The Danish crown prince was photographed as he strolled along the waterfront during preparations for the regatta. He is currently indulging his passion for sailing off the shores of Florida
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Frederik joins his teammates to register for the competition. With 260 yachts taking part, there will be some stiff competition for the main prize
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PRINCE FREDERIK TAKES THE HELM IN KEY WEST

When the Key West Regatta gets underway this week off the coast of Florida, one vessel will probably attract more attention than all the rest - that being skippered by Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.

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The Danish royal, who is well-known for his skills as a yachtsman, has been enjoying a break from official duties by indulging his passion for sailing. The dad-of-one will have is work cut out to take victory in the competition, however, as seven of the top ten finishers from last year's world championship are among the 260 yachts taking part.

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