Kate Middleton has displayed her sailing prowess in a recently released video taken during a charity sailing event. The Duchess of Cambridge has even impressed Olympic winner Ben Ainslie with her sailing skills.
The more than one-minute clip of the Duchess’ sailing adventure with Ainslie and his Land Rover BAR team has been released by Kensington Palace on Thursday through its official Twitter account. The video was taken during Kate’s recent visit to the 1851 Trust in Portsmouth, England for a charity event held on Friday. Kensington Palace described the video, “More great footage of The Duchess taking to the waves with @LandRoverBAR @AinslieBen and the team on the Solent.”
In the clip, Kate can be seen talking with Ainslie as he escorted her to a boat that will take the Olympic sailor, his Land Rover BAR team and the Duchess to the catamaran named Solent. The video also revealed Kate’s sailing skills as she helped the crew take control of the vessel. She even had a chance to turn the grinder that generates power for the boat and also pushes the vessel’s wing in.
The Duchess appears to have had a great time sailing time with Ainslie and his team. Avid royal fans may recall that Kate enjoyed sailing during her younger years. Prince William’s wife even had a big smile on her face as she helped to steer the Solent, as shown in the video.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 25, 2016
Meanwhile, Olympic winner Ainslie praised Kate’s sailing prowess and shared that he and his team were “really impressed” with her skills, Express reported. He also commented on how the Duchess of Cambridge has “clearly done a fair amount of sailing” given the way she maneuvered the Solent. “She had a feel for the boat. It's a really high powered racing machine and to be able to steer one of those at close to 40 mph for even a skilled sailor is a real challenge and she did a great job,” he stated.
He also revealed that the royal mother-of-two had taken control of the boat for nearly half the time that they went out sailing. "She really enjoyed it. She certainly looked like she did. This is fantastic for the team to have her involvement and have her support,” Ainslie added.