Kate Beats Prince William in New Zealand Yacht Race

Family sailing bragging rights go to the duchess as the couple cruise around the Auckland harbor

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Call her the Princess of Waves.

Kate trounced her husband, Prince William, in a yacht race around the Auckland harbor Friday during their visit to New Zealand, showing herself to be the more talented sailor, at least on this day, as the couple took to the wheels of America’s Cup yachts.

“Take care!” Kate teased her husband before setting off, patting him on the back. “Yeah, see you later,” he replied.

“There are no friends on the water. No quarter given. I’m sure Prince William would not want to be beaten by his wife,” Grant Dalton, managing director of Emirates Team New Zealand, told reporters.

In the end, though, he was. Kate, 32, who grew up sailing, handled the 31-foot boat with such confidence that she gave William, 31, a cheeky victory salute as she sailed past him.

It was sweet revenge for the Duchess, who lost to the Duke in a Dragon Race across a lake in Canada in 2011.

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Husband and wife raced around a series of buoys in New Zealand’s sailing capital. Kate was sporting a white Breton-style striped shirt by ME+EM, which she’d worn to meet local air force servicemen and their families, along with skinny navy jeans by Zara and a navy baseball cap and with her hair in a ponytail.

Dean Barker, the captain of New Zealand’s America’s Cup team, said the outing was a nice break for the couple. “With all the formal parts of the tour, the functions and the different appearances, it must be nice to do a few of the fun things like going for a sail,” he said. “It’s good to see they are human and like to do all the things that we all like to do.”

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