The Wetwheels Jersey Story
In 2010, UK Yachtsman of the Year and internationally respected disabled mariner Geoff Holt MBE agreed to become Patron of the Le Tournoi Sailing Challenge. Geoff has spent his life campaigning for improved opportunities for disability sailing.
At the time he agreed to come on board with Le Tournoi, he had just launched Wetwheels, a nine-metre motor catamaran, the realisation of his vision to provide boating opportunities to wheelchair users and other disabled children and adults from the Solent.
The visit of the original Wetwheels to the 2012 Barclays Wealth Jersey Boat Show was a huge success. Over eighty disabled islanders of all ages, their parents and carers were treated to trips out to sea, which included fishing, exploring the south coast and even piloting the craft at high speed. The excitement and joy of all who used her that weekend was beyond imagination and we realised immediately that Jersey needed a similar offering.
Subsequent discussions with Geoff Holt, Sir John McColl and industry leaders confirmed our view that Wetwheels Jersey would be of considerable benefit to every charity and community group in the Island. More importantly, there would be no age or disability limitations to being a passenger, meaning that in theory every Islander could enjoy the Wetwheels experience.
After a period of intensive campaigning and fundraising, the Wetwheels Jersey team was ecstatic to launch the brand new Jersey vessel in September 2013.
Since that date, Wetwheels Jersey has had three fantastic years service the Jersey community, carrying thousands of passengers on a huge range of trips, many of which would have been impossible in local waters before Wetwheels Jersey's launch.
Please take a look at our image galleries to see the full range of the work of Wetwheels Jersey since launch.