Portsmouth MS sufferers enjoy a day at sea with sailor

WE ARE SAILING Geoff Holt, third from left, with members of the MS Society

WE ARE SAILING Geoff Holt, third from left, with members of the MS Society

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PEOPLE who suffer from multiple sclerosis enjoyed a day speeding over waves at the invitation of legendary sailor Geoff Holt.

Record-breaking Geoff, who is quadriplegic, invited members of the Portsmouth and district branch of the MS Society to spend a day on his catamaran Wetwheels on Thursday.

Wetwheels is a 30ft power catamaran with special adaptations to allow disabled people on board as well as able-bodied sailors.

Geoff, who lives in Shedfield, near Fareham, has been in a wheelchair since a swimming accident.

He said: ‘I never get tired of seeing the buzz they get from this.

‘It really does help take their minds off everyday life, particularly if they’re going at speed.

‘I have been in a wheelchair myself for more than 30 years now and as an ex-professional yachtsman, I am in regular contact with thousands of wheelchair users on the water.’

The catamaran set sail from Gunwharf Quays and whizzed 15 people with MS across the Solent for an hour at a time.

Geoff Holt recently carried the Olympic flame through Dorset as part of the nationwide torch relay.

Gunwharf Quays has chosen the MS Society as a charity it supports.

Peter Emery, the centre director at Gunwharf Quays, said: ‘We are committed to helping raise money for the MS Society through various events and our new charity flower stand.

‘However this latest activity will immediately benefit those people living with the condition.

‘We hope everyone involved enjoyed the Wetwheels experience and that there are many more activities like this taking place in the future.’

Wetwheels is moored at Gunwharf Quays and offers daily charters for able-bodied and disabled people throughout the year.

The mooring at Gunwharf Quays is accessible by wheelchairs.

Wetwheels takes people out to go sea fishing or enjoy fast powerboat trips and leisurely journeys around the Solent forts and harbours.

For more details about the project call (023) 9298 4090 or visit wetwheels.co.uk

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