Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall sail through storm

Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall didn't let the heavy rain and thunder stop their yacht race for charity at the annual Artemis Challenge or dampen their spirits.

Zara Phillips and Mike Tindall sail through storm

Zara Phillips and her husband Mike Tindall battled through thunder at a yacht race.

Britain's Queen Elizabeth's granddaughter and her former rugby champion other half attended the Artemis Challenge at Cowes on the Isle of Wight, where they battled it out with other rugby player's sailing in horrendous downpours and thunder and lightning.

16 of the world's biggest racing boats sailed around the Isle of Wight to raise money for a charity of their choice.

The competitive spirit wasn't washed away by the weather as Mike Tindall wanted to ensure he beat his former French rival Serge Betsen and Sylvain Marconnet.

However, Serge won the race, but the 36-year-old retired sportsman joked that it would be the "only win" he would be getting as England won't lose against the French at Twickenham stadium over the weekend on Saturday (15.08.15).

He told the Daily Express newspaper: "I saw Serge won - it's the only win he's getting this week! We're not losing to the French at Twickenham!"

The couple were spotted holding the flag of England with Serge who won the race.

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