GEOFF HOLT left school to pursue a career as a chartered skipper. He logged over 30,000 nautical miles including three transatlantic passages. But his promising onboard career was cut short in 1984 by a life changing accident that paralysed Geoff from the waist down.
After a period of rehabilitation, with determination and positivity, Geoff returned to the sport that he loved, becoming the first disabled sportsman to sail single-handed around the Isle of Wight and later the first disabled person to sail single-handed around Great Britain. He was also the first disabled person to sail unassisted across the Atlantic.
A highly respected ambassador for disabled athletes, and an inspiration to everyone he meets, Geoff has continued to take on sailing challenges. Today, he is widely recognised for his contributions to the disabled sporting community and the sailing world.