Wetwheels is a Community Interest Company (CIC) - a registered not-for-profit organisation limited by guarantee serving the local Hampshire community.

Headed up by well known sailor and wheel chair user Geoff Holt MBE DL it uses fully accesible boats to provide boating opportunities for people of all ages and of all abilities.

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Royal Visit for Wetwheels

29 September 2014 - The Earl of Wessex has praised the work of a Hampshire charity, Wetwheels, on a visit to their fully accessible motor boat at Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays.

Prince Edward met with the founder of Wetwheels, Geoff Holt MBE DL, who showed him the capabilities of the nine metre Cheetah catamaran. Geoff is a wheel chair user and long distance sailor. He’s commissioned the boat to offer opportunities on the water to people of all ages and of all abilities.

His Royal Highness also met Dan Giddings, a seventeen year old student with cerebral palsy from the Treloar’s College, Alton and Anne Savage, a Southsea resident. Both are wheel chair users who have enjoyed trips out on WetWheels in the Solent. Zoe Coltart and Helen Goodenough from Treloar’s College accompanied Dan.

Wetwheels is a Community Interest Company (CIC) and operates from Gunwharf Quays with the support of Land Securities, owners of the shopping destination. Centre Director, Colin Wilding and Centre Manager, Sean Sweeney were on hand to welcome the guests.

The catamaran was built by Cheetah Marine in the Isle of Wight. It’s powered by two Suzuki engines and uses a variety of navigation equipment from Raymarine. Representatives of all three companies were on board to meet the royal visitor.

The Wetwheels Foundation, the charity which raises money for Wetwheels, was represented on board by its Chairman Andy Fell.

Speaking after the visit Anne Savage, who has chronic arthritis, said “I feel honoured to be part of this occasion. It’s wonderful being on Wetwheels. You have the freedom of the seas and are away from the usual drag of life”

Colin Wilding, Centre Director said “We are proud to have Geoff at Gunwharf Quays. It’s a great initiative and shows what people can do when they put their mind to it”.

Teenager Dan said he didn’t know what to expect from the visit but was very excited. After meeting the Prince he declared him to be “alright” and “someone who knew what he was talking about…”

Dan meets the Earl of Wessex

Dan Giddings is a seventeen year old student with cerebral palsy from Treloar's College in Alton.

On 29 September he enjoyed a memorable day on board Wetwheels, meeting the Earl of Wessex and a host of other supporters and sponsors.

Zoe Coltart and Helen Goodenough from Treloar’s College accompanied Dan on the exciting visit.

The Earl of Wessex praised the work of Wetwheels on the visit to their fully accessible motor boat at Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays.

Prince Edward met with the founder of Wetwheels, Geoff Holt MBE DL, who showed him the capabilities of the nine metre Cheetah catamaran. Geoff is a wheel chair user and long distance sailor. He’s commissioned the boat to offer opportunities on the water to people of all ages and of all abilities.

Zoe and Dan chatted after the visit