Geoff Holt Initiatives


Geoff Holt MBE was a professional yachtsman with many ocean crossings under his belt until he was  paralysed in a swimming accident in 1984. Geoff has since become a world reknowned quadriplegic athlete and the first disabled person to sail single-handed around Great Britain and the first to cross the Atlantic unassisted. Today he commits much of his life to championing disability awareness and engaging others in the training and development of the disabled and able-bodied to help them attain their full potential whether in sporting or other endeavours and to inspire everyone he touches to recognise and harness those innate qualities in themselves. As Geoff puts it:

“It’s not about coping with disability; it’s about finding the reserves we all have to achieve our goals in spite of it.”

Geoff sits on the national RYA Council representing disabled sailors in the UK and also on the Paralympic Steering Group which is responsible for finding our Paralympic sailors for the 2012 Games.

He is a committee member of the British Paralympic Association representing sailing in the UK.


  • 2011 – YJA Yachtsman of the Year
  • 2010 – Awarded MBE in The Queen’s Birthday Honours for “Services to Disabled Sailing”
  • 2009/10 – First disabled person to sail unassisted across the Atlantic (Geoff’s ‘Impossible Dream’)
  • 2009 – RYA ‘ Francis Elkin’ Award for Services to Disabled Sailing
  • 2009 – British Airways Great Briton Award
  • 2008 – REGAIN Quadriplegic of the year
  • 2007 – First disabled person to sail single-handed around Great Britain (Geoff”s ‘Personal Everest)
  • 2007 – BBC South Sports Personality of the Year
  • 2007 – BBC South Sportsman of the Year
  • 2007 – Nominated Daily Telegraph Great Briton of the Year
  • 2007 – Nominated YJA Yachtsman on the Year
  • 2004 – RYA Award for Services to Yachting
  • 1997 – Bronze medallist – world disabled multihull championships

Recognitions and patronages:

  • Honorary Doctorate of Sport: Southampton University
  • Honorary Doctorate of Science: Winchester University
  • Patron Lymington Sailability
  • Patron New Forest Sailability
  • Patron Sussex Sailability
  • Patron Rose Road Association
  • Honorary member of the Royal Southern Yacht Club
  • Honorary member of the Royal Southampton Yacht
  • Honorary member of the Royal British Virgin Islands Yacht Club
  • Honorary “Belongership” of the British Virgin Islands

This website presents the opportunities available to put the power of the Geoff Holt brand and its dynamic, inclusive qualities to work for your organisation.

News & press

Geooff Holt Accredited New Sailing Holidays
06.07.14 Geooff Holt Accredited New Sailing Holidays

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24.07.11 Something to celebrate with champagne Pol Roger

We are delighted to announce that champagne Pol Roger have renewed their contract for a third consecutive year as one of our Official Suppliers.  For full details...

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