The Countess of Wessex has met members of a sailing club in Antigua and Barbuda which supports people with disabilities.
During her visit to the Sail-Ability programme, with her husband the Earl of Wessex, Sophie assisted hoisting a disabled sailor into a boat and gave an eight-year-old boy a cuddle.
The royal was also given the honour to start a boat race between Duke of Edinburgh students by sounding a loud horn, where she joked: “I didn’t value my hearing at all.”
After setting off the racers Sophie helped wheelchair user Alexzandrina Looby into a boat by using a winch.
To show their appreciation of the royal visit the National Sailing Academy nominated eight-year-old Aleccai Brown to give Sophie a card with the message: “Welcome to Antigua… Edward and Sophie”
Sophie then gave little Aleccai a hug before she left.
Sailing around the world westward is more difficult than eastward.
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