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With your help we can help more young people experience the freedom of sailing for themselves using Sip & Puff controls.
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In July 2017, Natasha continued her voyaging around the UK with a trip to Ireland. The planned route was to go from Stranraer and Port Patrick, across the Irish Sea to Belfast and then to journey South to finish her trip in Dublin and then walk and ascend Kippure.
This year her calling points en route included, Port Patrick, Carrick Fergus, Bangor, Ardglass, Carlingford, Malahide, Howth and Dublin. All this was then followed by the ascent of the mountain, Kippure, an ascent of 757m in her adapted walking frame.
Amount Raised; £1328
July and August 2016 saw Natasha complete another challenge, Mountain, Loch, Lock and Sea in Scotland. This challenge saw Natasha taking on new waters, obstacles (locks) and a little climb up Cairngorm Mountain, a mere 1245m above sea level.
Natasha set off on Monday 18 July from Inverness Marina to Dochgarroch where the first new challenges were encountered, LOCKS. Her route then took in Loch Ness and Fort Augustus, then on to tackle Cairngorm Mountain.
After this it was back to the business of sailing and getting Miss Isle Too to Glasgow, conquering Neptune’s Staircase, a flight of 8 locks, on the way between the Caledonian Canal and Loch Linnie, then on to Oban, Crinan Canal down the Firth of Lorn and the Sound of Jura.
Going along the Crinan Canal allowed Natasha the opportunity to once again get into her walking frame, this time though to learn how to operate the locks. It was then on to Clyde Marina where she arrived on 4 August. Bring on the next challenge.
Amount Raised; £1020
This was the first challenge undertaken by Natasha to specifically raise funds for her new charity “Miss Isle School of Sip-Puff Sailing”.
Natasha set off on 23 May from Cowes to sail to London taking in Brighton, Eastbourne, Dover, Isle of Sheppy, Gallions Point and finally St Katherine Docks by Tower Bridge. Bad weather made this a longer sail than expected but it was never going to defeat her. Once in London Natasha swapped her boat for her Hart Walker, the specially adapted walking frame she uses and it was off again, this time walking from St Katherine Docks to the Bank of England.
This was a 12 day adventure which successfully launched the charity and raised over £8000 to get it going.