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Geoff Holt (sailor)

Geoff Holt
Born (1966-02-24) 24 February 1966 (age 48)
Portsmouth, Hampshire, England.
Known for The first solo circumnavigation of Britain by a quadriplegic yachtsman

Geoffrey Trevor Marden Holt MBE (born 24 February 1966) is an English sailor from Portsmouth, now based in Southampton, Hampshire. Paralysed in an accident at the age of eighteen, in 2007 he became the first quadriplegic yachtsman to sail solo around Great Britain.[1]

In December 2007 he was named BBC South Sports Personality of the Year.[2]

In December 2009 he set out to cross the Atlantic Ocean on his yacht the Impossible Dream, aiming to become the first quadriplegic to do so.[3] He succeeded in this 2,700 mile crossing, arriving on 7 January 2010.[4]

Holt was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours.[5]

Holt also won the title of Yachting Journalist Association (YJA) Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year for 2010.[6] Of this award,he said “For me this is the knighthood of sailing.″ [7]


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