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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Finally, what we have been saying for months, @SW_Help are operating ILLEGALLY by denying disabled people access to their trains. @swtrainsuser @swtrains_watch https://www.hampshirelive.news/news/hampshire-news/swr-forcing-wheelchair-passengers-alter-4715204?fbclid=IwAR023ACsaq338JrfPF9T1VDETp67WAWdJfHu0uwoAviUwclimBAzGFZDVP4

Finally, what we have been saying for months, @SW_Help are operating ILLEGALLY by denying disabled people access to their trains. https://www.hampshirelive.news/news/hampshire-news/swr-forcing-wheelchair-passengers-alter-4715204?fbclid=IwAR023ACsaq338JrfPF9T1VDETp67WAWdJfHu0uwoAviUwclimBAzGFZDVP4 @swtrainsuser @swtrains_watch

Happy 70th Birthday Ma’am. Can’t believe this was taken 20 years ago on her 50th birthday at #windsorcastle Very proud to have you as #Patron of @WetwheelsFdn #PrincessRoyalAt70 #PrincessAnne #Royalty #birthday

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2 weeks ago

Geoff Holt MBE

As you may have seen on the news, this week sees the 25th anniversary of the Disability Discrimination Act (now the Equalities Act). I thought I would share a BBC documentary I made 22 years ago looking at how it would impact disabled people. Sorry about the dreadful quality, I converted it from VHS (remember VHS?). www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVcJs6EjaM8 #disability #disabled #disabilityawareness #disabilities BBC South Spinal Injuries Association ... See MoreSee Less

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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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