On September 16, 2015, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco arrived at the Yacht Club de Monaco (YCDM) to witness the announcement of British tetraplegic sailor, Mr. Geoff Holt, new Accessible Oceans sailing venture. Mr. Holt hopes sail around the world solo beginning in the Spring of 2017.
According to a YCDM press release, Mr. Holt has been a:
“…champion for disabled sailing for more than 30 years and his round the world ambition is the next chapter in his vision to make our oceans accessible to all through his charity ‘Accessible Oceans’. Over the years, Geoff has inspired millions with his epic achievements which include being the first disabled person to sail solo round the UK and first tetraplegic to across the Atlantic which he did in 2009.
The voyage will take Geoff to 12 destinations around the world and take an estimated 15 months to complete. Learning from his Atlantic crossing, he will be accompanied by two personal assistants who will assist him with his daily living requirements but will play no part in the sailing. Other disabled sailors may join for different legs of the voyage and a selection process has already begun. A cameraman will also be aboard to document the journey but will play no part in the sailing.”
Photo courtesy of the YCDM