The next edition of the 5 Oceans Race will start in autumn 2014, yachting legend Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has revealed.

Sir Robin, the first man to ever sail solo around the world non-stop, announced details of the round the world race at the prize-giving ceremony for the 2010-2011 event.

“The 5 Oceans has an incredible 29-year heritage and remains the oldest continually-running solo round the world race,” Sir Robin said about the world famous yacht racing event.

“It has been the launch pad for the Open 60 Class and for many of the greatest names in the history of shorthanded racing. After the success of the Velux 5 Oceans 2010-11, the 2014 event will once again be open to Eco 60s.”

The latest 5 Oceans title was claimed by Brad Van Liew at the end of the race in La Rochelle, France.

The event also saw the effective introduction of the Eco 60 Class and highly competitive racing between the five competing skippers from five different nations.

The route and the host ports for the 2014 edition of the 5 Oceans will be announced at a later date.