Dorset-based Fischer Panda are helping young disabled sailor Natasha Lambert BEM by literally powering her dreams.
The company have donated a generator that has been installed on a 46ft catamaran that is currently being adapted for Natasha by Wight Shipyard Co to sail across the Atlantic Ocean later this year. The generator will power the electrics, water maker, electric winches etc. during the crossing and make ‘bluewater sailing’ a reality.
21-year-old Natasha, who has quadriplegic athetoid cerebral palsy, sails using a specially adapted system, developed by her father, using open source software. The sip-puff system utilises a single straw that enables Natasha to control both the steering (helm) and the sails.
Natasha has taken on many challenges in the past but this will be her biggest challenge yet.
Speaking about the donation, Natasha has said:
“Thank you so much for your help to make my dream of sailing an Ocean possible- I cant wait to sail across the Atlantic!”
Gary Lambert also commented:
“This is a huge project for us to take on, the cost of which is phenomenal so to receive this major piece of equipment such as this is a real boost”.
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The youngster will set off on 24th November, setting sail from the Canaries to St Lucia in the Caribbean. The crossing will take Natasha and her team approximately 3 weeks.
Natasha is raising awareness of disabled sailing, and just what is possible with teamwork. Natasha will be the first person to sail across The Atlantic by sip-puff (Breath control), and the boat ‘Blown Away’ will be the largest boat to be converted to breath control. Natasha will be fundraising for 3 water-based charities: the RNLI, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and the MissIsle School of Sip-puff Sailing.
For more information visit www.missisle.com.