Hong Kong Olympic champion Lee Lai-shan stayed in title contention in the IMCO European Championships in the Spanish port of Cadiz despite flirting with disaster on the second day of competition yesterday. Board-speed problems on the port tack on the first beat had the 1996 Atlanta Games gold medallist rounding the first mark in 16th place. But she gradually regained her composure to sail through the field and finish in sixth place. 'She encountered some problems with her board speed, although we don't know exactly how it happened,' said Hong Kong national coach Rene Appel. 'Luckily San San came back strongly in the remainder of the race to snatch sixth place. If it wasn't for her resilience, she would have ended up quite a lot further down the overall list,' Appel added. As it stands, Lee is now ranked fifth on 20 penalty points. Poland's Anna Galecka leads the 54-woman field. Arch-rival Barbara Kendall, who is expected to be gunning for glory in Sydney with Lee, stands in joint second place overall with Frenchwoman Faustine Merret on 12 penalty points. 'Winds were unstable today, and we have had about every wind direction. We had sun and rain, strong winds and no wind at all, all in the course of one afternoon,' said Appel. World youth men's champion Ho Chi-ho sailed well after an excellent start to finish in 10th position in the men's competition. He is now ranked 19th overall. Israel's Amit Inbar continues to lead the field from Dominic Tidey of Great Britain and France's Alexander Guyader. Hong Kong's Chan King-yin played 'catch up' in his race in the Youth Boys competition to finish 11th in the race for sixth place overall. The Netherlands' Kevin Meuissen still leads the way in the boys' field. Due to lack of wind, only one race got off yesterday. Racing will continue today with three races expected to be contested.