A sensible tactic ensured Fenella Ng Gar-loc reached the lightweight singles semi-finals of the World Cup regatta - her first major event in almost three months - in Munich yesterday. The Asian Games silver medallist had difficulties with her new boat in the heats, being dropped early by the main pack early in the race, largely because it was delivered to her only a few days before the start of the regatta. The Hong Kong Olympic hopeful decided to save her energy for the repechage and her tactic proved correct as she booked her place in the top 12 a few hours later via a second-placed finish behind a Polish rower. 'The first heat was a nightmare for me. I didn't have the boat set up correctly and I also had to sweat down to make the weight limit,' Ng said. 'I felt the boat was heavy from the first stroke. After losing contact with the pack, I decided to slow down and wait for the repechage. 'I felt much better in the repechage as we've shortened the oars to make the gearing lighter. I had a good position off the start and I was able to hold it all the way to qualify. 'There is still a lot of work to do to get used to the boat but things are getting better,' Ng said. National coach Chris Perry also pointed out that Ng had gained sweet revenge over her Asian rival Nikree Phuttharaksa from Thailand. 'Nikree took the silver medal at last year's Asian Championships and Olympic qualification regatta, beating Ng into bronze medal position, but Ng eliminated Thailand from the competition,' Perry said. Ng is hoping to emulate her success of two years ago - when she reached the A final of a World Cup event - in today's semi-finals. In the men's event, the SAR's lightweight doubles pairing of Lui Kam-chi and Lo Sing-yan found the gap between them and the top Europeans is still to be bridged following their elimination from their event. 'They were completely outpaced by the top European crews and finished last in their heat. Their performance improved in the repechage after further adjustment to the boat, but it was still not enough.' Perry said.