Hi there. My name is Geoff Holt. 25 years ago I worked in the charter
boat industry in the Virgin Islands
but unfortunately had a swimming accident
which paralysed me from the chest down and left me quadriplegic.
In December 2009, I will be returning to the Caribbean
, but this time as a quadriplegic yachtsman.
I will be sailing a 60ft, custom built, wheelchair accessible catamaran
called, appropriately, Impossible Dream.
In so doing, I will be the first disabled yachtsman to sail indepently across the Atlantic Ocean
from Lanzarote in the Canary Islands to Tortola in the BVI.
It is a really big undertaking and my main reason for doing so is to promote sailing as a sport / leisure activity that is possible, no matter what your ability level.
Of course, my story is much more complicated, a lot has happened in 25 years, not least helping to set up a national sailing charity called Sailability in 1995, a concept
now copied throughout the world. But also, two years ago, becoming the first disabled person to sail single-handed around Great Britain.
I would really love for this Forum to be able to help spread the news about my Atlantic crossing
later this year. I believe the more people hear about my project
, the more people who may become inspired to take up sailing.
If moderators and Forum members could help promote my project
, I'd be really grateful. All ideas welcome. I'll be completing regular updates and blogs on my progress on my website which I hope will be of interest to members of this Forum.
My website is www.personalatlantic.com
or look also at www.geoffholt.com