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Duchess in Greenwich to back America's Cup bid

The Duchess of Cambridge talks to Sir Keith Mills, deputy chairman of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

Olympic sailor Sir Ben Ainslie was joined by the Duchess of Cambridge in south east London today, as he launched Britain's bid to win the historic America's Cup yacht race. In the shadow of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich Sir Ben told Kate about the plans to win the coveted trophy.

He will skipper the team that aims to triumph in the 35th America's Cup being staged in 2017, with the entry made through the Royal Yacht Squadron club.

The Duchess of Cambridge with Sir Ben Ainslie (second right) in front of the America's Cup Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

The Royal Yacht Squadron club hosted the first race which took place off the Isle of Wight in the mid-19th century - but a British team has never won it. The Olympic sailor said: "We want to bring it home, it would be an amazing thing for this country."

Kate, who wore a Jaeger dress, is a keen sailor who watched some of the London 2012 Olympic racing on the Isle of Wight.

Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire