Geoff Holt (sailor)

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Early Life and Background:
– Born on February 24, 1966, in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
– Involved in a sailing accident at age eighteen
– Became paralyzed due to the accident
– Known for being the first quadriplegic yachtsman to sail solo around Great Britain
– Married to Elaine Holt with a son named Tim Holt

– Achievements and Milestones:
– Completed a 1,500 mile solo sail around the UK in 2007
– Named BBC South Sports Personality of the Year in December 2007
– Authored his autobiography “Walking on Water” in 2008
– Successfully crossed the Atlantic Ocean in 2009 on his yacht, the Impossible Dream
– Awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2010

– Recognition and Awards:
– Won the title of Yachting Journalist Association (YJA) Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year in 2010
– Described the YJA award as the “knighthood of sailing”
– Appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire in 2012
– BBC South Sports Personality of the Year in 2007
– Crowned Yachtsman of the Year in 2011

– References:
– Geoff Holt is BBC South Sports Personality of the Year 2007
– BBC Press Office
– Making sailing history – The Independent
– The London Gazette (Supplement)
– Geoff Holt crowned Yachtsman of the Year

– External Links:
– Official website: geoffholt.com
– Biographical article related to yacht racing in England
– Encouragement for expanding the Wikipedia article

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

Geoff Holt
Born (1966-02-24) 24 February 1966 (age 58)
Known forThe first solo circumnavigation of Britain by a quadriplegic yachtsman and his activisms for equality of those with physical disabilities.
SpouseElaine Holt
ChildrenTim Holt
Websitewww.geoffholt.com

In September 2007, Holt completed his 1,500 mile sail around the UK in his 15 ft trimaran dinghy "Freethinker," becoming the first severely disabled person to make the journey. In December 2007 he was named BBC South Sports Personality of the Year.

In 2008, Holt wrote his autobiography "Walking on Water".

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. He succeeded in this 2,700 mile crossing, arriving on 7 January 2010.

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

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

In 2012 Holt was made a Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire.

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