After 34 days stormbound, paraplegic sailor halfway round British coast
Quadriplegic sailor Geoff Holt,41, has passed the half-way mark in his attempt to be the first disabled person to sail around Great Britain. After another five days weatherbound during the disastrous summer weather, this time in Whitehills, Scotland, Geoff was able to set sail again yesterday, Thursday 2 August. Seven hours later he arrived in the port of Peterhead, marking the halfway point of his voyage. Today, weather permitting, Geoff is hoping to reach Stonehaven.
Geoff left his home port of Southampton on May 20th, but consistently bad weather around the coast has greatly hampered his progress and he has spent 34 days weatherbound with his Challenger Trimaran to date.
Geoff, who is paralysed from the breast line down as the result of a swimming accident when he was 18, spends every night in a specially adapted motor home, and is pleased that he is on the move again. It has been so frustrating spending day after day in a port or campsite just looking at the wind and rain,” he said. “It is still quite chilly and blustery up here, but we are hoping that as we move down the East Coast the weather will improve further to give us a speedy journey home’.