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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Fab day @SotonBoatShow and so chuffed to see the amazing @maidenfactor, the ground-breaking project founded by my friend, the inspirational @TracyEdwardsMBE

Great to be back at @SotonBoatShow courtesy of @SuzukiMarineUK. Come and see our V17 Wheelyboat in the marina, berth M701, and the spectacular and accessible V29 built by @jmcoulam.

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Delighted to receive an award from @PostcodeLottery to provide @Wetwheels experiences to Disabled people in #Portsmouth Been a tough 12 months so v much appreciated.

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Just over 12 years ago, I bought #WalkingOnWater from Geoff Holt @WetWheels - it chronicles a truly incredible and inspiration journey and comes highly recommended - today I met him again at @GosportMarFest and told him so - what a gent! https://amzn.to/38IVT57

One of the specially designed @WetWheels boats , allowing full wheel chair access, ready for the next trip at the @RVYClub Open Day. With 6 boats around the country .This innovative charity provides unique experiences with a chance for all to take the helm #cheetahmarine

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5 months ago

Geoff Holt MBE
And here's the film itself. Best viewed with a VR headset for full effect. If using your PC/Desktop, open in full screen and use mouse to click/drag left/right, up/down - great view looking backwards at speed. Wetwheels Solent. www.youtube.com/watch?v=YIur5A5IMWw&t=87s #VR #disabled #wheelchairlife #wheelchairuser #accessibility #boat #boatlife #sailing ... See MoreSee Less
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5 months ago

Geoff Holt MBE
A huge day yesterday after months of planning and work, we finally got to launch our Wetwheels 360 VR film and where better to premier it than with our friends at Treloar's. So many people thank including Carswell Gould, Soundview Media.www.youtube.com/watch?v=cs8Ekv_8Pm4 Suzuki Marine UK TheYachtMarket ... See MoreSee Less
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5 months ago

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Me in the centre cockpit, Richard Purssell in the aft cockpit, many eons ago.! #Rampant ... See MoreSee Less
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6 months ago

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When your name pops up in a Google Alert from the Daily Telegraph. I'm in esteemed company. #proudmember ... See MoreSee Less
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6 months ago

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You can rely on Commodore Latchford not to miss a trick..! Tune in Sunday. #proudmember ... 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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