A fleet of ocean racing yachts are poised and ready to set sail ahead of their 40,000 nautical mile round-the-world adventure.
Moored in Liverpool's popular tourist attraction of the Albert Docks are 12 Clipper Round the World 70ft yachts, which will begin their full circumnavigation on Sunday.
They will be raced across the planet by 712 amateur sailors - led by 12 professional skippers - in what is the 11th edition of the biennial race.
Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, who is also a former merchant seaman, said he is expecting "thousands to be lining the waterfront" for their departure.
Co-founder of the Clipper race and the first person to sail solo and nonstop around the world, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, said he expects "tremendous support" from Liverpool.
:: The Clipper Round the World Yacht race begins on the River Mersey at 12.30pm on August 20 and will return 11 months later on July 28 2018.
In the last Clipper race, Andrew Ashman, 49, from Kent, suffered a fatal neck injury in September 2015 during that edition's first leg.
His death was the first in the race's 20-year history.
It was followed in April last year by the death of Sarah Young, 40, from London, who was washed off the deck of the IchorCoal during the Pacific leg of the race.