PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN stars Johnny Depp, Keira Knightley and ORLANDO BLOOM are putting their sea-faring talents to the test - by helping out a yacht crew in a round-the-world race.

The trio of Hollywood actors - whose fictional sailing skills delighted millions of cinema-goers in the 2003 movie - will take turns lending their assistance to the qualified yachtsmen and women in the gruelling eight-month Volvo Ocean Race.

The BLACK PEARL vessel - named after the ship in the blockbuster film - will first welcome British beauty Knightley onboard for the European stretch of the contest.

Bloom will take-over for South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, while Depp will be joining the Black Pearl team ahead of their return to the US.

22/03/2005 13:40