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Monaco’s Pierre Casiraghi and King Felipe of Spain set sail in Copa del Rey race

Ready, set, sail! The Copa del Rey MAPFRE race turned into a royal competition on Monday, July 31. Monaco’s Pierre Casiraghi and King Felipe of Spain joined their respective teams at the 36th edition of the regatta, which has been dubbed this year as the biggest in its history.

His Majesty took command of the vessel's steering wheel Photo: JAIME REINA/AFP/Getty Images

His Majesty drove by himself to the boat club in Palma de Mallorca, Spain on July 31. Queen Letizia’s husband was dressed down for the outing sporting a white polo and Bermuda shorts. The King, who was a member of the Spanish Olympic sailing team at the Barcelona Games in 1992, shook hands with individuals on the dock before hopping on board his vessel, the Aifos. Felipe, 49, took command of the sailboat’s wheel as he steered his team out to sea to compete in the BMW ORC Class 1 division. As of Monday, Felipe’s team leads overall in his division.

Princess Caroline's son (sporting a baseball cap) trained with his team Malizia Photo: Patrick van Katwijk/Getty Images

While Queen Letizia was not on hand for the competition on July 31, Monaco royal, Pierre, was accompanied to the Palma Royal Nautical Club by his wife Beatrice Borromeo, who looked effortlessly stylish wearing an orange maxi dress by Ralph Lauren. Princess Caroline’s son, 29, suited up in his navy sailing attire as trained with his team Malizia ahead of their GC32 division race.

Pierre gave a thumb's up while out on the water in Spain Photo: Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images

Pierre set a personal speed record last year during the Monegasque GC32 regatta. At the time, the Monaco royal said in a statement: "To race against such famous teams is a dream come true. I think the class is very attractive. The boat is super quick and aggressive which I love." The 36th Copa del Rey MAPFRE kicked off on July 29th and will continue through August 5th.

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