The Hong Kong windsurfing squad left for Shandong province yesterday to prepare for the National Games, which will be held from October 17 to 25. After a month of intensive training in England, the Hong Kong national windsurfing team returned to the city for a few days to re-charge their batteries before going to the mainland for the National Games. The six athletes, three men and three women, all agreed that training in England had improved their performance. The squad includes Olympians Chan King-yin and Chan Wai-kei, windsurfing veterans Ho Chi-ho and Cheng Kwok-fai, as well as juniors Chan Hei-man and Lo Sin-lam. They will compete in Rizhao city, where the winds are stronger than in Hong Kong. Although the Hong Kong windsurfers are not familiar with the National Games venue, Ho was not worried about the wind conditions there. 'We have been training under severe wind conditions for almost a month at the 2012 Olympics venue. I'm confident about tackling windy conditions,' Ho said. 'On the other hand, if there is a light wind, we can also cope with it, as we have been training in light wind conditions in Hong Kong for so many years.' While the veteran windsurfers on the squad aim to win medals, the up-and-coming stars are looking to gain experience in Rizhao. Chan Hei-man, 18, turned professional last year and is attending the National Games for the first time. 'I haven't had many chances to compete against mainland windsurfers, so the National Games is definitely a good chance for me to gain experience,' she said. Cheng came seventh at the last National Games four years ago, while Ho and Chan King-yin finished 16th and 17th, respectively.