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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1 week ago
Geoff Holt MBE

Today I was reunited with a very special friend ❤️ #freethinker Challenger Class Association Community ... See MoreSee Less

Today I was reunited with a very special friend ❤️ #Freethinker  Challenger Class Association Community

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17 years..!

Hi Geoff hope you are keeping well sending best. xxx

We put her name on at Ally Pally. Very proud moment.

The boat’s just hanging out waiting for you? That trip was one of the most amazing adventures I have ever read about. And inspiring all those people to help you. More amazing. Bravely done.

Looking good

Lord Holt my hero.

Glad you did it Geoff look what you have achieved since buddy.

Dinghy Show?

How long ago did you do this challenge?

Where were you, didnt come on my stand ??? 🙂

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3 months ago
Geoff Holt MBE

Desperately sad but inevitable news. 🥲 ... See MoreSee Less

Desperately sad but inevitable news. 🥲

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So sad JST provided a unique Sailing experience for my son and my great nephew as part of their DOE GOLD programs. Will there be a rescue mission ??

So sad 😞

So sorry to hear this 😥

Just heard this on the news Geoff, sad day and their losses came about after COVID lockdowns, Years on companies are suffering

Really sad to read this. 🤦‍♂️

That is such sad news

Really sad to hear this news

I first sailed with JST in 1993 and have been involved and sailed many times since. A totally unique organisation which deserved a better future. Part of the problem that has built up over several years is poor management by overpaid senior management. This screenshot from the accounts from a couple of years ago. A small charity running two ships at that time. They slimmed down but it was too late. I feel both sad and angry. So sorry for the sea staff and small hard working office staff who are now without employment just before Christmas.

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3 months ago
Geoff Holt MBE

Excitement building at Great British Entrepreneur Awards ... See MoreSee Less

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Grosvenor House. 😉

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?

4 months 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 👍😎

Amazing! ⭐️

So so wonderful. Lifted spirits and let them fly💖

Wonderful ❤️ x

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4 months 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. 👏👏👏 ... 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. 👏👏👏Image attachmentImage attachment+5Image attachment

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Great work Geoff

Congratulations Geoff! Xx

Well done Geoff, I like that

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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.”

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