The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, have confirmed that they will attend the America's Cup World Series on Jul. 24. The sailing fans are keeping their fingers crossed for good weather after they were left disappointed in 2015 when the races had to be postponed due to poor conditions.
Prince William and Kate will first pay a visit to the Portsmouth base of Land Rover BAR, led by Olympic champion Sir Ben Ainslie, to see the team's progress with their state-of-the-art testing boats.
The royal couple will also visit the America's Cup World Series Race Village to meet the teams competing in the race and young people involved with the 1851 Trust.
Kate last visited the headquarters of 1851 Trust in May, where she learned about projects which are inspiring young people to take up sailing.
The Duchess also had the opportunity to take to the seas, and joined Sir Ben Ainslie on the Americas Cup test boat, where she took control, steering the boat out on the race course that will be used during the Americas Cup World Series event.
Sir Ben later told HELLO! he was impressed by Kate's sailing skills. "We were all really impressed, she's clearly done a fair amount of sailing before. 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. We had a wonderful sail.
"She really enjoyed it. She certainly looked like she did. This is fantastic for the team to have her involvement and have her support."
Kate is Royal Patron of the 1851 Trust, which is supported by Ben Ainslie Racing, the team to bring the America's Cup back to where it all began in 1851. The patronage is a fitting choice for the Duchess, who crewed a yacht on a round-the-world trip during her gap year.