Please select your home edition
Edition
Ocean Elements 2016

Natasha Lambert completes another sensational Sea and Summit Expedition

by Alasdair Boden on 13 Aug
Natasha Lambert Completes another sensational Sea and Summit Expedition © MissIsle School of Sip-puff Sailing

Disabled Cowes adventurer Natasha Lambert, 20, has despite appalling weather conditions completed her latest Sea and Summit Expedition.

Natasha who has quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy controls her 21ft sailboat simply by breathing through a straw and walks using a customised walking brace and frame.

The 2017 Sea and Summit challenge saw Natasha sail her boat 'Miss Isle' across the North Channel of the Irish Sea from Portpatrick in Scotland to Carrick Fergus, Belfast, continuing down the East Coast of Ireland, encountering strong winds and torrential rain, finally sailing into Dublin, where she exchanged her boat for her walking aid and climbed 5 miles to the summit of Mount Kippure, in the Wicklow Mountains, Ireland, which was swathed in mist and clouds.

Along the way Natasha exhibited her boat to several sailing groups and yacht clubs demonstrating the technology she uses to achieve these amazing feats.

Natasha's Mum, Amanda, took the opportunity to be a passenger on one of the sailing legs and commented "I am in awe of Natasha's courage and skill to control this small boat in some very arduous conditions. Her determination and perseverance makes me so very proud".

Throughout this challenge Natasha has fund raised for the RNLI and a Charity created by herself to help others with similar needs The MissIsle School of Sip-puff Sailing.

Natasha takes on these challenges to demonstrate that despite disability great things are possible and is already planning for next year!

You can follow her adventure on her website: www.missisle.com

Related Articles

Mini-Transat La Boulangère Leg 2 day 15
Make way for the young Amidst all the fanfare of the finish, the race continues... Indeed, there have been a succession of arrivals in the port of Le Marin, but for the overwhelming majority of the racers, there are still some days to go. Posted on 15 Nov
Mini-Transat La Boulangère Leg 2 day 13
Vedran Kabalin's boat has dismasted Things are complicated for Vedran Kabalin (Eloa Island of Osinj), who has managed to contact Race Management to alert them to the fact that his boat has dismasted. Posted on 13 Nov
Mini-Transat La Boulangère Leg 2 day 12
A friend indeed Whilst the fleet carves out a route between the latest squalls in what is a very shifty trade wind, each of the skippers has his or her own method of keeping up morale and making the most of this adventure, right the way to the finish. Posted on 12 Nov
Mini-Transat La Boulangère Leg 2 day 11
No lasting armistice out on the ocean... 99 years ago, the armistice of 11 November 1918 heralded the end of the First World War. This Saturday, on this its anniversary on the great Atlantic chessboard, by way of a nod to history. Posted on 11 Nov
Mini-Transat La Boulangère Leg 2 day 10
A storm brewing You could get a sense of it from looking at the competitors' trajectories. The trade wind, never totally steady at the best of times, has been ruffled by stormy squalls, which are causing significant variations in the wind. Posted on 10 Nov
Mini-Transat La Boulangère Leg 2 day 8
A touch of the blues in the big blue These are what the regulars call the crucial days, those where you realise that from here on in there's no way back and that there are no options until you reach Martinique. Posted on 8 Nov
Mini-Transat La Boulangère Leg 2 day 7
Traverse in convoy… or not Virtually in single file, the solo sailors competing in the Mini-Transat La Boulangère are attacking their oceanic crossing on a WNW'ly heading, slightly above the direct course. Posted on 7 Nov
Mini-Transat La Boulangère Leg 2 day 6
In search of the lost wind There are now six sailors making a pit-stop to effect repairs at Mindelo with the arrival of Thibault Michelin (Eva Luna), victim of rudder damage a few days earlier. Posted on 6 Nov
Mini-Transat La Boulangère Leg 2 day 5
The funnel settles the accounts Between the islands of Santo Antao and San Vicente, the competitors have to make their way along a channel spanning seven miles wide. Posted on 5 Nov
Mini-Transat La Boulangère Leg 2 day 3
Breakage colours play After two days of racing in this second leg of the Mini-Transat la Boulangère, the fleet is already lamenting a number of issues. For some, there's nothing irremediable and they should be able to effect repairs at sea. Posted on 3 Nov