Fifteen year old Natasha Lambert, intends to sail single-handed around the Isle of Wight to raise money for the RNLI, and the Ellen MacArthur Trust charities.
The 50 nautical mile sail around the Island – a fun day out for so many every year – is quite a different challenge for Natasha (pictured) as she suffers from athertoid cerebral palsy.
As Island Pulse reported last year: Miss Isle Launched In Cowes Due to Natasha’s physical disabilities, her family acquired an Artemis 20 boat which her father converted so Natasha could helm the boat using a sip and and puff system. The ‘Miss Isle’ boat was launched last summer, and by November Natasha managed a solo sail from Cowes to Southampton and back.
Over three years ago Natasha went sailing with The Even Keel Project and liked it so much she has been sailing almost every week at the UKSA. Natasha even took part in The Artemis Even Keel Challenge , with Isle of Wight sailor Brian Thompson, (pictured) as her helmsman during Cowes Week 2010.
In September Natasha plans to sail around the Isle of Wight to raise money for the RNLI, and the Ellen MacArthur Trust.
In order to complete her Round the Island Challenge, Natasha needed a slightly larger boat.
Natasha has now acquired Miss Isle Too (pictured), a mini Transat, which has also been converted with not just sip/puff helm control but sip/puff sail control too. Mini Transat’s are often used for offshore sailing across the Atlantic. which is Natasha’s ultimate ‘dream!’
Natasha is determined young lady and we wish her well in this latest challenge. View our photos click here
Update: Natasha’s mum Mandy adds: Tasha’s practising is going well she completed a 24 mile sail last week.. she is really excited about the challenge and showing people what is possible despite her physical disadvantages and is hoping to raise lots of money for charity…. every pound counts!!”
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