The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge battled monsoon rain in the Bahamas while competing in a regatta, but William sailed to victory.
Torrential rain dogged the first full day of the couple’s tour of the Caribbean nation as they met schoolchildren, heard from the experiences of frontline workers dealing with the pandemic, and enjoyed a Junkanoo-like parade. carnival.
The couple swapped their dressy attire, after touring the elementary school and chatting with ambulance and medical workers, for casual shorts and short-sleeved tops to take part in the Platinum Jubilee Regatta on the waters off Montagu Beach.
But just minutes after leaving land to witness the end of a Royal Nassau Sailing Club youth regatta, the heavens opened.
The pair continued their activity and later joined the crews of the 21-foot Class B sloops, with five boats in total racing.
Jimmie Lowe, director of navigation for the Bahamas Boating Association, said William had steered his boat to victory around a 3½-mile course after he was given control of the helm once they rounded the first point.
He said: “The captain of the Susan Chase gave the prince the helm and he sailed to the end.”
The director also revealed that Kate’s boat had suffered a technical problem with the rudder that caused the boat to lose time at the start.
“They had to lower the sail, which cost them a good 50 meters at the start of the race,” he said.
Lowe explained that visibility on the course around the waters off the capital, Nassau, had dropped to 150 feet at one point, delaying the start.
“It rained throughout the race. It was a torrential downpour,” she said.
William came out with bragging rights after securing his second consecutive win on the water over last-place Kate. She also lost to her husband in the King’s Cup charity race off the Isle of Wight in 2019 when her boat was disqualified.
Kate hit it big when the ultra-competitive pair competed on yachts in New Zealand in 2014.
The sloop, immortalized in the Beach Boys’ song Sloop John B about wandering around the city of Nassau, is a prized ship in the Bahamas and the Platinum Jubilee Regatta was a chance for people to celebrate the return of racing for the first time. time since the start of the Covid-19 Pandemic two years ago.
It was also a thought for William’s late grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh, as the youngsters were from the Royal Nassau Sailing Club supported by Philip.
Philip watched the King’s Cup Series from the Royal Nassau Sailing Club in 1959, enjoyed sailing there and became an Honorary Commodore and Honorary Life Member of the club.