Prince Overboard – Frederik in Sydney for the WMG

  October 14, 2009 at 5:46 am by

HRH Crown Prince Frederik ended up in the drink of Sydney Harbour earlier today, during his 35+ Tasar sailing competition at the 2009 World Masters Games in Sydney, Australia. The 13-16°C weather in Sydney today created a chilly experience for the Prince.

View the image at The Courier Mail

Due to strong winds between Point Piper and Mosman Bay, Frederik and his partner Chris Meehan saw their boat, Nanoq, capsize before they had even competed. The pair were not alone however, with several of their competitors also suffering a similar fate. Organisers later cancelled the day’s sailing, for the second day in a row. This means that all of the Prince’s races will be crammed into Thursday and Friday’s schedule.

Crown Prince Frederik arrived in Sydney on Saturday, before undergoing some last minute training on Sunday with his partner. On Monday the 12th, HRH visited the Sydney Acquatic Centre during the third day’s swimming events, where he met with Australian Olympian Geoff Huegill. The Prince received some vocal competition from a Seven News reporter during a impromptu interview. When asked what he thought of the Australian hope of beating him in the race, Frederik laughed and said he was “glad to be the bait” in the spirit of the fun of the Games.

Prince Frederik also visited the athletics track, where he spoke with Australia’s oldest competitor in the Games, 100-year-old Ruth Frith. She later went on to win a gold medal in the shot put. Training was on the agenda for Tuesday, before and after the sailing competition was cancelled.

HRH will be in Sydney until October 16th. Click here to read more information about Frederik’s attendance at the WMG.

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