Quadraplegic sailor Geoff is half-way round Britain, despite a total of 34 days weatherbound 02/8/07

Quadriplegic sailor, Geoff Holt, has passed the half-way mark on his attempt to be the first disabled person to sail around Great Britain.

After five days weatherbound in Whitehills, Scotland, the weather was good enough for Geoff to sail again yesterday. Leaving late morning he sailed more than 7 hours to get to Peterhead. Today, weather permitting, Geoff will take to the water again bound for Stonehaven.

Geoff could not have chosen a worst summer to attempt this ambitious project. He left his homeport of Southampton on 20 May, but the bad weather around the coast has greatly hampered his progress, and he has spent 34 days weatherbound in various ports.

Geoff, 41, who is paralysed from the breast line down as the result of a swimming accident when he was 18, spends every night in a specially adapted motor home, and is pleased that he is on the move again.

“It has been so frustrating spending day after day in a port or campsite just looking at the wind and rain,” he said. “It is still quite chilly and blustery up here, but we are hoping that as we move down the East Coast the weather will improve further to give us a speedy journey home”.