William and Kate applaud Sir Ben Ainslie after America's Cup triumph


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge perched on the front of a high-speed catamaran as they cheered on Sir Ben Ainslie's America's Cup team to victory.

The royal couple joined thousands of spectators to support Ainslie's Land Rover BAR team in the Portsmouth leg of the America's Cup World Series (ACWS).

Kate and William wearing sunglasses and caps (Christopher Ison/PA)
(Christopher Ison/PA)

At the end of the final race which secured Land Rover BAR's victory, the couple's boat, bearing the royal standard, sailed alongside Ainslie's catamaran as the team and their support vessel cheered and began their celebrations.

When the teams arrived back at the event village, William and Kate presented the winner's trophy and medals to Ainslie and his team in front of cheering crowds.

(Christopher Ison/PA)
(Christopher Ison/PA)

Ainslie said to the crowds: "The guys did an incredible job with the boat handling and to be able to do that in front of you guys is what it's all about for us, so thank you."

He added: "I think it's been a brilliant weekend. For us to race in Portsmouth, in front of our home crowd with the weather playing its part and two cracking days of racing, as a home team to win in front of our home crowd is the best thing we could do."

Ben Ainslie sprays team mates with champagne after the BAR victory (Christopher Ison/PA)
(Christopher Ison/PA)

The teams were competing for points to take forward to the finals being held in Bermuda 2017 and Ainslie is hoping to be the first British team to win the prestigious event in its 165-year history.

Oracle Team USA are the defending champions.