Sea and Summit

Natasha Lambert's Challenge for 2014

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Sound of Music for "Tash"

Natasha Lambert rounded off her "Sea and Summit" challenge with a celebration at the Brecon Beacons National Park Visitor Centre.

The very friendly and helpful staff even managed to help the press team, from the RYA and Event Broadcast, smuggle in the Brecon Welsh Male voice choir as a surprise for Tash, her family and challenge supporters.

Not a dry eye when they played "We'll keep a welcome in the Hillsides"

Even the toughest admired Miss Isle

When Natasha Lambert made her remarkable ascent up the highest peak in Southern Britain she was supported by volunteers from the military and the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue.

Even the toughest of the military men were in awe of Natasha's determination

Natasha makes it to the top!

Sip and puff sailing teen Natasha Lambert has completed her Sea and Summit challenge.

This morning she reached the top of Pen y Fan, the highest peak in Southern Britain. She completed the climb in three-and-a-half hours.

The 17-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, sailed over 500 miles around the South West coast of England to Wales before swapping her boat for her special walking aid to complete the climb.

Natasha sails her 21ft boat, Miss Isle Too, by breathing through a straw in a specially-engineered helmet designed by her dad Gary.

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.

Gary Lambert and Natasha chatted with Susie Nation-Grainger at the summit

Natasha goes trackside

Disabled teenager Natasha Lambert ended her stay in Swansea with a special visit to the IPC Athletics European Championships.

Natasha, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, has just completed a 520 mile sail from the Isle of Wight to Swansea as part of her "sea and summit" challenge. The next part of the challenge is climbing Pen Y Fan, one of Wales' highest mountains.

Before she set off for the climb tomorrow Natasha was treated to a tour of the track and met gold medallist Maria Lyle. Maria is fourteen and has cerebral palsy. Natasha was delighted to see Maria win her second gold medal of the Championships

The team from Disability Sport Wales and Emma Grant from Swansea radio station, The Wave organised the visit.

Jon Morgan is Executive Director of Disability Sport Wales

Miss Isle's sister urges her on

Rachel Lambert is the proud sister of Natasha, the disabled teenager who has already sailed 430 miles from the Isle of Wight to Swansea and who will, tomorrow, swap her wheel chair for a walker to climb Southern Britain's highest peak.

Rachel and the rest of Natasha's family have been with her all the way and will accompany her on the mountain.

Natasha sails into Swansea

Cerebral palsy teen sailed into Swansea last night after a gruelling 430 mile, 12 leg sail from the Isle of Wight.

Natasha sails her 21ft yacht only by breathing through a straw in a specially-engineered bicycle
helmet.

17-year-old Natasha Lambert faced sailing conditions that would have challenged experienced sailors, rounding Land's End and some choppy waters off Padstow and in the Bristol channel.

"Sea and Summit" is Natasha’s biggest challenge yet - following this sail she is taking on Pen y Fan, the highest peak in Southern Britain. She will swap her wheel chair for a special Hart Walker which
will allow her to climb the peak.

Dad Gary described his feelings on arriving in Swansea.

...Now the mountain

Like her heroine Dame Ellen MacArthur Natasha Lambert finished sailing part of her incredible "Sea and Summit" challenge by declaring that she "didn't want to get off the boat".

17-year-old Natasha entered the locks at Swansea Marina knowing that she had achieved a sail to be proud of - 430 miles from Cowes,Isle of Wight.

Natasha has cerebral palsy and sails her 21ft yacht only by breathing through a straw in a specially-engineered bicycle helmet.

During her sail she encountered sailing conditions that would have challenged experienced sailors, including rounding the infamous headland, Land's End and some choppy waters off Padstow and in the Bristol channel.

"Sea and Summit" is Natasha’s biggest challenge yet - following this sail she is taking on Pen y Fan, the highest peak in Southern Britain. She will swap her wheel chair for a special Hart Walker which will allow her to climb the peak.

Last year she sailed across the English Channel, and in 2012, the 50-miles around the Isle of Wight.

Natasha and her family are determined to show the world what young people with disabilities can achieve.

Mum Amanda and Natasha spoke as she finally left her yacht last night (19 August)

Sister Rachel plays her part

One of the unsung heroes of Natasha’s Lambert's Sea and Summit challenge is her eight-year-old sister, Rachel.

She's been on with her for the entire challenge, including spending many hours alongside her big sister's yacht on the water in the team’s support/safety RIB.

Rachel admits she wouldn’t rather be spending her summer holiday doing anything else.

Warm welcome from the West country

Natasha Lambert 'Miss Isle' is preparing to tackle the final South West coastal leg of her Sea and Summit Challenge from Padstow to Bideford.

The 17 year old, who has cerebral palsy, has visited no fewer than eight ports in Devon and Cornwall over the past two weeks as she continues her month-long sailing and climbing challenge.

The hospitality she, her family and their support team have received at the various hotels and campsites across the region has gone a long way to ensuring Natasha has been fully prepared for the many varied sailing challenges she's faced on each leg.

Exmouth, Dartmouth, Salcombe, Plymouth, Fowey, Falmouth, Newlyn and Padstow - where Natasha has been resting since rounding Land’s End on the longest leg of the challenge last Thursday (7 August) - have all played host to the Miss Isle support team before Natasha heads to Bideford from where she will then set off on the final stage of the 12-leg sailing challenge across the Bristol Channel to Swansea.

The team have been welcomed ashore by RNLI volunteers, sailors from numerous Sailability groups not to mention the hundreds of well-wishers who have simply heard about Natasha’s quest and want to offer their support and encouragement.

Mum Amanda reflects

Natasha rounds Lands End

'Sip and Puff’ sailor Natasha Lambert, from Cowes, has conquered the biggest test of her Sea and Summit challenge so far.

The 17-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, completed a 60 mile rounding of Land’s End in eleven hours, despite the Atlantic swell.

Natasha controls her 21 ft boat by breathing through a straw in her special sailing helmet designed by dad Gary.

Natasha now faces two more long sailing legs to Swansea before climbing up a Welsh mountain.

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.

Coach Phil Devereux reflects on today's incredible sail

Mum breathes sigh of relief

'Sip and Puff’ sailor Natasha Lambert, from Cowes, has conquered the biggest test of her Sea and Summit challenge so far.

The 17-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, completed a 60 mile rounding of Land’s End in eleven hours, despite the Atlantic swell.

Natasha controls her 21 ft boat by breathing through a straw in her special sailing helmet designed by dad Gary.

Natasha now faces two more long sailing legs to Swansea before climbing up a Welsh mountain.

Mum Amanda was in the support boat with Dad and Natasha's little sister Rachel.

Amanda says it been an experience

Natasha's coach happy

Phil Devereaux, sailing operations for Sea and Summit, and coach to Natasha has declared he is happy with progress so far.

'Sip and Puff’ sailor Natasha 'Miss isle’ Lambert reached Plymouth on Wednesday 30 July, the halfway point of her inspiring Sea and Summit challenge - a 430 mile sail followed by a 2,907ft climb up Pen y fan, the highest peak in Southern Britain.

The 17-year-old has cerebral palsy and controls her boat only by breathing through a straw in a specially-engineered helmet. She will make the Welsh mountain climb in a specially adapted walker.

Natasha has completed six of the scheduled 12 sailing legs and will now face some of her sternest sailing tests in the waters off Cornwall, around Lands End and across to Swansea. She arrived in Plymouth from Salcombe, having previously stopped at Dartmouth, Exmouth, Portland and Poole.

Natasha is taking on the challenge to raise money for the RNLI, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and the RYA Foundation, and to encourage others with disabilities to get on the water.

She has already reached £10,000 of her £15,000 target with plenty of tough challenges still to come.

Phil spoke to Shelley Jory-Leigh in Plymouth

Miss Isle reaches halfway stop

'Sip and Puff’ sailor Natasha 'Miss isle’ Lambert has reached Plymouth, the halfway point of her inspiring Sea and Summit challenge - a 430 mile sail followed by a 2,907ft climb up Pen y fan, the highest peak in Southern Britain.

The 17-year-old has cerebral palsy and controls her boat only by breathing through a straw in a specially-engineered helmet. She will make the Welsh mountain climb in a specially adapted walker.

Natasha has completed six of the scheduled 12 sailing legs and will now face some of her sternest sailing tests in the waters off Cornwall, around Lands End and across to Swansea. She arrived in Plymouth from Salcombe, having previously stopped at Dartmouth, Exmouth, Portland and Poole.

Natasha is taking on the challenge to raise money for the RNLI, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and the RYA Foundation, and to encourage others with disabilities to get on the water.

She has already reached £10,000 of her £15,000 target with plenty of tough challenges still to come.

Powerboat champion Shelley Jory-Leigh is part of the support crew and spoke to the family as they enjoyed a well earned rest day in Plymouth

Natasha's "Butler"

Phil Devereux's role on the Sea and Summit challenge is officially coach but he's more than that. Together with Natasha's family he has played a vital role is getting Natasha prepared for her incredible challenge.

Natasha will sail 430 miles and climb 2,907ft to raise money for the RNLI, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and the RYA Foundation, as well as the profile of sailing for people with disabilities.

The 17-year-old, who has cerebral palsy, controls her 21 foot yacht by breathing through a straw in a specially-engineered bicycle helmet.

Phil describes his part in the challenge

Day 2 of Sea and Summit

It's Day 2 of "Sea and Summit" and Natasha Lambert (Miss Isle) has reached the Weymouth and Portland Sailing Academy.

Natasha sailed from Poole to Weymouth today.

The Sea and Summit challenge involves Natasha sailing 430 miles and climbing 2,907ft to raise money for the RNLI, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and the RYA Foundation, as well as the profile of sailing for people with disabilities.

Dad Gary told Karenza Morton about the day's sail.

The man behind the straw

25 July 2014

Gary Lambert has spent years perfecting the system that his daughter Natasha is using in her incredible Sea and Summit challenge.

He's pioneered a unique way for Natasha to be able to sail her 21 foot yacht, Miss Isle Too.

Natasha is attempting to sail 430 miles and climb 2,907ft to raise 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 set off from Cowes on Thursday 24 July and is now on her way down the west coast, aiming for Swansea.

Offering opportunities

Sea and Summit is about 17 year old Natasha Lambert, Miss Isle, undertaking an incredible challenge - sailing 430 miles and climbing 2,907ft.

But Natasha is not doing for herself, she is doing it to raise money for the RNLI, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and the RYA Foundation, as well as the profile of sailing for people with disabilities.

Along the way she will be met by local RYA Sailability groups. Debbie Blachford heads up RYA Sailability

First leg ticked off

Natasha ‘Miss Isle’ Lambert has successfully completed the 25-mile first leg of her Sea and Summit Challenge from Cowes on the Isle of Wight to Poole, Dorset.

The 17-year-old, who has cerebral palsy and controls her boat by breathing through a straw in a specially-engineered bicycle helmet, enjoyed a memorable welcome into Poole Harbour with a number of boats from the RNLI Lifeboat College and Poole Sailability escorting her.

Natasha is attempting to sail 430 miles and climb 2,907ft to raise money for the RNLI, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and the RYA Foundation, as well as the profile of sailing for people with disabilities.

And it was the RNLI College that provided Natasha’s final destination for the day, the place where she and her support team had undertaken sea survival training as part of their preparations for the month-long challenge.

Earlier in the day Natasha departed her hometown of Cowes, and was waved on her way by the latest group of young people sailing on an Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust four-day trip as the boats passed each other in the Solent.

Almost eight hours later, sailing in temperatures pushing 30 degrees, she was back smiling on dry land, having dealt admirably with the heat and light winds.

Mark Southwell, Lifeboat Operations manager, Cowes RNLI Lifeboat station says Natasha and her team have prepared well for the challenge

Proud Mum with Miss Isle

Amanda Lambert is a proud but a tired mum...

Today is the start of a very special project for her daughter Natasha, 17, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.

Natasha and her family have spent months planning her latest and biggest challenge "Sea and Summit" - a month-long project sailing her specially-designed 21ft yacht, Miss Isle Too, single-handed around the South West coast of England to Wales. She will then swap her boat for a special walking aid to climb Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons, the highest peak in Southern Britain.

The teenager, who last year sailed across the English Channel, does not have use of her hands and sails her yacht using her mouth only to operate a 'sip and puff mechanism’ mounted inside a cycling helmet that was developed and engineered by her electrician dad, Gary.

Gary, Amanda and Natasha's little sister Rachel will be following her all the way in the support boat.

Natasha and Amanda described how they were feeling to Event Broadcast's Tracey Clarke

World's top sailors send off

Dame Ellen McArthur and Geoff Holt, MBE gave an emotional send off to 17 yr old Natasha Lambert today as she prepares to set off on a remarkable challenge.

Natasha, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheel chair, is attempting to sail from Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, to Swansea in a 21ft specially designed sailing boat. She controls the boat with her breathing via a straw in her mouth.

Once Natasha reaches Wales she will swap her yacht for a pioneering "Hart" walker and head up Pen y Fan, one of Britain's highest peaks.

Natasha is taking on the challenge to show others what is possible and to raise money for three charities, the Ellen McArthur Cancer Trust, RNLI and RYA Foundation.

Dame Ellen says Natasha is inspirational.

Miss Isle gets send off from Geoff Holt

Geoff Holt, MBE, adventurer and wheelchair user is no stranger to Britain's coast having sailed around it single handed. He followed that with a crossing of the Atlantic.

Geoff was on hand to wish Natasha Lambert luck as the teenager prepares to set off on her Sea and Summit challenge, a month long sail and walk. Natasha will sail from Cowes to Swansea and then walk up one of Britain's highest peaks, Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons.

Natasha has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. She sails in a 21ft specially designed sailing boat which she controls with her breathing via a straw in her mouth.

Once Natasha reaches Wales she will swap her yacht for a pioneering "Hart" walker to walk up the mountain.

Natasha is taking on the challenge to show others what is possible and to raise money for three charities, the Ellen McArthur Cancer Trust, RNLI and RYA Foundation.

Launch of Sea and Summit

Isle of Wight teenager Natasha Lambert, who has athetoid cerebral palsy, launched an incredible challenge for 2014 at the RYA Suzuki Dinghy Show in London.

Phil Devereux is Natasha's coach and explains Sea and Summit.

Proud dad - "it's a tough challenge"

Gary Lambert is Natasha Lambert's father. He says Natasha has always wanted to climb a mountain...

RYA Sailability

Debbie Blachford is from RYA Sailability. She hopes Natasha will inspire others with disabilities to get on the water