Hollywood legend and California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger passed his best wishes to the Edinburgh Inspiring Capital group, which is taking part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race.
They are currently in San Francisco for the event and hope to return successfully to the Humber in the north-east of England, having circumnavigated the globe.
The Terminator star said: "To all the participants, I wish you the best of luck and happy sailing.
"This event brings together enthusiastic sailors for some great competition, and I applaud all the participants for putting their talents and skills to work.
"As a former professional athlete, I know what it takes to excel in demanding sporting contests.
"You can be proud of what you have accomplished so far."
Edinburgh team skipper Matt Pike said: "We've had a really nice stopover here. Everyone has been able to recharge their batteries.
"Now what we need to do is release the frustration we felt on the last race and channel this energy into getting a good result into Panama."