Today, The Duchess of Cambridge, the Royal Patron of The 1851 Trust was in Plymouth where she joined the Great Britain SailGP Team to participate in activities educating young people about sustainability. The 1851 Trust is the official charity of the Great Britain SailGP team. The charity works with young people, using sport to inspire an interest in science and technology and creates exciting and educational experiences for 11-16 year old’s revolving around sport and sustainability.
The Duchess of Cambridge became the patron of the trust in 2014. Since then she has joined the team on many events and participated in various races. At the time of accepting the patronage, The Duchess said, “I am delighted to be the Royal patron of the 1851 trust. I feel very fortunate to have enjoyed sailing from a young age and I know it is a great way of providing young people with the opportunity to develop skills and confidence. I am looking forward to being part of this journey and hope through the 1851 Trust we can engage and inspire a new generation.“
During the visit, she joined in the ‘Commonwealth Race’ between the British Crew of Sir Ben Ainslie and the New Zealand team. Earlier Sir Ben Ainslie said about the Duchess of Cambridge,
“She’s a really good sailor in her own right, she has sailed with me on foiling boats as well and we’re expecting a little bit of extra help, given she’s sailed across the Atlantic”.
This piece of information is actually very new to me that The Duchess has sailed across the Atlantic. I knew she has been sailing from a young age. She worked on a boat during her gap year and she trained for a Dragon boat race in 2008 during her brief break-up with Prince William. This new revelation shows that while Catherine has been living in public-eye for more than 2 decades now, there is much more to the gorgeous future Princess of Wales and eventually The Queen that we still do not know.
Today we have a friendly ‘Commonwealth Race’ at #SailGP
I’m going head to head with the Duchess of Cambridge 👑
HRH will be racing with Sir Ben Ainslie’s British Crew. I’ll be racing with Peter Burling’s Kiwi crew.
All I’m saying is that we didn’t come for second place 😎 pic.twitter.com/V5tAJDY10L
— Lewis Pugh (@LewisPugh) July 31, 2022
The race, which took place ahead of the official final day’s racing, saw Great Britain going head-on against the UN Patron for the Ocean Lewis Pugh alongside Peter Burling and Blair Tuke on the New Zealand F50.
Ahead of the race, The Duchess received a tour from both team members and was shown how vessels work. As always Catherine was so intrigued by the Vessels and chat, that she took her time and Sir Ben had to interrupt by saying, “Come on, we’ve got a race to do mate.”
— Plymouth Live (@Plymouth_Live) July 31, 2022
The Duchess of Cambridge and Sir Ben Ainslie’s team emerged as the winner of the race.
The SailGP competition will see nine international teams take part in short races on high-speed Catamarans. Sir Ben Ainslie will be leading the Great Britain SailGP team in the short races.
Ahead of the race, The Duchess of Cambridge visited the SailGP event site and met with the young people, and took part in activities educating young people about sustainability.
She learned about seagrass, one of the most important natural tools in countering damaging changes to our climate. Carnegie Bedlow, 12, from St Helier in Jersey, said, “I was a little bit nervous but she did what I told her and she was very good. She asked me if I was interested in sailing. I do sailing camps in the summer, I love the ocean.”
The 1851 Trust is running a special Climate action program ‘Protect our Future‘ that encourages young people to protect the climate and mother nature. The program aims to protect oceans and the planet from the effects of climate change by teaching young people about climate science. From The 1851 Trust, “A free-to-use, digital program full of science-based knowledge, inspiration and practical actions designed to empower young people to take the lead in climate conversations. This new program will allow young people to become independent thinkers and problem solvers – taking the lead in climate conversations, changing their own attitudes and behaviors, and shaping minds for the future.”
— 1851 Trust (@1851Trust) June 9, 2022
The Trust is also running young STEM Sailing camps that show how Sailing has become the world’s first climate-safe sport.
An art lover, The Duchess was presented with a framed print of an intricately painted capital ‘A’ by the New Zealand SailGP team.
The Duchess teamed up the sporting look with her Superga Cotu Sneakers but instead of her 5 eyelets old version, it seems, Catherine was wearing a new pair of the same sneakers but with 6 eyelets. Thanks to WhatKateWore via DataDuchess on Twitter for the catchup. The new pair with 6 eyelets is not available yet on the Superga website.
Later on, Catherine changed into sailing gear and headed for the waters. This time she swapped outfit with O’Shea Surf Wetsuit (thanks to UFONoMore for the id) and her Superga Cotu Sneakers with Adidas PureBoost X Running Shoes.
She was wearing a Henri-Lloyd Sail GP GBR Cap. Thanks to Katie for the id.
After the race, The Duchess changed into other Shorts.
In another pleasant surprise, The Duke of Cambridge shared a video of himself with his daughter Princess Charlotte, in which they are wishing the Women’s Football team good luck.
— RegalFille (@RegalFille) July 31, 2022
English Women’s team has reached the Women Euro Final and The Duke of Cambridge, as the President of FA, is scheduled to attend the match. There is no confirmation but the rumors mill is going in full speed that The Duke of Cambridge will be joined by The Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte for the match at the Wembley stadium.
In the video, little Princess is wearing a Losan Navy printed cotton T-shirt. Thanks to Remisagoodboy for the id.