Record-breaking Geoff to join royal flotilla

Geoff Holt
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RECORD-breaking disabled yachtsman Geoff Holt has been selected to take part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee festivities.

Wetwheels – the wheelchair accessible powerboat owned by the Gosport resident – will gather on the afternoon of Sunday, June 3 with 1,000 other boats on the river Thames.

Organisers hope it will be the largest flotilla in modern times on the river, featuring boats of all shapes and sizes dressed with streamers and Union Jacks. They said it has proved extremely popular with three boats applying for every place.

Geoff said: ‘She is a magnificent boat and I’m thrilled to bits that I will have the opportunity to be there, on the Thames, playing a part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.’

Wetwheels is a nine-metre Cheetah catamaran which has been designed and built specifically to enable disabled people get afloat on a motor boat.

Geoff added: ‘It is my hope to identify some disabled children within Hampshire to join me on Wetwheels and I am speaking to a couple of charities of which I am patron to identify the right individuals who will be aboard for the pageant.’