire to make their home. I have deliberately blurred faces but wanted to give a sense of the occasion with new Citizens having undertaken a beaurocratic process which has often taken many years to reach this point. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘Image attachmentImage attachment+5Image attachment

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Great work Geoff

Congratulations Geoff! Xx

Well done Geoff, I like that

1 month ago
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Meet Barbara...! #freedomofthecity πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ πŸŒ‰ ... See MoreSee Less

Meet Barbara...! #freedomofthecity πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘ πŸŒ‰Image attachment

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Thanks everyone for your really kind comments. Much appreciated. 🐏

Congratulations Geoff!

Oh wow Geoff, that’s wonderful and well deserved news! Big cheesy hug πŸ€— xx

Congratulations Geoff

Which worshipful company do you have the freedom of Geoff?

Congratulations. Well deserved Buddy

Congratulations and lovely photo! Well the sheep does look slightly uncomfortable…

Fantastic news Geoff and very much deserved.

Congrats Geoff well done

Congratulations mister... although the sheep looks a bit tense!

Well done Geoff well deserved πŸ‘

Wow Congrats πŸ‘ amazing and very well deserved 😘

Nice one Geoff...do you have time for a cuppa?

Congratulations….When are you planning on running your sheep across the bridge?

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2 months ago
Geoff Holt MBE

Taken 11 months for 2nd stage fitting on new van but not long to wait now..! πŸš™πŸ§‘β€πŸ”§ ... See MoreSee Less

Taken 11 months for 2nd stage fitting on new van but not long to wait now..! πŸš™πŸ§‘β€πŸ”§Image attachmentImage attachment

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Brilliant well done!

Awesome new wheels!

They move quickly then πŸ‘Œ

I'm never sure exactly why these things take so looooong!!!

Freeeeeedommmmmm! 😎

Great Geoff get you out and about when you feel like it. Nothing like just knowing you van get in van drive wherever you want at a moment notice mate πŸ‘

Looking good Geoff Holt MBE

Whose doing that for you?

Personally it looks like you are flying a jet!!!

Blimey I thought you had it already

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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.”

Syngenta

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.”

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