Cleveland Race Week sailors hit Lake Erie waters after storms come through (photos)

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Despite choppy waves, Cleveland Race Week sailors headed out on Lake Erie to kick off a week-long competition and celebration of Cleveland sailing. 

Cleveland’s largest sailing regatta is approaching its 40th anniversary and operates out of Edgewater Yacht Club. More than 300 boats will participate in the races this week. Another 300 will participate in Youth Day on Wednesday. Junior sailors are eight to 18 years old. The oldest sailors reach 80 years old.

The regatta overlaps with remembrance events for the 50th anniversary of the historic Cuyahoga River fire, which took place on June 22, 1969.