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 favourite 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.
These two yachts go out daily with passengers who get the full sailing experience. It is one of the many adrenaline rush activities available in Auckland.
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?
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