Geoff Holt MBE DL
Geoff conceived the idea of Wetwheels and has been the driving force behind the project. Geoff was paralysed in a swimming accident in 1984 and uses a wheelchair. In 1995 he became the inaugural Chairman of RYA Sailability, a role he held for six years. 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 as the YJA Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year shortly after. He was made a Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire in 2012. He is a Board director of the RYA and 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. He holds a degree in Antiques and Auctioneering. He is the author of "Walking on Water" and is a professional speaker. Geoff is currently planning to sail around the world.
"Of all the projects I have been involved with, Wetwheels gives me the greatest pleasure. Over the years I have witnessed thousands of disabled people of all ages enjoy being on the water. It doesn't matter if that is on a sail boat or a motor boat; it is being on the water that makes the difference. With many sailing charities, I realised there were too few opportunities to go powerboating for disabled people. With that realisation, I created the Wetwheels project to remedy that lack of opportunity. Judging from the smiles, I think we've found a winning formula".
Geoff is a director of Wetwheels Yorkshire CIC.