Hundreds of spectators gathered on Southend Pier today for the start of the Clipper Round-the-World Race.
A fleet of 12 boats set off on a 40,000-mile journey which will take nearly a year to complete.
Around a dozen people from the Anglia region are taking part and they could be in for a challenging time.
Known as one of the toughest sailing races, crew members will burn up to 5,000 calories a day during the most vigorous parts of the voyage.
Toby Saddler caught up with some of the sailors at St Katherine Docks in London before they set out on their trip of a lifetime.
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