Ben shows Princess Kate the ropes

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH -

OLYMPIC hero Sir Ben Ainslie rubbed shoul­ders with roy­alty when he took the Duchess of Cam­bridge out sail­ing.

Mac­cles­field-born Ainslie was with his Amer­ica’s Cup team when he took Kate out with the test boat T1 – a foil­ing AC45 cata­ma­ran.

The Duchess took con­trol, steer­ing the boat out on the race course for the forth­com­ing Louis Vuit­ton Amer­ica’s Cup World Se­ries event in Portsmouth.

Speak­ing of the ex­pe­ri­ence, Sir Ben, 39, said: “We had a great sail, it was a blast and she thor­oughly en­joyed it.

“There were a few mo­ments from the front of the boat that she was a bet­ter helms per­son than I am so I wasn’t too happy about that so you never know I might give her a place (on the team).”

Sir Ben grew up in the town and went to school at Terra Nova.

One of Sir Ben’s first en­coun­ters with the wa­ter was on Redesmere Lake, Sid­ding­ton.

Sir Ben’s un­cle and cousin live in the town, as did his grand­par­ents un­til they died.

Af­ter win­ning gold at the Lon­don Olympics the Royal Mail chose to dec­o­rate a post­box in Corn­wall rather than his Mac­cles­field birth­place.

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