Disabled teenage sailor, Natasha Lambert is to take to the water again on for another daring challenge – Miss Isle’s Capital Venture…
Natasha has so far sailed around the Isle of Wight, crossed the Channel, sailed over 500 miles around the South West coast of England to Wales before swapping her boat for her special walking aid to climb Pen Y Fan, the highest peak in Southern Britain.
Now Natasha, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, plans to sail East and conquer the City of London in a bid to raise funds for her own new charity, missisle's school of sip and puff sailing.
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Disabled teenage sailor, Natasha Lambert, is to take to the water again on 23 May for another daring challenge – Miss Isle’s Capital Venture.
This follows Natasha’s “Sea and Summit” challenge of 2014 when the incredible 17-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, uses a wheel chair and has little control over her movements, sailed over 500 miles around the South West coast of England to Wales before swapping her boat for her special walking aid to climb Pen Y Fan, the highest peak in Southern Britain.
Natasha is once again setting sail from her home town of Cowes, Isle of Wight but this time she will sail east to the mouth of the River Thames. She’ll then sail up the River until she reaches St Katherine’s Docks. Once there she will again swap her boat for her Hart Walker.
This time Natasha will be climbing a financial mountain! Natasha is starting her own charity to give others with a similar disability the chance to enjoy sailing by “sip and puff”, using only their breath to control a sailing boat. To kick start the funding for the charity, to be known as “missisle's school of sip and puff sailing”, Natasha has come up with a plan to walk the square mile of the City of London, fund raising as she walks. Although the terrain is less challenging than a Welsh mountain the walk will nevertheless be daunting with the traffic and hubbub of the Capital to negotiate.
Natasha’s cerebral palsy means she Natasha sails her specially-designed 21ft yacht, Miss Isle Too only by breathing through a straw which controls an electronic system designed by her dad, Gary. On board the yacht a qualified coach assists Natasha with the raising and lowering the sails, and with hydration and nutrition underway.
For the sea and river part of the challenge Natasha will be supported by a Honda RIB and crew, including her Mum, Amanda. Once in the Capital Natasha will propel herself in the Hart Walker and will be supported by her Dad, Mum and little sister Rachel (8).
Natasha hopes to reach the Square Mile by 2 June.
Natasha’s Capital Venture is supported by Honda Power Products; SeaSafe; PSP Logistics; Cowes Yacht Haven; British Marine Federation and Event Broadcast
Cherrell Catlow is going to be on board with Natasha...