Geoff Holt to open Oxford Sailing Club disabled pontoon

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

Related Stories

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."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Oxford



Min. Night 14 °C


  • RihannaCloud caution

    After celebrity leaks, what can you do to safeguard your photos?

  • Cesc FabregasFair price?

    Have some football clubs overpaid for their new players?

  • Woman and hairdryerBlow back

    Would banning high-power appliances actually save energy?

  • Rack of lambFavourite feast

    Is the UK unusually fond of lamb and potatoes?

  • Members of staff at James Stevenson Flags hold a Union Jack and Saltire flag UK minus Scotland

    Does the rest of the UK care if the Scots become independent?

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.