Prince William earned high marks from commanding officers for his boat-handling skills Tuesday after he took the helm of a 40-foot craft at the beginning of his two-month stint in the Royal Navy.

William did very well in his first day on the water, said Cmdr. Paul Halton, director of training at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth.

"The important point to make is that some of the maneuvers he did today would ordinarily take a young officer a number of weeks or months of training, and he's got the hang of it in just a day — so pretty good," he said.