THE first female yachting team to represent Hong Kong at the Asian Games will be aiming to send the perfect get-well gesture to injured teammate Lusela Tung Chun-mei, forced to pull out of the squad after a dramatic capsize on the waters off Sai Kung. Helmsman Cheung Mei-han and her crew Ida Cheung Pui-shan were brought together for the Asian Games women's international 470 class competition only two weeks ago. Mei-han, 28, was to originally partner Tung in Hiroshima, the pair having trained together for the past 12 months. But 22-year-old Ida Cheung was summoned for duty earlier this month when Tung suffered a broken left arm which required screws placed into the bone and 22 stitches. Mei-han recalls the drama, which took place when the typhoon signal number three was hoisted in Hong Kong. 'We wanted to practise in very strong wind conditions,' she said. 'The water was very rough and we capsized. That's when Lusela broke her arm. 'Fortunately, there was someone at the sailing centre in Sai Kung. When he saw that we had still not righted the boat after about three minutes, he arrived on a rescue boat to help us. 'I have been training with Lusela for the Asian Games for one year so it's not going to be easy as Ida only joined me less than two weeks ago. 'Hopefully, we can do well in Hiroshima to make Lusela feel better.' But the Hong Kong pair are not total strangers having teamed up last year for the Asian Regatta at the Kannon Marina in Hiroshima Bay, the same venue being used for the Asian Games. Earlier this year, Mei-han and Tung took part in the IYRU World Championships in France, finishing 47th out of 61 boats. There will only be four boats in the Hiroshima competition, with the Hong Kong pair up against strong contenders from gold medal favourites Japan, China and South Korea. 'We finished fifth out of six boats at the Asian Regatta, so we are at least assured of finishing better than that here,' said Mei-han, who has been sailing for the past nine years. 'But realistically, those three countries are very strong and are favourites to win the medals.' Ida Cheung, an English major at the City Polytechnic, has mixed emotions about her Asian Games call-up. 'I'm excited as well as sad,' she said. 'I'm happy to be one of the first Hong Kong women at the Asian Games yachting, but also sad that it had to come this way. We all hope Lusela gets better soon.' But there were also worries for the Hong Kong team off the water. At yesterday's official weighing and measuring, it was found that both the women's and men's international 470 class sails were too thin. The Hong Kong sails, imported from Denmark, were measured at 0.155 of a millimetre in thickness, 0.005 millimetres too thin. Coach Colin Smith said: 'We have asked for a special allowance because we bought the sails from Denmark in good faith. 'We thought they would be in accordance with the rules and, also, we didn't think they would be measuring them with a micrometer.' The men's team comprises helmsman Chan Yuk-wah and his crew Wong Ming-yin, who will be up against seven other boats in the Asian Games competition. The pair have been training and competing in Europe for the past three months in preparation for the Games. They finished 63rd at the IYRU in France and 80th at the World Championships in Finland. Taking part in the international enterprise class are Chan Chi-wang and Wong Sai-man. Yang Fung competes in the international laser class, while the youngest member of the whole Hong Kong contingent, 14-year-old Mok Chun-kit, takes part in the international optimist class against opposition of a similar age.