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Teen with severe cerebral palsy sails into Plymouth

17 year old Natasha Lambert has severe cerebral palsy, and no control over her limbs. She is halfway through a voyage around the south west peninsula on a yacht that she controls with her mouth.

Teen with severe cerebral palsy sails into Plymouth

Natasha Lambert sailing her yacht, Miss Isle Credit: ITV West Country

17-year-old Natasha Lambert has already sailed the channel, and is now sailing from the Isle of Wight to South Wales. Her dad, Gary, was an electrician. He taught himself sailing and electronics to convert the 21ft yacht, 'Miss Isle', for his daughter.

Natasha's sailing coach is onboard, but only as a passenger. He only steps in to reef the sails when it gets too blowy.

Her sailing is just fine actually, we've made it here so that shows it must be good enough. I will admit I take every opportunity to add a little bit of value if I can, a bit of coaching, and see if we can improve what she's doing while we're out on the water. But at the same time we're making passages, clocking up miles so there's an element of relaxing into to it, looking at the scenery and making sure the boat is ticking over.

– Phil Devereux, sailing coach

Natasha discovered a passion for sailing on a visit to the Calvert Trust. She's raising money for the RNLI, the Royal Yacht Association Trust, and round-the-world record breaker Ellen MacArthur's Cancer Trust.

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