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Afloat.ie: A Tough Seven Days At Sea for Disabled Yatchsman Geoff Holt

16th December 2009
Afloat.ie: A Tough Seven Days At Sea for Disabled Yatchsman Geoff Holt

Just seven days into his Atlantic crossing and with just 500 miles into the 2,700 mile route, the UK's Geoff Holt has fallen behind schedule. Unseasonal headwinds, contaminated fuels supplies and engine failure have  forced Geoff to change course and Impossible Dream is now heading for Cape Verde for an unplanned stop to refuel and replenish vital supplies. However, Geoff is confident that once they have resolved the issues with the fuel they will get back on track and hopefully pick up speed mid-way.

Life on board Impossible Dream is not only tough for Geoff. His carer, Susana Scott, has struggled to cope with seasickness making day to day life very difficult.

Geoff was concerned that his wife Elaine and son Tim would not be able to fly out to see him complete this emotional crossing due to the BA strike. However, it was confirmed this morning that BA have arranged for Geoff's family to fly out a day earlier so that they won't be affeceted by the industrial action  and they will be there to celebrate when Geoff arrives in Tortola after Christmas.

In his blog written yesterday, Geoff remains upbeat, despite the challenges he’s facing, the lack of sleep and the 420nm to go until he reaches Cape Verde. He is receiving hundreds of emails of support, which he takes encouragement from.

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