The Duchess of Cambridge has sent a message of good luck to the British squad as they prepare for the ‘challenge of a lifetime’ in the America’s Cup.
Kate, 38, who is the godmother of the team’s official charity, the 1851 Trust, told the crew: “We will cheer you all on,” in a video message purported to be recorded from her home, Amner Hall, in Norfolk.
A keen sailor who wore one of the crew’s £ 175 navy jackets, the royal said in her video message: ‘Sir Ben Ainslie and his team are about to embark on the challenge of a lifetime – an attempt to win the oldest international trophy in sport. , the America’s Cup.
The Duchess of Cambridge sent a message of good luck to the British squad preparing for the ‘challenge of a lifetime’ in the America’s Cup
“All the participating teams have spent years preparing for the match and sailing fans around the world are expecting an exciting showdown in March. “
Quadruple Olympic gold medalist Sir Ben Ainslie is the Ineos Team UK skipper on the Britannia racing boat at the 36th America’s Cup in New Zealand.
Kate, who also wore a £ 95 nautical stripe T-shirt from Belstaff, has built a strong friendship with Sir Ben over the years, meeting on numerous occasions.
In the post, she recalls racing against the Duke of Cambridge on America’s Cup boats when they visited New Zealand six years ago, describing her as “extremely exciting”.
Quadruple Olympic gold medalist Sir Ben Ainslie is the Ineos Team UK skipper on the Britannia racing boat at the 36th America’s Cup in New Zealand. He is pictured with Kate Middleton in 2016 in Portsmouth
The Duchess said she hopes young people from all walks of life will be encouraged to ‘get out on the water’ and that a ‘new generation of sailing enthusiasts’ will be inspired to take up the sport.
She added: “As all the teams prepare to take part in their first race, I want to wish them the best of luck over the next few months.
“We are going to encourage you all.
Preliminary races for the competition will kick off with the America’s Cup World Series and Christmas Cup from December 17-20, before the official start in January.
Sir Ben Ainslie and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in veil as Kate visits Portsmouth, Hampshire in 2016
Sir Ben said: “We can’t wait to race. It’s been three years in the making.
“These remarkable America’s Cup boats are so complex that the first race of the America’s Cup World Series will be a steep learning curve for all teams.
He thanked Kate for her message, adding that he hoped the British public would join the crew in their attempt to win.
Ben and Kate were first pictured together in 2012, when the sailor proudly showed the mesmerized Kate her Olympic gold medal.
Kate’s message comes as she and her husband Prince William and their three children Prince George, seven, Princess Charlotte, five, and Prince Louis, two, prepare to break royal tradition of spend Christmas at Sandringham.
The Cambridges will likely spend Christmas at Anmer Hall in Norfolk or with the Duchess’s parents Carole and Michael Middleton in Berkshire for the first time since 2012.
Last year the Cambridges joined the Queen at Sandringham for Christmas and took part in the walk to meet the royal fans – although Prince Louis was absent.