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30 October 2005, 07:26 pm
CHAN King Yin Leads The Way
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Hong Kong Windsurfing Championship 2005
Hong Kong

The first race of the day at the Hong Kong Windsurfing Championship saw light winds with shifty sailing off of the tactically challenging Stanley Beach. It turned out to be a day where consistency would prove vital and CHAN King Yin (HKG) produced two second places to take the overall lead.
The majority of the racing was non-planning or marginal planing conditions. Occasionally a small but intense puff would come through that would allow well placed sailors to put some serious distance on the rest of the fleet. The key was to get track back into formula mode and be positioned to connect the random but intense puffs together and keep planning full time.

Suhaimee MOOHAMUDKASEM (THA) led most of the first race until local favourite and Hong Kong Olympian from Athens, HO Chi Ho connected together a good series of puffs and passed the top sailors to finish with a solid lead.

In the second race the breeze filled in a bit stronger allowing the majority of the top sailors to plane all around the course. The main tactics were to manage the way through the holes and get to the next puff while continuing to plane. Sailors had to choose from sailing with the blade down and deciding when to take a chance on the short puffs and try to keep planning in formula mode. Angle was not so key as long as you could connect the short and shifty puffs together and keep planning at all costs.

Some serious shifts came through the course causing some quick changes in the positions of sailors. Singapore sailor Goh Thye HOCK found the best side of the course and rounded the top mark with a solid lead. Although he dropped back to fourth byhe end, his top rounding allowed him to post his best finish of the regatta.

MA Kwok Po (KG) sailed well and eventually won the race, posting his first bullet of the series.

Israel's Olympic Gold medallist Gal FRIDMAN has been using this regatta as a training session to get himself back into windsurfing shape. FRIDMAN found the lighter and shiftier conditions tough, eventually dropping out of the first race and sitting out the last races of the day. FRIDMAN decided to save himself for the next week of racing as after the Hong Kong Open Regatta there is another back to back RS:X regatta to be held in Shenzen, China following the end of this regatta.

FRIDMAN's overall aerobic fitness is not in question (he is a serious full time mountain bike rider) but his last year off of windsurfing since winning his gold medal has hurt his windsurfing fitness (forearm and grip endurance strength need to be brought back into high fitness levels). In the first two morning races, CHAN King Yin (HKG) was the most consistent with a 2, 2 finish.

In the women's RS:X fleet the sisterly duo of CHAN Wai Man and CHAN Wai Kei have both have been swapping best days with CHAN Wai Kei (HKG), winning the two morning races and mixing it up with the men's RS:X fleet even thought the women are sailing 8.5's instead of 9.5's.

Japan's veteran windsurfer Yasuko KOSUGE, is making a solid transition to the RS:X by posting her second second place finish in the trick second race of today.

The afternoon race saw the breeze pick up to ten to 15 knots allowing for 90% planning conditions. YU Wing Ho (HKG) who had been in third place throughout the race eventually found a gust in the downwind leg to sneak across the line in front Thailand's Suhaimee MOOHAMUDEKASEM. In the women's fleet China's CHAN Pui La is starting to get used to the new equipment and posted her first win of the regatta.

CHAN King Yin leads the men by a point from HO, whilst CHAN Wai Man is two points ahead of CHAN Wai Kei at the top of the women's leaderboard.

Ailsa Angus (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Action from the start at Stanley Beach:© Neil Pryde Ltd.
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