Kate Middleton

Forget formal engagements and dinners and the like -- on the fourth day of their Royal Tour, Prince William and Kate Middleton competed in a sailing race in Auckland Harbor after meeting with Royal New Zealand Air Force servicemen and women.

Both took the wheel behind an 80-foot sloop, and then they faced off in not one, but two races. It sounds like the competition was pretty fierce. Eric Haagh, the skipper of Prince William's boat, said, "William was very competitive right from the start. He didn't want to lose."

And I'm sure you can guess how the whole thing played out.

Duh. Kate won both of the races -- which had to have been such a great little boost for her ego.

An observer mentioned how she came off the boat looking pretty pleased with herself, and that's when Prince William joked, "I bet she is! Selfless husband! I wanted a quiet night."

And he also made some little remark about being "sabotaged."

Tell it like it is, Wills -- your wife kicked your butt!

But honestly, I'm guessing he finds it pretty endearing that Kate isn't afraid to kick off her heels and participate in sporty activities, which is one of the things that drew him to her in the first place. She can hold her own in any situation -- and she's just as competitive and confident as he is.

And in reference to the comment he made about "wanting a quiet night ..." -- let's hope that didn't happen. If Kate is as spunky as she appears to be, I'm sure she reminded him over and over again that his sailing skills are no match for hers!

Oh come on, there's no harm in a little flirtatious teasing every now and then.

Are you surprised that Kate beat Wills in the races?

 

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