Results are in after the first day of competition. After three races for each division, competitors from Hong Kong are in the top spots of the RS:X and MOD fleets but their positions are by no means safe. China dominates the Techno 293 fleets.
Conditions were quite gusty and proved to be challenging for the Techno Youth Boys who scored very varied points. China's Huang Hong took the first bullet of the day followed by a second place then a sixth. 14 year old Chang Ho Yin sailed most consistently with two fours and a third to take second place overall. Six points behind him are Lin Xiumin, winner of the third race, and Fen Cancheng from China with equal points. This promises to be an exciting competition for the Techno Youth Boys as they get used to the conditions and when discards come into play. China's Lin Zubin scored the second bullet of the day but sits in 10th place overall because of an "OCS" in race three.
However a little more consistency in the Techno Youth Girls as Zhao Jieman stamped her authority on the fleet by winning all three races today with Zhang Jiemo, also from China, now second overall. 14 year old Choi Wing Chi Sandy (HKG-31) sits in third place but with equal points to Singapore's Lim Ynez.
China also dominates the Techno Men & Women with Lin Ruijying and Xie Lidiao taking the first two places over the line in all three races. Maho Horino from Japan is in third place.
In the RS:X Men, Korean Wonwoo Cho took two bullets today but sits in second place on the leaderboard because he didn't fare so well in the second race. Cheng Chun Leung Michael won that race and his good scores in the other two put him at the top. Leung Ho Tsun Andy is in third, just one point behind the Korean.
In RS:X Women, Chan Hei Man Hayley Victoria (HKG-5) has a strong lead with two bullets and a second place today, 6 points ahead of Lo Sin Lam Sonia (HKG-28). Japan's Yuki Sunaga occupies the third spot on the podium but points are close with a good number of podium contenders breathing down her neck.
In the RS:X Youth Boys, Hong Kong again have the top two places with Ng Ho Yin in first. However, Kikabhoy Rafeek and Phattharadanai Jinain from Thailand have equal points. All three boys took a bullet today. The rest of the pack are some way behind on points and need to work hard if they are to get a foot on the podium.
Competition is tight also in the RS:X Youth Girls. Ngai Wai Yan (HKG-30) was first over the line in two races but is only 1 point ahead of Ma Kwan Ching (HKG-3), consistently second in all three, again only 1 point ahead of Korean Sabin Chun, winner of the third race and in third place overall.
With three bullets Cheng Kwok Fai from Hong Kong has a major 7 point lead over his nearest rival Phayungkasem Pornanan from Thailand, who has equal points with Ma Yik Kau from Hong Kong. There were some good scores right down the Mistral fleet and plenty of individual battles are taking place.
Results: Techno / RSX / MOD
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The 2013 Asian Windsurfing Championships and Hong Kong Open Windsurfing Championships have excited a great deal of interest in the sport. This is certainly one of the most prestigious Windsurfing Championships in the region of Asia.
Registration is now complete and organisers are pleased to welcome almost a hundred competitors from eight countries seeking Asian titles in RS:X, Techno and Mistral Divisions. Raceboard Men and Women are taking part in the Hong Kong Open.
Competitors and guests enjoyed an opening ceremony with very important officials from government sports departments and funding agencies present.
Competition begins tomorrow, 28th November, and continues until 2nd December providing a plat form for local windsurfers to compete with other top windsurfers from other countries and improve their racing skills.
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