This is a link to Geoff Holt’s Personal Atlantic website http://www.personalatlantic.com/
Well worth a visit and sign up for his regular news updates – below is an excerpt explaining the why’s and wherefore’s.
Skippering Impossible Dream for the Atlantic crossing will be quadriplegic yachtsman Geoff Holt.
By the age of 18, Geoff had sailed in excess of 30,000 miles at sea, including 3 trans-Atlantic crossings and several solo voyages. His career was cut short in 1984 by a life changing accident which left him paralysed from the chest down. Diving into shallow water broke his neck causing a complete spinal cord injury and he has used a wheelchair ever since.
He has remained passionate about sailing and keen to support any initiative which provides sailing opportunities to other disabled people. In 1995, Geoff was a founding Trustee of the national disabled sailing charity RYA Sailability and now, through a network of more than 150 Sailability clubs and groups, more than 20,000 disabled people a year experience the freedom of sailing in the UK.
For more than 15 years he headed up regional marketing teams for two of the world’s largest firms of accountants. He holds a degree in Fine Art Valuation and has sat on just about every sailing committee representing disabled sailing both nationally and internationally.
More than 20 years after his accident, Geoff became the first disabled person to sail single-handed around Great Britain in an expedition he called Personal Everest.
“Sailing has given me so much in my life. It was my livelihood before my accident and it was to be my saviour after it. The freedom I experience on the sea is like no other; I am free of my wheelchair and free of my disability. When I am on the water, it makes me feel alive and any sailor, regardless of their ability, will know exactly that same feeling. Sailing is my life.” says Geoff.
On his return from Personal Everest, Geoff published his autobiography Walking on Water to critical acclaim.
Personal Atlantic will see him sail the Atlantic again, but this time, as a quadriplegic yachtsman.