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Kate's an expert on the royal wave as she takes helm of racing yacht

By Ben Mitchell and David Wilcock

Published 21/05/2016

The Duchess of Cambridge visits the Land Rover BAR Base HQ in Portsmouth yesterday. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge visits the Land Rover BAR Base HQ in Portsmouth yesterday. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge takes to the water with Sir Ben Ainslie
The Duchess of Cambridge takes to the water with Sir Ben Ainslie. Photo: Lloyd Images/Land Rover BAR/PA Wire

The Duchess of Cambridge took the helm of a racing yacht for a thrilling high-speed ride with Olympic legend Sir Ben Ainslie.

Kate donned a helmet and lifejacket to join the multiple gold medal-winner aboard his 45ft catamaran T1 for a training circuit in the Solent. Earlier, she wowed in a nautical-themed Alexander McQueen outfit for her visit to the Land Rover BAR racing team in nearby Portsmouth, the third time the duchess has visited the BAR (Ben Ainslie Racing) base.

Crowds gathered to watch as the duchess was transferred on to the catamaran - a trial model as the team develops its racing vessel - for the hour-long trip from Portsmouth Harbour to near the Isle of Wight.

A keen sailor, Kate could be seen helping with the rigging and then taking to the controls, the role normally reserved for the skipper, Sir Ben.

Reaching a top speed of 34 knots, Kate and her team of four professional sailors, including Sir Ben, completed three loops of the route before heading back to base.

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