With one start for all classes and divisions meant that with 127 sailors on the start line it was critical to be able to start in clean air in order to avoid being buried all the way to the top mark. Olympic Champion Gal FRIDMAN's (ISR) tactical decision to take the pin end did not pay off and he ended up being covered with ten seconds to the start gun. The Mistral sailors in light and disturbed air managed to take the lead to round the top mark in first to fourth places, with local sailor Ho Chi Ho leading the RS:X fleet at the top mark and finding a bullet to start planing down to the bottom mark. In host pursuit of the Mistral sailors HO quickly took the lead on the reach, with fellow countrymen CHENG Kwok Fai, MA Kwok Po and Thailand's Ek BOONSAWAD following in quick procession.
In order of safety for the long race there was a five minute time limit from the bottom mark to the gybe mark. With a Mistral sailor setting the clock ticking two thirds of the fleet failed to reach the mark in time and were scored DNF. Included in this pack of sailors was FRIDMAN, who missed the cut off by seconds much to the dismay of his coach.
By the time the coach boat was able to get to Castle Rocks the lead RS:X sailors were already around. With the wind coming in gusts down the race course it was nerve racking to see if HO could reach to the finish with CHENG and BOONSAWAD barrelling down the course. HO sailed into a gust to take the gun with CHENG and BOONSAWAD taking second and third respectively.
With the breeze starting to drop the Race Committee kept the sailors on the beach until it became steady. During the break double Olympic medallist Mike GEBHARDT (USA) kept the sailors entertained with freestyle tricks on the water until the Race Committee at 1400 hours local time announced there would be no more racing that day.
HO gave his thoughts after the race on the new RS:X equipment and Olympic sailing, 'I think that the RS:X will bring more competitors to Olympic sailing and I find the RS:X very exciting and sometimes scary due to the speeds which can be reached on the equipment.'
He put his success in the Regatta down to local knowledge in the gusty conditions as he has been sailing at Stanley Beach for the past 15 years. HO has only been training on the new Olympic equipment for the past two weeks and his current lead over the Olympic gold medallist bodes well for his future as a force to contend with in 2008.