Seabrook, TX: Lakewood Yacht Club (LYC) Captain's Roundtable is honored to host accomplished, disabled yachtsman Geoff Holt Nov. 2.
Join LYC members Nov. 2. at 10:30 a.m.
as Holt shares his experiences and inspirational story and discusses his charity
The Wetwheels Foundation
, one of his passions that he started in 2011.
The Wetwheels fleet of 5 boats is comprised of fully accessible nine-meter catamarans, equipped with the latest state-of-the-art engines and marine electronics. Beneficiaries are active participants, rather than merely passengers. People with profound and multiple disabilities, dementia, and those with severe physical injury or mental health issues will have the opportunity to drive the vessel and learn seamanship alongside their friends and family.
"There is something very special about being on the water," says Holt. "Being at sea offers unparalleled freedoms. Your mind and imagination fill with things that once didn’t seem possible through the magnificence of the ocean and the natural world, the infinite skies, or the sensory overload from a breaking wave. The feeling of insignificance as a human being, a mere dot on an ocean, countered by this overwhelming sense of being alive."
was a professional yachtsman until he was paralyzed from the chest down in a swimming accident at the age of 18. Since then, he has achieved unparalleled successes on the water, maintaining the belief that any goal can be reached given a positive approach and in his case, a love for the ocean.
He was the first disabled person to sail single-handed around Great Britain in 2007 and then to sail unassisted across the Atlantic Ocean, in a world record voyage. The 3,000-mile journey, took four weeks to complete, sailing a purpose-built 60ft catamaran, 'Impossible Dream.'
Geoff is a published author and has received numerous awards and accolades for his achievements, which include:
- World Yachtsman of the Year 2010
- Rotary International: Twice Awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship Medal
- Member of the British Empire Medal for Services to Disabled Sailing received from Her Majesty The Queen
Call the Club at 281-474-2511 with questions about the event.