Three years ago His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark took the helm of Jimmy Spithill’s RC 44. Sailing with Spithill this week as a guest onboard ORACLE TEAM USA’s AC72 was an entirely new experience.
“It’s so different from monohull sailing. These boats are like big birds that fly really low to the water. It’s definitely amazing,” said Crown Prince Frederik.
A competitive sailor, Crown Prince Frederik recently skippered a crew of Denmark’s Olympic legends at the 2013 ISAF Nations Cup. He also completed his first Ironman – the 2013 KMD IRONMAN Copenhagen – a day prior to traveling to San Francisco.
As an athlete, he quickly recognized the skill and physicality required to race the AC72.
“There is a lot of focus from all of the crew – the AC72 demands attention as everything happens in a short time span and the stress level can be quite high,” said Crown Prince Frederik. “The experience of the crew is evident in how they work together
“I’m very thrilled to have been able to be here and to join the team onboard – I feel very lucky.”
Crown Prince Frederik will be watching much of this year’s America’s Cup from his home in Copenhagen. He is also a member of the International Olympic Committee, and he will be attending the IOC’s annual general assembly during the Cup, but will be paying close attention.