Lee Lai-shan has taken the lead in the 2003 Mistral European Championship in Palermo, Sicily, thanks to a race jury decision. San San was caught on the coaches' boat when the race committee raised the flag to signal the impending start of the sixth race of the competition. She arrived late at the start-line and finished a lowly 19th. The Hong Kong delegation successfully argued that instead of the flag remaining raised for the required minimum of five minutes, the signal was dropped after just one minute. The former Olympic champion recovered to win the seventh race, and was propelled into the overall lead when the race jury agreed she had been placed at an unfair disadvantage in the previous event. Instead of the 19th place finish she was credited with fourth - the average of her results in races one to five - giving her a total of 16 points after discarding her worst race. That was enough to move her from third into first place ahead of Italy's 2000 Olympic gold medallist Alessandra Sensini on 20 points, with Faustine Merret of France a further point behind. San San's teammate, Chan Wai-kei, had her best day of the championships, finishing 12th, seventh and 17th to move up into 13th place overall and push Hong Kong into a provisional second place in the Nations' Cup team competition. 'Lee Lai-shan had a good day, while Chan Wai-kei showed good improvement in her performance,' said Hong Kong coach Rene Appel. 'The results of the men were a bit more mixed, reflecting the need for improvement in the stronger winds.' The men fell out of contention in the Nations' Cup after starting the day in third place. Ho Chi-ho, whose 18th place finish in the second race was the team's best result of the day, dropped to 12th overall, Chan King-yin slumped to 34th and Cheng Kwok-fei is 44th.