Geoff is nominated for sailing's top award

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DISABLED sailor Geoff Holt is in the running for one of his sport's top accolades.

Mr Holt, from Shedfield, near Fareham, is one of three sailors shortlisted for the 2010 YJA Yachtsman of the Year Award.

With voting decided by members of the Yachting Journalists Association, the winner will be announced on January 11.

Previous winners have included Sir Robin Knox Johnston and Dame Ellen MacArthur.

Mr Holt, 44, who was made an MBE earlier this month, said: 'I can not begin to explain what this means to me.

'Given the choice between an MBE and Yachtsman of the Year, I think I would choose YOTY award every time.

'Tens of thousands of people receive MBEs but more people have walked on the moon than received the YOTY Award - it is the ultimate accolade in our sport because it is voted for by the people who matter most, the yachting journalists themselves, all of them experienced yachtsman. It's more like a 'knighthood of sailing' than an award.'