Duchess of Cambridge visits Greenwich to launch America's Cup British team


The Duchess of Cambridge visited Greenwich today for the launch of a thoroughly British sporting team.

Kate met members of the newly formed Ben Ainslie Racing team, who are passionate about becoming the first British team to win the America's Cup.

The Duchess was welcomed to Queen's House at the National Maritime Museum by Sir Ben and introduced to members of the team, before having a private breakfast with a select few.


She then headed to the museum grounds and met the entire team, including sailing team member David Carr.

He said: "She made my day when I met her, because she told me my glasses were a really good look. I am really happy with that."

David joins a strong team of sailors who have been hand-picked to sail with Sir Ben in a bid to win the 35th America's Cup, to be held in 2017.

Wearing a white Jaeger dress with navy detailing, The Duchess laughed with the crew as they explained about the success Americans have had in defending the cup, while she shared her experiences with sailing.


Kate showed her support to the team as a keen sailor - showing her sailing prowess recently when she beat the Duke of Cambridge 2-0 in a head-to-head aboard America's Cup yachts during their royal tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Sir Keith Mills, deputy chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympics Games and Sir Charles Dunstone, co-founder of Carphone Warehouse are among those backing the team.

At the launch Sir Keith joked that if Sir Ben didn't do a good job with the team, Kate would "always be on hand to step in."


He said: "We are very honoured that she came here today for the launch. The most important thing is that we get the whole country behind the team and to know that The Duchess has leant her support to the launch and will be supportive throughout is a huge boost."

Sir Ben, who won the America's Cup in 2013 with Oracle Team USA, said it was a childhood dream to win the race with a British team and said he hopes the Duchess' support at the launch would be a great backing to reach their goal.