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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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


Join me live at 10am this morning in conversation with JunoHollyhock, CEO of @Rose_Road https://www.facebook.com/events/856701778158202/

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3 days ago

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Wetwheels Royal Marines Amphibious Air Assault Bournemouth Airshow 2014 ... See MoreSee Less

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1 week ago

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Sailing porn..! www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLc5qsJVu5U&feature=emb_logo ... See MoreSee Less

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4 weeks ago

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Memories of a fab short break in Turkey 2 years ago with Elaine Holt and Tracey Plumridge. Watch till the end to see the amazing submersible swimming platform. Wellabled Disabled Boating Accessible Oceans youtu.be/yeLCMRIL1l0 ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

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Brings back memories..!If you have read the comments in the previous post you will know that Challenger 157, PIG's trotter is looking for a new home. This is a rare Mk3 bermudan rig Challenger (see post on 19 August). It is also the only pink Challenger that I know of! The boat is currently with Alan Southwell who readily admits that it needs some TLC. It has a launching trolley (in poor condition) but no road trailer and also lacks a jib. If you are interested in acquiring a Mk3 Challenger please contact Alan (www.facebook.com/alan.southwell.3).

PIG's trotter was funded by the Profession Interest Group Southampton (hence PIG's) on the recommendation of
Geoff Holt MBE. The photo has Geoff and the late Julian Mandiwall (the first director of RYA Sailability) showing PIG's trotter to Princess Anne at the Earls Court Boat Show in around 1993 or 1994. I'm not sure what PIG's trotter has been doing since its debut at the Boat Show and arriving in Alan's garden, but it would be nice to get it on the water again... Is anyone interested in a project? If so contact Alan.
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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.”


“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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