HRH The Princess Royal Visits Day 4 of the Blind Match Racing World Championship 2018.
HRH The Princess Royal – Patron of the Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club – watched a semi-final race between GBR1 and USA before spending time talking with competitors, race officials and event volunteers at Rhu Marina.
Team USA Skipper Walter T. Raineri (pictured above) said:
“There were many highlights of my first trip to Scotland to compete in the 2018 Blind Match Racing World Championships.
“Not only was I successful in skippering my team to the Bronze medal at the competition by winning the petit finals, but one of the most significant and memorable highlights of my trip happened off the water. I was pleasantly surprised that Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, the Patron of the Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club, graced us with her presence at an informal meet-and-greet during the semi-finals.
“Her easy-going nature and knowledge of yachting allowed her to integrate right into the mix of sailors with the poise and grace of an experienced racer. When I finally had a chance to speak with her directly, I was surprised by the knowledge she had about my background.
“She obviously spent some time preparing for t