NEIL Pryde's Corum Cup Hong Kong remained in fourth position with 160 miles remaining in the Mumm 36 category of the Admiral's Cup 605-mile Fastnet race off Cowes, England. Pryde was actually leading the field during the early stages of the race, but was still only trailing the leading boat, Italy's Mumm A'Mia, by two miles. Hong Kong team manager Barbara Gudgin said the race was being severely affected by a lack of wind. 'There is little or no wind,' said Gudgin. 'It would be three to five knots at the most and very small progress was made. 'I think the organisers are a bit disappointed that there is no wind. The boats are practically idle on the water.' In the ILC 40 class, Hong Kong's Beau Geste, led by Karl Kwok, was sixth with 140 miles to go, but like Pryde, was only two miles behind Germany's leading boat, Anemos. In the Big Boats race, Keith Jacobs' Bimblegumbie '97 had not filed a report by last night (Hong Kong time), although Gudgin said 'it does not mean much'. Gudgin was last night intending to fly out from the south-west coast of England to check on the fleet's progress. Bimblegumbie '97 was in eighth and last place last night with the leader, Great Britain's Seahorse, 110 miles from the finish line. Hong Kong remained at the bottom of the eight-country table in the cumulative team standings behind seventh-placed Great Britain, while the Italians held on to their lead at the top. In the three category standings, the territory were still at the bottom end. Bimblegumbie were last in the Big Boats division, while Beau Geste were seventh in the ILC 40 group, ahead of Great Britain's Group 4 Astro. In the Mumm 36 class, Corum Cup Hong Kong were seventh with Great Britain's Group 4 Mumm in last place. Earlier in the Fastnet race, Italy took control of the Admiral's Cup leading all three classes as the 24 yachts began the journey to the finish line here. Scandanavia's team have moved into second, behind the leaders in the final race of the regatta, the 605-mile Fastnet. With fortunes fluctuating much less than the frustrating five-knot wind in the South West English Channel, it was Italy who restored their overall lead to a healthy 31.917 points after falling behind to pre-competition favourites America.