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William and Kate to go head to head in sailing regatta

The couple will compete against one another and six other teams in Cowes on the Isle of Wight next month

The Duke of and Duchess of Cambridge will compete against each other on sailing boats next month (PA)
The Duke of and Duchess of Cambridge will compete against each other on sailing boats next month (PA)

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will go head to head in a major sailing regatta to raise money for charity.

William and Kate, both known for their competitive streak, will go up against each other as skippers of individual sailing boats in Cowes on the Isle of Wight next month.

The winning team will be awarded The King’s Cup, a historic trophy first presented by King George V at Cowes’s Royal Yacht Squadron in 1920.

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The royal couple competed in rowing boats during a visit to Canada in 2011 (Lionel Hahn/PA)

Members of the public are invited to watch the racing from grandstands on the shore, as William and Kate compete against one another and six other teams in state-of-the-art Fast-40 boats.

The winning team will be presented with the trophy at a public prize giving ceremony, held at the SailGP Race Village along Cowes seafront.

The Cambridges have been keen advocates of sport, undertaking work to highlight the positive impact it can have.

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Kate, William and Prince Harry raced on the track at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London in 2017 (Alastair Grant/PA)

Kate has championed how the benefits of sport, nature and the outdoors can impact childhood development, and lead to improved physical and mental wellbeing.

This will not be the first time William and Kate have indulged in some sporty royal rivalry.

Whether it is Scrabble or sport, they both like to win – and they competed in a dragon boat race on Prince Edward Island in Canada on their first official overseas tour as a married couple in 2011.

William was victorious, but he gave his wife an affectionate hug after her team lost out by just a few metres.

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Kate took a turn, as William watched on, when the pair met bandy hockey players in Stockholm during their tour of Sweden last year (Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA)

In 2017, the couple faced extra competition from William’s brother Harry as he sprinted past them at a training session for runners taking part in the London Marathon.

William, who joked “oh my hamstring” before the 50-metre race, came second and was closely followed by his wife.

But despite their determination to beat one another on the track, Kate, who wore a red jacket and black jeans, laughed and hugged her husband afterwards, while Harry patted William on the back.

In 2018, Kate was left glum-faced when she was beaten by William in a bandy hockey penalty shootout in Stockholm.

The couple joined a group of Swedish youngsters playing the game, which has a huge following in the country and has similarities to both hockey and football.

The eight boats taking part on August 9 will each represent one of the charities that are being supported this year by the couple.

These include Child Bereavement UK, Centrepoint, London’s Air Ambulance Charity 30th Anniversary Campaign, and Tusk – four causes of which William is patron.

Kate will support four of her patronages: Action on Addiction, Place2Be, the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, and The Royal Foundation in connection with her work on early years.

The couple hope The King’s Cup will become an annual event.

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