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Just your average Sunday - Kate Middleton sports fleece and flats at World Cup Series

Published 26/07/2015 | 12:30

The Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by Sir Keith Mills as she arrives at the team technical areas at the Royal Navy Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth, during a visit on the second day of the opening leg of the America's Cup World Series being staged in waters off Portsmouth. drew Matthews/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge is greeted by Sir Keith Mills as she arrives at the team technical areas at the Royal Navy Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth, during a visit on the second day of the opening leg of the America's Cup World Series being staged in waters off Portsmouth. drew Matthews/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge steps from her car as she arrives at the team technical areas at the Royal Navy Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth, during a visit on the second day of the opening leg of the America's Cup World Series being staged in waters off Portsmouth.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet guests as they arrive at the team technical areas at the Royal Navy Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth, during a visit on the second day of the opening leg of the America's Cup World Series being staged in waters off Portsmouth.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are greeted by Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire Nigel Atkinson (right) as they arrive at the team technical areas at the Royal Navy Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth, during a visit on the second day of the opening leg of the America's Cup World Series being staged in waters off Portsmouth.
The Duchess of Cambridge steps from her car as she arrives at the team technical areas at the Royal Navy Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth, during a visit on the second day of the opening leg of the America's Cup World Series being staged in waters off Portsmouth.

It's not often you see the Duchess of Cambridge in a fleece and flats but a day supporting sailor Sir Ben Ainslie and his crew in America's World Cup Series required a change from her usual chic wardrobe.

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The day was blown off course by bad weather and parts of William and Kate's itinerary had to cancelled and new venues found for other events after heavy rain and blustery conditions swept into Portsmouth.

Sir Ben, the most successful sailor in Olympic history, is due to skipper his team on the second day of the opening leg of the World Series but it was not clear if conditions would improve to allow the sailors to compete.

After being forced to return to dry land, Sir Ben said: "The English summer, you just can't count on it.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet guests as they arrive at the team technical areas at the Royal Navy Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth, during a visit on the second day of the opening leg of the America's Cup World Series being staged in waters off Portsmouth. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 26, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Kate. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet guests as they arrive at the team technical areas at the Royal Navy Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth, during a visit on the second day of the opening leg of the America's Cup World Series being staged in waters off Portsmouth. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 26, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Kate. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

"Yesterday was the most amazing day of my sailing career. There were so many people out, everyone had a fantastic time.

"Today was a shame but we will get that sorted out and book the weather in for next year."

The royal couple had hoped to watch the first of two races from a boat but this was cancelled along with a tour of a festival site as the ground was waterlogged.

William and Kate left their children - Prince George and Princess Charlotte - in the care of their personal staff to travel to the south coast for the event.

Detail on the back of a top worn by the Duchess of Cambridge as she arrives at the team technical areas at the Royal Navy Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth, during a visit on the second day of the opening leg of the America's Cup World Series being staged in waters off Portsmouth. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 26, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Kate. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Detail on the back of a top worn by the Duchess of Cambridge as she arrives at the team technical areas at the Royal Navy Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth, during a visit on the second day of the opening leg of the America's Cup World Series being staged in waters off Portsmouth. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 26, 2015. See PA story ROYAL Kate. Photo credit should read: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

The Duchess, who is a keen sailor, joined Sir Ben in June last year when he formally launched Britain's bid to win the America's Cup for the first time.

She is a committed supporter of the sailor's team BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing) and is also royal patron of the 1851 Trust, which works to inspire the next generation through sailing and the marine industry.

The America's Cup is international sport's oldest trophy, first staged in 1851 off the Isle of Wight, but it has not returned to British waters following that inaugural defeat.

Sir Ben, who has won four Olympic golds and a silver, was famously employed as a tactician during the last America's Cup race, helping the US Oracle team overturn an 8-1 deficit to beat New Zealand.

Points collected during the World Series determine who will challenge the US for the America's Cup which will be staged in Bermuda in 2017.

Sir Ben is off to a flying start after his crew clinched a win and a second place during the two races staged yesterday in front of thousands of spectators.

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