We headed up to Auckland early yesterday to get a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate as they each took the helm of a different Team New Zealand America’s Cup yacht and headed out for some royal racing. We joined about 2,000 cheering fans as they passed, although I think the noise of the crowds was drowned out by the horns blowing from all the nearby boats either berthed or out on the water.
Here was my favorite moment – Princess Kate racing alongside Dean Barker, and Prince William with Grant Dalton:
Then they raised sails and were off:
The friendly race resulted in a 2:0 wins for the princess, breaking Dean Barkers loosing steak. Grant Dalton eloquently explained away his loss to the media, “We were just following the protocol handed down from the palace a couple of days ago that the princess had to win.”
Civilized crowds are one of the things I really lovely things about living in New Zealand. However, just in case, there were 102 uniformed police officers and 50 plain clothed officers amongst the crowd.
I was really pleased to get all these photos with my new micro 4/3 camera Olympus OMD-Em5 camera. It is smaller and more compact than the DSLR I have been shooting for years, yet I don’t think I am sacrificing any quality.
Did you get a glimpse of the royals racing in Auckland? Would you have waited outside for hours in the rain just to see them pass?
This post submitted for the letter K (Kate) in the 2014 AtoZ blogging challenge.