The 'Sip and Puff' sailor is three-quarters of the way through her latest sailing challenge...But has a mountain to climb too
Disabled teenage sailor Natasha ‘Miss isle’ Lambert is three-quarters of the way through her latest sailing challenge.
She arrived in Falmouth yesterday with a huge smile on her face after a day of champagne sailing in sunshine and good breeze.
The 17-year-old, who has cerebral palsy and controls her boat by breathing through a straw in a specially-engineered bicycle helmet, is now eight legs into her 12 leg sailing challenge and was delighted to be sailing with more power as she completed the 22 miles from Fowey in 5 hours.
On Friday, Natasha endured very wet weather conditions when she sailed from Plymouth to Fowey in just four hours.
Today ‘Miss Isle’ plans to sail from Falmouth to Newlyn. She will then have a short rest period before taking on her sternest sailing test to date-the 60 mile leg which will take her around Lands End ending in Padstow.
Her coach Phil Devereux said: ‘Natasha’s biggest challenges are creeping closer now but after a great sail, she remains focused and determined and we’re excited for more decent breeze.’
Sea and Summit is Natasha’s biggest challenge yet – a month-long project sailing her specially-designed 21ft yacht, Miss Isle Too, single-handed around the South West coast of England to Wales.
Here, she will swap her boat for her special walking aid, called a Hart Walker, to climb Pen y Fan, the highest peak in Southern Britain.
In total she will sail around 430 miles and climb 2,907ft.
Through the Sea and Summit challenge Natasha is raising money for the RNLI, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and the RYA Foundation, as well as the profile of sailing for people with disabilities.
She has a target of £15,000 to raise by the end of her challenge and is already two-thirds of the way there.
Sailing has been Natasha’s big love since she first went on holiday with the Calvert Trust aged nine.
She then started sailing at home and spent two years sailing with the Even Keel Project and her local RYA Sailability.
RYA Sailability is the national programme providing people with disabilities opportunities to learn to sail and sail regularly. Last year she sailed across the English Channel, and in 2012, the 50-miles around the Isle of Wight.
To support Natasha’s challenge visit www.missisle.com