Please select your home edition
Edition
PredictWind.com 2014

Miss Isle sails from Padstow to Appledore

by RYA on 17 Aug 2014
Miss Isle onboard Sea and Summit Miss Isle
‘Sip and Puff’ sailing teen Natasha ‘Miss isle’ Lambert 'cannot wait to climb that mountain' having completed the 11th and penultimate leg of her Sea and Summit sailing challenge, back on the water after eight days' waiting for a weather window, sailing from Padstow, Cornwall to Appledore, Devon today (Friday 15 August).

Having set off on the previous leg from Newlyn as the sun rose, it was well and truly dusk as the 17-year-old, who has cerebral palsy and controls her boat by breathing through a straw in a specially-engineered bicycle helmet designed by her dad Gary, arrived into her second-to-last destination with just one final sail across the Bristol Challenge to Swansea to tackle before climbing Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons.

In what mum Amanda believes was probably the biggest seas she has ever sailed in - the fallout from Hurricane Bertha still making sailing challenging - Natasha spent nine hours on the water and was 'shattered' when she finally came ashore shortly before 9pm.

But Amanda says her daughter was already talking about what’s left to come in her epic month-long challenge.

Amanda said: 'There was a 2-3m swell out there and at times from the safety boat we could only see the top of her sails as we were in a trough and her at the top of a wave. We knew we were definitely still in Atlantic waters!

'I think what Tash experienced today has certainly prepared her for that final challenge into Swansea. We knew today wasn’t going to be easy, and even though we are so close to the end now, none of us could afford to become complacent, and it will be exactly the same, albeit with different challenges, going across the Bristol Channel to Wales.

'Just getting Tash into the boat this morning was a challenge we don’t normally have to face, as we had to transfer her from the RIB into the boat outside of the harbour and there was a lot surf out there. She was shattered when she got into Appledore but she’s already really excited about the next challenge. She cannot wait to get up that mountain!'

The sail to Swansea is provisionally scheduled for early next week, depending on weather and conditions, with a day for the Pen Y Fan climb to be confirmed shortly after.

Sea and Summit is Natasha’s biggest challenge yet, sailing her specially-designed 21ft yacht, Miss Isle Too, single-handed around the South West coast of England to Wales before she swaps her boat for her special walking aid, called a Hart Walker, to climb Pen y Fan, the highest peak in Southern Britain. In total she will sail around 430 miles and climb 2,907ft.

Last year she sailed across the English Channel, and in 2012, the 50-miles around the Isle of Wight.

Through the Sea and Summit challenge Natasha is raising money for the RNLI, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and the RYA Foundation, as well as the profile of sailing for people with disabilities. She has a target of £15,000 to raise by the end of her challenge.

Sailing has been Natasha’s big love since she first went on holiday with the Calvert Trust aged nine. She then started sailing at home and spent two years sailing with the Even Keel Project and her local RYA Sailability. RYA Sailability is the national programme providing people with disabilities opportunities to learn to sail and sail Miss Isle
Barz Optics - FloatersHyde Sails Dec2016 660x82Ancasta Ker 33 660x82

Related Articles

Vendee Globe - Kito de Pavant now aboard the Marion Dufresne
Kito de Pavant was successfully recovered from his stricken yacht around 0100hrs TU Wednesday morning Kito de Pavant, the 55 years old French skipper of Bastide-Otio, who suffered damage to his keel when racing in the remote South Indian Ocean while racing in the Vendee Globe solo round the world race, was successfully recovered from his stricken yacht around 0100hrs TU Wednesday morning
Posted today at 12:26 pm
Vendée Globe – Sébastien Josse announces retirement
Major damage to the port foil, which occurred at 0930 UTC on Monday morning meant that he was in a tricky situation Major damage to the port foil, which occurred at 0930 UTC on Monday morning meant that he was in a tricky situation facing extreme weather conditions – 40 knots of wind and 8m high waves to the south of Australia, sailing along the edge of the Antarctic Exclusion Zone.
Posted today at 11:22 am
Vendée Globe – Thomas Ruyant faces ingress of water
Shortly before 0700 UTC, Thomas Ruyant informed his boat captain that damage to the boat had led to an ingress of water. Shortly before 0700 UTC this morning, Thomas Ruyant - Le Souffle du Nord pour le Projet Imagine – informed his boat captain, Laurent Bourguès, that damage to the boat had led to an ingress of water.
Posted today at 10:58 am
Hyde Sails Distributor in Denmark places 1000th order!
Congratulations to Kjeld Larsen, Hyde Sails distributor in Denmark, on placing his 1000th order with the loft! Congratulations to Kjeld Larsen, Hyde Sails distributor in Denmark, on placing his 1000th order with the loft! Kjeld has been working with Hyde Sails as a distributor since placing his first order in March 2008.
Posted today at 10:43 am
Sailing World Cup Melbourne – Aussies revel in seabreeze conditions
Another day of good sailing conditions in Melbourne made for a memorable day for Australia’s sailors competing in finals In the 470 Men’s event, Mat Belcher and Will Ryan had another strong day winning both of their two races. They currently lead overall, five points ahead of China’s team of Lan/Wang.
Posted today at 9:50 am
WSSRC ratifies Cowes to Dinard monohull World Record for Phil Sharp
The route distance of 138nm was covered in nine hours three minutes and six seconds with an average speed of 15.25 knots The route distance of 138nm was covered on 24 November in nine hours three minutes and six seconds with an average speed of 15.25 knots. Phil set a new record nearly three hours faster than the previous time of 12 hours one minute and 31 seconds set on 85ft Adrien by J L Van Den Heede (FRA) in November 2004.
Posted today at 9:34 am
Vendee Globe- No tethers in Southern Ocean?
I was interested to see that Seb is wearing neither a pfd nor a harness while racing in the Southern Ocean. Take a look at this pic of Seb Josse racing in the Vendée Globe. He is in the Southern Ocean sailing in rough seas and I imagine he is hitting speeds in the mid-twenties. I know what it’s like to sail down there. I have done numerous Southern Ocean transits and I know it to be an unforgiving region. So I was interested to see that Seb is wearing neither a pfd nor a harness. Interesting.
Posted today at 7:59 am
Sailing World Cup Final - Finn racers put to the test
The top Finn racers at the Sailing World Cup Final presented by Land Rover are putting each other to the test The top Finn racers at the Sailing World Cup Final presented by Land Rover are putting each other to the test and for Rio 2016 Olympians Jake Lilley (AUS) and Caleb Paine (USA), it's business as usual after a period of rest.
Posted today at 7:03 am
Vendee Globe - Rescuers in the zone
The evacuation of the skipper de Pavant is expected to start around daybreak once there is sufficient light. The Marion Dufresne, the research and supply vessel which serves the remote French islands in the South Indian Ocean, has arrived close to the stricken French skipper Kito De Pavant. The evacuation of the skipper de Pavant is expected to start around daybreak once there is sufficient light.
Posted today at 6:11 am
Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Volunteers, the source of energy
Energy is not something that can always be measured, but strength that volunteers in sailing bring is critical to events Energy is not something that can always be measured, but the strength and vitality that so many volunteers in sailing bring to the events that and clubs that they help out is an amazing resource that is critical to events such as Sailing World Cup Melbourne.
Posted today at 3:54 am