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31 October 2005, 09:50 am
HO Scoops The Honours
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Hong Kong Windsurfing Championship 2005
Hong Kong

The final day of the Hong Kong Open dawned cloudy with a slight chill in the air. This did not dampen the spirits of the competitors as they arrived for the final two races with 15 knots in the bay to ensure plenty of planing during racing. HO Chi Ho (HKG) consistent performances over the week handed him the final honours with CHAN Wai Man (HKG) taking the women's title.
With only two races scheduled for the day the Race Committee choose to set longer courses out of the bay to try and ensure steadier breeze which would take away the slight advantage that the local sailors held.

With Olympic Champion Gal FRIDMAN (ISR) carrying two DNS from Saturday, the men's fleet winner was set to be contested between the Hong Kong sailors HO Chi Ho, CHAN King Yin, CHENG Kwok Fai and MA Kwok Po all of whom were determined to take the new Hong Kong RS:X title. A close battle throughout the two races enthralled spectators. With a nail biting finish in the final race between HO and MA with 'Panda' finding a last second gust to carry him across the finish line as HO stalled, providing a fitting end to the event. However the final win for MA was not enough to gain him the title and local hero HO's stellar performance throughout the regatta gained him a place in Hong Kong's record book as the first person to win the Hong Kong Open Men's RS:X Division.

In the women's fleet the family battle that had been raging throughout the week continued with CHAN Wai Man finally beating sister CHAN Wai Kei. Japanese entrant Yasuko KOSUGE stayed ahead of China's CHAN Pui La to take third overall.

With no racing in the afternoon, the competitors had an opportunity to pack up their equipment and get ready for the prizegiving that evening. The prizegiving was held at the Correction Services Officers Club and was attending by all competitors, officials and supporters. Neil PRYDE awarded the newly donated men's and women's perpetual RS:X trophies to the delighted HO and CHAN, who also took the Raceboard titles for the 2005 Hong Kong Open.

Ailsa Angus (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Overall winner HO Chi Ho:© Neil Pryde Ltd.
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