Fickle winds foil Cheng in games

PUBLISHED : Monday, 26 September, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 26 September, 2005, 12:00am

Hong Kong's Cheng Kwok-fai endured mixed results on the third day of the men's mistral event at the 10th National Games yesterday as fickle winds disrupted the fleet.

The highest ranked Hong Kong boardsailor with an overall ninth position, Cheng finished the fifth race with an outstanding fourth place out of 37 participants, his best result in the games.

However, a drastic change in wind conditions in the following race ruined his chance of advancing as he managed only 29th, his poorest finish in the games. His overall standing dropped two places from ninth to 11th.

Another Hong Kong representative, Ho Chi-ho, showed significant improvement yesterday with a respective 21st and 12th position, surging from 21st overall to a joint 16th. Compatriot Chan King-yin dropped one place to 22nd overall after finishing 18th and 22nd.

'The first race was contested in winds of between five and seven knots, which suited Cheng,' said Hong Kong coach Rene Appel. 'He also had a very good start which gave him an advantage. 'However the wind deteriorated just when we were about to start the second race.'

The race officer eventually gave the go-ahead after making five starts because of the poor wind.'

Appel said the diminutive Cheng lack the endurance against the Chinese counterparts under such light wind conditions and therefore lost the ground he had gained in the previous race.