Kate beams as she competes with GB sailing crew in ‘friendly’ competition


KATE, the Duchess of Cambridge beamed as she was filmed taking part in a sailing race at the Commonwealth Games.

A video of her participating in the race was shared on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s Instagram account, attracting thousands of likes and enthusiastic comments from royal fans within a few hours.

It was captioned: “Out on the water with @sailgpgbr last weekend.

“It’s not only the racing that’s so important to these teams, but their commitment to protecting the future of our planet and inspiring the next generation to do the same.

“It was so good to see the Protect our Future programme with @1851trust doing exactly this.

“Thanks for the racing too!”

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Kate joined the British racing team on their F50 catamaran (Image: Getty)

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Kate Duchess of Cambridge went sailing with the GB team (Image: Getty)

The race took place ahead of the official final events of the SailGP international sailing competition in Plymouth.

Great Britain took on endurance swimmer and environmentalist Lewis Pugh as a guest racer alongside Peter Burling and Blair Tuke on the New Zealand F50.

Kate’s team sailed to an easy victory in front of thousands lining the Plymouth coast.

The Duchess was visiting the SailGP event site in her role as the patron of the 1851 Trust, the official charity of the Great Britain SailGP Team.

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The Duchess of Cambridge wore navy prints and a wetsuit (Image: Getty)

She arrived to cheering crowds on Sunday lunchtime.

Sir Ben said: “She’s a really good sailor in her own right, she has sailed with me on foiling boats as well and we’re expecting a little bit of extra help.”

The 1851 Trust helps youngsters aged 11-16 gain experience of careers in science, technology and engineering.

Before the race, Kate spoke to members of both teams who explained how the SailGP vessels work.

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The Duchess of Cambridge inspired a British sailing victory over New Zealand (Image: Getty)

She appeared intrigued with the tour, although the time it took led to Sir Ben to joke: “Come on, we’ve got a race to do, mate.”

Before the race, Kate met excited youngsters who told her how they were growing seagrass, and took part in activities educating young people about sustainability.

Carnegie Bedlow, 12, from St Helier in Jersey, said: “I was a little bit nervous but she did what I told her and she was very good.

“She asked me if I was interested in sailing. I do sailing camps in the summer, I love the ocean.”


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