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.

Geoff’s News

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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...

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...

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@portsmouthsu @PortsmouthColl @PortsmouthUni @PortsCollSport We're delighted that Geoff Holt MBE DL @WetWheels inspirational yachtsman & Founder of Wetwheels, has joined our BRIT Ambassador family & is championing #TheBRITChallenge in Portsmouth; https://www.thebritchallenge.org.uk/post/inspirational-yachtsman-geoff-holt-mbe-dl-joins-our-brit-ambassador-family RT

Did you know 0.5% of all of your @AmazonUK purchases can be donated to Wetwheels if you use @amazonsmile? Just use our Charity Number 1148600. It’s as easy as that. Register here https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/homepage?orig=%2F%3Fref%3Ddayone_us_smilehowto_1

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

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2 weeks 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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3 weeks 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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4 weeks ago

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#FAIL x 3. In 1991 I tested out one of the first ski-bobs in the UK at Southampton dry ski slope. Designed for someone with upper body strength I spent more time on my side than upright. #FAIL1 - ski bob #FAIL 2 - hairstyle #fail 3 - jacket..! youtu.be/RsGOusSjHIs ... 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.”


“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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