Plymouth skipper Conrad Humphreys prepares for Route du Rhum yacht race
A Plymouth skipper is preparing for the transatlantic Route du Rhum yacht race from St Malo in France to Guadeloupe in the Caribbean.
Conrad Humphreys will be up against 43 other boats in his class and 91 boats altogether on the start line.
He said "without doubt this will be the hardest challenge I'll ever do".
Following a weather briefing on Saturday, the 10th edition of the race will begin on Sunday morning.
Mr Humphries said: "Obviously when you look at those conditions ahead you know those first 24 to 48 hours are going to be tough.
"The bigger picture is that we're looking at a southerly route and it could be some of the most amazing sailing.
"Without doubt this will be the hardest challenge I'll ever do, possibly one of the toughest fleets I've ever sailed in."
Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the Briton who in the 1960s became the first person to sail round the world on his own without stopping, will also take part in the Route Du Rhum.
The 75-year-old has received St Malo medal from the mayor.