Supported by her family and crew, disabled sailor Natasha Lambert BEM has safely completed the 2020 ARC Rally, completely 2,808 nautical miles across the Atlantic in just over 18 days.
Natasha, an award-winning sailor from Cowes renowned for challenging her own ability, has now added conquering the Atlantic Ocean to her ever-growing resume.
Living with Quadriplegic Athetoid Cerebral Palsy, Natasha has difficulty using her arms and legs, making sailing a little more challenging. But this young sailor does not let that stop her! Utilising her ‘Sip-Puff’ system, designed and installed to her specially adapted boat by her dad, Gary, Natasha is able to sail using her breathe.
The adventure began on Sunday 22nd November just off the coast of Gran Canaria and finished in St Lucia this morning (Friday) – a time of 18 days, 21 hours and 39 minutes.
It’s thought that Natasha is the first and youngest female quadriplegic skipper to cross the Atlantic.
The Islander is raising money for 3 charities close to her heart; Cowes RNLI lifeboat station, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and the Miss Isle School of Sip and Puff Sailing.
Donations are gratefully received through https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/missisle.
Natasha and her family have been spurred on by hundreds of kind messages from their supporters, of which they would like to pass their thanks and appreciation.
Mandy Lambert, Natasha’s mum, says:
“Thank you to all the kind donations from businesses and individuals who have helped us toward our fundraising goal.”
What is next for the crew? Natasha and her family plan to stay in the Caribbean for some time, visiting local communities and schools with the aim of teaching them how to use the Sip-Puff technology.