The King’s Cup regatta sailing race, which was to be held Aug. 9, has been moved to the day before because of bad weather. High winds and torrential rain are expected to hit through the region where it was to take place, meaning it likely won’t be safe to hold the event that day!
Those in Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, are still being invited to watch the event from stands that are being set up along the race course. William and Kate will both still be skippers on two boats in the eight-boat race. The vessels are high-performance boats with crews of 12 people, according to the event’s website.
William will lead his team on behalf of his patronage Child Bereavement UK, while Duchess Kate will compete for The Royal Foundation. A bevy of celebrities will join the royal pair in the race, and they’ll represent some of the couple’s other favoured charities.
Stars who’ll be involved include Olympic champion rower Helen Glover, adventurer Bear Grylls and stand-up comedian John Bishop . They'll represent the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Famililes, Tusk and Action on Addiction, respectively. The BBC’s Katie Thistleton will helm a boat for Place2Be. England women’s soccer player Fara Williams will skipper on behalf of Centrepoint, while TV historian Dan Snow will take the wheel for London’s Air Ambulance Charity.
The winning team will win The King’s Cup, a historic trophy first presented by King George V at Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes in 1920.
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.