New challenge for Natasha

By David Newble

Saturday, March 8, 2014

 

New challenge for Natasha

Teenage adventurer Natasha Lambert, pictures with, from left, her father, Gary, mother Amanda and sister, Rachel.

INSPIRATIONAL teenager Natasha Lambert has revealed her most gruelling challenge to date — a single-handed, month-long sail followed by a hike up one of the highest peaks in Britain.

Natasha, 16, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, plans to sail her 21ft yacht Miss Isle Two from the Island, along the south west coast to Wales, before climbing Pen y Fan, in the Brecon Beacons, the highest peak in Britain south of Snowdonia.

The challenge will begin on July 24, when Natasha sets sail from Cowes.

She sails her yacht using a 'sip and puff’ mechanism built by her father, which is based on a straw mounted inside a cycling helmet.

Accompanied by her coach Phil Devereux, the Sea and Summit challenge will see Natasha sail 430 miles and then climb 2,907ft in a special walking device.

She will raise money for the RNLI, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and the RYA Foundation, as well as the profile of sailing for people with disabilities.

Last year, Natasha sailed across the English Channel from Boulogne to Dover in just over four hours, and in 2012 she sailed around the Isle of Wight. Natasha’s father, Gary, said: "It’s going to be Natasha’s hardest challenge yet but she’s determined to do it.

"Natasha can’t walk across the room unaided and to think she is planning to sail over 400 miles and then climb the top of a mountain is just incredible."

To find out more about Natasha and to sponsor her challenge visit www.missilse.com

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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