INSPIRATIONAL sailor Natasha Lambert had a send off to remember from legends Dame Ellen MacArthur and Geoff Holt.
The pair were guests at a special ‘Stand By To Go’ reception to mark the beginning of Lambert’s incredible 2014 Sea and Summit Challenge in Cowes this week.
Lambert, who has cerebral palsy, yesterday embarked on her biggest challenge yet – a month-long project sailing her specially-designed 21ft yacht, Miss Isle Too, single- handed around the south west coast of England to Wales.
She will then swap her boat for a special walking aid to climb Pen y Fan in the Brecon Beacons, the highest peak in southern Britain.
The teenager, who last year sailed across the English Channel, does not have use of her hands and sails her yacht using her mouth only to operate a ‘sip and puff mechanism’ mounted inside a cycling helmet that was developed and engineered by her electrician dad, Gary.
MacArthur said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to be here to wish Tash well on her incredible adventure.
“She really is an inspiration to all of us and what she’s about to undertake is a monumental challenge, but she’s totally up for it and I’m sure she will succeed.
“She will be making massive differences to real lives.
“That’s testament to the kind of person she is, she’s a role model for all of us.”
Lambert’s mum, Amanda, said: “It will be fantastic to stand on top of that mountain, look around and think how far Natasha’s actually come both on this journey but through her life as well.”
Lambert said prior to leaving: “I’m good, really excited!
It’s better to be able to help people otherwise it would be boring. I can’t wait.”