HONG KONG'S four-yacht challenge in Hawaii's Kenwood Cup series received a lift from an unexpected quarter yesterday. New Zealand entrant, Mumm 36 Georgia Express, a heavy point-scorer in the four-race windward-leeward races pulled out of yesterday's 145-mile Molokai overnight race with a broken forestay. The Kiwis' misfortune was Hong Kong's gain, the territory team moved into third place overall in the Champagne Mumm World Cup series behind the United States and Australia. And in the Yacht Clubs' series the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club team of Sealand Hi-Flyer, Sealand Wizard and Sealand J-Hawk moved into second place behind the Waikiki Yacht Club with the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron in third position. Rick Strompf's 51-foot Jepessen-designed Sealand X-Rated finished 11th yesterday in the overnighter and eighth across the line. Neil Pryde's Farr 40, Hi-Flyer, was next in, 14th on handicap with Henry Thornton's J-44, J-Hawk, less than four minutes away in 15th place. It was a bad race for Hong Kong's leading point-scorer, the IMX 38 Wizard, with Steve Ellis at the helm. Wizard finished 20th in the 31-strong fleet. The poor finish dropped Wizard to 13th overall, two places behind X-Rated who moves up to 11th. Hi-Flyer produced her best race of the series to date to now lie in 17th place overall with J-Hawk in 19th place. Today is a lay-day in the series with racing resuming tomorrow around an Olympic triangle course. The problems which have beset organisers in collating accurate results since the start of the series continued yesterday when the first batch of results were declared null and void and a new list issued. Ellis has been one of the victims of the ongoing problems. He provisionally won the third race of the series only to find he had been relegated to fourth when another boat protested over the length of the course. A subsequent re-measure of the course by organisers confirmed the protest was valid, plunging Ellis to fourth place. A similar problem ocurred in the opening windward-leeward race. First across the line in yesterday's race was a craft which is no stranger to Hong Kong waters, George Snow's Farr-designed 65-footer, Brindabella, which made its international debut in the 1990 edition of the Corum China Sea Series. Brindabella finished over three hours ahead of second-placed finisher, Mardi Gras, but tumbled to 17th on corrected time.