Award-winning, quadriplegic sailor Geoff Holt has just unveiled his latest plan to travel around the world. Scheduled for 2017, Geoff will be spending the next year preparing for his 14 month long voyage. If successful, Holt will be the first person with a disability to accomplish the vast 27,000 mile voyage. This is not Geoff’s first seemingly impossible mission; he is the first quadriplegic yachtsman to sail singlehandedly around Britain and the first to sail unassisted across the Atlantic Ocean. Naturally his next venture is to sail the world!
Now a tour de force in the world of sailing, Geoff has always been an avid yachtsman. Before a diving accident at aged 18, he had already sailed the Atlantic three times, was a professional skipper and had high hopes of one day circumnavigating the globe. After breaking his neck while diving in the Caribbean, he was left completely paralysed from the chest down, spending 11 months in hospital. Geoff defied the odds and has gone on to live a life based on his personal mantra ‘no matter what life throws at you, you must plough on’. With an MBE and countless awards under his belt, Geoff has gone on to achieve great feats despite major setbacks.