Jonathan and Alistair Brownlee will be welcomed on board the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing boat on Saturday as part of the opening events of the Volvo Ocean Race.
An in-port race in Alicante at the weekend will kickstart the nine month sailing race, which is the longest sporting event in the world.
The in-port races provide points which count in the event of a tie, but they also give fans a chance to see something of a race which mostly takes place far offshore in gruelling conditions. Events in Alicante start at 1400 local time on 4th October 2014.
The bi-annual race is over 38,000 nautical miles long and this, the 12th edition, will finish in Gothenburg, Sweden with a final in-port race on June 27, 2015.
The teams are:
- Team SCA (Sweden)
- Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing
- Team Brunel (The Netherlands)
- Dongfeng Race Team (China)
- Team Alvimedica (Turkey/U.S.)
- MAPFRE (Spain)
- Team Vestas Wind (Denmark).