Around 400 amateur sailors will compete in the race
The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet has arrived in Hull Marina ahead of the race this weekend.
Ten 68ft (20m) yachts with teams from Finland, Jamaica, Australia, Scotland and Singapore, docked on Sunday.
Crews spent two days in Grimsby Marina after being hit by gale-force winds whilst sailing from Dover.
Race officials said the home conditions were among the worst they were likely to face. The race sets off from Hull Marina at 1400 BST on Sunday.
Crews will sail for 10 months, covering 35,000 miles (56,000 km).
The race is expected to finish back in Hull in July 2010.