The Wessexes

The Countess of Wessex and Lady Louise go sailing in the Solent

The Countess of Wessex and her daughter, Lady Louise Windsor, took to the water on Monday as they visited Haslar Marina in Gosport.

Their Royal Highnesses boarded the Donald Searle for a trip out to the Solent in the glorious sunshine.

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Before taking to the sea, Sophie met representatives of the Association of Sail Training Organisations, an organisation of which she is Patron.

Sophie and Louise met representatives and the crew, who have begun a week of training to earn their Royal Yachting Association (RYA) Competent Crew – an entry-level course of the RYA for those who wish to be active crew members of a sailing yacht.

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The Association of Sail Training Organisations has a mission to ensure that sail training is accessible to everybody from across the UK, regardless of age or ability.

On board the Donald Searle, the Countess and Lady Louise joined ten trainee girls and five volunteer adult crew members.

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The Association of Sail Training Organisations is the UK’s National Sail Training Organisation made up of more than 30 not-for-profit organizations. Together, they operate more than 50 Sail Training vessels around the UK.

To find out more about UK Sail Training, visit