It’s not always plain sailing

(Posted on 02/09/14)

We joined Empowering Youth Foundation (EYF) in celebration of Chris Russell’s sailing World Record attempt at the Force300 area of PromXtra, which took place along Colwyn Bay promenade over the recent Bank Holiday.

Chris sails in the men’s singlehanded lightweight Olympic Laser Class category. On Wednesday 20 August he set out to break the World Record for ‘the longest single handed, non-stop distance sailed by a male, unassisted in a dinghy’ (set by female sailor Tania Calles at 282 nautical miles). However, extreme wind caused safety concerns and ultimately Chris was forced to abandon his attempt, after sailing over 100 nautical miles in 16 hours. Despite having fallen short of the 300 nautical mile goal, Chris hopes he still set the male World Record, which is now awaiting ratification from Guinness. 

Zebra has been supporting Chris’ PR campaign during the build-up and throughout his World Record attempt and we’re now excited to see what other challenges he will be embarking on in the near future. 

Our director also sits on the board for EYF and we regularly provide support where possible. Chris’ display of confidence, perseverance and sportsmanship throughout his World Record attempt reflects EYF’s life skills message. The charity works with young people to teach them these exact life skills and more, through fun, golf-based activities. The weekend’s family fun day on the beach was a great way for Zebra, EYF and Chris Russell to come together and celebrate the potential of sport!