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Geoff Holt's Impossible Dream


Geoff Holt's Impossible Dream

Having completed circumnavigations of the Isle of Wight and Great Britain, the next challenge for sailor Geoff Holt - who was paralysed in a diving accident when he was 18 - is to sail from the Canary Islands, across the Atlantic, to the Caribbean.

He will be accompanied by a carer and cameraman but will be sailing the vessel unassisted.

Geoff, who lives in Shedfield, Hampshire, is planning to set off on the 3,000-mile (4,800km) journey from Lanzarote to Tortola in the Virgin Islands in early December in a purpose-built wheelchair-accessible 60ft (18m) catamaran - Impossible Dream.

In 2007, Geoff Holt became the first disabled sailor to sail the 1,400 miles (2,250km) around the coast of Great Britain.

Since breaking his neck in a diving accident when he was 18, Geoff has been paralysed from the chest down and is now a wheelchair user.

Before the accident, he had actually sailed across the Atlantic three times as a teenager.

This crossing will have added emotional resonance as Geoff will be arriving on the same beach where the accident happened in 1984.


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