The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge went head to head in The King’s Cup on Thursday 8 August raising awareness and funds for eight causes. It was however Isle of Wight-born adventurer and long-standing Tusk ambassador Bear Grylls, who won both races and therefore the King’s Cup for Tusk.
The couple were joined, on the Isle of Wight, by Olympic champion rower Helen Glover who represented the Anna Freud Centre, stand-up comedian John Bishop for Action on Addiction, BBC presenter Katie Thistleton for Place2Be, England women’s footballer Fara Williams for Centrepoint and television presenter Dan Snow for London’s Air Ambulance Charity.
The historic 1920 King’s Cup trophy was awarded at a public prize-giving ceremony later in the afternoon, held at the SailGP Race Village along Cowes seafront. Accepting the winners’ trophy, Grylls spoke of the “incredible work” of Tusk and also praised the Duke and Duchess’ “vision and inspiration” in setting up the event.
Thanks and congratulations go to everyone who took part and supported the event, especially the crew and headline sponsors Land Rover and ISPS Handa, sponsors of the Tusk boat.