Paralysed yachtsman to try for solo round Britain

Wheelchair-bound yachtsman Geoff Holt, 40, is set to sail round Britain solo in a modified 15ft trimaran this summer. Completely paralysed from the chest down, Geoff will leave his wheelchair behind on dry land as he embarks on the epic 50 day adventure in his bid to become the first disabled sailor to cover the 1,600 miles around Great Britain.

He will set off in a westerly direction from the Isle of Wight in mid-May.Sailing for 8 hours a day, he will be supported on the water by a fully crewed rescue craft and will spend each night ashore in his wheelchair accessible motorhome with his personal care proved by his wife Elaine.

As an experienced yachtsman, Geoff is well aware of the potential difficulties that lay ahead. Apart from the obvious dangers at sea like waves, commercial shipping and submerged obstacles, Geoff faces many personal difficulties brought about by his disability with the risk of pressure sores, fatigue and exposure to name but a few.

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