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Miss Isle’s French connection sailing with Natasha Lambert

Natasha Lambert’s sailing adventure across the English channel on 1st July 2013.  Piloting Miss Isle her specially converted 6.5m Mini Transat yacht.  Natasha is able to steer & trim the sails by sipping and blowing into a tube. The boat was modified by her dad and it works very well.Natasha leaving boulogneNatasha setting sail from Boulogne Harbour in France setting course for Dover harbour in the UK
escort vessels leaving BoulongeOur RIB Aintree and the Cat Wet Wheels leaving their moorings ready to follow Miss isle across the English Channel
miss sile passing Cap Gris nezMiss Isle passes Cap Gris-Nez on the French coast before turning NW towards Dover. Natasha is maintaining an epic pace of 7-8 knots along the French coast. We are ahead of schedule now.
miss isle shipping lanesMiss isle passed very close to the stern of this massive tanker. 230 meters long and doing 12 knots.
Miss isle enters Dover HarbourMiss Isle arrives at the Western entrance of Dover Harbour to be greeted by the press sho where picked up earlier by Wet wheels. Also The Dover RNLI lifeboat comes out to greet Natahsa and congratulate her on her amazing achievement. To see the BBC news taking to Natasha click here.  To sponsor Natasha here

wet wheels press boat
Wet wheels
dover RNLI lifeboat welcomeDover lifeboat from Aintree.

Rowing English Channel challenge

Some photos of a customer rowing himself across the channel in a converted Pico sailing dingy. A mixed day with quite a lot of fog making the navigation very important. We now run an AIS transponder to increase safety which allows the ships in the shipping lanes to see us what ever the weather.

rowing the channel navigation route

Planning your route can be quite technical as you can see from Robins course plot pre journey. The current runs up and down the Dover straight at up to 5 knots.  Hence the banana shaped course.  He stuck to the plan and timing and hit the coast in France perfectly. If you want to cross yourself we will help you to plan the route and course.

Rowing the channelThe Pico all ready on Folkestone beach. The safety boat met up about 1 mile into the trip. Started off great weather with a gentle NE wind to help push the boat along at up to 5 knots.
Safety boat arrives Safety boat rendezvous between Dover and Folkestone with Will and Henk onboard to help Robin navigate the busy shipping lanes and the ferry traffic.. shipping lanes Plenty of massive ships passing just before the fog came in for the rest of the journey to France. You can just see Cap Griz nes in the distance below and we are only half a mile off the coast! The return Journey to Folkestone took 45 mins and just before we hit the English coast the fog bank lifted revealing the bright day we had left behind earlier that morning. rower arrives in france