Disabled sailor launches new boat in Chichester Harbour

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CHAMPION sailor Geoff Holt launched a special boat for disabled people at Thorney Island.

He was the guest of honour at an event at Thorney Island Sailing Club in Chichester Harbour.

The evening saw the launch of a Wheelyboat, a boat that is specially designed for people with disabilities and has full wheelchair access.

It was the 150th vessel to be launched nationally.

The boat was christened with champagne by Valerie Davis, the wife of the late Chichester harbourmaster John Davis.

The boat will be called The John Q Davis OBE Royal Marines.

Attending the event was the chairman of Chichester District Council, Peter Clementson, and members of the Chichester Harbour Federation.

Andy Beadsley, director of the Wheelyboat Trust, gave a talk to guests about all the work that had gone into the charity.