LEE Lai-shan was clinging to the leading pack and hopeful of capturing her first major title this year despite slipping two places to fourth overall at the Kiel Week Regatta in Germany. Hong Kong's Olympic champion finished seventh and fourth in races seven and eight respectively, letting Lisa Vidal from France and Jessica Crisp from Australia move ahead of her after the third day of racing. Frenchwoman Faustine Merret retained the overall lead on 22 penalty points, eight fewer than the SAR's windsurfing queen, who had surged to second place after lying fifth on the opening day. Despite San San's drop in the overall standings, Hong Kong coach Rene Appel said the title was still there to be contested by the top four sailors and anything could happen over the next two days with a maximum of six races to be raced. 'The difference between the first and the fourth-ranked sailors is relatively small after eight races, taking into account that another six races can be held and a second discard will come into effect after 10 races have been sailed,' Appel said. 'San San's board speed is good but she needs to slightly adjust her tactics to the conditions here, which are very difficult,' he said. A triumph in Germany would help San San shake off her mediocre performances in the European Championships earlier this month. In the men's event, former world junior champion Ho Chi-ho proved his ability to compete with the world's best by qualifying for the 36-strong gold fleet. He was ranked 18th overall following his consistent 11-10-13 finishes. Appel said Ho's improvement was due to his training under assistant coach Lisa Neuburger in Sweden in recent weeks, when the pair served as training partners to Sweden's Fredrik Palm and Taiwan's top windsurfer Ted Huang.