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New hobby gets Donna sea air.

Byline: Sara Nichol Reporter

GEORDIE actress Donna Air has been getting to grips with a new hobby.

The former Byker Grove star was snapped on board a boat with Olympic sailing medallist Shirley Robertson.

And she seemed relaxed and excited as she tried her hand behind the wheel and learning the ropes during a trip to the Isle of White as part of Cowes Week.

After a dinner of fish and chips together on Monday night, the pair set sail yesterday morning, and an excited Air posted a picture on social networking site Twitter of the two of them smiling broadly aboard the vessel, each with one hand on the wheel.

Air, who was visiting Cowes Week for the first time, described the event as "so much fun", and said she had been "really looking forward" to getting out to sea.

She said: "This was my first visit to Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week and it was such a great experience.

"The highlight was meeting double Olympic gold medalwinning sailor Shirley Robertson.

"Sailing with her was a lovely way to spend the day."

Cowes Week is the largest regatta of its kind in the world, involving 8,500 competitors ranging from Olympic and world class professionals to weekend sailors.

More than 100,000 spectators come to watch the sailing, enjoy the parties and live entertainment and soak up the atmosphere.

Air's visit to the event, which began on Saturday, came as the Royal Yacht Squadron voted to allow women to become full members after enforcing a strict men-only rule for almost 200 years.

The 34-year-old is the girlfriend of James Middleton, the younger brother of the Duchess of Cambridge, and a mystery ring on her engagement finger in June prompted speculation that he had proposed to her.

She didn't seem to be wearing the ring yesterday.


Donna Air (left)and multi Olympic sailing medalist Shirley Roberson on day four of Cowes Week
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Aug 7, 2013
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