Published: Jun 20, 2010 3:35 AM EDT
Updated: Jun 20, 2010 12:35 AM EDT

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla - Tourists and locals expressed outrage over BP CEO Tony Hayward's weekend trip on-board a sailing yacht.

In what is being described by many as yet another public relations disaster for the oil giant, the company chief executive officer took to the high seas in a glitzy yacht race off England on Saturday. Hayward pictures on-board his $700,000 vessel with family and friends.

"Its a different lifestyle, the arrogance, it doesn't affect them", said Chris Galaforo.

BP rushed to defend Haywards weekend getaway saying its the first break their CEO has had since the oil rig exploded on April 20. But, hobnobbing with millionaires and their yachts proved to be a hard sell for locals and tourists here in Southwest Florida.

"Obviously it upsets you that he's continuing with his life", added a tourist from Louisiana.  

The annual one-day race off the U.K. is one of the world's largest, with more than 1,500 boats and 10,000 sailors battle in a 50 mile course.