Normally quite a happy couple, Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge have been pitted against each other in fierce competition — and Kate emerged as queen of the ocean.
The Duchess ruled the waves as the couple took the helms of two separate America's Cup yachts with the New Zealand sailing teams around Auckland Harbor, and despite the somewhat unfavorable weather Kate handily took the lead in both races.
Kate showed up in a navy double-breasted blazer from Zara, a navy and white Breton-striped top by Me + Em, her trusty skinny jeans and her favorite navy wedges in the Corkswoon style from Stuart Weitzman. She later removed her blazer and changed into more sensible boat shoes — another favorite, the Bala style slip-on from Sebago.
Both Will and Kate are keen sailors, but the Prince's boat had some technical difficulties that left the team at a disadvantage, including problems with the spinnaker sail.
"William was a bit nervous at the start. These boats are very powerful and he just wanted to get on the grinder (sail winch) to begin with," explained skipper Eric Haagh.
"When we wiped out because of the problem with the sail we were near to some rocks and William said 'that'll be a good photo.' William was a good sailor but Kate pushed us around into a bad position. She did very well. William was very competitive right from the start — he didn’t want to lose. When Kate won both the races he just said 'at least she'll be happy.'"
The victories were Kate's revenge for losing to Wills in a dragon boat competition during their 2011 tour of Canada.
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