Sailing, sailing… We finally have more details about the exciting competition in which Duchess Kate and Prince William will compete next month! Organizers have just released new information about The King’s Cup regatta, which will see the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge going head-to-head on boats on Aug. 9.
Kate and William will both be skippers (that’s a sailing term for being in command of a vessel) on two boats in an eight-boat race that will take place off Cowes, which is on the Isle of Wight. The vessels are high-performance boats with crews of 12 people, according to the event’s website.
And there’s a way you’ll be able to watch! If you’re in Cowes, you can do so at a 500-seat grandstand at the SailGP Race Village, where the race will be broadcast on huge screens. The winners will be awarded The King’s Cup trophy at the same Race Village near Egypt Point, which is the northernmost point on the island. An interesting historical fact is it was one of Queen Victoria’s favourite places to visit when she was on the Isle of Wight!
The King’s Cup was first presented by George V at the Cowes Royal Yacht Squadron in 1920.
The regatta will benefit eight of Kate and William’s favourite charities. These include William’s patronages Child Bereavement UK, Centrepoint, Tusk and London’s Air Ambulance Charity’s 30 th Anniversary Campaign, and Kate’s Action on Addiction, Place2Be, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. The Royal Foundation will also benefit in connection with Kate’s longtime work on children and youth mental health and wellbeing.
Both William and Kate are avid sailors and boaters, and this isn’t the first time they have competed in a yachting race. In 2014, when the couple were on tour in New Zealand, they tested out some America’s Cup yachts in a race – and Kate beat William! The Duke of Cambridge’s boat unfortunately had to deal with a problem with its sails that day, and he later joked he had been “sabotaged.” Uh oh! The two also went head-to-head in a dragon boat race while in Canada in 2011, just after they’d married.
Kate has been a keen sailor since childhood. Between high school and university, the duchess crewed a Round the World Challenge boat, and also worked as a deckhand when she was a student, according to Express.
William and Kate are currently on vacation on the Caribbean island of Mustique with their children Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis. The trip is being held in connection with George's sixth birthday, which took place this past Monday. Following their return from Mustique, it's thought the family may head to Balmoral to spend time with the Queen and Prince Philip, who are currently holidaying there.