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 has completed the first leg of her incredible new challenge, Capital Venture - a sail of over 200 hundred miles from Cowes to the centre of London ending with a mile walk around the City of London.
Natasha left Cowes at 06.35 to sail east to Brighton in her specially-designed 21ft yacht, Miss Isle Too. After some tricky sailing, with some frustrating motoring in light winds, Natasha finally arrived in Brighton Marina 10 hours and 54 miles later to a warm welcome from the marina staff.
Natasha has cerebral palsy, uses a wheel chair and has little control over her movements. She sails only by breathing through a straw which controls an electronic system designed by her dad, Gary. On board the yacht a coach assists Natasha with the raising and lowering the sails, and with hydration and nutrition while underway.
For this first leg of her challenge Natasha had a very special coach on board. Offshore solo sailor Nikki Curwen joined Natasha for the sail. Nikki is due to sail solo across the Atlantic this September in the Mini Transat race, competing in a sailing boat very similar to Natasha’s “Miss Isle Too”.
Tomorrow Natasha will head further east on the next leg to Eastbourne.
Nikki described the sail today...