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Disabled record-breaker gears up for powerboat challenge

geoff hold m b e next to a boat

It’s going to be “daring and demanding”, those are the words of Geoff Holt MBE as he embarks on another incredible charity challenge.

The 58-year-old holds the title of being the first quadriplegic to sail across the Atlantic and now he’s ready to embark on yet another gruelling fundraiser.

Holt was paralysed in a swimming accident in 1984, since then he uses a wheelchair and has a passion for raising cash for good causes.

In 2007 he circumnavigated Britain in a trimaran, three years later came the ground-breaking journey across the Atlantic.

Holt, from Fareham, Hampshire, will sail off in a powerboat from London on 13th May hoping to raise £1.2m for his charity Wetwheels covering a distance of 1,500 miles [2,400km].

He told BBC News "Finishing the Dream" challenge would involve "some of the most dangerous and congested" waters in the world.

Holt added: "There's some really, really rough waters - the North Sea, going round the top of Scotland, that whole north-west coast of the UK.

"The top left corner of Scotland is called Cape Wrath and it's not called Cape Wrath for nothing. So it should be an adventure, exciting and I'm really looking forward to it."

Holt will be joined by two colleagues who will drive one of the powerboats run by his WetWheels Foundation, which makes the water accessible for disabled people.

[ Powerboats can reach speeds of over 100 mph. ]

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