Our vision is to provide affordable sailing tuition to young people with physical disabilities who would benefit from using the sip and puff method of sailing.
The Miss Isle School of Sip and Puff Sailing has been born out of the constant drive and desire to open sailing up to more people who wouldn’t otherwise have access to it.Natasha has had so much success in sailing, both from a personal and public point of view. Now she wants to get more people involved in the sport she has come to love. Coupled with Gary’s ingenuity and Mandy’s passion and drive the Miss Isle School of Sip & Puff Sailing has become a reality.
The team are committed to providing a true quality sailing experience to anyone who comes to sail with Miss Isle. You can be sure of a personal touch from the attentive team and a great standard of delivery afloat. Natasha’s individual success is testament to her drive and the strength and depth of the team around her.
Charity figure head and inspiration behind the concept. Natasha is the primary fundraiser in 2015 and is working to use her growing profile to enhance the charity's ideals.
Gary is the mastermind behind the unique Sip & Puff system that has powered all of the Miss Isle boats. Gary doubles as safety boat driver and general maintenance dogs body!!
Like the rest of the team, Amanda turns her hand to a variety of tasks including photography, social media, and sponsorship. Amanda is at the very heart of all the projects and is the first point of contact when you book your sailing with the school.
Phil, Als and Nick are in charge of all sailing related activity, working as Natasha’s coaches for her individual projects and ensuring the quality of delivery within the school is to the highest standards.
General team manager who co-ordinates events, looks after our Health & Safety and looks after the general administration.
Chairman – Jeremy Dale Hon FNI
Jeremy has been in the Marine industry one way or another for most of his life and brings a wealth of experience to the trust. He has owned SeaSafe Systems, the well known bespoke lifejacket manufacturer, for over 25 years, he has been a member of the board of Commissioners for Cowes Harbour and is currently chairman of British Marine Isle of Wight. He has also served on the board of governors at Carisbrooke high school.
As a parent of a young lady with athertoid cerebral palsy, I have seen first hand the immense benefits sailing has given our daughter; not just the control and freedom on the water, but increasing her self esteem and self worth, and even improving her speech. I feel passionately that similar benefits would be delivered to other young people and therefore, I am completely committed to ensuring this Charity assists others to achieve.
I have worked in both the care sector and education for the past 20 years, working with young people of varying abilities and needs, and have been sailing with Natasha for the last 6 years. During this time I have witnessed the fun and pleasure sailing can give, even as a complete novice to the sport like myself. Seeing the change in confidence and independence it can bring, I have been motivated to join the board of trustees. I want to help others benefit from, what I believe, is an incredible, empowering charity by using my practical hands on skills to assist in accomplishing goals and dreams to be achieved.
I started sailing with my parents aged three and carried on in dinghies throughout my younger years, racing in Mirrors, 420’s and 470’s. In my spare time I was also an instructor at a sailing centre in Cardiff where I taught a range of different people including those with disabilities and it really gave me a perspective on how sailing can give opportunities and bring enjoyment to people who might not normally get the chance to do it. As a consequence, I believe it is important that we strive to give this opportunity to as many people as possible through the charity.
Our Board of Trustees meet regularly to discuss the progress of the charity and to oversee it’s work.