Kate Middleton goes land yachting with Prince William on West Sands Beach at St Andrews


Competitive Kate Middleton was in her element as she went head-to-head with husband Prince William in a land yachting race today. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge beamed as they sped along the shoreline at West Sands Beach, St Andrews, this morning. The couple were just a stone’s throw from the university where they first met 20 years ago. 

Land yachting, also known as ‘sand yachting’ or ‘land sailing’, involves steering a low, three-wheeled vehicle similar to a go-kart that is attached to a sail and powered by the wind.

Kate, 39, dressed down for the engagement in her favourite £159 Longshore Barbour jacket, £310 See by Chloe boots and a grey baseball cap which she pulled over her ponytail to protect her hair from the drizzle.  

The Duchess beamed as she shot off down the beach, at one point overtaking her husband. She kept her game face on even as one of the back wheels came away from the sand.

The royal couple were joined by a group from Fife Young Carers, which helps young carers maintain their well-being through a range of outdoor activities, workshops, and residential trips.  

There she blows! The Duchess of Cambridge had her land yachting kart lifted off the sand in a safety demonstration

Thrilled: The couple beamed as they crossed West Sands Beach, St Andrews, despite the bad weather

Thrilled: The couple beamed as they crossed West Sands Beach, St Andrews, despite the bad weather

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sailed down the sand at West Sands Beach, St Andrews, this morning

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sailed down the sand at West Sands Beach, St Andrews, this morning

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge dressed down in jeans, jackets and boots for the land yachting session

At one point Prince William placed a hand on his wife's back

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge dressed down in jeans, jackets and boots for the land yachting session. At one point Prince William placed a hand on his wife’s back (right)

The Duchess of Cambridge dressed down in jeans and practical boots as she joined Prince William to try her hand at land yachting today

The Duchess of Cambridge dressed down in jeans and practical boots as she joined Prince William to try her hand at land yachting today

Thumbs up! Smiling Kate waved at the young carers who joined them in the session

Will gives them a thumbs up

Thumbs up! Smiling Kate waved at the young carers who joined them in the session. Right, Will gives them a thumbs up

The Duchess of Cambridge beamed at Prince William as they prepared to set off on their land yachts

The Duchess of Cambridge beamed at Prince William as they prepared to set off on their land yachts

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a cap pulled down over her hair

The royal learns more about Blown Away

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a cap pulled down over her hair (left). Right, the royal learns more about Blown Away

Ready to race! Competitive Kate looked in her element as she and Prince William tried their hand at land yachting

Ready to race! Competitive Kate looked in her element as she and Prince William tried their hand at land yachting 

The royal couple were joined by a group from Fife Young Carers, which helps young carers maintain their wellbeing through a range of outdoor activities, workshops, and residential trips

The royal couple were joined by a group from Fife Young Carers, which helps young carers maintain their wellbeing through a range of outdoor activities, workshops, and residential trips

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spoke to young carers about the challenges they have faced during the pandemic.   

The Duke and Duchess also heard about the charity’s work to raise awareness of the role of young carers in the local area, including introducing a ‘Young Carers Authorisation Card’ scheme in schools, pharmacies and other medical settings. 

The card helps young carers easily identify themselves, without having to repeatedly outline their circumstances and personal stories to those in the local community. 

The session was hosted by Blown Away, a local company who are the only commercial land yachting company in Scotland, and host sessions in St Andrews and other iconic Scottish locations.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge travelled to St Andrews from the Palace of Holyroodhouse, in Edinburgh, where they are staying while on their week-long tour of Scotland. The couple will return to London tomorrow. 

Yesterday William and Kate spent several hours in Orkney, opening a new hospital in Kirkwall and visiting a marine turbine machine. They also stopped at the home of a local family, the Bichans, to hear more about life in Orkney over a cup of tea.

The visit is part of a broader royal charm offensive to help persuade Scotland to resist the demands of nationalists for independence.  

Off they go! The couple were challenged with steering the wind-powered vehicles through a series of cones

Off they go! The couple were challenged with steering the wind-powered vehicles through a series of cones

Catch me if you can! Kate beamed as she pulled ahead of Prince William during the land yachting challenge

Catch me if you can! Kate beamed as she pulled ahead of Prince William during the land yachting challenge

Blustery day: At one point the Duchess of Cambridge's back wheel lifted off the sand as she turned

Blustery day: At one point the Duchess of Cambridge’s back wheel lifted off the sand as she turned

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a cap pulled down over her hair

The royal learns more about Blown Away

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a cap pulled down over her hair (left). Right, the royal learns more about Blown Away

Quick sprint: The Duchess of Cambridge hurried across the rainy beach during the engagement this morning

Quick sprint: The Duchess of Cambridge hurried across the rainy beach during the engagement this morning 

Challenging conditions: The couple had to wrap up in several layers for the outing

Kate wipes her eyes

Challenging conditions: The couple had to wrap up in several layers for the outing. Right, Kate wipes her eyes

Prince William arrived in Scotland on Friday and has carried out a number of engagements focused on the environment, young people and mental well-being. 

The Duchess of Cambridge joined her husband on Monday and the pair have continued with a busy schedule of royal engagements.

On Monday the pair visited Turning Point Scotland, a social care charity in Coatbridge, North Lanarkshire.  

The couple learned about the support the organisation provides to those facing homelessness, mental health issues and substance abuse. Later in the afternoon they visited the pioneering Scottish Violence Reduction Unit (SVRU), and learned about the support it provides to community organisations across the country.

In the evening they were joined in the café kitchen at the Palace of Holyroodhouse, where they are staying, by Sikh Sanjog to prepare meals which will be distributed to vulnerable families across the Edinburgh community.  

Over the weekend William gave a deeply personal speech in which he described the ‘special place’ that Scotland had in his heart, a country which he said held both some of his ‘happiest memories’ and his ‘saddest’. 

It was at Balmoral where he learned of the death of his mother Diana, in 1997. And it was at St Andrews where he met and fell in love with Kate Middleton.  

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge went for practicality over style in choosing their outfits for the beach enagement

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge went for practicality over style in choosing their outfits for the beach enagement

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked on at a group of young carers taking part in the land yachting

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge looked on at a group of young carers taking part in the land yachting

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