Geoff Holt to open Oxford Sailing Club disabled pontoon

Geoff Holt The pontoon will allow disabled sailors to use the facility

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Disabled sailor Geoff Holt was guest of honour at a ceremony to open an accessible pontoon at Oxford Sailing Club.

The yachtsman, from Portsmouth, who was paralysed in a swimming accident in 1984, opened the £500,000 facility at Farmoor Reservoir in Cumnor Road.

The pontoon will make it easier for disabled sailors to use the reservoir.

It is the culmination of ten years work by the club, Oxford Sailability and Thames Water volunteers.

Geoff Holt was the first quadriplegic sailor to sail solo across the Atlantic and was made an MBE in 2010 for his services to sailing.

He said: "Accessing the water is one of the biggest barriers to going sailing, not just for the people who are disabled, but also for the volunteers who help them in and out of the water. Having a pontoon is going to make it that much easier."

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