Tuesday 24 May 2016

Kate rules the waves as William left in her wake

Gordon Rayner, Auckland

Published 12/04/2014 | 02:30

The Duchess of Cambridge on board her yacht
The Duchess of Cambridge on board her yacht
Kate and William race against each other on two Emirates Team New Zealand Americas Cup yachts
Kate steers an America's Cup yacht as she sails on Auckland Harbour

HAVING spent part of her gap year crewing a sailing boat in the Solent, the Duchess of Cambridge was the royal equivalent of a ringer when she took on her husband in a yacht race yesterday.

So it was surely no surprise to the Duke of Cambridge when his wife beat him hands-down – not that it made it any easier for him to swallow.

He complained of being "sabotaged", after his America's Cup yacht malfunctioned, leaving him becalmed in Auckland harbour as his wife sailed serenely past, giving him a little victory fist-pump.

She chalked up a 2-0 victory in their two-race head-to-head.

The duke and duchess, who are fiercely competitive, had specifically asked for the chance to take the America's Cup boats out on the water, as both have previous sailing experience.

While the duchess helped crew a round-the-world class yacht as a teenager, the duke had sailed several times before. The couple visited the home of the country's America's Cup team, and took to the sea with team members and young sailors from a local yachting club. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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