THIS WEEK IN 1979: Racing royals set sail in the Solent

Two of the royal party at Cowes were competing in races.

Wednesday, 16th August 2017, 7:00 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 11:31 am
jpns-12-08-17 retro 2017 Royals - The Ducke of Edinburgh sailing off Cowes in his chartered yacht Yeomann XXII

The Duke of Edinburgh was at the helm of Yeoman XXII in a Class One race for the Sir Walter Preston trophy – the major event of the day.

Prince Andrew was expected to compete aboard a Flying Fifteen open day boat.

Prince Charles’ plans were said by a Buckingham Palace spokesman to be ‘unclear’, but it was known that he would be going windsurfing.

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He added that he was ‘unaware’ whether heiress Sabrina Guinness was at Cowes with him.

While all eyes afloat were aimed at catching a glimpse of the Duke in action, the major talking point ashore was the controversy over the use of carbon fibre rudders in the Admiral’s Cup fleet.