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Geoff Holt Crowned Yachtsman of the Year

British yachtsman Geoff Holt MBE has won the coveted title of Yachting Journalist Association (YJA) Pantaenius Yachtsman of the Year for 2010. 

The Award was made for a series of inspirational sailing feats culminating in a single-handed trans Atlantic crossing. Hampshire based Geoff, 44, became the first quadriplegic to sail across the Atlantic when he sailed into the British Virgin Islands on January 7, 2010, overcoming personal adversity and achieving his own impossible dream.

The crossing took 28 days to complete the 2,700 mile voyage back to very beach where he broke his neck spinal injury 25 years earlier.

Geoff was also the first disabled person to sail solo around Great Britain in 2007 and has been awarded an MBE for services to disabled sailing.

On his accepting his award, Geoff announced his next major project, to become the first quadriplegic to sail around the world.

Geoff Holt holds his Yachting Journalist Association award. (PHOTO: Provided)

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