Pictures: missisle.org.uk


Teenage sailing star Natasha Lambert has completed an epic voyage from the Isle of Wight to the Thames.

Natasha, who is 17 and has cerebral palsy, uses a special 'sip and puff' system to control her boat using her breath. She sailed along the south coast and then up the Thames to Tower Bridge.

Also, as part of her Capital Venture, she walked to the Square Mile, raising money to help establish a Cowes-based charity that will teach other people how to sail using the technology.

St Katharine Docks hosted the final leg by Natasha aboard her yacht Miss Isle which is equipped with new technology designed by her father.  It enables Natasha to manoeuvre her boat using a straw that turns the rudder right when sipped and left when puffed.

In the next stage of the fund-raising challenge Natasha used a special walker and trekked more than two miles from St Katharine Docks to the Bank of England. Natasha and her twelve strong support team stopped at iconic city sights on the way and finally reached the doors of the Bank of England after more than one and a half hours walking.

Natasha Lambert. Pic: missisle.org.uk

Finally a fundraising reception took place at The River Lounge at St Katharine's. William Bowman, Marina Director, said: “Natasha is a truly inspiring youngster who is raising awareness and money to create a new charity to help others with disabilities to learn to sail. We would like to wish Natasha and her team every success, and are only too pleased to host the London leg of this fantastic challenge.”

Capital Venture is the latest in what is becoming a long list of achievements by the teenager. In 2014, she undertook the ‘Sea and Summit’ challenge which saw her sailing over 500 miles from Cowes to South Wales and climbing Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons.

Her mother Amanda said: " Tash thought it was fantastic to arrive in London by boat. Quite a journey along the river something different to see at every turn.

" We even saw a seal ! Tash had perfect sailing conditions  18-20 knots wind against tide tacking all the way to St Katherine's Docks. We called in at Gallions Marina too. Everyone was so helpful at both marinas plus South Dock where the boat got lifted out."

You can support Natasha's efforts HERE. Link to Natasha's website HERE

Story dated June 8th 2015