Blown Away with Angela’s trans-Atlantic adventure
December 17, 2020 / 5:26 pm
Angela Cross, Treloar’s Alumni coordinator has spent the last few weeks taking part in the adventure of a lifetime, the World Cruising 2020 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers. She is a crew member for disabled sailor and adventurer Natasha Lambert and her family, on board their 46ft (14m) catamaran Blown Away.
Crossing the finishing line at 06:38 on Friday 11 December, Angela, Natasha and the crew completed their 3000 mile journey across the Atlantic, from Las Palmas in Gran Canaria to Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia, in 18 days, 21 hours, 57 minutes. This is a fantastic achievement and we congratulate all the crew on board Blown Away.
Natasha has – Quadriplegic Athetoid Cerebral Palsy – which means, in order to sail her boat, her father has adapted it for the “Sip and Puff” technology that allows her to control the vessel. Learn more about how Natasha sails her boat in this BBC report.
You can also read the blog of their transatlantic journey from Las Palmas to St Lucia. Natasha’s spirit for adventure is a real inspiration to all of us here at Treloar’s.
Natasha, is undertaking this challenge to raise much needed funds for 3 charities; the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, Cowes RNLI and the MissIsle School of Sip Puff Sailing. The aim is to raise £30,000 to share equally between the 3 charities.