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Daredevil Kate Middleton beams as she joins GB crew in high speed sailing race in new video

Daredevil Kate Middleton beams as she joins Sir Ben Ainslie and Great Britain crew in high speed sailing race in new video footage shared by the royals

  • Kate Middleton, 40, recently joined the Great Britain SailGP team in Plymouth 
  • New video shows duchess taking part in a ‘friendly’ race with New Zealand team
  • Sporty royal appears to be beaming onboard during the high speed race

The Duchess of Cambridge was filmed visiting the Great Britain Sail GP Team in Plymouth last week, in a new video shared on social media.

A clip, posted on the Duke and Duchess’ Instagram account, shows sporty Kate Middleton, 40, chatting with personnel, before donning a wet suit and jumping aboard a boat to join Sir Ben Ainslie and the GB crew in a ‘friendly’ race against New Zealand.

And the sporty duchess looks thrilled by to be part of the high octave action, with footage showing her looking delighted as the vessel speeds through the water. 

The Duchess, who donned a grey cap and a GBR wetsuit, joined the team in a race against the skilled New Zealand outfit helmed by Peter Burling in a friendly ‘Commonwealth Race’. 

Kate Middleton (pictured) visited the Great Britain SailGP team in Plymouth last week, seen here in new footage shared on social media by the royals

The sporty duchess appeared to smile as she took part in a high speed 'friendly' race against the New Zealand team

The sporty duchess appeared to smile as she took part in a high speed ‘friendly’ race against the New Zealand team

Video footage of the friendly race shows the royal is not afraid of a bit of high octane speed, as the boat races through the water

Video footage of the friendly race shows the royal is not afraid of a bit of high octane speed, as the boat races through the water

Kate took the race in her stride, and was seen smiling as she chatted with crew members aboard the high-speed vessel

Kate took the race in her stride, and was seen smiling as she chatted with crew members aboard the high-speed vessel

As she climbed aboard the catamaran to join her new team she was pictured in an orange helmet for safety and also donned a pair of SunGod Great Britain SailGP Limited Edition sunglasses. 

It was most likely light work for the Duchess, who showed her competitive side when she took part in a sailing regatta in The Bahamas at the end of her Royal Caribbean Tour with Prince William in March.

The video, which was shared on social media, was captioned: ‘Out on the water with @sailgpgbr last weekend.

‘It’s not only the racing that’s so important to these teams, but their commitment to protecting the future of our planet and inspiring the next generation to do the same.

‘It was so good to see the Protect our Future programme with @1851trust doing exactly this. 

‘Thanks for the racing too!’ 

The Duchess of Cambridge was led by Sir Ben Ainslie (right) to race against New Zealand in a friendly 'Commonwealth Race'

The Duchess of Cambridge was led by Sir Ben Ainslie (right) to race against New Zealand in a friendly ‘Commonwealth Race’

Kate looked ready for action in her GBR wetsuit as she got ready to join the Great Britain crew at the SailGP event in Plymouth

Kate looked ready for action in her GBR wetsuit as she got ready to join the Great Britain crew at the SailGP event in Plymouth

The Duchess was all smiles as she got ready for the race, despite fairly dreary weather in the background

The Duchess was all smiles as she got ready for the race, despite fairly dreary weather in the background

The Duchess stopped to chat to a sweet little girl wearing a blue dress and tan sandals

The little girl looked like she had said something to amuse Kate, who gave her a cheeky smile

The Duchess stopped to chat to a sweet little girl wearing a blue dress and tan sandals – while Kate crouched down and smiled at her

Kate looked ready for action as she stepped out of the cockpit of a catamaran to get ready for her race against New Zealand

Kate looked ready for action as she stepped out of the cockpit of a catamaran to get ready for her race against New Zealand

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