Lockeyear edged out by Switzerland
HONG Kong's Eric Lockeyear narrowly failed in his bid for successive victories at the World Police Offshore yachting series in Kiel, Germany, yesterday.
The territory skippered by Lockeyear - who won the title two years ago in England - was third in the final event of the six-race series to finish second overall to winners Switzerland by only a quarter point.
The Swiss, led by former Whitbread Round the World series sailor Alfred Geiser, finished with 10 and three-quarter points.
The former Hong Kong Olympian, disqualified in the opening race on a technicality, held a three-quarters of a point lead coming into the final race.
However, placid waters and weak winds prevented Lockeyear and his five-man crew from making an impact.
The still conditions perfectly suited the Austrians, who won the race.
Denmark were third overall while English boats took fourth and fifth place.
Hong Kong's second entry finished ninth in the last race and ninth overall.
Lockeyear said he was disappointed with the final result but was impressed by the standard of sailing, which was improving significantly at the top level.
Had he not been disqualified in the first race, Lockeyear could have conceivably missed the final race and still have won the title as only five out of the six results count towards the championship.
He felt that he had won on the water but lost on a technicality.
Eight nations took part in the six-race series.
The first event was held two years ago on the south coast of England.