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Duchess of Cambridge launches America’s Cup at National Maritime Museum in Greenwich

The Duchess of Cambridge attended a private breakfast at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich beforehand and met with Sir Ben Ainslie, crew, boat designers and supporters of the bid before she viewed an America’s Cup class boat at the museum.

Olympic sailor Sir Ben Ainslie is pursuing entering a British team in the 35th America’s Cup, that will take place in 2017.

Photo courtesy of Marlene A. Eilers Koenig

Photo courtesy of Marlene A. Eilers Koenig

The America’s Cup is named for the yacht America, which in 1851 won the first trophy off the Isle of Wight. The race was organised by the Royal Yacht Squadron. It has never been won by a British entry.

The first race was won by a schooner from New York named America. It beat a fleet of British boats sailing around the island.

Teams from the United States successfully upheld all contests for 132 years, until 1983 when an Australian pulled out the surprise victory.

Catherine a keen sailor beat William in a head-to-head aboard America’s Cup yachts during their recent tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Later today, The Duchess will attend a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace.

Many thanks to @royalmusing

To see more of today’s pictures view Marlene’s Blog: Royal Musing

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