Miss Isle
Aug 2014

Natasha, 17, from the Isle of Wight, was born with athetoid cerebral palsy, which affects her limbs and confines her to a wheelchair. Having sailed for the first time a few years ago, Natasha loved being on the open water and found that, against the odds, she could control and helm a boat alone.

During 2010 and 2011 Natasha frequently sailed her Artemis 20 boat, Miss Isle, and as a result of a few careful conversions was able to take charge and full control of the sails.

Since then Natasha has undertaken three big challenges: sailing around the Isle of Wight in 2012; crossing the channel in 2013; and her toughest to date, the recent “Sea and Summit” challenge.

On July 24 Natasha embarked on the expedition that saw her sail Miss Isle for over 430 miles, from her hometown of Cowes, Isle of Wight, to Swansea, Wales. Once onshore, Natasha swapped her boat for her specialist walking aid, a Hart Walker, and climbed Pen Y Fan, the highest mountain peak in Britain, at 2,907ft.

PSP, which specialises in transportation of all kinds of boats, from rowing boats and kayaks to Navy RIBs and superyachts, offered to safely transport Miss Isle and her 8m support RIB from the marina in Swansea back to Southampton free of charge. 

Natasha’s mother, Amanda, said: “We want to say a huge thank you to PSP for smoothly transporting Miss Isle back to England for us.

“Albeit exciting, it was a tiring few weeks, so this was one less thing for us to worry about! The whole Lambert family are very grateful for PSP’s continued support.”

The operation took place last Friday (August 22) and saw the boats safely reach the Port of Southampton on Friday evening where they are now in dry berth. From Southampton, Natasha’s Father, Gary, will oversee the transportation of the boats back to the island by ferry.

Frank Dixie, managing director of PSP, said: “We are absolutely thrilled for Natasha and it was our absolute pleasure to help her and her family transport the boats back home.

“Natasha is proof that through hard work and determination people can complete the toughest of challenges and achieve their dreams.

“We look forward to supporting Natasha in the future and seeing her sail into Southampton once again next month for the PSP Southampton Boat Show.”

For more information on the PSP Southampton Boat Show visit www.southamptonboatshow.com

Donations to Natasha’s nominated charities: the RNLI; the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and the RYA Foundation can be made on the Sea and Summit fundraising page at http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/missisle