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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Natasha ready to go...

Disabled teenage sailor, Natasha Lambert is to take to the water again on for another daring challenge – Miss Isle’s Capital Venture…

To mark the launch of her new charity "missisle's school of sip and puff sailing" Natasha is leaving Cowes on Saturday 23 May and sailing east, first to Brighton, then Eastbourne, Dover, Ramsgate. She will then head up the River Thames to St Katherine's Dock.

Once in London she will swap her 21ft sailing boat for a special Hart walker. She then hopes to walk the financial capital of London in a bid to raise funds for the charity.

Natasha (17) has cerebral palsy and 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.

Cherrell Catlow is one of Natasha's carers...

Natasha ready to go - again

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...

First leg to Brighton DONE

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...

Cool Breeze to Eastbourne

Disabled teenage sailor, Natasha Lambert is another sail closer to her destination, having arrived in Eastbourne late yesterday after a good but chilly sail from Brighton.

This is the second leg of her incredible new challenge, Capital Venture - a sail of over two hundred miles from Cowes to the centre of London, ending with a mile long walk around the City of London.

Natasha left Brighton later than planned on Sunday after encountering some gremlins with her yacht’s electrical systems. She and her coach, offshore solo sailor Nikki Curwen, then enjoyed a great sail to Eastbourne, a distance of 24 miles. With wind and tide in their favour Natasha’s specially-designed 21ft yacht, Miss Isle Too was soon surfing the waves.

Shelley Jory-Leigh is one of the land crew for the challenge and she spoke to BBC Radio Solent's Steve Harris this morning about Natasha's progress so far.

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Miss Isle makes it to London

Disabled sailor Natasha Lambert has made it to the City of London in her specially adapted 21ft yacht, Miss Isle Too.

The incredible teenager has sailed all the way from Cowes on the Isle of Wight to St Katharine Docks. Natasha (17) has cerebral palsy, has little control over her movements and sails only by breathing through a straw which controls an electronic system designed by her dad, Gary.

This completes the sailing stage of her latest challenge, known as Capital Venture. After her epic sail of over two hundred miles along the south coast and up the Thames she will now swap her boat for a special walker to undertake a fund raising walk around the square mile of the City of London on Tuesday.

Natasha set off from Cowes on 23 May, sailed to Brighton, Eastbourne, Dover, Queenborough on the Isle of Sheppey, braved an extremely cold long day to sail up the River Thames to Albert Dock then today, on a bright and breezy day, she sailed up to Tower Bridge before turning into St Katharine Docks.

Natasha is undertaking the challenge to raise funds for her own charity, “missisle's school of sip and puff sailing”, which will give others with a similar disability the chance to enjoy sailing by “sip and puff”, using only their breath to control a sailing boat. (missisle.org.uk)

Natasha has already sailed around the Isle of Wight, crossed the Channel and sailed over five hundred miles to Wales before climbing the South’s highest peak.

Phil Devereux is Natasha's on board coach.

Natasha reaches St Katharine Docks

Disabled sailor Natasha Lambert has made it to London in her specially adapted 21ft yacht, Miss Isle Too.

The incredible teenager has sailed all the way from Cowes on the Isle of Wight to St Katherine’s Dock. Natasha (17) has cerebral palsy, has little control over her movements and sails only by breathing through a straw which controls an electronic system designed by her dad, Gary.

This completes the sailing stage of her latest challenge, known as Capital Venture. After her epic sail of over two hundred miles along the south coast and up the Thames she will now swap her boat for a special walker to undertake a fund raising walk around the square mile of the City of London on Tuesday.

We caught up with Natasha and her mother Amanda and asked them how they felt...

Natasha conquers the streets of London

Disabled teenage sailor Natasha Lambert has completed her Capital Venture, swapping her adapted yacht for a special walker and trekking over two miles from St Katharine Docks to the Bank of England.

Natasha, and her twelve strong support team, stopped at iconic City sights on the way and finally reached the doors of the Bank of England after over one and a half hours walk. Once there a doormen met her and posed for photographs before presenting her with a set of Bank of England buttons.

Natasha then walked back to St Katharine Docks where she is attending a reception this evening in her honour, and to raise funds for her new charity – the missile school of sip and puff sailing. The charity will give others with a similar disability the chance to enjoy sailing by “sip and puff”, using only their breath to control a sailing boat. (missisle.org.uk)

The incredible teenager has sailed all the way from Cowes on the Isle of Wight to St Katherine’s Dock. Natasha (17) has cerebral palsy, has little control over her movements and sails only by breathing through a straw which controls an electronic system designed by her dad, Gary.

Natasha set off from Cowes on 23 May, sailed to Brighton, Eastbourne, Dover, Queenborough on the Isle of Sheppey, braved an extremely cold, long day to sail up the River Thames to Albert Dock then up to Tower Bridge before finishing the sail in St Katharine Docks.

Natasha has already sailed around the Isle of Wight, crossed the Channel and sailed over five hundred miles to Wales before climbing the South’s highest peak.

Shelley Jory-Leigh caught up with coach Phil Devereux at the end of the Challenge

The Empire strikes...

Natasha Lambert, the young sailor who’s completed four major challenges in the last four years, has received the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List. The award recognises her fundraising achievements.

Natasha is still a teenager but has sailed around the Isle of Wight, crossed the Channel, sailed over five hundred miles to Wales, climbed the highest peak in Southern Britain and, recently, sailed from Cowes to London and then completed a walk from St Katharine Docks to the Bank of England and back.

Natasha undertakes these challenges to test herself and to raise funds for charity. To date she has raised over fifty three thousand pounds.

These activities would be remarkable for any teenager but Natasha has cerebral palsy, uses a wheelchair and has little control over her movements. Her sailing is by mouth in a specially adapted yacht and her walks are completed in a special walker which she propels herself.

Not only is Natasha a very special young person but her family and carers are also inspirational. Dad Gary has spent countless hours pioneering the system which allows Natasha to sail, Mum Amanda juggles Natasha’s full time needs with planning and supporting her challenges and bringing up Natasha’s young sister, Rachel. Natasha’s loyal carers have all happily been a part of the challenges, sleeping in car parks in camper vans and spending hours on the water in support boats.

Whilst Natasha’s speech is made difficult as a result of the cerebral palsy she has an extremely active mind and is very much in the driving seat when it comes to planning her challenges. The family know that the adventures develop Natasha’s confidence and self-esteem, but they are also keen to let other families who have children and young people with similar needs know what can be achieved.

The past few weeks have been incredible for Natasha. She has completed her latest Capital Venture challenge, launched her own charity to let other young people learn to sail using her sip and puff method, been invited to start the prestigious JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, been included in the Independent on Sunday 2015 Happy List and now has received this honour in the Queen’s Birthday list.

We caught up with Amanda and Natasha ...