CLEARWATER (FOX 13) - An Olympic-qualifying sailing race had to be called off two hours in because high winds and surf turned several boats over Tuesday.
The 49er, 49erFX, and the Nacra 17 World Championships were postponed for the day, after about 20 boats capsized.
Their captains wound up in the water. Most were able to right their vessels and climb back aboard. However, a few had to be taken into safety boats that were standing by.
"It is a world championship. All of these sailors are well-experienced in terms of bringing the boat back up," said Marcus Spillane, the president of the International 49er Class Association. "But it did get a bit hairy."
Those races will pick back up Wednesday.
The weather spoiled vacations too, as the wind was too strong and the temperature too chilly for visitors to relax.
"They want to get towels and lay out on the beach," said Wanda Whitehead of her cousins, who were visiting from France. "But oh well, we'll make the best of it."
There is a high-surf advisory until Wednesday and a rip current warning until Thursday.