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Paralysed sailor completes epic powerboat challenge

the union jack flag draped around Geoff Holt on a power boat

A man paralysed from the waist down has circumnavigated Great Britain in a power boat to prove "other profoundly disabled people that barrier free boating is possible".

Geoff Holt MBE, originally from Portsmouth, zoomed off from Tower Bridge in London on 13th May, he returned to the Thames three and a half weeks later.

His epic travels have raised over £75,000 for Holt’s Wetwheels charity which provides accessible boats for disabled people.

Holt was accompanied by two crew members who steered into all of the 19 ports where they were met by his wife who provided an accessible motorhome for him to stay in each night. 

But the journeys came with their own challenges, the movement of the boat caused his wheelchair to leave painful marks when it rubbed against his back on choppy water.

Setting that aside, Holt told BBC News it was “an incredible trip”.

The grand boat trip also raised awareness of the charity’s fundraising project, Finishing The Dream.

Money raised from the challenge will go towards buying four more accessible boats designed by Holt, “so that everyone can drive the boats".

Two weeks before setting off, Holt underwent kidney surgery, but going under the knife did not stop the intrepid adventurer.

Holt said he was overwhelmed when he saw the iconic London bridge after almost a month at sea.

"When we got round the corner and saw Tower Bridge... it was just euphoric," he told the BBC.

[ Geoff Holt travelled around 1,800 miles (2897km), spending up to 10 hours a day at sea. ]

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