The royal mom cuts loose on the high seas in an action-packed new clip

By Simon Perry
May 25, 2016 02:30 PM
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It’s Princess Kate like you’ve never seen her – giddy and wind-whipped as she hits the high seas at speeds of up to 40 miles per hour.

In a new Go Pro-style clip shared by Kensington Palace, the royal mom and keen sailor can be seen helping to helm a test yacht off the coast of Portsmouth during her action-packed adventure on Friday.

Kate, who sailed as a youngster and enjoyed taking part in the sport when she and Prince William lived on Anglesey, north Wales, relished her chance to join Olympic sailor and America’s cup hopeful Sir Ben Ainslie and his team.

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Ainslie declared it an “awesome” sail with “our new helm” on his Twitter account. Talking with PEOPLE after his ride with Kate, he said, “We were all really impressed. She’s clearly done a fair amount of sailing before. She had a feel for the boat.

“It’s a really high-powered racing machine and to be able to steer one of those at close to 40 miles per hour for even a skilled sailor is a real challenge. She did a great job. We had a wonderful sail.”

He added, “She really enjoyed it. She certainly looked like she did. This is fantastic for the team to have her involvement and have her support.”

Kate’s appearance in Portsmouth on the southern coast of England was in support of the 1851 Trust, a charity that uses sailing and the marine industry to inspire young people in sports, education and technology.