Duke and Duchess of Cambridge go land yachting in town where they first met

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Prince William and his wife Kate kept up their sporting rivalry as they tried their hands at land yachting with young carers during a visit to St Andrews, where they first met 20 years ago.

The couple are in Scotland on a week-long visit and on Wednesday they got to show their competitive side as they gave the beach sport a go.

William and Kate met at university in the Scottish town in 2001 and married 10 years later. 

The couple took a trip down memory lane as they met students at the university to see how they have coped during the coronavirus pandemic.

In the morning, they joined six teenage carers who were on a day course with Blown Away, and the royals quickly got to grips with the yachts.

William told Jamie and Guy McKenzie who run the business: "I want to go faster. I need to make sure I’ve got the right angle."

EMBARGOED UNTIL 1050 WEDNESDAY MAY 26 The Duchess of Cambridge with a group of young carers land yachting on the beach at St Andrews. Picture date: Wednesday May 26, 2021.
Kate giving land yachting a go on a beach in St Andrews. (PA Images)
EMBARGOED UNTIL 1050 WEDNESDAY MAY 26 The Duchess of Cambridge with a group of young carers land yachting on the beach at St Andrews. Picture date: Wednesday May 26, 2021.
Kate, right, went land yachting with a group of young carers on the beach at St Andrews. (PA Images)
EMBARGOED UNTIL 1050 WEDNESDAY MAY 26 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with a group of young carers land yachting on the beach at St Andrews. Picture date: Wednesday May 26, 2021.
Both the duke and duchess gave the sport a go. (PA Images)
EMBARGOED UNTIL 1050 WEDNESDAY MAY 26 The Duchess of Cambridge with a group of young carers land yachting on the beach at St Andrews. Picture date: Wednesday May 26, 2021.
Kate was dressed casually for the sporty morning on the beach. (PA Images)

William also shouted "Wahoo!" as he raced his wife, pulling away into the lead.

She shouted: "I’m catching you!" as she made up ground.

They looked like they might crash into each other at one point, but William steered away.

In 2019, 6,785 young people in Fife identified themselves as a carer, looking after a family member with a physical disability, illness addiction or mental health issues. 

That figure equates to approximately one in eight young people in the region.

Fife Young Carers, who organised the yachting, supports 597 young people, with the figure rising monthly.

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The Duchess of Cambridge land yachting with a group of young carers on the beach at St Andrews. Picture date: Wednesday May 26, 2021.
It comes as the couple take a trip down memory lane in the town where they met. (PA Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge land yachting on the beach at St Andrews. Picture date: Wednesday May 26, 2021.
The royals went yachting with young carers from Fife. (PA Images)
The Duchess of Cambridge waves during a visit to the beach at St Andrews. Picture date: Wednesday May 26, 2021.
The Duchess of Cambridge wore a casual jacket and cap for the trip. (PA Images)

William, 38, arrived in Scotland on Friday, and Kate, 39, joined him the following Monday.

On Tuesday they visited the Orkney Islands, where they opened a new hospital in Kirkhall and then went to a marine energy centre.

They took time to speak to a group of four and five-year-olds who were waiting to catch a glimpse of them, with one asking Kate "are you the prince?" which she took with good spirit.

William joked around with the children, asking them if they liked his shoes and complimenting their trainers.

The duke and duchess are known for their sporting rivalry and they relished another chance to compete at the beach on Wednesday.

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The Duchess of Cambridge land yachting on the beach at St Andrews. Picture date: Wednesday May 26, 2021.
Kate tried to catch up with her husband but was not able to overtake him. (PA Images)
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge speak with members of Fife Young Carers at St Andrews beach. Picture date: Wednesday May 26, 2021.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with members of Fife Young Carers at St Andrews beach. (PA Images)

Afterwards, the duke and duchess tweeted: "Fife Young Carers’ hugely impactful work sees them offer young carers some respite from their caring role, and the opportunity to have fun spending time with people of their own age.  

"Thank you to Blown Away for hosting today’s fun session in St Andrews!"

ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - MAY 26: Prince William and Catherine Duchess of Cambridge join Fife Young Carers for a session of land yachting on West Sands beach at St Andrews, hosted by local company Blown Away on May 26, 2021 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
The couple braved the blustery weather on West Sands beach at St Andrews. (WireImage)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - MAY 26: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge join young carers from Fife for a session of Land Yachting on May 26, 2021 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by UK Press Pool/UK Press via Getty Images)
Kate put her hair back in a ponytail and tucked it under a cap. (UK Press via Getty Images)
ST ANDREWS, SCOTLAND - MAY 26: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge join Fife Young Carers for a session of land yachting on West Sands beach at St Andrews, hosted by local company Blown Away on May 26, 2021 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
William shares a joke as he and Kate speak to young carers during the session. (WireImage)

Kate, in a jumper by Highlands firm Campbell’s of Beauly, asked the carers if their friends understood what they were doing. 

"Is it hard for them to relate to what you are doing? Do you think people in general are understanding?" she asked.

As they spoke about their lives, she also asked: "Do you find it hard to find time for yourselves and do things?"

William praised the centre's workers, saying: "You guys do really well. You should be very proud of yourselves, guys."

Kirstie Howell, service manager for Fife Young Carers said of the session: "It’s a chance for these young people to get away from their care roles and just allowing them to be young people again."

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