HK team back in with a chance

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 September, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 September, 1993, 12:00am

HONG Kong's Eric Lockeyear and his five-man crew hauled themselves back from disqualification in the opening race of the World Police Offshore yachting series to be on the threshold of back-to-back victories in Kiel, Germany, yesterday.

Former Olympian Lockeyear notched a third and a second in two 20-mile passage races from Kiel to Eckernforde to lead by three-quarters of a point, with a race remaining today, over the Swiss team and Denmark's number one crew.

Lockeyear had foredeck crew Lau Kai-leung and John Kilburn to thank for yesterday's success when a genoa sheet gave way in 40-knot winds in the second race.

The inaugural series held on the south coast of England two years ago was won by Lockeyear.

Eight nations are taking part in the six-race series.