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Sun Sail


All for a good cause - August 2014

latest_issueIt’s impossible not to be impressed by gutsy teenager, Natasha Lambert. Everything about this young lady is admirable - her determination, her positivity and her absolute passion for sailing.

The 17-year old cerebral palsy sufferer - known to her fans as Miss Isle - has set off on her latest challenge, the Sea and Summit Challenge. Following her Channel crossing last year (which gained her the prestigious YJA Young Sailor of the Year Award 2013), this is Natasha’s most daunting mission to date: sailing 430 miles along the coast line before climbing nearly 3,000ft up the Brecon Beacons using a special walking frame.  

Although Natasha is accompanied on board her Mini Transat ‘Miss Isle Too’ by her coach Phil Devereaux, she is effectively sailing solo, with Phil on hand essentially just in case of emergency. The helm and the sails are adjusted using a clever sip’n’puff method, with Natasha completely in control.

From the Solent to South Wales - it’s a phenomenal distance to cover solo for any sailor, let alone using such an intense technique. Natasha has been spending many months planning the voyage, learning about navigation techniques and has even undertaken sea survival training with the RNLI. Her commitment and professionalism are 110 per cent.

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