Light winds turn San San's Euro quest into Marathon struggle

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 July, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 July, 1998, 12:00am

Lee Lai-shan began her quest for the European Championship title in Marathon, Greece, by finishing sixth in the opening race under very light winds yesterday.

Despite excellent conditions in the week leading up to the race, San San struggled to keep pace with her opposition in the 42-woman fleet in a race won by Okonska Marzena of Poland.

Lee, who is competing in Marathon on a wild card in an event that is only open to European citizens, has 10 more races to redeem herself as she seeks her first European title in four years.

Hong Kong's 1996 Olympic champion started racing on the starboard end of the line, which proved disastrous when winds started shifting to the left.

Cheng Hing-lun and Tang Luen-chun were also granted wild cards into the main event at the last minute. They are both tied for 81st position in the men's competition.

Hong Kong's other male sailors are competing in the Open European Championships.

In the 89-strong men's fleet, leading SAR hope Sam Wong Tak-sum is lying 49th after also starting on the wrong side of the starting line and missing out on a vital shift.

He was unable to recover his position in the light conditions.

In the youth class, Hong Kong's Ho Chi-ho rounded the first mark in fifth position, but he dropped to 11th after having missed a shift to the left in the second beat.