Sailor Natasha’s bravery recognised by award

By Martin Neville

Saturday, January 18, 2014

 

Sailor Natasha’s bravery recognised by award

Natasha Lambert, who has been named Young Sailor of the Year.

A 16 YEAR OLD with cerebral palsy has been named the Yachting Journalists’ Association (YJA) Young Sailor of the Year after she completed a remarkable cross-Channel voyage alone in July.

Natasha Lambert, of Northwood, managed it in a specially-adapted boat that allowed her to sail by blowing through a straw.

Her exploits last year saw her given the award at an event at Trinity House in London last Thursday.

Natasha sailed from Boulogne to Dover in July, raising thousands of pounds for Cowes RNLI, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and Wetwheels Solent.

Natasha controls her specially adapted boat, the Mini Transat class yacht, Miss Isle Too, with a 'sip and puff’ system designed by her father.

Through sailing, she said she is able to take an active part in the community and achieve her dreams.

Natasha’s mother, Amanda, said: "Natasha is absolutely thrilled — she keeps saying 'I can’t believe I won’.

"The other candidates — Milo Gill Taylor, a top British Optimist sailor and Keiron Martin, a youth world champion windsurfer — are such amazing sailors, she didn’t think she would ever win."

Natasha, who has raised £24,000 for local charities, is now planning her summer challenge, which will involve her sailing her boat even further afield and climbing a mountain, all in aid of charity.

This year’s awards were backed by Cowes entrepreneur and keen sailor, Nick Davis, chief executive of Apollo Boats.

The winners were nominated by the public and elected by the votes of the YJA.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by roger mazillius

20th January 2014, at 16:32:12

Praise from Bob Fisher is praise indeed!

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by Bob Fisher

20th January 2014, at 14:20:55

Natasha's performance to win the YJA/Apollo Boats Young Sailor of the Year was one of talent and persistent courage, one that left many of those attending the Awards ceremony open-mouthed in amazement. In a year when there were many staggeringly good performances by the country's young sailors, the members of the Association were Readily in favour of Natasha's as being easily the best of the year. She is a very worthy recipient of our award. Bob Fisher, Chairman YJA.
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by Martin Miller

19th January 2014, at 15:02:48

It is really heartwarming to know that this very brave girl, has been recognised for the amazing courage, and strength that she has. Well done, and long may you achieve your personal goals Natasha.

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by Graeme Egerton

18th January 2014, at 20:20:27

Amazing. What an inspirational young lady!

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by Will Matthews

18th January 2014, at 18:09:48

Well done Tash!

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by roger mazillius

18th January 2014, at 17:47:26

Those who have known this remarkeable family since Tasha was a tiny tot understand the enormous love, determination and sheer hard work which has enabled her to achieve this outstanding award.
Mum Mandy and Dad Gary are two determined and brilliant parents who have not let Tasha's disability stop her from taking part in many physical challenges which would be hard for even the most able-bodied youngster.
We should all feel a bit humbled by this marvellous family and not forgetting Tasha's older sister ( I am ashamed to admit I have forgotten her name) who has been as loving and supporting a sister as could be wished for.

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