Protests ruin day for HK skippers

PUBLISHED : Monday, 06 September, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 06 September, 1993, 12:00am

HONG Kong Olympian Eric Lockeyear and his five-member crew began the defence of their Police Offshore World Championship crown in spectacular fashion yesterday off Kiel, Germany, in the Baltic Sea.

Lockeyear helmed his chartered Feeling 346 to an all-the-way win by two minutes over crews from seven other countries only to be denied the victory in the protest room.

And on a bleak day for Hong Kong, the territory's second crew - led by Phil Thomas - were stripped of fourth place in the protest room.

Both Hong Kong boats were found guilty of straying into a restricted area during the 40-mile around-the-buoys race.

Luckily all crews are allowed one discard during the six race series.

Lockeyear won the inaugural event off the south coast of England two years ago in heavy conditions.