Duchess Kate might not look, or even feel, at home making speeches, PSAs, or anything else that puts her on display. But she’s always been the more active type, and the sportier the event the better. So riding on a test yacht going 34 knots (62 km/h) is enough to puts the biggest smile on the royal’s face.
Kate joined Olympic sailor and America’s Cup hopeful Sir Ben Ainslie and his team on his 45-foot catamaran for a training circuit in the Solent (a strait in England). It’s the third time the Duchess has visited the Land Rover BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing) base, all part of her duties as royal patron of the 1851 Trust sailing charity. She just launched two initiatives aimed at getting kids and young adults involved in the sport of sailing. But just because it was work didn’t mean she couldn’t have any fun.
The racing vessel left Portsmouth Harbour for an hour-long trip ending near the Isle of Wight. The duchess, a keen sailor who was often on the water as a kid, was no mere passenger; she also helped with the rigging.
Kate is always so demure, but she’s also got a bit of a wild streak, no? When the catamaran is raised up on one of its hulls, just skimming the water? Crazy! Not sure if Will can keep up with her. Heck, not sure if George and Charlotte can either.