Fischer Panda powers disabled sailor's dreams

Fischer Panda is supplying equipment to help Natasha Lambert sail across the Atlantic Photo: Fisher Panda UK Fischer Panda is supplying equipment to help Natasha Lambert sail across the Atlantic Photo: Fisher Panda UK
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Fischer Panda UK is powering the dreams of young disabled sailor Natasha Lambert in her attempt to become the first person to sail across the Atlantic by breath control.

Natasha, 21, who has quadriplegic athetoid cerebral palsy, sails using the sip-puff system which was developed by her father Gary and uses a single straw enabling her to control both the steering or helm and the sails.

Raising awareness

Raising funds for three charities – the RNLI, The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and the MissIsle School of Sip-puff Sailing – Natasha is also raising awareness of disabled sailing during her three-week crossing from the Canaries to St Lucia.

"This has been a huge project for us to take on, the cost of which is phenomenal, so to receive this major piece of equipment is a real boost," said Gary.

Adaptation

Providing vital systems for Natasha’s 46ft catamaran Blown Away, Fischer Panda has donated a Panda PMS 9000 ND generator which is being installed on the yacht as it undergoes special adaptation by Wight Shipyard on the Isle of Wight.

Fischer Panda has also supplied reverse cycle units to provide extensive air conditioning throughout the yacht and a watermaker capable of producing 70 litres per hour.

“Thank you so much for your help to make my dream of sailing an ocean possible," said Natasha. "I can’t wait to sail across the Atlantic.”

Fischer Panda will be exhibiting at Seawork International in June on stand Q2.

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