Disability and Sailing: Geoff Holt Sets the Record Straight

Geoff Holt asks the question, "When is a sailing record not a sailing record?" in an article by the same name. 
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It may come as a surprise to some, but the inspirational sailing achievements by the likes of British quadriplegic sailor Hilary Lister, blind sailor Aly Gunn or paraplegic Alan Grace are rewarded with little more than column inches in the press. Despite headlines like "sailing into the record books" which featured after my sail around Great Britain in 2007, there is no formal recording of these events other than the ensuing publicity, and most of that is restricted to the marine press.

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So Geoff has come up with a solution - he'll keep the records:

Over the years, many sailing pioneers with a disability have sailed on amazing journeys which, were it not for their disability, would have been worthy of mention, if not in the Guinness Book of Records, then recorded by the World Speed Sailing Council. Although Guinness curate world records in the Paralympic Games, they exclude "disability" as a sub-set of their records.  The WSSC also do not consider records which focus on a  "human condition". By which they mean disability. Nor do they curate records for those under the age of 18.

I feel it is important, for future chroniclers of our sport to curate these achievements. They may be broad by their nature, but the intention is to eventually amass details of past, present and future achievents by our disabled sailors.  No one has attempted this before and it feels like starting to write a dictionary from scratch, starting with the letter "A".
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Geoff on sailing the Atlantic:


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