Boat enthusiasts (and those who like looking at colourful, attractive things) should head to St Katharine Docks this weekend for the 10th Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race .

The world’s longest ocean race for amateur sailors left its HQ in Gosport for London on Tuesday, August 18, ready to take part in the sailing challenge from Sunday, August 30.

GB crew member Mike Tatham, 54, who is an off-shore rig crane driver from Aberdeenshire said: “It’s been a long few years and a steep learning curve but I now feel ready to go. Everybody’s hyper, and we just want to get racing now.

“I’m hoping for a well-rounded experience – winning races, learning, and making lifelong friends. Now that I am homeless, jobless and car-less it’s certainly feeling real now. I’ve given up everything and it’s now all about the race. We’ve done all the training, we’re ready and I’m looking forward to everything that is to come. It’s very exciting.”

A few race facts:

  • The race will take in a massive 40,000 nautical miles around the world
  • There will be more than 700 crew members representing 42 different nationalities taking part - including 403 from the UK, with 130 of them from London
  • The eight-leg race route will visit six continents and will take 11 months to complete
  • Almost half those racing had never sailed before starting their training for this event - however, each yacht is under the command of a professional skipper

Don’t miss our gallery of the race start - at on Tuesday, September 1 .