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Zara Phillips enjoys time at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week

Thu 11 Aug 2011

Zara Phillips enjoys time at Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week

Equestrienne Zara Phillips has revealed she has greatly enjoyed taking part in this year's Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week.

The royal - who recently married England Rugby star Mike Tindall - competed in the Artemis Challenge under the captaincy of Dee Caffari on Artemis Ocean Racing.

She was part of a crew of 12 onboard the vessel who were competing against other teams to land a prize fund of £10,000 to donate to a charity of their choice.

Phillips was hoping to generate funds for the non-profit organisation Toe in the Water, which aims to aid the rehabilitation of injured servicemen and women by introducing them to sailing.

However, her team's spinnaker was ripped when the boat ran into trouble due to the blustery conditions and they were pushed back into fourth place when overtaken by a team from Hugo Boss.

Despite the result, Phillips - whose team also included TV presenter Natalie Pinkham - said she had a great day out on the water and noted: "I really enjoyed sailing with Dee and Natalie and although we didn't claim the prize for Toe in the Water, it was great to be back at Cowes and go round the island so quickly."

The race was won by French team PRB, which decided to give its prize money to Movement for Children's Village Foundation - a France-based organisation that aims to protect young people in the country.

Also competing in the challenge was Hollywood star Ewan McGregor, whose films include Big Fish and A Life Less Ordinary.

The actor was aboard the Hugo Boss team that managed to secure third place after it bypassed Phillips' faltering Artemis Ocean racing vessel.

Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week - which has been running since 1826 and is the largest sailing regatta of its kind in the world - got underway on August 6th and is to run through until August 13th.

Posted by Adam Pearson
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