Prince William wins dragon boat race in Singapore (pictures)


Britain’s Prince William boarded a dragon boat in Singapore ahead of the start of the annual awards ceremony, which aims to encourage solutions to environmental threats, the Associated Press reported.

Wearing a life jacket and a black hat, the Prince of Wales sat in a long, narrow boat as he rowed with athletes from the British Dragons club on the Kallang River, BTA added.

Working in pairs, William and the other 19 oarsmen rowed vigorously to the steady beat of a drummer standing at the bow of the boat.

Photo: AP/BTA

The prince’s boat won a short race with another boat captained by British High Commissioner Cara Owen.

It wasn’t the first time for William, a keen sportsman who tried his hand at a dragon boat race with his wife Kate, Princess of Wales, during their tour of Canada in 2011.

Photo: AP/BTA

Originating in China, dragon boat racing has a history of nearly 2,000 years and became an international sport in 1976.

Photo: AP/BTA

“I was lucky enough to sit next to him and he’s just a really nice guy,” said Laura Greenwood, a British expat who is a member of the British Dragons.

Photo: AP/BTA

“He’s driven dragon boats before so he felt pretty confident in what he was doing. The pace was pretty fast so he did really well.”

William, 41, arrived in Singapore last night ahead of the annual Earthshot awards ceremony, which is being held in Asia for the first time, AP noted.

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