Please support Chris Preston, Chair of the Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Board, who is undertaking a 2.6 Challenge during lockdown to raise funds for Cowes Sailability Club.

Chris Preston, Chair of the Board at the RYA, has announced that he will be raising funds for Cowes Sailability Club while self-distancing at home during the current COVID-19 outbreak. This week, he will carry a 26kg pack up and down 26 steps, 26 times, as part of the national 2.6 Challenge scheme.

Chris says: “I am inspired every time I see the Cowes Sailability team in operation. The smiles on the faces are fantastic and the club does so much to improve the lives of people who would otherwise not get the chance to get on the water. It is a wonderful charity and, like so many others, needs to be helped at this challenging time.”

The 2.6 Challenge is a national initiative that aims to help charities raise money during the current lockdown, when many fundraising events have had to be cancelled. Fundraisers can set themselves any personal challenge relating to the numbers 2.6 or 26, such as cycling 2.6 miles, doing a 26 minute yoga session for 26 days or hopping around their gardens 26 times. Anything is possible, provided that it is safe and complies with Government guidelines for social distancing and self-isolation.

“We are incredibly grateful to Chris for undertaking a 2.6 Challenge in aid of Cowes Sailability Club and hope that his creative fundraising idea will help to inspire other people to organise a similar activity to raise money for the club,” says Trish Rooke, Fundraising Officer at Cowes Sailability Club. “Although we cannot do any sailing and boating activities at the moment, due to the lockdown restrictions, we still have many ongoing costs and need to maintain our boats. Any money that anyone can raise by undertaking a 2.6 Challenge will be greatly appreciated.”​​

Make a donation
Please support Chris by making a donation via his fundraising page on Visit:

Set your own challenge
Contact us on [email protected] to tell us about your own plans to undertake a 2.6 Challenge. More information about the 2.6 Challenge programme and ideas for fundraising activities are available here: