Quadriplegic Tackles Atlantic

Geoff Holt is no ordinary sailor.  The 42 year old man just completed a trip that few people can lay claim to.  Geoff sailed solo across the Atlantic Ocean from Lanzarote to the British Virgin Islands, arriving on December 10, 2009.  Oh, and Geoff is a quadriplegic.  

Geoff was paralyzed 25 years ago when diving into shallow water and has been relegated to a wheelchair ever since.  In 2007, he became the first quadriplegic to sail around Britain. However, having sailed across the Atlantic prior to his accident, he decided to return, sailing his now-incorrectly named boat “Impossible Dream”.  By using a series of hydraulic winches, Geoff was able to control the boat as any able bodied person would.  Despite the fact that he experienced engine troubles and terribly light winds during portions of his trip, he made it to the Virgin Islands unscathed and with an irremovable smile on his face. 

Mr. Holt now holds the record for being the only quadriplegic to complete this particular journey and his sheer determination and unwavering drive to complete his goal will serve as an inspiration to anyone with or without sea legs. 

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