Sunday, June 17, 2007
Quadriplegic sailor, Geoff Holt, sailed in to Tenby, on the first Welsh stop of his solo sail around the coast of Great Britain. Geoff sailed out of Bude that morning and arrived in Tenby Harbour at 6 pm. Geoff, aged 41, who is paralysed from the breast line down as a result of a swimming accident when he was 18-years-old, is attempting to sail around the coast of Great Britain in his 15-foot Challenger Trimaran, a voyage he refers to as his ‘Personal Everest’. There are many companies and organisations supporting the event, including the Rotary clubs of Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) and members of the Rotary Club of Tenby were on hand to welcome a tired, but jubilant Geoff to the resort.“The Rotary Club of Tenby were delighted to meet the team who are so dedicated to their task and wish them well for the rest of the journey,” said Rotarian Chris Sierwald. Tuesday was a rest day for Geoff, but not for his back up team who were servicing equipment etc. On Wednesday, Geoff sailed on to Fishguard and then to Aberdaron and Holyhead later this week. Geoff’s ‘Personal Everest’ project has been made possible by sponsorship from law firm Blake Lapthorn Tarlo Lyons, who are providing the funds to ensure that Geoff has the necessary back-up team and equipment to make his ‘Personal Everest’ attempt safe and efficient.