Duchess of Cambridge takes to the water in Weymouth before paying a visit to record-breaking Ben Ainslie and the Team GB sailing team on tenth day of the Games
17:24 GMT, 6 August 2012
The Duchess of Cambridge took to the waves today to watch Olympic sailors compete in the Laser Radial medal race.
Kate seemed to thoroughly enjoy her day out on the water and was joined by Sir Steve Redgrave, Princess Anne and her husband Sir Timothy Lawrence on a boat watching the female competitors before heading for land and finding time to meet the men's sailing team and sharing a joke with gold medal winner Ben Ainslie.
Sporty Kate meets record-breaker Ben Ainslie and his team in Weymouth
A sporty looking Kate takes a break from London and heads to Weymouth to take in the sailing in a pair of bright red trainers and official Team GB supporters kit
Team GB's sailing team share a joke with the Duchess of Cambridge in Weymouth
On the water earlier in the day Kate sported her favourite Team GB fan kit keeping warm with a white, navy and red jacket
with a white Team GB sporty polo shirt underneath.
She was also wearing her trusty 145 Givenchy sunglasses and trademark pearl earrings.
The Duchess of Cambridge took to the water to cheer on the ladies in the Laser Radial medal race today
Duchess of Cambridge watches the Olympic Laser Radial medal race off in Weymouth today
Kate wore her favourite Team GB supporters kit which kept her warm whilst she was out on the water, she tied back her usually lose curly locks
Her usual flowing curly locks were tied back in a pony tail for the occasion, to avoid the windswept look.
She was thoroughly immersed in the race and used a pair of binoculars to gain a better look of the sailors out at sea.
The race was very tense with Irish sailor Annalise Murphy suffering heartbreak as she narrowly missed out on an Olympic medal in the Laser Radial class after finishing fourth.
Kate used binoculars to get a closer look at the sailors out on the water, she wore her signature Givenchy sunglasses and had her hair scraped back
The Duchess of Cambridge joined Princess Anne and Sir Steve Redgrave to watch the race today in Weymouth
The Dublin girl went into Monday's double points medal race in third place, but finished in fifth place to drop out of a medal spot.
Murphy, who is the youngest competitor in the field, had excelled by winning the first four of the 10 qualifying races.
She was in the lead after leg one of the medal race but struggled in the downwind sections.
Despite this, her result was the best by an Irish sailing competitor since the 1980 Moscow Games.
Murphy, 22, made her Olympic debut at Weymouth.
Chinese competitor Xu Lijia took home gold with 35 points, with 2011 world champion Marit Boouwmeester of the Netherlands taking the silver on 37.
Belgian Evi van Acker the bronze on 40, with Murphy ending on 44 points.
Kate has been an avid Olympic supporter since the Games kicked off and yesterday she attended the vault final of the artistic gymnastics and the women's preliminary Group A handball match where Croatia played Great Britain.
After the gymnastics event Kate met with the American team who all tweeted their delight at meeting the Royal, including gold medal winner Jordyn Weiber who tweeted: 'Can't believe I just met Princess Kate Middleton! She was in the crowd at the competition and she stood up to talk to us! #honored'
Tom Slingsby of Australia competes on his way to winning gold in the Men's Laser Sailing on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Weymouth & Portland Venue at Weymouth Harbour
Xu Lijia of China celebrates her gold medal as she crosses the finish line during the Laser radial sailing medal race
The Duchess of Cambridge attended the Artistic Gymnastics Men's Pommel Horse Final on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena
She also supported Britain's handball team at the women's preliminary Group A handball match Croatia vs Great Britain