Natasha Lambert to hit new heights

By Martin Neville

Friday, August 22, 2014

 

Natasha Lambert to hit new heights

Sailing teenager Natasha Lambert on board her boat Miss Isle Too, which she controls with a sip and puff system.

UPDATED 12:25*

SAILING star Natasha Lambert said she didn’t want to leave her boat after completing the final sailing leg of her Sea and Summit challenge this week.

Seventeen-year-old Natasha, who has already sailed her specially-designed boat Miss Isle Too 430 miles around the south west coast of England to Wales, will start the next stage of her challenge today (Friday) — climbing the Welsh peak Pen Y Fan.

She is accompanied by her support team, including mum, Amanda, dad, Gary, and younger sister, Rachel.

During the sailing part of her challenge Natasha, of Northwood — who uses her breath to control the boat — faced conditions which would have tested experienced sailors, including a rounding of Land’s End.

She will swap her boat for her special walking aid to climb the 2,907ft peak, the highest in southern Britain.

Natasha’s mum, Amanda, said: "We were told years ago Natasha’s life would be different but we didn’t expect anything like this. It’s spectacular. We feel elated, chuffed and so proud of Natasha."

Her coach, Phil Devereux, added: "She’s grown so much as a sailor. Sooner or later she won’t need me any more, which is the job of any coach training an athlete. Now, it’s all about the mountain so we’re setting up for that."

Through the challenge Natasha is raising money for the RNLI, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and the RYA Foundation.

*Natasha has successfully completed the climb, posting the picture below on Twitter.

Natasha Lambert

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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