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Sail with Natasha in 2017

Are you keen to come sailing with us?


Here are the available dates for this year’s sailing sessions.


April 18/19

May 6/722/23

June 12-1424/25

July 21/22

August 29/30

September 16-19 30

October 1-3 21-24


We tailor every sailing session to each person so you may want to join us for an hour to watch Natasha on the water, you might like to have a taster in our adapted boat or you may already be familiar with sailing and want to get right on with sip/puff sailing.


For more information, to check sailing’s right for you or to book that date contact us now and get on the water this year.

An exciting year ahead for Natasha…

Natasha Lambert is looking forward to another exciting year of sailing, walking, adventure and, of course, fund raising for her charity.


As the weather warms up and the days get longer Natasha starts plotting new challenges and activities. Most of them will be outdoors but the first will be inside – at the NEC, Birmingham. Natasha has been asked to give a talk at Naidex, Europe’s biggest show for people living with disability or impairment.


Then it’s all out and about, on the water and in the walker.Natasha, her family and supporters are always happy to talk about Natasha’s plans and aspirations so please come along to any of the events…

March 29th - 2.45pm - NAIDEX Exhibition - Talk - NEC, Birmingham

April 20th - 7.00pm - Whippingham WI - Talk - Isle of Wight

April 29th - 10am-4pm - Brading Haven Yacht Club - Fundraising/Info day - Isle of Wight

May 6th - 10am-4pm - On The Water Open day - Cowes Yacht Haven

June 3rd - 7pm - Tennyson Walk Fundraising Walk - Freshwater Bay

August 1st - Natasha's 2017 Fundraising Challenge begins!

The Miss Isle School of Sip-Puff Sailing is now fully up and running.

Last week another student took to the the water – bringing smiles and a huge sense of achievement for all involved.


Hannah Shelmerdine travelled, with her careers, from Bolton where she started sailing with her local Sailability group. Whilst she enjoyed her sailing there she wanted more freedom when sailing and approached the School via its web site.


Natasha Lambert’s charity funded Hannah’s course and at the Miss Isle School of Sip-Puff Sailing Hannah could use the unique straw sailing technology pioneered by Natasha’s dad Gary and tested by coaches, Phil and Alasdair.

On the first day Hannah familiarised herself with the boat and the system on the River Medina, which runs inland from Cowes where the School is based. On the second day Hannah sailed the boat herself, under the watchful eye of Miss Isle School coach Alasdair Boden.


Both days were challenging on the water and pretty tiring but Hannah commented on her return “Lovely to meet you Natasha. I've loved every minute, thank you so much for the opportunity. I feel privileged to have met you and to have worked with you and all of the team”.


Big thanks from the Miss Isle charity go to the safety boat team, Tony Badham and Cherrell Catlow, to Cowes Yacht Haven for providing a welcome shelter from the weather for safety briefings and to Natasha’s family, Gary and Amanda Lambert who were on hand to provide support and to see the months of hard work and preparation all come together on the water.


We have a feeling Hannah will be back in the Spring…


Donations are always welcome at http://www.missisle.org.uk/support-us

For media enquiries please contact Tracey Clarke at tc@wordclarke.co.uk

A "Great" achievement in Portsmouth

Natasha Lambert has added another first to her list of achievements – completing the Great South 5K run. She did it in a time of one hour and forty-two minutes, a remarkable feat.Natasha (19) has athetoid cerebral palsy, with little control over her limbs. She uses a wheelchair and a specially adapted walker.


The walker takes huge effort and determination but over many years it has allowed Natasha to walk progressively longer distances. This gave Natasha the idea of taking part in a competitive run. However, as Natasha cannot be as fast as other competitors, she had thought competing would not be possible.


Happily, the organisers of the Great South Run responded brilliantly to her request for entry and came up with a plan – an early start. So today Natasha, with mum Amanda Lambert and Trustee of her charity, Tracey Clarke, crossed the line at 0930, an hour before the other competitors.

Natasha was delighted and proud to be treated as an athlete, with a celebrity send off by Blue Peter presenter, Radzi Chinyanganya and her own start gun.


Natasha was so determined to set a good time that she actually made it to the 3km mark before being overtaken by other runners. One of the highlights of the event was the encouragement given to her by other runners as they made their way along the course.


The event was all the more special for Natasha as two of her carers, Sue Bailey and Cherrell Catlow also took part in the run. The whole team joined together for an emotional crossing of a special finishing line with Natasha running ahead on her own to break the tape.Later Natasha joined father Gary to cheer on her younger sister Rachel (9) who ran in the Junior girl’s race.After the race mum Amanda said “We are all so proud of Natasha, and of Rachel too. It has been an amazing day with so much incredible support from the public. We must say a huge thanks to the organisers who made this possible. Natasha wants to inspire as many people as possible to get out and achieve their goals, no matter how hard that is…


Donations are always welcome at http://www.missisle.org.uk/support-us

For media enquiries please contact Tracey Clarke at tc@wordclarke.co.uk

A UK marine organisation has boosted the funds of the Miss Isle School of Sip-Puff Sailing

The UK Maritime Pilot’s Association has donated £700 to the charity. The Association held its annual conference and dinner on the Isle of Wight and chose the School as one of two charities to benefit from the fund raising on the night.


The Miss Isle School of Sip & Puff Sailing (MISSPS) is a unique sailing, training and inspiring project, based on the Isle of Wight. It was founded by Natasha Lambert, a young sailor with athetoid cerebral palsy who uses a wheelchair.


The charity provides affordable, professional sailing tuition to young people who can benefit from the sip and puff method of sailing. It also provides information, advice and support to them, their family and carers.


Natasha is well known for her spirit and determination and her own adventures at sea and on land aim to provide inspiration for others to achieve their goals, whatever their personal circumstances.

A welcome boost from the Morrisons Foundation

The Isle of Wight charity that enables young people with disabilities to go sailing, and inspires others to reach their goals, has received a welcome boost from the Morrisons Foundation.


Miss Isle School of Sip-Puff Sailing has been awarded a grant of £3000 towards the installation of a hoist at Cowes Yacht Haven. This will allow easy access to the charity’s boat for those who want to go sailing using the sip-puff method and will also benefit a range of other users who can only access boats using a hoist.


The Morrisons Foundation is the chief recipient of the monies generated through the sale of carrier bags in Morrisons stores in England, Wales and Scotland.Charity founder Natasha Lambert, a young sailor with athetoid cerebral palsy, received the cheque at the Newport Morrisons on the Isle of Wight.


The hoist should be in place before the beginning of the sailing season next year.

Mountain, Loch, Lock and Sea – all done…

An Isle of Wight teenager has completed her latest challenge – Sea and Summit, Scotland. She arrived at Clyde Marina at 4.30 on Thursday, Fourth August after a lively sail from Largs, on the Firth of Clyde.


Natasha Lambert, 19, has climbed Cairngorm mountain, sailed through Lochs and Sounds in the Highlands and negotiated two famous Scottish canals, the Caledonian and the Crinan. Such adventures would be taxing for any young person, but Natasha has athetoid cerebral palsy. She uses a wheel chair and has little control over her movements and speech.


The expedition began at Inverness marina on Monday 18 July after months of planning and training.For the sailing part of the challenge she took to her adapted twenty-one-foot yacht Miss Isle Too, which she sails using only her breath.To tackle the mountain Natasha used a Hart Walker. This device allows Natasha to stand upright which then means she can propel herself forward. The ascent and descent of the famous Cairngorm mountain, the sixth highest peak in Britain, took over five and a half hours.


A support team, including her parents, sister and a safety adviser from the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, were on hand to help Natasha up and down over the steep, rough terrain and to celebrate on the very windy peak. Footage of the climb gained tens of thousands of admiring views on social media. Back on the water Natasha spent many hours sitting in the special canting seat in her yacht. Natasha’s condition means she needs to be in the seat every moment she is on board. This is especially challenging on the canals when she can spend hours waiting to go through locks. At no time did Natasha opt to get out of the boat, other than on the Crinan Canal when she took to her walker to learn how to operate the manual locks with the rest of her team.Natasha undertakes her challenges for two reasons, to raise funds and to raise awareness. She has already received a British Empire Medal for her previous fund raising efforts.


This time she is raising funds for her charity, the Miss Isle School of Sip Puff Sailing. The School gives young people like Natasha the chance to get out on the water and sail, using their breath to control the boat.The raising of awareness is equally important to Natasha as she grows older. Her level of determination is becoming well known. It’s this that she hopes will inspire others with similar conditions. Rather than taking a traditional holiday Natasha and her family embark on the challenges to highlight just what can be achieved despite the pressures and needs arising from Natasha’s condition.


Donations are always welcome at http://www.missisle.org.uk/support-us

For media enquiries please contact Tracey Clarke at tc@wordclarke.co.uk

An exciting and fantastic few days for “Tash”

The past few days have been busy ones for young sailor Natasha Lambert on her Sea and Summit Scotland challenge.On Friday the team arrived at the sea lock adjacent to the start of the Crinan Canal, in Argyll and Bute, after a day’s sail from Oban. The weather was finally kind and Natasha was able to enjoy some excellent sailing down the Firth of Lorn and the Sound of Jura. This was followed by some tricky navigation decisions by Natasha to ensure that the yacht made it safely through the Sound of Luing.


Whilst for many sailors the relatively calm seas on the passage would have provided a chance to sit back and relax this is not possible for Natasha. She is strapped into an adapted seat which constricts her movement. So any passage is a real challenge. At the end of each sailing day it takes many hours for Natasha to stretch out and feel comfortable


On Saturday the challenge took a fascinating diversion along the Crinan Canal, allowing Natasha to add “working” a series of locks to her maritime CV.Natasha was initially on board to supervise the passage through the nine mile man-made short cut across the Kintyre peninsula.She then swapped her yacht for her walker, allowing her to join the team opening and closing the gates on a number of the fifteen locks on the canal. Sister Rachel also joined in the work.


Once through the canal the Miss Isle Team will be ready to enter Loch Fyne and the sail towards Clyde Marina where the challenge will end.


Donations are always welcome at http://www.missisle.org.uk/support-us


For media enquiries please contact Tracey Clarke at tc@wordclarke.co.uk

Tash conquers Neptune

Yesterday offered another milestone in Natasha Lambert’s Sea and Summit Scotland challenge – the conquering of Neptune’s Staircase, a flight of eight locks. These lie between the Caledonian Canal and Loch Linnie, and their descent allowed the young sailor to continue her passage towards the Clyde.


As Natasha’s Miss Isle Too yacht entered the first lock it was dwarfed by some large sailing cruisers and a 1945 Dutch barge. Her support RIB and team entered the lock behind her. Then the first of the nine enormous gates was closed behind them.


Whilst there was no sailing involved Natasha and her crew still had to keep a close watch. The water flooding out of the lock creates eddies in the loch which can clash the boats together. It has to be said there were a few anxious moments as the barge moored next to Miss Isle Too moved significantly as it descended.


At the last lock the crew were treated to the sight of a huge steam train crossing the lock. Its tracks and the road bridge had to be swung before Miss Isle Too and other boats could get underway. Natasha then moored up for the night in preparation for today’s exit into Loch Linnie.


Next stop Oban on the way to another scenic canal – the Crinan.Natasha, and her team, are undertaking Sea and Summit Scotland to raise funds and the profile of her charity, the Miss Isle School of Sip Puff Sailing. Natasha is keen to ensure that others with similar physical conditions are inspired to face new challenges and, if they would like to, get on the water and start sailing.


Donations are always welcome at http://www.missisle.org.uk/support-us


For media enquiries please contact Tracey Clarke at tc@wordclarke.co.uk

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