Kate's old dragon boat goes up for sale
If you're yearning for a piece of Kate Middleton history, here's a coversation-starter.
It's a dragon boat that has been part of The Sisterhood, an all-female crew that takes part in long-distance challenges and raises money for charity. The boat, ready for retirement, is up on ebay (with a $1,200 starting bid) and is hoping its Kate-connection, albeit brief, will help raise money for charity.
The group began in 2007 with the idea of racing across the English Channel. Kate, who at that time was labelled the "on again, off-again" girlfriend of Prince William, was convinced to join the team by a former classmate at Marlborough College.
"But it wasn't a question of 'Oh, she's Kate Middleton so she makes the team,' said one of the Sisterhood at the time. "Kate has done all the training and she's really committed. She is physically very fit. But she is also strong mentally."
They trained on the river Thames three times a week, Kate at the tiller, yelling instructions to the rowers.
"It might look easy, but being on the tiller is hard," said crewmate Emma Style at the time. "It's like standing on a wobble board the whole time and becasue you have to do all the shouting, you cannot relax at all. On the paddles you can switch off a bit more."
As enthused as she was, Kate was also re-kindling her romance with William after a split of a few months. That meant she was very much in the public eye and while it certainly didn't hurt publicity for The Sisterhood, there were "security concerns" from Buckingham Palace.
Coincidently, a few months after Kate left the group, they were featured in a charity sports calendar, wearing nothing but bikini bottoms and body paint. (The Queen would not have likely approved a Kate appearance.)
Thus endeth the Kate Middleton dragon boat career -- at least until last summer when she and William took part in a race in PEI.
So The Sisterhood went on without her -- racing across the Channel in a world record time of 3 hours 42 minutes -- and continues to paddle new waters with a new boat.
As for Kate, well, you know the rest of that story.