Prince of Denmark Frederik is racing on Wild Oats in the Whitsundays.
Prince of Denmark Frederik is racing on Wild Oats in the Whitsundays. Andrea Francolini

A prince is sailing around the Whitsundays

RUMOURS have been circulating that Australian- born royal Princess Mary is in the Whitsunday islands after the sighting of her husband at the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week.

The future king of Denmark Prince Frederik was seen at Hamilton Island on Saturday night ahead of the first race on Sunday.

Yesterday, he jumped on board Sandy Oatley's Wild Oats XI in the first race against 214 other vessels competing in fresh trade winds with a whale in the passage.

It was rumoured he was bringing his sailing friends from Europe and Australian sailing legend Iain Murray but the question of whether his wife would come is still being asked.

A spokesperson for the event confirmed Prince Frederik was at Hamilton Island for the event but said Princess Mary hadn't joined him.

But that hasn't stopped the rumours circulating, with people on the island telling the Daily Mercury the talk of the marina was that she was there.

And it didn't stop at marina talk, Today show host Lisa Wilkinson took the rumour to Instagram.

"Sailing hair while watching Fred and Mary on board (Wild Oats XI),” she posted alongside a picture of her windswept hair.

Audi Hamilton Island Race Week is held every

August and is Australia's largest offshore keelboat regatta.

There are 215 entries in this year's event, ranging in size from 22 up to 100 feet.

Racing started yesterday and it is believed the prince is on board the Oatley family's supermaxi Wild Oats XI.

The vessel will be in the IRC Racing division at Race Week and it is believed Peter Harburg's recently launched Queensland entry, Black Jack, will give them plenty of competition.

If you don't have a boat then you can watch them launch from straight in front of the yacht club.



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