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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.

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

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

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 "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.

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.

Presentation of the cheque by Chairman of the UKMPA Captain John Pearn to Natasha Lambert and charity Chairman, Jeremy Dale

Store Manager Andy Woodford and Community Champion Lyn Davis, Natasha Lambert, Amanda Lambert

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.

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 welcome boost from the Morrisons Foundation

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

News Update 

28 July 2016


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

Natasha is on top of the world

25 July - Natasha Lambert has completed one element of her latest challenge, Sea and Summit Scotland.

 

She reached the top of the Cairn Gorm Mountain, in the Scottish Highlands, just after three o’clock on Monday Twenty Fifth of July 2016. It took her just over five and half hours to reach the summit which is some 1245 metres above sea level, the sixth highest mountain in the UK.


Natasha has athetoid cerebral palsy and uses a wheel chair. However, for this part of her challenge, she used a special device called a Hart Walker. This pulls Natasha upright and enables her to propel herself forward. Natasha also wears a lycra corset to assist in keeping her straight as she walks. This can be extremely hot when the weather changes quickly.


Natasha was supported by her Dad, Gary, Mum Amanda, little sister Rachel (9) and a team of helpers including local Mountain Safety Advisor from the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, Heather Morning. The whole team was needed to assist in guiding Natasha over the rough, steep terrain which, on numerous occasions, required the entire walking device to be lifted bodily over boulders. Weather varied from bright sunshine to hail and winds of over 25 miles an hour at the summit. Surprisingly one of Natasha’s most arduous parts of the day was the descent. Her position in the walker makes walking down feel extremely precarious. The team then have to play their part by preventing her from descending dangerously fast.


Natasha now returns to Fort William to continue the second part of her challenge, sailing from Inverness to Glasgow. The young adventurer sails using only her breath to control her specially designed yacht, Miss Isle Too.


Natasha, and her team, is 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 as her own are inspired to face new challenges, including walking and sailing.


On completion of the challenge Dad Gary commented “What Tash has just achieved today is awesome. That’s a very big mountain, it’s one of the ‘Munros’ and she’s managed to climb to the top of it. I am in awe.” Mum, Amanda paid tribute to the support the team had received “We are so lucky to have the great support from both the Mountaineering Council of Scotland and Cairngorm National Park.”



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


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

Update from Sea and Summit Scotland

Date: 20 July 2016

Sea and Summit Scotland is underway….


Natasha, and the team, left Inverness marina on Monday morning. Spirits were high, despite facing grey drizzle and missing out on the hot weather and blue skies further South.


The first challenge was the locks on the waterway running alongside the River Ness. These took time to navigate, but the team all pitched in and the first of the locks were soon behind them.


First stop on Monday was Dochgarroch. Natasha was delighted to find that the campsite was right next to her beloved yacht Miss Isle Too so she could keep an eye on her.


On Tuesday Natasha was joined by Loch Ness RNLI team who were on a training exercise. Having left the waterways behind it was a joy for Natasha to put the sails up and get sailing. Although the wind was fluky on Loch Ness the sailing was good, no monsters were seen and the team reached Fort Augustus.


Today (Wednesday) the weather has turned and Natasha and her sailing team are battling heavy rain as they make their way down the next flight of locks. 


Natasha is joined on the first part of her Challenge by coach Phil, dad Gary, mum Amanda, sister Rachel, carer Cherrell, Rib driver Tony and support driver Andrew.


The Challenge is raising funds for the Miss Isle School of Sip Puff Sailing www.missisle.org.uk


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


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

Well known young sailor Natasha Lambert BEM, is off on a new challenge. This time it’s north of the border.

Natasha has athetoid cerebral palsy and uses only her breath to control her specially-designed 21ft yacht called Miss Isle Too. 


Her latest challenge is to sail from Inverness to Glasgow, starting on 18 July. The sail will take her through the Caledonian and Crinan canals and some of the most spectacular waters in the UK.


Not content with pushing herself to her limits on the water she and her team will also be scaling Cairn Gorm Mountain, the sixth highest peak in Britain. For this part of the challenge Natasha will swap her wheelchair for her “Hart Walker” a stable device which she can propel forward despite having limited control over her movements.


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.


Just before Natasha starts the challenge she has been meeting crews at the Charles Stanley Cowes Classic Week (11-15 July). The School is the official charity for the week.



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



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

Open Afternoon a success

The recent Miss Isle School of Sip-Puff Sailing Open Afternoon proved a great success, attracting a number of families with young people who are keen to get on the water.


Both the school boat and Natasha’s boat were on the water, along with the Henshaw Inflatable support RIB which is newly re-tubed and ready for action.


Natasha, her family, coach and Trustees were all on hand to welcome people, and many of the sailors visiting Cowes Yacht Haven also stopped to find out more about the boats and the charity.

There were even some very welcome and unexpected donations.


Cowes Yacht Haven kindly provided the pontoons and the Solent room for the afternoon and added to the donations. The marina is a great support to Natasha and the charity and huge thanks go to its team.

Next step for the charity is to reach the fund raising target to allow it to install a suitable hoist at Cowes Yacht Haven so that young people with disabilities can access the School’s yacht.


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



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

Isle of Wight sailor Natasha Lambert has visited a Somerset-based marine company to give a personal thank you for the refurbishment of her all-important support boat.


Henshaw Inflatables have given a new lease of life to the Humber 5.5 rigid inflatable boat by adding brand new inflatable tubes, complete with bright, colourful logo. The boat is used to support Natasha when she sails her 21ft yacht. It will also be used to support other young people who sail with her charity, the Miss Isle School of Sip-Puff Sailing (MISSPS).


Natasha and her family have pioneered a unique way of sip and puff sailing to enable her to steer and adjust the sails of her racing boat by mouth alone. Natasha has athetoid cerebral palsy, uses a wheelchair and has limited control of her limb movements. This has never deterred the charismatic eighteen-year-old from taking on extreme challenges – crossing the English Channel; sailing from Cowes to Swansea and then climbing a mountain; sailing from Cowes to London and then walking to the Bank of England.

Natasha was given a tour of the Henshaw factory before meeting some of the team who worked on her boat. She commented “It’s great to see where the work on my boat is done. A big thank you to all at Henshaw Inflatables”.


Henshaw Inflatable’s MD Chris Hornidge “It was lovely to meet Natasha again. She is a very determined sailor and we are all pleased to contribute to her challenges and to the young people who will be benefitting from sailing with Natasha’s charity”.


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

New “Puff” for Natasha’s RIB – thanks to Henshaw Inflatables

Fantastic news – Natasha has received the British Empire Medal in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List. The award recognises her fundraising achievements.


This caps a busy, demanding, challenging but rewarding few weeks 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 on Saturday 27 June, been included in the Independent on Sunday 2015 Happy List and now has received this honour in the Queen’s Birthday list.


For those that haven’t been following Natasha’s progress here’s the background…


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.


Natasha’s comment on receiving the news “I can’t believe I’ve been chosen for this amazing honour. I just enjoy doing what I do. It’s great people get behind it, but really anyone could do it”.


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

Queen’s Birthday honour for Natasha

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.


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

Natasha conquers the streets of 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.


Today’s breezy sail 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 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.


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

Natasha makes it to London

After a 5.25am start and over six hour sail disabled teenage sailor Natasha Lambert has reached Gallions Point marina today, within striking distance of the City of London, her ultimate goal. Whilst the sail was upwind all the way there was a good breeze which allowed Natasha to make great progress.


The whole team was delighted to see that Queenborough Harbour Trust had put a plaque on the pontoon with Natasha’s name on it.


The sail today included being accompanied for a time by the Gravesend life boat and then by a seal…

Natasha (17) has cerebral palsy, has little control over her movements and sails her specially adapted 21ft yacht only by breathing through a straw which controls an electronic system designed by her dad, Gary. She set off from Cowes on 23 May, sailed east to Brighton, Eastbourne, Dover and then Queenborough on the Isle of Sheppey.


Today’s sail brings her just a few miles sail away from St Katherine’s Dock where she will complete the sailing part of her latest challenge, known as Capital Venture. After the sail of over 200 miles comes a fund raising walk around the square mile of the City of London, with Natasha swapping her yacht for a special “Hart” walker.


Natasha has already sailed around the Isle of Wight, crossed the Channel and sailed over 500 miles to Wales before climbing the South’s highest peak, all for other charities.

This time 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.


Due to the predicted weather Natasha will have a lay day tomorrow and then aims to enter St Katherine’s Dock by 1230 on Monday. The walk will take place on the following day.


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

Early start gets Natasha further up the Thames

Disabled teenage sailor Natasha Lambert is getting closer to the Capital with every mile she sails. Her goal is St Katherine’s Dock where she will complete the sailing part of her latest challenge, known as Capital Venture.


After the sail comes a fund raising walk around the square mile of the City of London.


Natasha set off from Cowes on 23 May and has now reached Queenborough on the Isle of Sheppey where she will wait for the weather to improve before attempting the next long leg up the River Thames.

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 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.


Natasha has already sailed around the Isle of Wight, crossed the Channel and sailed over 500 miles to Wales before climbing the South’s highest peak.


This current sail to the East is shorter than the last challenge but the light winds and tides times have proved frustrating for Natasha and made for a considerable planning task for the support crew.


Yesterday day began with the grim news that Natasha would be unable to sail the leg from Dover to Ramsgate. The long day sails which Natasha has encountered since she left Cowes had taken their toll. Continuing very light winds would have meant catching the early tide to complete the passage to Ramsgate in a day. This would have required a four thirty am start for Tash with another long sail ahead. Severe fatigue is a serious risk for Natasha and so her coach Phil Devereux solo sailed Natasha’s 21ft specially adapted yacht, Miss Isle Too, on to Ramsgate with the support boat.


Natasha was, of course, very disappointed but undeterred was raced by road in the support vehicle to Ramsgate in time to get on board, catch the tide and sail off for the next leg to Queenborough. This proved to be the right decision as the day ended with some amazing sailing up the River Medway, a warm greeting from the Queenborough Harbour staff and a big smile for Natasha.

Natasha has so far sailed over one hundred and sixty five miles and spent over 32 hours at sea.

 

Background

For the sea and river part of the challenge Natasha will be supported by a Honda RIB and crew, including her Mum, Amanda and little sister Rachel.


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


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

Capital Venture – the story so far…

The latest sailing challenge for disabled teenage sailor Natasha Lambert is proving extremely punishing, unusually due to calm weather. Capital Venture is 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 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.

Very light winds have meant extremely long days for Natasha in her specially adapted 21ft yacht, Miss Isle Too. Natasha set off from Cowes on 23 May and the first leg to Brighton took ten hours. The second leg to Eastbourne was a shorter passage but the winds were both chilly and variable.

Yesterday’s sail to Dover was another very long one, although, at least, sunnier. The forty six miles took some eight and a half hours.

The weather now looks to be deteriorating in the next few days so the pressure is on Natasha and the support team to get to the Thames for her sail into the City of London.

Reluctantly Natasha was not able to complete the sail from Dover to Ramsgate today. Continuing very light winds would have meant catching the early tide to complete the passage in a day. This would have needed a four thirty am start for Tash with another long sail ahead. Severe fatigue is a serious risk for Natasha and so this morning her coach Phil Devereux took the yacht on to Ramsgate with the support boat.

Natasha was, of course, very disappointed but undeterred was raced in the support vehicle to Ramsgate by road in time to catch the tide there, get on board and sail off for the next leg to Queensborough, yet another long sail.

ETA is around 7pm this evening..

 

Background

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. To kick start the funding for her charity Natasha will end her challenge with a fund raising walk in a special device around the financial institutions in the City of London.


For the sea and river part of the challenge Natasha will be supported by a Honda RIB and crew, including her Mum, Amanda.  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


Natasha’s planned journey from Cowes to London:

  • Cowes – Brighton 54 NM 
  • Brighton – Eastbourne 23 NM 
  • Eastbourne – Dover 46NM 
  • Dover – Ramsgate 20NM 
  • Ramsgate – Queenborough 42NM 
  • Queenborough – Gallions Point Marina (Royal Albert Dock) 39NM 
  • Gallions Point – St Katherines Dock 15NM


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

The race to the River Thames – before the weather changes

Disabled teenager Natasha Lambert has arrived safely in Dover on her latest incredible 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 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 left Cowes on 23 May and has already sailed from Cowes to Brighton, then Eastbourne and now the forty six mile sail to Dover. Unlike the first two legs which were pretty chilly today sail was warm and sunny. However whilst the winds were initially good they died away in the afternoon meaning Natasha had another long day in her adapted seat from which she controls her 21ft yacht, called Miss Isle Too. The total passage took some eight and a half hours.


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. To kick start the funding for her charity Natasha will end her challenge with a fund raising walk in a special device around the financial institutions in the City of London.


For the sea and river part of the challenge Natasha will be supported by a Honda RIB and crew, including her Mum, Amanda. 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


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

Fair winds to Dover for Miss Isle

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.


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.


As her on board coach Nikki assists Natasha with the raising and lowering of the sails. Today’s conditions were very different from Nikki’s normal offshore sailing. She 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”.

Although the breeze was chilling and Beachy Head was shrouded in mist as they passed the team was still in very good spirits. Daily singing has now become a routine on board the yacht and the support boat.


Today Natasha has a lay day as she awaits the arrival of her full time coach Phil Devereux before heading further east into the busy waters around her next port of Dover. Weather permitting next will be Ramsgate and then to the mouth of the River Thames, up the River until she reaches St Katherine’s Docks. Once there she will swap her boat for her “Hart” Walker and walk the square mile of the City of London, fund raising as she goes.  


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 will visit financial institutions in the City of London.


For the sea and river part of the challenge Natasha will be supported by a Honda RIB and crew, including her Mum, Amanda.  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


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

Arrived in Eastbourne

Disabled teenage sailor, Natasha Lambert has completed the first leg to Brighton of her incredible new challenge, Capital Venture. The challenge is a sail of over two 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 ten hours and fifty four 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, followed by Dover, Ramsgate and then 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 swap her boat for her “Hart” Walker and walk the square mile of the City of London, fund raising as she goes.


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 will visit financial institutions in the City of London.


For the sea and river part of the challenge Natasha will be supported by a Honda RIB and crew, including her Mum, Amanda.  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


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

Capital Venture – First Leg

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