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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Yachtsman Geoff Holt (@WetWheels) founder of @WetwheelsSolent who uses a wheelchair, has carried out the official opening of a Changing Places accessible toilet at Wightlink’s car ferry terminal in Portsmouth. 

https://shapingportsmouth.co.uk/wightlink-changing-places/
#accessability #changingplaces #portsmouth

I’m a huge fan of the @WetwheelsSolent and the work they do to provide opportunities for people with a disability to access the sea in a safe and rewarding way. The weather didn’t stop us catching up today and supporting the Barrier Free Boating weekend alongside @SailDisability

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Thanks to
@WesComSR @AllyOgg for supporting
@WetwheelsFdn with the flare #amnesty
@pooleyachtclub supporting
@RNLI @JubileeSailing
and @sail2help

@WetWheels @musclewarrior @WetwheelsFdn Hi Geoff, I'm trying to get my dream up and running. Not sure if there's anything you could do to help spread the word but I'd be massively grateful
https://gofund.me/4d6f3eb3

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3 weeks ago
Geoff Holt MBE

Lovely way to say thank you to all of of our volunteers who helped make this another amazing year for Wetwheels Solent - congrats to skipper Dan and new ship's dog Luna. ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago
Geoff Holt MBE

Delighted to be asked by Wightlink Isle of Wight Ferries to formally open their new #ChangingPlaces facilities at their #Portsmouth terminal thereby providing dignity to those disabled people and their families who need to use the loo. 👏👏👏 ... See MoreSee Less

Delighted to be asked by Wightlink Isle of Wight Ferries to formally open their new #ChangingPlaces facilities at their #Portsmouth terminal thereby providing dignity to those disabled people and their families who need to use the loo. 👏👏👏Image attachment

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Hurrah!!! Is Yarmouth next?? Would make such a difference to visitors to West Wight.

It was great to meet you at the opening Geoff!

Many congratulations!

Very 'convenient' sir! 😜

… and if you could just get a decent timetable and reasonable fares we would love you even more 🤣😘👍

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1 month ago
Geoff Holt MBE

Thanks for the opportunity to discuss philanthropy vs charity in the disability sector - a fascinating subject. Great to chat with @Ben as usual 👏👏👏 Global PhilanthropicAs part of our 20th anniversary celebrations, we are sharing 20 interviews with leaders in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Here Ben Morton-Wright, Global Philanthropic Founder and Group CEO, interviews Geoff Holt MBE, Yachtsman and Disability Sports Ambassador.

In this interview, Geoff talks about the challenges facing charities in the disability sector, the importance of brand and how The Wetwheels Foundation has structured its sustainable model, strategic long term thinking and development plan. Discover more here: www.globalphilanthropic.com/global20-interview-with-geoff-holt-mbe-dl-yachtsman-and-disability-sp...
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Thanks for the opportunity to discuss philanthropy vs charity in the disability sector - a fascinating subject. Great to chat with @Ben as usual 👏👏👏 Global Philanthropic

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Thanks Geoff. Your story and experience are a huge inspiration to so many.

Enjoyed that Geoff and learnt a lot too. So refreshing to hear about new models for charitable endeavours. 👍

Another great interview Geoff Holt MBE as inspiring as always.

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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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